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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Andre Botha won the Global Organisation of Bodyboarders World Tour Title in 1998, and in the next year the World Bodyboarding Championships at Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii.[i] He became the youngest ever winner of the Banzai Pipeline Championships, as well as the youngest bodyboarding world champion.[ii] On 8 December 2015, Andre rescued an American surfer by the name of Evan Geiselmann from drowning whilst surfing the Pipeline reef, situated along Hawaii’s North Shore.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 08-Jun-2017

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  • Friday, December 8, 2006
    Prof. Russel Botman is appointed as rector of the University of Stellenbosch. He is the first theologian and also the first member of the Coloured community to occupy this position.
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  • Friday, December 8, 2006
    News 24 reports that an outbreak of Ebola virus in north-western Republic of Congo has killed 5 000 gorillas, helping to push the threatened species even closer to extinction. Ebola first came to light in 1976 in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and was named after the river with which this outbreak was associated. Ebola is also deadly for humans. In between 60% and 90% of cases, death follows within a few days.
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  • Thursday, December 8, 2005
    Speaking at the International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) in Abuja, Nigeria, Madikizela-Mandela says: "We just have to tell our children to abstain. That's the only way we will prevent Aids as mothers on the continent.
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  • Thursday, December 8, 2005
    The suspected killer of two young women in Knysna is arrested in Hornlee. Nineteen year old Jessica Wheeler's body was found in the garden of St George's Anglican Church in the town's Main Street on 13 October. The body of Victoria Stadler, 20, was found about a month later in bushes near Hornlee in Knysna after she'd gone missing five days before.
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  • Thursday, December 8, 2005
    Briefing the media on the outcomes of the cabinet meeting on 7 December, government spokesperson Joel Netshitenzhe says in addressing South Africa's skills shortages, the focus should be on local training and encouraging skilled expatriates to return. First and foremost South Africans should be trained. "Secondly, to recruit as many South Africans as possible who are based abroad, to join us in this endeavour to grow the economy."
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  • Tuesday, December 8, 1998
    A second effort to allow American singer Paul Simon to testify in the Allan Boesak trial fails, because of a legal loophole.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2004
    News 24 reports that South African actor Antony Coleman has won the award for best actor in a feature film for his performance in M-Net Original Movie Gums & Noses at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
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  • Monday, December 8, 1997
    A United Nations team finally arrives in Mbandaka, Congo, to investigate alleged massacres of refugees. The team was delayed in Kinshasa for months while negotiating the terms and scope of the investigation with the government.
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  • Tuesday, December 8, 1998
    Dr Ron Clark of the palaeo-anthropological research institute of the University of the Witwatersrand discovers the petrified skeleton of a 3,5 million year old hominid in the Sterkfontein Caves near Krugersdorp. This is seen as the biggest archaeological discovery of the century.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, December 8, 1993
    Algerian gunmen kill a British technician working for Algeria's petroleum company, in what is believed to be the eleventh slaying of a foreigner in a Muslim insurgency.
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  • Friday, December 8, 1995
    The World Health Organisation announces that a new case of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in the Ivory Coast. Ebola killed 250 in Zaire earlier in 1995.
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  • Wednesday, December 8, 1993
    Far right Comdt Willem Ratte surrenders after occupying Fort Skanskop, Pretoria, for twenty-four hours.
    References:
    • ---, (2005). 'Pretoria 1855-2005: Chronologie 1798-1935', Bylaag tot Rekord.

  • Sunday, December 8, 1991
    Four historically divided and entirely separate bodies unite and form the South African Football Association, marking the beginning of the return of SA soccer to world competition.
  • Wednesday, December 8, 1993
    Winnie Mandela is elected President of the ANC Women's League.
  • Sunday, December 8, 1991
    At its first legal congress in four decades, the South African Communist Party (SACP) decide to appoint Mr. Chris Hani as its new general -secretary.
  • Thursday, December 8, 1988
    The Black Students' Movement (BSM) at Rhodes University and the Black Students Society (BSS) at the University of the Witwatersrand are effectively banned by the minister of law and order, Mr Adriaan Vlok.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 301

  • Friday, December 8, 1989
    The Weekly Mail reports that allegedly twenty people have died in taxi feuds in 1989 and many more seriously injured.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1990). Race Relations Survey 1989/90, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 87

  • Thursday, December 8, 1988
    The New Nation reports that Captain M. Hlela, state witness in the trial of six Ciskei police officers for the murder of Eric Mntonga, testified that Ciskei detainees were 'usually assaulted' during interrogation. Mntonga had died of manual strangulation and head and abdominal injuries in police detention.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 101

  • Thursday, December 8, 1988
    A three-day election for sixteen members for the KwaNdebele Legislative assembly starts, with fifty-four candidates. The remaining MPs were all designated by the tribal authorities and the chief minister.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 124

  • Thursday, December 8, 1988
    Justice Kees van Dijkhorst of the Pretoria Supreme Court sentences the eleven "Delmas Treason Trialists" he had convicted on 18 November, giving prison terms from ten to twelve years for treason.
  • Thursday, December 8, 1988
    Bophuthatswana's minister of Health and Social Welfare, Mr L.G. Holela, resigns from the Mangope cabinet.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 112

  • Friday, December 8, 1961
    South Africa cricket players Eddie Barlow and Peter Pollock make their debut in a match vs New Zealand, in Durban.
  • Saturday, December 8, 1951
    The SA rugby team beats Ireland 17-5 in Dublin.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, December 8, 1958
    The All African People's Conference is held in Accra, Ghana.
  • Saturday, December 8, 1951
    The conference of the ANC rejects the Bantu Authorities Act, which, it is stated, was intended to prevent the development of the African people by turning them back to tribalism.
    References:
    • Joyce: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

  • Monday, December 8, 1941
    WWII: The Union of SA, Australia and the US declare war on Japan.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, December 8, 1946
    The General Assembly of the United Nations adopts resolution 44(I), expressing the opinion that the treatment of Indians in South Africa should be in conformity with the international obligations under the agreements concluded between the two Governments, and the relevant provisions of the United Nations Charter.
  • Tuesday, December 8, 1936
    W. S. 'Buster' Farrer, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64), is born.
  • Tuesday, December 8, 1925
    Eduard Amandus Lippert (72), founder of the Modderfontein dynamite factory near Johannesburg, dies in Hamburg, Germany. He obtained the exclusive dynamite and liquor rights in the ZAR from President Paul Kruger.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, December 8, 1922
    George Fullerton, SA cricketer and keeper-batsman (1947-51), is born.
  • Monday, December 8, 1913
    Sir De Villiers Graaff, leader of the United Party opposition in SA, is born in Sea Point, Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  www.suntimes.co.za/1999/10/10/insight/in04.htm

  • Tuesday, December 8, 1914
    General Christiaan Beyers, former Speaker of the Transvaal Parliament and Commandant-General of the Union Defence Force, drowns in the Vaal River.
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  • Saturday, December 8, 1906
    Britain announces intention to intervene in the Congo Free State if Belgian and German atrocities against natives continues.
  • Sunday, December 8, 1895
    Battle at Amba Alagi: Ethiopian emperor Menelik II drives Italian general Baratieri's forces out.
  • Saturday, December 8, 1906
    The test between the SA rugby team and England in London ends in a tie with 3 each.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, December 8, 1885
    The ZAR government declares Kromdraai on the Witwatersrand as a digging by request of fifty-one diggers.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, December 8, 1485
    Bartholomew Dias anchors for a few days at the present day Walvis Bay, and calls it Golfo de Santa Maria da Conceiçao. He was probably the first European to reach the bay.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 11, p. 313

  • Tuesday, December 8, 1750
    Lady Ann Barnard, author of descriptions of early Cape life and wife of Colonial Secretary Andrew Barnard, is born in Scotland.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau