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Friday, April 15, 1988

Juan Leon de Jongh was born in Paarl, Western Cape on 15 April 1988.[i] Juan is a professional South African rugby player.[ii] His position of choice in “centre” in rugby.[iii] He attended Huguenot High School in Wellington.[iv] Juan showed great promise in the

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  • Sunday, April 15, 2007
    Hannah Botha (84), veteran actress and one of the main characters in Egoli, dies in Johannesburg.
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  • Monday, April 15, 2002
    Kenyans dominate the 106th Boston Marathon, winning both men's and women's titles and capturing the four top spots and six of the top ten in the men's competition.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 1998
    Thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight school children, die in a bus accident near Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, April 15, 2000
    A White farmer, Davis Stevens, is shot dead in Zimbabwe by squatters occupying his land. He is the first White farmer to be killed in the on-going land confrontations involving so-called "war veterans" backed by President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party.
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  • Monday, April 15, 1996
    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, under chairman Archbishop Desmond Tutu, starts its first formal hearings in East London.
    References:
    • The Star, 15th April 2003. Milestones
    •  Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.andibradley.com/
    •  https://www.sahistory.org.za

  • Wednesday, April 15, 1992
    Governments across the world apply United Nations (UN) sanctions against Libya because of its alleged involvement in the destruction of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie in 1988 and the bombing of a French plane over Niger in 1989.
  • Saturday, April 15, 1995
    Ministers from 109 countries sign a 26,000-page world trade agreement known as the Uruguay Round accords in Morocco.
  • Monday, April 15, 1991
    EC lifts sanctions previously imposed on South Africa (1985) as goodwill gesture for promised improvements to a multi-racial society.
  • Monday, April 15, 1991
    The ANC and the PAC hold a joint conference in Harare (15-16 April), brokered by President Robert Mugabe.
    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, April 15, 1988
    Odirile Maponya of Umkhonto weSizwe is killed when a bomb, intended for the Sterland complex, Arcadia, Pretoria, explodes in his hands.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, April 15, 1986
    US attempts an air strike at Colonel Muammar Kadhaffi's home in Libya in the biggest US air strike since the Vietnam War. Libya claims forty people have been killed. The US says the raids are in response to an explosion at a Berlin discotheque in which two Americans were killed on 5 April.
  • Monday, April 15, 1985
    South Africa's Foreign Minister announces that South African troop withdrawal from Angola is to be completed within a week.
    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, April 15, 1974
    The fifteen-year rule of President Hamani Diori in Niger comes to end when he is deposed in a coup.
  • Thursday, April 15, 1982
    Five people found guilty of Anwar Sadat's assassination are executed.
  • Sunday, April 15, 1973
    Matthews "Loop en Val" Motshwareteu, the Black athlete who broke the national 5 000 m record in Stellenbosch, has, after only five weeks of track athletics, entered the annals of the country's athletics history.
    References:
    • The Star, 15th April 2003. Star History

  • Sunday, April 15, 1990
    SA formally implements the Montreal Protocol for the control of ozone-duplicating substances.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1990). Race Relations Survey 1989/90, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 429

  • Sunday, April 15, 1973
    Werner Swanepoel, rugby player of Free State, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, April 15, 1966
    Ugandan Prime Minister Milton Obote is declared president under a new constitution.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 1964
    André Joubert, Springbok rugby player, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, April 15, 1960
    O.H.M. Chabane, MRC for Public Works, Northern Province Provincial Government and founder member of AZASO, is born. He was arrested in 1984 and spent from 1985 up to his release in 1990 on Robben Island.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001 ..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Thursday, April 15, 1954
    Riotous Assemblies and Suppression of Communism Amendment Act No 15 commences. It contains banning powers over publications deemed to incite hostility between groups, and thus has the potential to affect any publication concerned with social change.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 1953
    The National Party of Dr D.F. Malan wins 94 of the 156 seats and the opposition 62 in the general election.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, April 15, 1954
    Walter Sisulu acts as speaker at a meeting of the African National Congress in Sophiatown, Johannesburg. Sisulu urges the Blacks not to allow themselves to be removed from the Western areas.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 1936
    Italian forces occupy the Abyssinian town of Dessye, having advanced 125 miles in the last five days.
  • Friday, April 15, 1949
    Prof. Adriaan Francken, authority on painting and classic languages, dies in Bloemfontein.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, April 15, 1924
    Richard Owen Dudley, president of the New Unity Movement, 1985, and active campaigner against separate schooling based on colour and other government structures that upheld the apartheid system, is born in Newlands, Cape Town.
    References:
    • Gastrow: Who's Who in South African Politics

  • Sunday, April 15, 1906
    Alexander John (Sandy) Bell, SA cricket player in sixteen test matches (1929-1935), is born in East London. 
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, April 15, 1912
    A.G. Howard of the Union Weather Service issues the first weather forecast for the Union as a whole from the branch office in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 7, p. 360

  • Wednesday, April 15, 1903
    The tobacco industry in Hekpoort and Magaliesburg is in full swing again.   The crop since the war (Anglo-Boer War 2) has been gathered and machinery destroyed during hostilities has been reinstalled.
    References:
    • The Star, 15th April 2003. Star History

  • Wednesday, April 15, 1891
    The Katanga Company is formed in Brussels to exploit copper deposits in the Katanga area of Central Africa.
  • Monday, April 15, 1889
    Jozua Francois (Tom) Naudé, first president of the senate of the Republic of South Africa in 1961 and acting state president, is born in Middelburg, Cape Colony.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, April 15, 1869
    William Govan Bennie, educationist and author, is born in Lovedale, Cape.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, April 15, 1854
    Dutch is proclaimed "the chief language" in the Orange Free State.
    References:
    • Pretoria News, 15 April 2004, Today in History

  • Thursday, April 15, 1852
    Prof. W.S.  Logemann, professor in Dutch, French, German and history at the Victoria College in Stellenbosch, is born in Haarlem, the Netherlands.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, April 15, 1654
    Merchant Jan van Riebeeck is appointed commander at the Cape at a salary of 90 Dutch guilder per year and not 150, as was his request.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, April 15, 1834
    Thomas Francois Burgers, state president of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR), is born on the farm Langfontein, Graaff-Reinet.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  - --, (2005). 'Pretoria 1855-2005: Chronologie 1798-1935', Bylaag tot Rekord