Rust-ter-Vaal, south of Roshnee, to rehouse Vereeniging's coloured population. The scheme to erect the first 119 houses will cost R184,000.
For years the need for adequate hospital facilities had led to agitation and controversy and when the Administrator of the Transvaal, S. G. J. van Niekerk, opened the new Vereeniging hospital on the northern boundary of Duncanville Township on October 26, 1966, a triumphant Allen Snijman was there to see it. For 30 years he had served on the hospital committee, for 20 of which he was chairman; and when the board's present chairman, Vereeniging's Member of the Provincial Council, F. J. du Pisanie, asserted his influence, Snijman's objective had been accomplished. The R2.5 million hospital provides accommodation for 368 white patients and soon a regional hospital for the Bantu of the Vaal Triangle will rise to more than match it in accommodation.
As the town reached maturity there were those of its citizens who saw in the passing of the years a threat that much of Vereeniging's history may be lost. Among them was Vereeniging history teacher, Albertus J. 'Skippie' Botha, who
for 17 years has served on the Town Council; and when Mayor John Swanepoel called a public meeting to establish a museum committee, Botha was elected chairman without hesitation. During his years of public life, Botha has espoused the cause of local historical and cultural bodies and due in no small measure to his efforts, in October, 1964, the Town Council approved the establishment of a museum. Two years later, on October 21, as chairman of the museum committee, Botha opened the new museum in a converted residence at the corner of Leslie Street and Beaconsfield Avenue, where seven hundred articles of Africana are on display, 400 pieces of which have been donated and 300 are held in custody on loan from members of the community.
In 1967 the once small village of Vereeniging, entered its 75th year as an industrial town of national importance; and in this year for the second time town councillors were elected for five-year terms. Among them were two women: Clr. Bessie Grutzmacher and Clr. Mary Hoogenhout, who have the distinction of being the third and fourth women