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Police open fire, killing 34 striking mine-workers at Marikana

Thursday, 16 August 2012
Police opened fire killing 34 striking mine workers at Marikana, North West Province. During this fateful event 78 people were left wounded while more than 250 people were arrested. The protesting miners were demanding a wage increase at the Lonmin platinum mine. This was the biggest incident of police brutality since the dawn of democracy and it revived memories of brutality suffered under Apartheid security police. ..
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1862 The first documented football matches in South Africa are played in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (between White ...read more
1978/9 Exiled artists, members of the African National Congress (ANC) and other liberation movements in Botswana, ...read more
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1600s In the Dutch colonial era, from the 17th century on, indigenous tribes people and slaves imported from the east ...read more
1824 The Glasgow Missionary Society founded the school of Lovedale at Alice in the Tyume valley in 1824. 1877 The ...read more
1971 Closure of The Classic, by Nat Nakasa, editor. Publication of ‘Sounds of a Cowhide Drum’, Oswald Mtshali’s first ...read more
1895 The Kinetescope (invented by Thomas Edison) was a box in which people could see a moving image. The first ...read more
Photograph by Peter Magubane, published in the book Sowetho from 1978 1932 Born in Vrededorp, South Africa. ...read more
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1938 Moses Tladi held his first one person show in the Swedish hall in Hankock street, Johannesburg. 1949 July,  ...read more

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