The town began as a makeshift harbour that was set up by Commodore of the Cape, Sir Frederick Richards during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. In 1935 the Richards Bay Game Sanctuary was created to protect the ecology around the lagoon and later by 1943 it expanded into the Richards Bay Park. The town was laid-out on the shores of the lagoon in 1954 and proclaimed a town in 1969. In 1976 Richards Bay harbour was converted into a deep water harbour with railway and an oil/gas pipeline linking the port to Johannesburg.
The South African Government decided in 1965 to build a deepsea harbour at Richards Bay, about 180 kilometres north of Durban. Construction work began in 1972 and four years later, on 1 April 1976, the new harbour was opened. The residential area of Richards Bay developed north of the harbour. Meerensee, started in 1970, was the first suburb. It was followed by Arboretum in 1975 and VeldenVlei in 1980. All three suburbs catered exclusively for Whites in accordance with the existing laws of apartheid. A township for Blacks was developed at Esikhaweni, fifteen kilometres south of Richards Bay. Residential areas for Indians and coloureds were opened after 1985 west of VeldenVlei. All the suburbs of Richards Bay together (excluding the black township of Esikhaweni) had a population of about 20 000 in 1990.
Van der Westhuizen was lauded this week for his dedication to duty after chasing poachers and, when shot through the jaw and mouth, he walked 1.5km through the bush in the extreme heat to get help ... The bullet exiting out of his mouth ... He was airlifted to the Bay Hospital in Richards Bay before being transported to a hospital in Durban. Jansen said.
Tampa Bay (5-1) led by three touchdowns after Fournette’s second touchdown, a one-yard run with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter ...Howard on the opening drive to give Tampa Bay a quick 7-0 lead ... Tom Brady scrambled to his right and completed a 27-yard pass to Antonio Brown, giving Tampa Bay a bit first down at the 18.
Tampa Bay had lost another defensive back, veteran RichardSherman, whose right hamstring blew out in the first quarter ... 3, Tampa Bay is 5-1 and in desperate need of the upcoming mini-break to heal up ... Tampa Bay dominated in first downs (27-16), total yards (399-213) and time of possession (39.56-20.04).