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Marks Maponyane is a former football player cum businessman born in Meadowlands, Soweto on 16 February 1962. Maponyane played professional football for 17 years and was awarded footballer of the year three times.  He played for Kaizer chiefs from 1981 to 1991 and also played for Orlando Pirates, Wits University and the now defunct Dynamos.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 14-Feb-2013

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  • Tuesday, February 16, 1999
    Kurds occupy and take hostages at the Greek embassies in several European countries to protest Kurd leader Abdullah Ocalan's capture by Turkish authorities after he left the Greek Embassy in Kenya.
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  • Friday, February 16, 2001
    The Protected Disclosures Act, 2000, providing protection of employees against occupational detriment as a result of having disclosed irregular conduct in their workplace, comes into action.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 373

  • Monday, February 16, 1998
    The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, beats Namibia 4-1.
    References:
    • (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Tuesday, February 16, 1999
    The four policemen charged with the fatal beating of Steve Biko are denied amnesty.
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  • Sunday, February 16, 1997
    Rebel leader Laurent Kabila, after a plea from the United Nations, agrees to delay an attack on Zaire's largest refugee camp. The camp in Tingi-Tingi is attacked two weeks later, scattering 170 000 Rwandans.
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  • Friday, February 16, 1996
    The Supreme Court orders the Potgietersrus Primary School in Northern Province to admit Black pupils.
  • Tuesday, February 16, 1993
    People in Madagascar vote in elections that topple President Didier Ratsiraka after seventeen years in office. 
    References:
    • The Star, 16th Feb. 2003. Milestones

  • Wednesday, February 16, 1994
    Nelson Mandela announces constitutional concessions, which would strengthen the power of provinces under the country's post-apartheid constitution, including the power of taxation and a constitutional principle of "self-determination".
  • Sunday, February 16, 1992
    Twelve ANC supporters are killed in an IFP attack on houses and hostels in Esikhaweni, Natal North Coast, allegedly assisted by the SADF.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee.

  • Tuesday, February 16, 1993
    The ANC expresses deep concern about latest revelations that the SA Defence Force had a budget of R 4.38 billion for its secret Special Defence Account during the last financial year. The ANC states that massive expenditure on covert projects together with recent revelations that, despite repeated promises, Battalions 31 and 32 have not yet been disbanded, cast doubt on the good faith and sincerity with which the SA Government is negotiating.
  • Saturday, February 16, 1991
    The Committee of Commonwealth Foreign Ministers, meeting in London, issues a statement to the effect that sanctions against South Africa will remain until the South African government's promise to repeal the Group Areas Act, the Land Acts and Population Registration Act is put into concrete action.
  • Friday, February 16, 1990
    The African National Congress says it will send a delegation "as soon as possible" to South Africa to meet President FW de Klerk. ANC secretary-general Alfred Nzo says the movement is prepared to negotiate a "suspension of hostilities" once De Klerk meets the ANC's remaining pre-conditions for formal talks.
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  • Thursday, February 16, 1989
    The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution regarding the settlement in Namibia. It authorised implementation of its plan for the independence of Namibia contained in resolution 435 (1978), with effect from 1 April.
  • Thursday, February 16, 1989
    Police announces that a bomb caused the Lockerbie air disaster.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, February 16, 1989
    The Mass Democratic Movement distances itself from Winnie Mandela following the alleged involvement of Mandela and her bodyguards, the Mandela United Soccer Club, in the murder of fourteen-year-old activist Stompie Mokhetsi Seipei, whose body was identified the previous day.
  • Tuesday, February 16, 1988
    The Citizen reports that Minister Chris Heunis and Chief Minister Enos Mabuza of KaNgwane discussed the government's position on the incorporation of KaNgwane into Swaziland. Heunis gave the assurance that the region would not be incorporated and he confirmed the government's commitment to promoting the development of KaNgwane.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, pp. 90 & 144

  • Tuesday, February 16, 1988
    An attempted coup by the Bophuthatswana Defence Force is crushed by the S.A. Defence Force.
    References:
    • The Star, 16th Feb. 2003. Milestones

  • Sunday, February 16, 1986
    French warplanes bomb Libyan airfield in northern Chad used as support centre for rebels in their offensive against President Hissene Habre's government.
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  • Thursday, February 16, 1978
    The Minister of Bantu Administration and Development, Dr. Connie Mulder, announces that he will in future be known as the Minister of Plural Relations and Development, reflecting the plural nature of the population.
  • Saturday, February 16, 1985
    James Filbert Sojane, sports administrator and pioneer in the taxi industry who strove to improve the image and operation of that industry, dies in Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Sonderling, N.E. (ed.) (1999). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.2, Pretoria: Vista.

  • Wednesday, February 16, 1977
    The Most Reverend Janani Luwum, Anglican archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-ZaÁ¯re and two government ministers are arrested in an alleged plot to overthrow Ugandan President Idi Amin.  They are killed whilst under arrest for sedition and arms smuggling. Although the official cause of death is given as a car crash, it is revealed that they were killed on the orders of Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada, Ugandan head of state. ;
  • Friday, February 16, 1968
    Gert van den Bergh, SA actor and first free-lance radio broadcaster who was honoured by the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Art) in 1965, dies.
    References:
    • Swart, M.J., et al. (eds)(1980). Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak,  Aucklandpark: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge.

  • Monday, February 16, 1970
    Twenty-two Africans are acquitted of unlawful activities. Three are subsequently released, but the nineteen others are charged again under the Terrorism Act, and immediately taken into custody. They include Winnie Mandela.
  • Monday, February 16, 1976
    International status is granted to sixteen hotels, allowing them to cater for all races.
  • Monday, February 16, 1959
    Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. Cuban intervention in the Angolan war started during his office.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
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  • Friday, February 16, 1968
    The Commission, headed by S.L. Muller and appointed to study political interference and representation of population groups, publishes its report. Its recommendations, which feature in subsequent legislation, are debated in the House of Assembly in late February and early March 1968.
  • Tuesday, February 16, 1954
    Simon Moshapo, SA artist, is born in Waterpoort district, Northern Transvaal.  He taught art at Batlhalerwa High School for part of 1988.
    References:
    • Sack, S. (1988). The Neglected Tradition, Johannesburg: Johannesburg Art Gallery, p. 117

  • Monday, February 16, 1953
    South Africa institutes emergency powers under Public Safety Bill.
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  • Saturday, February 16, 1952
    The South African rugby team beats France in Paris 25-3.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, February 16, 1952
    Rika Sennett, South African actress, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, February 16, 1949
    Bishop Henri Delalle, Catholic bishop in Natal, Swaziland and Transkei, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, February 16, 1941
    Remaining Italian forces are expelled from the Sudan.
  • Monday, February 16, 1948
    Dr Dadoo and Dr Naicker are charged with aiding and abetting the contravention of the 1913 Immigrants Regulations Act and are sentenced to six months hard labour each.
  • Thursday, February 16, 1939
    Prof. J.L.B. Smith sees the coelacanth, caught seven weeks earlier near East London, for the first time.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, February 16, 1935
    Leonore Veenemans, South African soprano, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, February 16, 1939
    Marita Napier, South African opera singer, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, February 16, 1923
    The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb is unsealed in Egypt. 
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  • Thursday, February 16, 1922
    Daniël Petrus Goosen, secretary for the Academy of Science and Art, is born in Schweizer-Reneke, western Transvaal.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, February 16, 1880
    Pres. Paul Kruger receives the Order of the Netherlands Lion (Orde van die Nederlandse Leeu), awarded to Dutch citizens for service to the fatherland. ---, (2005). 'Pretoria 1855-2005: Chronologie 1798-1935', Bylaag tot Rekord
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, February 16, 1897
    Cecil John Rhodes gives evidence before the South African Committee of the House of Commons on the Jameson Raid enquiry.
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  • Friday, February 16, 1877
    Chief Sekukuni of the Bapedi signs peace with the Boers in the Transvaal.
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  • Tuesday, February 16, 1858
    The constitution of the ZAR (South African Republic) is finally ratified by a Volksraad in which Soutpansberg is also represented, upon which Stephanus Schoeman accepts office as commandant-general.
    References:
    • Muller, C.F.J. (ed)(1981). Five Hundred years: a history of South Africa; 3rd rev. ed., Pretoria: Academica, p. 259.

  • Friday, February 16, 1838
    Arnoldus Pannevis, member of the Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners, is born in Oudekerk, the Netherlands.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, February 16, 1854
    Jan Daniël Cilliers, poet under the pseudonym "Kleinjan", is born on a farm in the vicinity of Wellington, CC.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, February 16, 1777
    Sir Benjamin D'Urban, Cape Governor (1834-1837), is born in Suffolk, England.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau