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BUCHANAN, George Cunningham, Sir

Born: 1865 04 20
Died: 1940 04 14


He visited South Africa in 1922 at the request of the Union Government, to report on transport in the interior and connections with the harbours. He travelled extensively so as to acquaint himself with the circumstances. He advised that Cape Town be used as a passenger and fruit and grain export harbour, be extended towards Woodstock, and that the Alfred Basin be reclaimed or used as a fishing harbour. For East London he proposed that a turning basin for vessels of 250m be created, that the channel of the river be dredged, a breakwater opposite the Hely-Hutchinson wharf be developed and that the southern pier be extended and that tidal docks be used. For Port Elizabeth he advocated the development of the northern breakwater. He also advised on the harbour at Walvis Bay and the development of a harbour in Kosi Bay on the Zululand coast. His suggestions, though not radical, were instrumental in the development of the South African harbours.

Books citing BUCHANAN

HSRC. 1987. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume V. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pp 101-102