Park home : 1980 – 1982

After looking at frizztext’s American dream I thought I may as well share the following photos from my Park Home where I lived my first two years as a married woman! I thoroughly enjoyed those two years. These were the first few years since they have built Sasol II and later Soasol III in Secunda, South Africa. First homes were these Park homes. They had three bedrooms,open plan kitchen and lounge and small bathroom with a bath and toilet.

Just enough to start a new life.

The photos are not that good because I copied them from my slides. (Those days slides were the in thing)

Backdoor

Another back door and the kitchen window.

Front: sitting room window.

Garden under the front window(My husband loved gardening)

In the sitting room.

Another one at the back door and the Namakwaland daisies

Taken from the back door steps.

There were rows and rows of these Park Homes.

Most people living here were contract workers and also people  from other countries.

Secunda CTL is a synthetic fuel plant owned by Sasol at Secunda in South Africa. It uses coal liquefaction to produce petroleum-like synthetic crude oil from coal. The process used by Sasol is based on the Fischer–Tropsch process. It is the largest coal liquefaction plant in the world.

Secunda CTL consists of two production units. The Sasol II unit was constructed in 1980 and the Sasol III unit in 1984.[1] It has total production capacity of 160,000 barrels per day (25,000 m3/d).[2]

The Sasol III Steam Plant has a 301 m (988 ft) tall chimney which consists of a 292 m (958 ft) high windshield and four reinforced concrete flues which make it the tallest structure in South Africa.[3]

As a major component of South Africa’s economy, Secunda was in turn a major target of the African National Congress during the apartheid era. Two ANC attacks (and their aftermath) were dramatized in the 2006 film Catch a Fire.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secunda_CTL

6 comments on “Park home : 1980 – 1982

  1. Thanks for the history. When I was in grad school I concentrated on the history of everyday people and I love hearing about how people lived. Your photos are story are so important for historians. Is the movie Catch a Fire good?

    • You know the best thing of it was that I could be part of it all, it also was a very stressful time. My husband had to work for 16 hours at some stages and then this worry of are they going to come home save also. He and other workers/employees also had to do duty as guards.They had to patrol the fences and in and outside the factory. The park homes were also very near the outside fence

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