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The Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) was formed, with 9 affiliates. CUSA originated from the Urban Training Project and the Consultative Committee of Black Trade Unions. Initially it appeared to be more conservative than the other organisations which were emerging during the same period. Unions belonging to CUSA used plant-level committees as a stepping stone towards unionism.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 05-Sep-2012

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  • Tuesday, September 14, 2004
    Absa Bank hands an old warrant of arrest for Nelson Mandela, dated May 18, 1961, to the Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Pallo Jordan. The warrant will be kept at the Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia, which houses a library and archive.
    References:
    • The Star September 15 2004

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2004
    Justice Minister Tayeb Belaiz is quoted Algeria will press ahead with a controversial bill to improve women's rights despite fierce opposition from Islamic parties.
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  • Tuesday, September 14, 2004
    The government of President Robert Mugabe will soon lay claim to half ownership of all the country's privately owned mines, the state press reports.
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  • Tuesday, September 14, 2004
    Speaking at a conference of the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers, advocate Steven Powell of the forensic and auditing firm Deloitte and Touche, stuns delegates when he reveals that fraud and corruption are on the increase in South Africa with people resorting to desperate measures to defraud the system, including trading sexual favours and offering employment in return for the awarding of business tenders.
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  • Tuesday, September 14, 2004
    The South African Air Force's newest addition, the Gripen fighter jet, takes its first flight around Cape Town, causing an ear-piercing sonic boom.
  • Tuesday, September 14, 2004
    The soccer race has started to get "Winning Team 2010" off the ground and ready for action when South Africa hosts the World Cup. http://www.news24.com

  • Sunday, September 14, 2003
    Dr Crispin Mbai, a Kenyan academic and member of Kenya's constitution review commission is shot dead.
    References:
    • BBC, (2004). 'Key Dates', Focus on Africa, January to March, v. 15 no 1.

  • Sunday, September 14, 2003
    President Kumba Yalla of Guinea-Bissau is toppled in a military coup.
    References:
    • BBC, (2004). 'Key Dates', Focus on Africa, January to March, v. 15 no 1.

  • Sunday, September 14, 2003
    The Sunday Times announces the suspension of Ranjeni Munusamy for leaking the story carrying allegations that Bulelani Ngcuka might have been an apartheid agent, to the City Press. (ThisDay 21st Dec 2003).
  • Saturday, September 14, 2002
    The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a Christian fundamentalist rebel group trying to overthrow the Ugandan government since 1987, stages a series of attacks in which four people are killed and forty-one abducted.
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  • Thursday, September 14, 2000
    An Olympic opening ceremony, in which the South African team takes part, dazzle downtown Sydney, Australia.
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  • Monday, September 14, 1998
    Former Umkhonto We Sizwe member and senior foreign affairs ministry official, Robert McBride, who was held in Mozambique for six months on charges of gun-running and espionage, is conditionally released from prison.
    References:
    • Keesing's Records of World Events, News Digest for September 1998, p 42476.

  • Sunday, September 14, 1997
    German and US military planes collide off the coast of Namibia killing thirty-three people.
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  • Wednesday, September 14, 1994
    Tropical storms in north-central Africa kill about 100 people.
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  • Tuesday, September 14, 1993
    South Africa signs bilateral monetary agreement with the government of Namibia.
    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, September 14, 1992
    In a statement on the National Peace Accord, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of South Africa states that some 3,400 persons have died in political violence in the year following the signing of the Accord.
  • Monday, September 14, 1992
    South Africa signs agreement with Namibia on the establishment of a permanent Water Commission and an agreement with Namibia on the Vioolsdrift and Noordoewer joint irrigation scheme.
    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, September 14, 1992
    South Africa signs agreement with Namibia on the establishment of a permanent Water Commission and an agreement with Namibia on the Vioolsdrift and Noordoewer joint irrigation scheme.
    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

  • Saturday, September 14, 1991
    Tropical storms in north-central Africa kill about 100 people.
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  • Saturday, September 14, 1991
    Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers on Southern Africa, meeting in New Delhi, reiterates that a "programmed management" approach to sanctions should be followed. It recommends that "people-to-people" sanctions could now be lifted.
  • Saturday, September 14, 1991
    Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers on Southern Africa, meeting in New Delhi, reiterates that a "programmed management" approach to sanctions should be followed. It recommends that "people-to-people" sanctions could now be lifted.
  • Saturday, September 14, 1991
    In an important break-through a National Peace Accord is signed by all major political organisations at a conference held at the Carlton Hotel. The PAC and AZAPO attend proceedings, but refuse to sign the accord, while right wing organisations refuse to participate in the session. 
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://upetd.up.ac.za/
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Friday, September 14, 1990
    Nelson Mandela said after meeting President de Klerk that the Government was convinced that there was "some hidden hand" behind the violence in the townships.
  • Friday, September 14, 1990
    Nelson Mandela said after meeting President de Klerk that the Government was convinced that there was "some hidden hand" behind the violence in the townships.
  • Friday, September 14, 1990
    Forty-seven commuters have died on the previous and this day in attacks on Jeppe and Denver stations.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed) (1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee.

  • Thursday, September 14, 1989
    On the eve of the election in South West Africa (Namibia), the Swapo leader Sam Nujoma arrives in Windhoek, after nearly thirty years in exile.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, September 14, 1989
    On the eve of the election in South West Africa (Namibia), the Swapo leader Sam Nujoma arrives in Windhoek, after nearly thirty years in exile.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, September 14, 1984
    Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister, gives an assurance that the six refugees will not be required to leave the consulate against their will.
    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, September 14, 1989
    F.W. de Klerk is elected president of South Africa by the electoral college and is officially installed on 20 September.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.news24.com
    •  http://www.sahistory.org.za/

  • Friday, September 14, 1984
    The inauguration of President P.W. Botha takes place. Under the revised Constitution, the post of President combines the ceremonial duties of Head of State with the executive functions of Prime Minister. Mr. Botha is also chairman of the Cabinet, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and controls the National Intelligence Service, which includes the Secretariat of the State Security Council.
    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

  • Friday, September 14, 1984
    The inauguration of President P.W. Botha takes place. Under the revised Constitution, the post of President combines the ceremonial duties of Head of State with the executive functions of Prime Minister. Mr. Botha is also chairman of the Cabinet, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and controls the National Intelligence Service, which includes the Secretariat of the State Security Council.
    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

  • Tuesday, September 14, 1982
    The Transvaal Congress of the National Party overwhelmingly supports P.W. Botha's constitutional proposals.
    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

  • Tuesday, September 14, 1976
    Security Police continue to arrest prominent members of the Coloured community. Several Black journalists who covered the Soweto riots are also detained.
    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, September 14, 1967
    Louis Washkansky, first heart transplant patient in the world on 3 December 1967, is admitted to Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, September 14, 1966
    Justice van Wyk of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is appointed as a one-man Commission to inquire into all aspects of the assassination of Dr Verwoerd.
    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

  • Saturday, September 14, 1957
    Kepler Wessels, captain of the SA Springbok Cricket Team, is born in Bloemfontein.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://content.cricinfo.com/

  • Saturday, September 14, 1957
    Kepler Wessels, captain of the SA Springbok Cricket Team, is born in Bloemfontein.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://content.cricinfo.com/

  • Sunday, September 14, 1941
    Khomotso Jacob Makwetla, accredited public relations practitioner and chair/director/member of several companies and corporations, inter alia National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC), is born in Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed) (2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball

  • Saturday, September 14, 1918
    The first cases of Spanish Flu, also called 'Great flu' are diagnosed in Durban, starting the influenza epidemic in SA that kills 139 471 people within a few weeks. The epidemic peaked in October.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 6, p. 94-5

  • Saturday, September 14, 1918
    The first cases of Spanish Flu, also called 'Great flu' are diagnosed in Durban, starting the influenza epidemic in SA that kills 139 471 people within a few weeks. The epidemic peaked in October.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 6, p. 94-5

  • Monday, September 14, 1914
    WWI: The first ships with SA soldiers on board leave for the ports of German South West Africa to invade the territory.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, September 14, 1905
    Sir Jacob Dirk Barry (73), judge president of the Eastern division since 1880, dies in Queenstown, Eastern Cape.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 2, p. 186

  • Thursday, September 14, 1905
    Sir Jacob Dirk Barry (73), judge president of the Eastern division since 1880, dies in Queenstown, Eastern Cape.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 2, p. 186

  • Saturday, September 14, 1889
    Leon Maré, SA author and winner of the Hertzog literary award, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, September 14, 1889
    Leon Maré, SA author and winner of the Hertzog literary award, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, September 14, 1864
    Archibald Lamont, minister of religion, politician and mayor of Durban from 1929-1932, is born in Port Babbabtyne, Bute Island, Scotland. Lamont township (currently Lamont Ville) was named after him at the insistence of the Black people for whose cause he has campaigned so diligently.
    References:
    • Sonderling, N.E. (ed.) (1999). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.2, Pretoria: Vista.

  • Monday, September 14, 1863
    Dr William Gill (66), SA book collector, dies in Somerset East.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, September 14, 1862
    Transvaal burghers shoot Jacobus du Toit on horseback. He refused to stop when challenged. He is wounded and the horse killed. The town is shocked. Bloed Street in Pretoria is named after this incident.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, September 14, 1795
    British troops march from Simonstown and General J.H. Craig enters Cape Town. Sluysken formally surrenders on 16 September.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Swart, M.J., et al. (eds) (1980). Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak Aucklandpark: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge
    •  Muller, C.F.J. (ed) (1981). Five Hundred years: a history of South Africa; 3rd rev. ed., Pretoria: Academica, p. 100.

  • Monday, September 14, 1665
    Holy Communion is served at the Cape by residing pastor Johan (Joan) van Arckel for the first time. 
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, September 14, 1652
    Jan van Riebeeck visits Robben Island for the first time.
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