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Friday, February 12, 1965

Public places of recreation in white areas were proclaimed in accordance with provisions of the Group Areas Act of 1950. Following the proclamation, blacks were prohibited from entering these public places of recreation. The proclamation also listed sporting events, theatres and concerts in white areas from which blacks were barred. This proclamation was made 15 years after the Group Areas Act was promulgated.

This article was produced by South African History Online on 07-Feb-2013

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Saturday, February 12, 2000
    The game between the Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, and Tunisia ends in a tie 2-2. . 
    References:
    • ----, (2004). 'Lucas Radebe: Footballer of the Decade,' Kick Off 1994-2004, Special Edition, p. 10

  • Friday, February 12, 1999
    James Aubrey Polley (61), flamboyant former minister of the Methodist Church and anti-apartheid activist, dies. He was detained several times, i.a. because he protected Breyten Breytenbach.
  • Saturday, February 12, 1994
    Nineteen political parties have registered for the forthcoming April 1994 general election.
  • Sunday, February 12, 1995
    Zairian soldiers begin to police Rwandan refugee camps in Zaire as part of a UN peacekeeping operation.
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  • Friday, February 12, 1993
    President Didier Ratsiraka of Madagascar is voted out after seventeen years in office.
    References:
    • The Star, 10 Feb. 2002. Milestones

  • Friday, February 12, 1993
    Exchange of notes with Namibia takes place. It concerns formal school and technical college instructional programmes and the performance by the South African Certification Council of functions in the Republic of Namibia.
  • Wednesday, February 12, 1992
    Community and sports leader Hassan Howa dies. The government posthumously bestowed a presidential medal on him in 1998.
    References:
    • Sonderling, N.E. (ed.) New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.2, Pretoria: Vista.
    •  https://www.sahistory.org.za

  • Friday, February 12, 1993
    The SA government and the ANC agree to a plan which will lead to Black majority rule by 1999.   In 1994 a parliament of 400 members will be elected as interim government.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.news24.com

  • Tuesday, February 12, 1991
    Following a twelve-hour meeting in Cape Town between President de Klerk and ANC Deputy-President Nelson Mandela, they announce that they have resolved differences on the interpretation of the Pretoria Minute. Under the new agreement, the authorities undertake to expedite the return of exiles and the release of political prisoners while the ANC assents to end the recruitment and training of cadres for its armed branch Umkhonto we Sizwe.
  • Wednesday, February 12, 1992
    Libya refuses to hand over the accused in the Lockerbie air disaster.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, February 12, 1990
    African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela meets the world's press at the official residence of the Archbishop of Cape Town and says he "understands White fears of domination" and that "the ANC is concerned to address the problem and to find a solution which will suit both Blacks and Whites in this country".
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  • Sunday, February 12, 1989
    The Vatican issues a report, "The Church and Racism", in which apartheid is condemned as the most evil, systematic form of institutionalised racism. The report follows confirmation a few days earlier that the Pope would visit South Africa in the coming year.
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  • Sunday, February 12, 1989
    The student activists Porta Shabangu, Thabo Mohale and Derrick Mashobane are ambushed and shot in Swaziland by a Vlakplaas division under command of Eugene de Kock.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 250.

  • Saturday, February 12, 1983
    Seventy-six people are injured in an explosion at the offices of the Administration Board of the Free State in Bloemfontein.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, February 12, 1979
    Nationalist guerrillas in Rhodesia shoot down an Air Rhodesia airliner with a missile, killing fifty-nine people.
  • Tuesday, February 12, 1980
    The Quail Commission, who examined the question of the feasibility of independence of the Ciskei at the request of the Ciskei government, releases its report. It finds that ninety per cent of all Ciskei's favour a one-man one-vote system within South Africa and advises against independence as a first option.
  • Monday, February 12, 1979
    The State Security Council (SSC) approves guidelines for the conducting of military operations against liberation movements in foreign countries.
  • Thursday, February 12, 1976
    The report of the Snyman Commission into the disturbances on the campus of the University of the North at Turfloop, finds that the South African Students Organisation (SASO) was responsible for the unrest at Turfloop and other Black campuses, and was aimed at overthrowing the political system in South Africa.
  • Saturday, February 12, 1972
    Dr Albertus Daniel Keet  (83), poet of the first Afrikaans love poems, dies in Senekal, Orange Free State.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, February 12, 1970
    Israeli air raid on scrap metal plant in Egypt kills seventy civilians.
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  • Wednesday, February 12, 1964
    The Rev. T.C. Esterhuysen (Oom Essie, 66), missionary and moderator of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, February 12, 1965
    A proclamation applies a section of the Group Areas Act to all public places of recreation, including sporting events, theatres and concerts so that such places in White areas could not be frequented by non-Whites and vice versa.
  • Monday, February 12, 1951
    Kwame Nkrumah, first prime minister and later president of Ghana, is freed from prison.
  • Thursday, February 12, 1953
    Britain and Egypt sign new treaty, according to which Sudan is to have independence within three years.
  • Saturday, February 12, 1949
    leader, Hassan el Banna, is shot to death – probably by the Egyptian government's security branch.
  • Wednesday, February 12, 1930
    Tshikudo Paul Tavhana (also Thavhana), S.A carver and sculptor, is born in Dzanani, Limpopo.
    References:
    • Rankin: Images of Wood, p. 174

  • Tuesday, February 12, 1946
    The South African Indian Congress (SAIC) Conference decides to prepare to resist. It also decides to send delegations to India, Britain and the United States. The delegation to India was to request the government of India to seek a round table conference with South Africa, and, if that failed, to withdraw its High Commissioner from South Africa and apply economic sanctions against South Africa.
  • Tuesday, February 12, 1924
    Howard Carter examines the remains of Tutankamen when the lid of the sarcophagus is lifted for the first time in 3,300 years.
  • Thursday, February 12, 1885
    German East Africa Company is chartered.
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  • Thursday, February 12, 1880
    The Rev. Frans Lion Cachet founds Ermelo.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, February 12, 1869
    A second treaty is signed for the establishment of the border between the Orange Free State and Basutoland.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, February 12, 1862
    Sir Thomas Cullinan, digger and founder of the Premier diamond company, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, February 12, 1850
    The country's first art show opens in Cape Town, with some 500 items on exhibit.
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  • Thursday, February 12, 1835
    Hintsa, chief of the Xhosa, is shot, while allegedly trying to escape from the British forces at the start of the 6th frontier war. 12 May and 13 May are also given as dates for this event by other sources.
    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. 5, p. 524.

  • Friday, February 12, 1751
    The Dutch East India Company issues an order that the statutes of India are to be followed strictly in the Cape.
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