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FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 50 YEARS AGO

Ten months ago the South African Rail­ways awarded an R18-mil­lion con­tract to Gen­eral Elec­tric (South Africa) and Dor­man Long (Africa) for the lo­cal man­u­fac­ture of 90 main­line diesel-elec­tric lo­co­mo­tives of 2 150 h.p. This week the first unit was rolled out of the paint shop, com­pleted and ready for de­liv­ery.

This short de­liv­ery pe­riod was achieved in spite of hav­ing to com­pletely re-model man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties at a works in Boks­burg. Sim­i­lar units have pre­vi­ously been sup­plied to the Rail­ways by Gen­eral Elec­tric but were man­u­fac­tured in the United States. — July 14 1968

FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 25 YEARS AGO

Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe yes­ter­day con­tin­ued his dogged de­fence of the gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy on land seizure, say­ing in­vestors who do not like the pro­gramme to con­fis­cate 5-mil­lion ha for re­set­tle­ment “should not come”.

He also re­peated his as­sur­ance that the gov­ern­ment would ig­nore any court de­ci­sion block­ing its pow­ers to seize land, and bar own­ers from su­ing for un­fair com­pen­sa­tion.

This week, re­ports said at least 27 farm­ers who owned pro­duc­tive land al­ready in use had been told that their ap­peals against the “des­ig­na­tion” of their farms for re­set­tle­ment had been dis­missed. — July 18 1993

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