The Durban Ocean Terminal is opened coinciding with the arrival of the new flagship of the Union Castle Line , the Windsor Castle. The 1962 Comrades Marathon, an up run, is won by John Smith of the UK in 5 hrs 57 mins and 5 secs. This 600 strong community, the descendants of slaves, were living in an area overlooking Durban off Bluff Road. 50 people gather to watch the lowering of the flag for the last time at 5 pm.At the time there was a rash of car bumper stickers proclaiming “Natal – the last Colonial Outpost” which featured the Union Jack.A South African Airways Skymaster “Lebombo” and a South African Air Force Harvard trainer collide over the Bluff.The Harvard crashes on the Bluff with pilot and co pilot parachuting to safety.Directed by Father Noel Coughlan, David Horner takes the role of Christ for the 3 time.
The Durban Gold Cup horse race is won by a 20-1 outsider, Speciality, ridden by T. Runners up were New Chief, The Giant and West Point. The Durban – Kwa Mashu train line is opened with an hourly train service.His dance studio called “Dudley Andrews” was in Kent House, West Street.His wife carried on the studio, many teenagers and young adults learning the intricacies of the quick step, fox trot, waltz, jive and the hot dance of the time, the cha cha. The first 80 families of the Zanzibari Indian Community who lived on the Bluff are moved to Chatsworth. With South Africa now a republic, the Durban City Council decides that the Union Jack will no longer be flown from the flag pole on the City Hall portico.How many remember the flowers sold on the pavement by Mrs Barbieri outside her home in Stella Road near Stellawood?The New Nurses’ Home at Addington Hospital under construction is making good progress and will open in 1963.Marcel Marceau, much acclaimed as one of the greatest mimes ever, has a week long run of performances at the Alhambra Theatre in March.Kingsmead Sports Ground in Old Fort Road is considered for demolition as the ground falls into major disrepair.The Jones Car Tyre and Retreading Company of 60 Pine Street is totally destroyed in a fire.Dudley Andrews, who played a major role in the development and teaching of ballroom dancing in Durban dies at the age of 53.The death of Terence was remembered by his mother and family annually on March 10th in a memorial insert in the Durban newspapers. “The Natal Daily News”, probably Natal’s favourite newspaper, changes its masthead to “The Daily News” on Monday 26 March 1962.The Durban City Council gives approval for flowers to be sold inside the main entrance of Stellawood Cemetery.The tragic death of Terence John Flusk (17) having been assaulted at a house party shocks Durban.The accused aged 18, is found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.Mr Izak van Heerden, a master at Durban High School, is chosen as Manager of the Springbok rugby team to play the British Lions in a four match test series.