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James Mackenzie

Engineer
Birthplace Midlothian Edinburgh ScotlandPlace of Death Durban South Africa Date of Birth: December 27, 1881 Date of Death: December 19, 1956

Biography

JAMES MACKENZIE

Date and place of birth: 27 December 1881 in Edinburgh St. George District

Date and place of Death: 19 December 1956 in Durban, Natal, South Africa

Nationality: Scottish/South African

Biography: James grew up in Edinburgh with his siblings at 21 Lauriston Gardens,
Edinburgh.

Parents: John and Mary Mackenzie

Parents occupation: John Mackenzie was a Violin teacher
Schools Universities attended and years attended: Not known
Place of residence at Gretna: Not known
Marital status: Married in 1908

Job title at Gretna: Engineer on Mossband Site
Travels: Nil known
Awards/recognitions: Nil known
Trivia/any other information: James enlisted and was sent out to South Africa at the time
of the Boer War. This was what introduced him to the Country that was to become his
home.

Bibliography
References:
Scotland’s People
Ancestry
FamilySearch
Further Links, notes and comments. James ’s forwarding address from the Mossband
Farewell Magazine:

E.R.P.M Was the East Rand Proprietary Mines Company

Abandoned miners left in limbo
Staff Reporter
2 Nov 2012

The area, called Comet Village by its residents, consists of 105 houses that used
to be the married quarters for East Rand Proprietary Mines employees and is
the subject of a land dispute. The former miners, who were laid off when the

struggling mine was liquidated in 1999, want the deeds to their homes in
compensation for not having received severance packages.
The occupants of at least five houses now face eviction for outstanding rent
and the community could see further rent increases next year, when their
present rental agreement with private company Living Africa Properties
expires.
Comet Village has an unusual history, which has placed the community in a
difficult position because neither the municipality nor the owner of the mine,
DRDGold, is willing to take responsibility for the community.
Article from the Mail + Guardian newspaper:

Abandoned miners left in limbo

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