In a large measure, the lack of a proper water borne sewerage system symbolised the lack of development in Port Elizabeth as compared with the home country where John Snow had proved that a proper sewerage system was vital from a hygiene perspective especially the prevention of cholera.
This blog covers the development of a proper sanitation system in Port Elizabeth.
Main picture: Sewer being constructed in Rudolph Street South End in 1904.
Initially there were 4000 Settlers
camped in tents amongst the sand dunes without running water or ablution
facilities. Upon their departure, those who, for whatever reason remained, would
have faced the nightmarish twin plights of erecting a shelter and eking out a
living. Both were daunting. Nothing was uncomplicated. Everything was a
challenge. Nothing could have prepared them for
what they had to face.
At best the living conditions
in this undeveloped land must have been primitive and at worst squalid. JJ
Redgrave in this book, Port Elizabeth in Bygone Days, provides a peak
into this unknown world.
Main picture: Examples of Settlers’ Homes