Today chimneys are viewed as a curse and a blight on one’s health and the environment. Unlikely as it now is seen, the filthy black smoke spewing out of these pencil-like structures was once viewed as the epitome of progress, a harbinger of wealth and prosperity.
As well-paying holiday jobs, chimney cleaning was a much-coveted job in the early 1970s when I was “recruited” to clean the chimneys of the Algorax factory at Swartkops. Even a half hour shower did not remove the fine granules from one’s skin pores!
Main picture: Henry Coleman’s steam mills with the first chimney
Located between the Papenkuils and the Swartkops Rivers, New Brighton was established outside the Municipal Boundary of Port Elizabeth in 1903 in order to house the black residents of the inner-city locations such as Stranger’s and Gubb Locations’. That begs the question of what it was used for before its conversion into a location.
This blog will cover the history of New Brighton from its earliest settlement to its current status as a black township.
Main picture: Semi-detached houses erected in New Brighton in 1912
seeks freedom and the best for themselves and their children. It is an innate
urge. By now the dismal track record of politically motivated false choices
should have been exposed as a chimera. So it was for Korsten. Instead of
readily agreeing to their being relocated to the new “model township” of New
Brighton, the black residents of the inner-city locations defied the
authorities and moved to an unserviced area outside the municipal boundaries
roots are nourished by the natural human desire for freedom.
Main picture: Elkana Street, a respectable area in Korsten where children play happily in the street