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More than 400 miners are killed in an underground collapse at Coalbrook mine

Thursday, 21 January 1960
In the worst mine disaster in South Africa, a large section of the Clydesdale Colliery ,at the Coalbrook mine near Sasolburg, Orange Free State, caved in and trapped 435 (or 440) mineworkers 180m underground. There were no survivors. No machine capable of drilling holes large enough through which to rescue people was available anywhere in the country. ..
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Zion Christian Church (ZCC)

The largest and fastest-growing of the African independent churches in the 1990s is the Zion Christian Church.

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Anglo-Zulu Wars 1879-1896

In the 1870s settler and colonial determination to bring Blacks under firm political control had undermined the hard-won security that many African societies had achieved.

Cato Manor

Cato Manor was established in Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) and is situated 5km west of the Durban city centre. The township was known for its rich cultural and political heritage.

The Information Scandal

The information scandal was nicknamed Muldergate, after Dr Connie Mulder, the central person throughout the scandal. Dr. Mulder was the Minister of Information in John Vorster's government.

Herero Revolt 1904-1907

Present day Namibia was once a part of the imperial German empire. As was common during the scramble for Africa in the latter half of the nineteenth century, the territory was claimed and occupied by an expansionist European power, in this case Germany.

Poqo

Poqo was formed as an armed wing to the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) during the 1960's and was known for its aggressively violent sabotage campaign.

Black Sash

In 1955 a small group of white middle-class women who were predominantly English-speaking formed an organization called The Women's Defence of the Constitution League.

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1973 Durban Strikes

On 9 January 1973, workers at the Coronation Brick and Tile factory, outside Durban, came out on strike. Immediately thereafter, workers from small packaging, transport and ship repairs companies also came out on strike

Rand Rebellion 1922

The Rand Rebellion of 1922 was an armed uprising that is also referred to as the Rand Revolt or Red Revolt. It occurred during a period of economic depression following World War I, when mining companies were faced with rising costs and a fall in the price of gold.