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Tuesday, February 11, 1997

Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi, stage name Kwesta was born in Katlehong, Gauteng on 11 February 1997.[i] Kwesta debut studio album was “Special ReKwest”, which was released in 2010 and includes hit singles such as “Stomp”; “Flash It”; “Pump It”; and “Flava”.[ii] The track “Stomp” was used in the soundtrack of the American action film Death Race 3: Inferno.

This article was produced by South African History Online on 08-Mar-2018

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  • Sunday, February 11, 2007
    South Africa's acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir under direction of  David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer win in the Best Traditional World Music for their second album Blessed at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
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  • Friday, February 11, 2005
    President Thabo Mbeki's State of the Nation speech coincides with another great moment in South Africa's history the freeing of former president Nelson Mandela fifteen years ago. http://www.news24.com

  • Friday, February 11, 2005
    A new SABC/Markinor survey released in Johannesburg discloses that nine out of ten South Africans have cited unemployment and job creation as being at the top on their lists of concerns.. http://www.news24.com

  • Friday, February 11, 2000
    In South Africa it is reported that at least nineteen people have died and twelve are feared drowned after torrential rains hit the northern province of Mpumalanga.
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  • Friday, February 11, 2000
    The Nelson Mandela Museum is opened. It is being developed as a single component comprising three elements, namely a museum in Umtata, a youth centre at Qunu and a visitors' centre in Mvezo, where Mandela was born.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 90

  • Wednesday, February 11, 1998
    The game between the Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, and Cote d'Ivoure ends in a tie with one goal scored on each side.
    References:
    • (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Thursday, February 11, 1993
    A Somali gunman hijacks a Lufthansa Airbus over Austria with 104 people aboard and orders it flown to New York, where he surrenders peacefully and releases his hostages unharmed.
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  • Sunday, February 11, 1996
    Powerful car bombs kill seventeen people and wound ninety-three in Algiers.
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  • Thursday, February 11, 1993
    SA signs agreement with Namibia regarding standards of livestock breeding and the importation of breeding animals, semen, ova or eggs in Southern Africa.
  • Sunday, February 11, 1990
    The South African Defence Force (SADF) admits the existence of a secret unit called the Civil Co-operation Bureau (CCB), which was also allegedly involved in hit-squad actions against activists. President De Klerk said in March 1990 that he had been informed about the CCB only in January 1990.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1990). Race Relations Survey 1989/90, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 200.

  • Sunday, February 11, 1990
    Ten people are killed when Ciskei soldiers use force against a group revellers celebrating Nelson Mandel's release in Mdantsane, Ciskei.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 269.

  • Thursday, February 11, 1988
    A delegation of four members of the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa, led by Dr Nico Smith, talks with the ANC in Lusaka, Zambia.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.news24.com

  • Sunday, February 11, 1990
    Nelson Mandela is released from prison after twenty-seven years.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Meer, F. (ed)(1993). The Codesa file. Durban: Madiba Publishers
    •  https://timelines.ws/

  • Thursday, February 11, 1988
    With the return of President Lucas Mangope to office after the short-lived coup, students at the University of Bophuthatswana damage and loot the campus, destroying property of the University worth hundreds of thousands of rands. In response 750 students are evicted from their hostels and the university is closed down indefinitely.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 303

  • Thursday, February 11, 1982
    A call for a thirty-minute work stoppage, in protest against the death of Dr. Aggett, is supported by virtually all independent Black unions, and tens of thousands of workers. Outrage at his death cuts across racial lines, with White opposition politicians, lawyers, academics and churchmen leading demands for the end of prolonged detention without trial in solitary detention and the intolerable pressures it creates.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 1987
    Jim Msebenzi Mahlangu, headman of Tweefontein, disappears. He was last seen in a white E20 combi at 152 Tweefontein.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 260.

  • Friday, February 11, 1977
    Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam becomes Ethiopia's head of state. Mengistu, head of the Provisional Armed Forces Committee or Dergue (Shadow) has instigated the "Red Terror" against competing Marxist groups – killing and torturing students (several children are shot for wearing school uniforms) and intellectuals.
  • Tuesday, February 11, 1975
    The two-day visit of Prime Minister Vorster to Liberia for talks with President Tolbert starts.
  • Friday, February 11, 1977
    The appointment of South Africa's Ambassador to the United States, R.F. 'Pik' Botha, as the country's next foreign minister, is announced by the prime minister and welcomed by Black delegates at the United Nations.
    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.) 11February 1977 ”“ In a 'Declaration of Commitment' the Bishops' Conference states it will promote Black consciousness in solidarity with all those who work for the legitimate aspirations of oppressed people. (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, February 11, 1975
    A second report by the Commission of Inquiry, under the chairmanship of Justice Van Wyk de Vries, appointed in 1968 to investigate the activities of South Africa's universities and the University of South Africa (UNISA), is submitted to Parliament. The report, completed in 1972, recommends that the Minister of Education be empowered to declare any inter-university or student organisation undesirable, if it is engaged in political activities. NUSAS is particularly targeted.
    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, February 11, 1972
    The House of Assembly approves, by eighty-six votes to forty-three, a motion to appoint a Select Committee to inquire into and report upon the objects, organisation, activities, financing and related matters of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), the South African Institute of Race Relations, the University Christian Movement (UCM), the Christian Institute of Southern Africa and their subordinate organizations.
  • Tuesday, February 11, 1975
    A Rhodesian government spokesman announces that elements of the South African police are withdrawing from certain forward positions on the Zambezi River, after undertakings from the Zambian government about guerrilla infiltrations there.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 1970
    A delegation from Mauritius arrives in Cape Town to discuss ways of strengthening links between Mauritius and South Africa.
  • Friday, February 11, 1966
    Part of District Six is proclaimed as a White group area.  New Coloured residential areas will be established on the Cape Flats.
    References:
    • Joyce: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

  • Tuesday, February 11, 1969
    Four former National Party members join the newly formed Herstigte Nasionale Party.
  • Monday, February 11, 1963
    Nineteen miners are killed in a Reef mineshaft accident.
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  • Monday, February 11, 1963
    The defence minister, J.J. Fouché, announces in the House of Assembly that he intends to increase the strength of the permanent army by fifty per cent.
  • Thursday, February 11, 1960
    Faizelf Ismael, chief director Export and Investment Promotion, Dept of Trade and Industry, and former Black student leader and activist, is born. d former
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Saturday, February 11, 1956
    Christopher Nceba Faku, political activist and prisoner and mayor of Port Elizabeth for several terms, is born in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth.
  • Monday, February 11, 1946
    During the South African Indian Congress (SAIC) Conference held in Cape Town, a deputation of sixty Indians calls on the Prime Minister, Field Marshal Smuts, urging him to postpone the legislation on the Asiatic Land Tenure and Indian Representations Bill, pending a round table conference with India. He refuses their request for a round table conference and insists that he would proceed with legislation.
  • Sunday, February 11, 1951
    Kwame Nkrumah wins the first parliamentary election on the Gold Coast (Ghana).
  • Monday, February 11, 1946
    The Rev. John Langalibalele Dube (Mafukuzela), politician and founder and first editor of the Zulu newspaper Ilanga lase Natal (now Ilanga), dies in Umhlanga, Natal.  He was the first Black person to receive a D.Phil. honoris causa from a SA university.
    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. 4, p. 96.
    •  https://www.news24.com

  • Sunday, February 11, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2: The second British offensive begins with a British invasion of the Orange Free State when almost 50,000 men and 170 guns cross the border from Modder River and Graspan to a water-rich farm at Ramdam. 
    References:
    • Cloete, P.G. (2000). The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology, Pretoria: Lapa.
    •  https://africanhistory.about.com/

  • Monday, February 11, 1935
    League of Nations debates the border dispute between Italy and Ethiopia, whilst Mussolini prepares to ship out 35,000 troops to East Africa.
  • Tuesday, February 11, 1896
    Jeremy Schulman, South African violinist and conductor, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, February 11, 1889
    Daniel Johannes Smal, reciter, producer of oneman shows and champion for the founding of a school for drama in Pretoria, is born in Petrusville, Free State.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, February 11, 1888
    Ndebele (Matabele) King Lobengula accepts British protection and the British South Africa Company imposes protectorate over Ndebele Kingdom, as Matabeleland Protectorate (not recognised by the Ndebele). 
  • Friday, February 11, 1842
    The Nepaul, a British ship of 462 ton, runs aground while leaving Swartvlei Bay on the Cape coast.   Three sailors die.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, February 11, 1887
    J. van Melle (Johannes), author of inter alia "Bart Nel", is born in Goes, the Netherlands. 
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, February 11, 1699
    Gov. Simon van der Stel is succeeded by his son, Willem Adriaan.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, February 11, 1671
    Governor Isbrand Goske dispatches an expedition to Hottentots Holland to decide whether the district is suitable for permanent settlement.
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