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Dr Alexander Logie du Toit was a South African geologist. His work raised him to prominence and he became South Africa’s most important geologist. Du Toit studied both mining engineering and geology. One of his most famous projects was his study of the Karoo and its dolerite intrusions, of which he wrote and published several papers.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 07-Mar-2014

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  • Tuesday, March 14, 2006
    United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan addresses parliament in Cape Town. He urges African leaders to improve conditions in Africa, as wrongs of the past do not absolve them from their own responsibility to themselves or their children.
    References:
    • (2006). Annan urges Africa to take charge, Sowetan. 15 March.

  • Monday, March 14, 2005
    The Gauteng Academy of Sport, in conjunction with the universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Witwatersrand and Vaal University of Technology, launches a bursary support programme for high performing athletes in the province. The academy is up and running and fifty athletes from previously disadvantaged communities are already enjoying the benefits.
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  • Monday, March 14, 2005
    A prison warder, Jacques Horne, 31, on escort duty is shot dead and another injured in an attack by gunmen at Cape Town's Groote Schuur Hospital to free a prisoner, apparently a member of a group of in-transit heist robbers that is allegedly led by Given Raymond Peete. The men sped to Woodstock in a silver grey Toyota Corolla after which they dumped the car and hijacked a family from Port Elizabeth's car.
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  • Monday, March 14, 2005
    News 24 reports that South Africa's ambitious HIV/Aids treatment plan is lagging as the government struggles to plug a shortage of doctors and pharmacists and other professionals needed to battle the world's biggest HIV/Aids caseload. For the second year in a row, the government has missed its target of providing free antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to 53 000 South Africans by March even though President Thabo Mbeki has described the programme as "the best in the world".
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  • Monday, March 14, 2005
    Between 30% and 45% of all agricultural workers are infected with HIV/Aids, Gretha Kostwinder, the agricultural attaché of the Royal Netherlands Embassy says at a national agricultural conference in Pretoria, adding that this will have a huge impact on the sector in the next few years.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2001
    Yoweri Museveni is re-elected as Uganda's president.
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  • Sunday, March 14, 1999
    Graham Armitage (63), SA actor and radio and TV personality, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, March 14, 1997
    Protests by thousands of farmers around the country against land reform legislation and loss of tax rebates, and against the government's failure to solve the high number of farm murders end peacefully with the handing over of memorandums on the subjects. The South African Agricultural Union supports the protests.
  • Friday, March 14, 1997
    While rebels advance rapidly in eastern Zaire, President Mobutu Sese Seko enters a Monaco hospital for complications from earlier surgery. 
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  • Wednesday, March 14, 1990
    In an exclusive interview with "The Herald", the ANC military commander Joe Modise, states that the organisation could consider the suspension of the armed struggle but not the laying down of arms, to facilitate negotiations.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 1990
    President Mangope extends the state of emergency, declared in four districts on 7 March, to the whole Bophuthatswana homeland.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1990). Race Relations Survey 1989/90, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 481

  • Thursday, March 14, 1991
    Ten ANC supporters are killed in Gamalakhe, Natal, in an attack on a gathering.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 268.

  • Tuesday, March 14, 1989
    Dr Fred du Plessis, chairman of Sanlam, is killed in a motor accident in the Western Cape.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, March 14, 1999
    In response to a question in Parliament Dr Van Niekerk, minister of health, says that thirty-seven cases of AIDS have been diagnosed in SA in 1987.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, pp. 11 & 24

  • Wednesday, March 14, 1984
    The nuclear power station at Koeberg becomes operational.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Sunday, March 14, 1982
    In a radio and television interview, Prime Minister P.W. Botha, sets out the principles on which he is leading the government towards a new Constitutional dispensation.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 1979
    On his return from Paris, General Hendrik van den Bergh has his own passport impounded on orders from the minister of the interior, and the prime minister makes it clear that the general had no government authority to negotiate with Dr. Rhoodie.
  • Sunday, March 14, 1982
    A bomb explosion damages the London office of the ANC.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.sahistory.org.za/

  • Thursday, March 14, 1974
    Mark Fish, SA football player, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, March 14, 1976
    Egypt's President Anwar Sadat asks Parliament to cancel treaty with Soviet Union, charging that Moscow failed to provide arms that had been promised.
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  • Thursday, March 14, 1974
    The largest concentration of national monuments in the country, the thirty-two restored buildings which had been damaged in the 1969 earthquake in Church Street, Tulbach, are inaugurated by the Prime Minister, B.J. Vorster 
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v.10, p. 655.

  • Thursday, March 14, 1974
    Chief Matanzima calls upon the South African government to grant full independence to the Transkei within five years. The prime minister states that he is prepared to negotiate.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 1973
    The Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) asks the national Olympic committees of Belgium, Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands and West Germany, to do everything in their power to prevent members of their respective countries from participating in the Pretoria Games from 23 March to 7 April 1973.
  • Sunday, March 14, 1971
    Ephraim Mojalefa (Kid) Ngatane, artist, teacher, musician and boxer, dies of tuberculosis at the Barangwanath Hospital, Soweto.
    References:
    • Sonderling, N.E. (ed.) (1999). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.2, Pretoria: Vista.

  • Thursday, March 14, 1968
    The United Nations Security Council censures South Africa for its flagrant defiance of Council Resolution 245 (1968) calling for the freeing of the dependents in the South West Africa 'Terrorism' trial and demands that South Africa release and repatriate them.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Thursday, March 14, 1963
    The Publications and Entertainment Bill, which has been before a select Committee for nearly two years, passes its third reading in the House of Assembly by 60 votes to 40. The Minister of Interior is to appoint a Publications Control Board to control importation, distribution, exhibition, sale or possession of any publications deemed 'undesirable'.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Monday, March 14, 1966
    The Red Cross of SA institutes its emergency rescue unit.
    References:
    • SABC news Bulletin

  • Monday, March 14, 1966
    Tertius Bosch, SA cricket player in one test match against the West Indies (1991-1992), is born in Vereeniging. (Wallis; Nuusdagboek).

  • Saturday, March 14, 1953
    Sir Robert N. Kotze (82), SA mining engineer who did much for the promotion of safety in mines and who was mainly responsible for the drafting of the Mines and Works Act (1911), the basis of modern South African mining law, dies in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  SESA, v. 6, p.450

  • Wednesday, March 14, 1923
    Samuel Maharero, who succeeded his father Maharero as chief of the Herero, dies in exile in Serowe, Bechuanaland. His misadministration was one of the causes of the Herero revolt (1904-1907).
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 7, p. 116

  • Sunday, March 14, 1897
    Gerard Jacob Theodoor Beelaerts van Blokland (54), co-founder of the Nederlandsch Zuid-Afrikaansche Vereeniging, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, March 14, 1898
    Woolf Joel (34), nephew of Barney Barnato, is shot and killed by Baron Von Veltheim because he refuses to assist in kidnapping Pres. Paul Kruger.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, March 14, 1922
    Percy Fisher, miner and unionist born in 1891 in Durham, England, is found dead inside Central Hall of Fordsburg with a bullet wound.   It was never determined whether he committed suicide or had been fatally wounded during the fighting. He was regarded as the main leader of the 1922 miners' strike and had close links with the International Socialist League, predecessor of the Communist Party of SA.
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.

  • Thursday, March 14, 1895
    The still existing Hollandse Mannekoor  (Dutch men's choir)is founded in Pretoria.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, March 14, 1878
    Dr Alexander Logie du Toit, SA geologist, is born in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau