South African History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 569

  • 1950-06-13 South African parliament accept "Groups Area Act"
  • 1950-06-27 South Africa heeds United Nations call to assist Korea
  • 1950-07-17 Suppression of Communism Act comes into force in South Africa
  • 1951-05-31 Netherlands & South Africa sign cultural accord
  • 1951-06-18 In South Africa, the Suppression of Communism Act commences
  • 1952-03-24 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa
  • 1953-04-15 Malans National Party wins South African elections
  • 1953-06-09 South African premier D. F. Malan visits the Netherlands
  • 1953-07-15 ANC members, Walter Sisulu and Duma Nokwe leave South Africa and go overseas under false names
  • 1954-07-12 ANC President Albert Luthuli banned by South African Minister of Justice from attending public gatherings and confined to the magisterial district of Lower Tugela, Natal
  • 1954-08-01 South African Natives Resettlement Act comes into being, empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg
  • 1954-11-30 John Strydom succeeds D. F. Malan as premier of South Africa
  • 1955-06-09 Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, v South Africa at Trent Bridge
  • 1955-06-26 Freedom Charter signed in South Africa
  • 1955-11-09 UN disapproves of South Africa's apartheid politics
  • 1956-07-10 Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, South Africa, a soldier of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC
  • 1956-08-09 South African women demonstrate against pass laws
  • 1956-08-17 One of the largest demonstrations in South Africa's history, 20,000 women marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings to present petition against carrying of passes by women to the Prime Minister
  • 1957-05-22 South Africa's government approves race separation in universities
  • 1957-12-23 Test cricket debut for all-time great Australian wicketkeeper Wally Grout and future captain and coach Bobby Simpson, 1st Test v South Africa in Johannesburg
  • 1958-01-03 Australian cricket fast bowler Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick (Eddie Fuller, Hugh Tayfield, Neil Adcock) as South Africa dismissed for 99 in follow-on 2nd Test at Cape Town
  • 1958-03-14 South Africa's government prohibits the African National Congress
  • 1958-09-02 Hendrik Verwoerd appointed Prime Minister of South Africa
  • 1959-06-16 South African Apartheid government efforts to remove Black people from Cato Manor close to the Durban city center to newly established black township Kwa Mashu, on outskirts met with violent resistance
  • 1959-08-12 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
  • 1959-11-17 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
  • 1960-01-01 A photograph of a South African boy in a torn vest is published in the Daily Herald; it was illegal to employ a 'native' under 18 in the mines under the Native Labour Regulation Act
  • 1960-01-21 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning

Historic Event

1960-02-03 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians

  • 1960-03-21 Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC
  • 1960-04-09 South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt by David Pratt despite being twice shot in the face
  • 1960-06-06 South African police kill 11 Pondo's at Nqusa Hill
  • 1960-06-24 Geoff Griffin takes a hat-trick South Africa v England Lord's
  • 1960-06-25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • 1960-08-08 Charges against 53 of the 76 Africans detained after the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa are dropped
  • 1961-03-15 South Africa withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • 1961-03-17 South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
  • 1961-05-04 South Africa ANC leader John Nkadimeng arrested
  • 1961-05-31 Union of South Africa becomes a republic, leaves Commonwealth
  • 1961-06-27 Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa
  • 1961-06-29 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calls for South Africa's withdrawal at the Geneva Conference in protest of the racial policies of the South African government
  • 1961-08-24 Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice
  • 1961-12-08 South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock
  • 1962-06-15 South Africa passes a bill setting death penalty for many crimes
  • 1962-06-27 In South Africa, the General Law Amendment Act (Sabotage Act) No 76 commences, increasing the state president's power to declare organisations unlawful and to add further restrictions to banning orders
  • 1962-08-04 Nelson Mandela captured by South African police
  • 1962-08-05 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement and for illegally leaving South Africa
  • 1962-11-06 UN General Assembly adopts resolution condemning South Africa
  • 1963-06-25 Curnick Ndlovu, South African worker's union leader and African National Congress Leader, is arrested for acts of sabotage
  • 1963-06-30 International Labour Organisation excludes South Africa from its two-day meeting because of its apartheid policies
  • 1963-07-06 South African workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested
  • 1963-07-13 Indian government announces it will cut last remaining links with South Africa by refusing landing facilities to South African aircraft
  • 1963-07-18 The United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid releases its second interim report pressing for international sanctions against South Africa, particularly the supply of arms, ammunition and petroleum
  • 1963-08-11 Four ANC political detainees escape from Pretoria Central prison in South Africa
  • 1963-10-20 South Africa begins trial of Nelson Mandela & 8 others on conspiracy charges
  • 1963-12-07 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
  • 1964-06-24 In South Africa, the 90-Days Act commences, providing for any person to be detained, without trial, for 90 days; further, the person could be re-arrested under the same law for another 90 days
  • 1964-08-18 South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies
  • 1964-10-04 3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81
  • 1964-11-17 British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1965-01-06 Geoff Boycott takes 3-47 against South Africa, his best Test bowling
  • 1965-04-01 South Africa worker's union leader Henry Fazzie sentenced to 10 years
  • 1965-06-15 South Africa begins economic boycott of Dutch products
  • 1965-07-03 Harold Strachan, member of the Communist Party of South Africa and Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress, is served with a restriction order in terms of the Suppression of Communism Act
  • 1965-12-01 South Africa's government says children of white fathers are white
  • 1966-03-17 South Africa's government bans Defense & Aid Fund
  • 1966-05-01 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • 1966-06-22 South African Bishop Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, is refused a passport and thus permission to attend an international church conference by the South African government
  • 1966-07-16 Number of banned persons in South Africa totals 936; the individuals are banned under various laws, most prominently the Suppression of Communism and Riotous Assembly Acts
  • 1966-08-03 South African government bans records by The Beatles
  • 1966-09-13 Johannes Balthazar Vorster sworn in as premier of South Africa
  • 1966-10-27 UN deprives South Africa of Namibia
  • 1967-05-23 Government bans submarines near South Africa

Historic Event

1967-12-03 1st human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr. Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky

  • 1968-04-20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
  • 1968-07-29 Gram Parsons refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa
  • 1969-06-30 In South Africa, General Laws Amendment Bill is passed; the Bill contains far-reaching provisions and restrictions affecting the administration of justice and the disclosure of evidence
  • 1970-01-01 The University College of Zululand, formerly affiliated to the University of South Africa, attains full academic autonomy as the University of Zululand.
  • 1970-01-22 Test debut of Barry Richards, South Africa v Australia, Cape Town
  • 1970-02-05 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban

Sports History

1970-02-11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

  • 1970-03-10 South Africa cricket team complete 4-0 series drubbing of Australia in South Africa, in the country's last official international cricket test for 22 years
  • 1970-08-13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1970-08-19 The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status
  • 1971-03-03 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles

Historic Event

1971-03-03 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa

  • 1971-03-31 South Africa national debt hits 5.45 billion
  • 1971-06-21 International Court of Justice asks South Africa to pull out of Namibia
  • 1971-06-22 Pretoria court rules that the former leader of the banned Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Robert Sobukwe, will not be allowed to use his exit permit to leave South Africa for study in the United States
  • 1972-01-01 Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.
  • 1972-06-01 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • 1972-06-24 South African runner Danie Malan sets a new 1,000m world record 2:16.0 in Munich, Germany
  • 1972-07-03 Themba Sono is forced to resign as president of South African Student Organisation (SASO)
  • 1972-07-12 Twelve years after the banning of the ANC and Pan Africanist Congress, a new political movement, the Black People Convention is formed after a three day long conference in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • 1972-09-30 Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)
  • 1973-11-23 Arab summit conference adopts open and secret resolutions on the use of the oil weapons; embargo extended to Portugal, Rhodesia, and South Africa
  • 1974-01-01 With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa
  • 1974-06-01 Arab oil ministers decide to end most restrictions on exports of oil to the United States but continue embargo against the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and Rhodesia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 473

  • 1929-06-28 Helena van Heerden, South African pianist
  • 1929-08-21 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, born in Schweizer-Reneke (d. 2017)
  • 1929-11-27 Billy Nair, South African union/SACP leader (20 yrs in Robbeneiland Prison)
  • 1930-01-19 John Waite, cricket wicket-keeper (great South African)
  • 1930-04-15 Elijah Barayi, head of South Africa union centre (COSATU), born in Lingelihle, Eastern Cape (d. 1994)
  • 1930-06-03 Michael Melle, South African cricketer (pace bowler of early 1950's), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1930-07-09 Roy McLean, South African cricketer (prolific South African batsman played 40 Tests), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal, South Africa
  • 1930-08-04 David M G Curry, South African Labour Party parliament leader
  • 1930-10-13 Piet Clase, South African politician (Minister of Education), born in Bothaville, South Africa
  • 1931-01-10 Alex Boraine, South Africa politician, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1931-03-08 Neil Adcock, South African cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 104 wickets @ 21.10), born in Cape Town, Western Cape (d. 2013)
  • 1931-04-19 Kobie Coetsee, South African Minister of Defense (1993-94) and Minister of Justice (1980-93), born in Ladybrand, South Africa (d. 2000)
  • 1931-07-15 Eugene Louw, South African minister of Internal affairs
  • 1931-08-01 Trevor Goddard, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1931-08-02 Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58), born in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa (d. 2008)
  • 1931-08-09 Mark Weinberg, South African-British financier and multi-millionaire, born in South Africa

Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu (1931-2021)

1931-10-07 Anglican Archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa

  • 1931-12-28 Georg "Org" Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
  • 1932-02-03 Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 2013)
  • 1932-03-04 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2008) [1]
  • 1932-03-09 Sister Bernard Ncube, South African religious sister and anti-apartheid, born in Johannesburg (d. 2012)

F. W. de KlerkF. W. de Klerk (1932-2021)

1932-03-18 South African President (1989-94) and winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa

  • 1932-03-31 Godfrey Lawrence, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 8-53 v NZ 1961), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • 1932-04-27 Roelof "Pik" Botha, South African minister of Foreign affairs, born in Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1932-06-11 Athol Fugard, South African anti-apartheid writer (Blood Knot), born in Middelburg, South Africa
  • 1932-06-26 Harry Bromfield, South African cricket spin bowler (9 Tests, 17 wickets; Western Province), born in Mossel Bay, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1933-03-06 Kim Elgie, South African cricketer (South African bat v NZ 1961-62, Scotland RU intl)
  • 1933-07-17 Tony Pithey, Rhodesian cricket batsman (17 Tests for South Africa; top score 154, 1965), born in Mutare, Zimbabwe (d. 2006)
  • 1933-08-14 Bryce Courtenay, Australian novelist (The Power of One), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1933-10-10 Gerald Masters, South African-British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • 1933-12-06 Jim Pothecary, South African cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets; Western Province), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1934-03-11 Sydney Burke, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 11-196 on Test debut v NZ 1961), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1934-05-26 Dullah Omar, South African attorney and UDF-leader, born in Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2004)
  • 1934-08-11 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and master of Clare College Cambridge, (d. 2015)
  • 1934-10-03 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles; 3 senior PGA titles; World Cup 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2004)
  • 1934-11-09 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1935-02-05 John J "Jannie" Geldenhuys, supreme commander South African army
  • 1935-02-28 Clive Halse, cricketer (South African fast bowler on 1963-64 Aust/NZ tour)
  • 1935-05-26 Sheila Steafel, South African-British actress (The 10th Kingdom), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1935-05-29 André Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), born in Vrede, Free State
  • 1935-05-29 Denis Worrall, South African politician and leader (DP), born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
  • 1935-06-25 Wynand Breytenbach, South African soldier and politician, Deputy Minister of Defense (1986-94), born in Orange Free State, South Africa (d. 2002)
  • 1935-07-12 Chris Burger, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1957-58), born in Randfontein, South Africa (d. 2014)
  • 1935-07-24 George Varnals, South African cricket batsman (England 1964-65)
  • 1935-08-05 Zakes Mokae, actor (Comedians), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1935-10-09 Paul Barton, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests, 1 x 100; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Gary PlayerGary Player (87 years old)

1935-11-01 South African golfer (9-time major title winner), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 1936-01-08 Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African Minister of Education (1979-82), born in Lichtenburg, South Africa
  • 1936-06-05 Kelly Seymour, South African cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70), born in Kokstad, South Africa (d. 2019)

Winnie MandelaWinnie Mandela (1936-2018)

1936-09-26 South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, born in Bizana, Pondoland, South Africa

  • 1936-10-04 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), born in Salisbury, Zimbabwe (d. 2018)
  • 1936-10-22 Neville E Alexander, South african (10 years in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • 1936-12-08 Buster Farrer, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64), born in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1937-03-09 Grahame Chevalier, South African cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1970, 0 & 0*, 5-100), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1937-03-14 Peter van der Merwe, South African cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • 1937-07-01 Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, South African ANCer and Umkhonto we Sizwe-leader, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1937-08-04 Jacobus H "Koos" van de Merwe, South African attorney/CP parliament leader
  • 1937-12-11 Adriaan Vlok, South African politician (Minister of Law & Order (1986-91), born in Sutherland, South Africa
  • 1938-04-05 Colin Bland, South African cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • 1938-04-18 Andreas Liebenberg, South African military commander, born in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • 1938-05-24 Glen Hall, South African cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test v England 1964), born in Pretoria, Transvaal (d. 1987)
  • 1938-06-21 James Botten, South African cricketer (all-rounder in 1965 South African series v England), born in Pretoria, Transvaal (d. 2006)
  • 1938-07-18 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, born in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • 1938-10-28 Peter Carlstein, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1958-64), born in Klerksdorp, South Africa
  • 1938-11-19 Richard Dumbrill, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder in 5 Tests 1965-67)
  • 1938-11-24 Wynne Bradburn, cricketer (father of Grant NZ batsman v South Africa 1964)
  • 1938-12-09 Rina Venter, South African Minister of National Health and Population Development (1989-94)
  • 1938-12-15 Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei
  • 1939-02-09 Janet Suzman, South African actress (Dry White Season, Nuns on the Run)
  • 1939-04-04 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz", born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1939-06-06 Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement), born in Barberton, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • 1939-06-12 Geoff Griffin, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; first RSA Test hat-trick 1960), born in Greytown, Natal Province, South Africa (d. 2006)
  • 1939-06-26 Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, South African Secretary-General (Bishops' Conference 1983-88), born in Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • 1939-07-26 Wopko Jensma, South African poet and graphic designer, born in South Africa
  • 1939-09-15 Breyten Breytenbach, South African poet and painter, born in Bonnievale, South Africa
  • 1939-09-17 Joseph Mosikili, American-born South African broadway actor and singer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1939-10-11 Franklin Sonn, South African union leader (South African workers), born in Vosburg, South Africa
  • 1939-11-05 Kenneth Walter, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 6 wickets), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2003)
  • 1939-12-18 Christoffel "Stoffel" van de Merwe, South African minister of Education
  • 1940-01-17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 1940-01-19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )
  • 1940-02-17 Dennis Gamsy, South African cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests, 5 dismissals; Natal), born in Glenwood, South Africa
  • 1940-02-22 Johnson Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1940-03-02 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • 1940-05-18 Pat Trimborn, South African cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • 1940-06-05 Tiger Lance, South African cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67) (d. 2010)
  • 1940-06-23 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1984), born in Mafikeng, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1940-07-10 Dawie de Villiers, South African rugby union captain and halfback (25 Tests; Western Province), born in Burgersdorp, South Africa (d. 2022)
  • 1940-08-12 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • 1940-10-21 Manfred Mann [Michael Lubowitz], British, rocker ("Mighty Quinn"; "Blinded By The Light"), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa
  • 1941-01-31 Eugène Terre'Blanche, South African white supremacist and leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, born in Ventersdorp, Transvaal Province, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • 1941-09-07 Mogoboya Noko Nelson Ramodike, South African politician in Lebowa (d. 2012)
  • 1941-11-14 Hermanus J Kriel, South African minister of Planning (1989- )
  • 1942-01-14 Amichand Rajbansi, South African politician, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2011)

Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma (80 years old)

1942-04-12 South African politician, President of South Africa (2009-18), born in Nkandla, South Africa

  • 1942-05-22 Pallo Jordan, South African politician and ANC member, born in Kroonstad, Free State
  • 1942-05-24 Ali Bacher, South African cricketer (South African batsman and captain in 60's), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Thabo MbekiThabo Mbeki (80 years old)

1942-06-18 President of South Africa (1999-2008), 1st vice-president (1994-99) and economist, born in Mbewuleni, Eastern Cape

  • 1942-06-28 (Martin) "Chris" Hani, South African politician (Secretary-General of South African Communist Party, 1991-93), born in Cofimvaba, Transkei, South Africa (d. 1993)
  • 1942-10-26 John P "Jannie" Roux, South African secretary to Presidents Botha and De Klerk

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 275 of 275

  • 1993-07-11 Denis Tomlinson, South African cricket leg-spinner, dies
  • 1993-12-03 Thomas Mogotlane, South African actor (Mapantsula), dies at 40
  • 1994-02-25 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies
  • 1994-03-03 Bob Crisp, South African cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 20 wickets; Rhodesia, Western Province, Worcestershire), dies at 82
  • 1994-03-09 John Harrison, South African correspondent (BBC), dies at 48
  • 1994-04-18 Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32
  • 1994-05-09 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter & anti-apartheid activist, dies at 69
  • 1994-05-12 Xenophon Balaskas, South Africa cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 22 wkts), dies at 83
  • 1994-07-27 Kevin Carter, a South African photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner & member of the Bang-Bang Club, suicide at 33
  • 1994-08-28 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1994-11-22 Charles Fortune, South African cricket commentator, dies
  • 1994-12-26 Johannes J "Joop" Klant, Neth/South African economist/author, dies
  • 1995-01-03 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon, dies at 74
  • 1995-01-06 Joe Slovo, Latvian/South African attorney/sect-gen (SACR), dies at 68
  • 1995-05-09 Percy Mansell, South African cricketer (355 runs in 13 Tests for South Africa), dies at 75
  • 1995-07-01 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), dies at 86
  • 1996-01-19 Harold Wolpe, South African sociologist, lawyer, and activist, dies at 70
  • 1996-05-20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • 1996-12-16 Laurens Jan van der Post, South African writer, explorer and conservationist, dies at 90
  • 1996-12-22 Hetta Empson, South African-British artist, dies at 81
  • 1998-04-22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach, dies at 58
  • 1998-05-07 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • 1998-07-07 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • 2000-06-17 Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice, 1st permanent black judge on South African Supreme Court, dies at 68
  • 2000-08-14 Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)
  • 2001-08-19 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), dies at 67

Christiaan BarnardChristiaan Barnard (1922-2001)

2001-09-02 South African cardiac surgeon who performed the 1st heart transplant, dies from a severe asthma attack at 78

  • 2002-01-12 Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)
  • 2002-06-01 Hansie Cronje, South African Cricket Batsman and captain (68 Tests, 3,714 runs, 43 wickets; 188 ODIs; life ban for match-fixing 2000), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 2003-05-05 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • 2003-11-04 Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • 2003-12-30 David Bale, South African-born activist (b. 1941)
  • 2004-05-26 Dullah Omar, South African attorney and UDF-leader, dies at 69
  • 2004-07-26 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • 2004-12-26 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • 2005-01-19 K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)
  • 2005-03-16 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • 2005-12-06 Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
  • 2006-02-11 Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), dies at 62
  • 2006-09-08 Hilda Bernstein, English-born South African author, artist, and activist (b. 1915)
  • 2006-10-23 Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)

P. W. BothaP. W. Botha (1916-2006)

2006-10-31 South African politician (President of South Africa, 1984-89; Prime Minister, 1977-84), dies at 90

  • 2006-12-16 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • 2007-01-01 Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist, dies at 63
  • 2007-01-04 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • 2007-01-09 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • 2007-01-31 Adelaide Tambo, South African anti-apartheid activist, politician and wife of Oliver Tambo, dies at 77
  • 2007-03-18 Bob Woolmer, England cricket all-rounder, coach (19 Tests, coach Pakistan, South Africa), dies of diabetes at 58
  • 2007-10-18 Lucky Dube, South African reggae musician, killed by carjackers at 43
  • 2007-12-02 Henry Cele, South African actor (Shaka Zulu), dies at 66
  • 2008-01-07 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • 2008-02-15 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • 2008-04-04 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • 2008-08-15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), dies at 79
  • 2008-11-10 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 2009-12-16 Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, controversial South African Health Minister (b. 1940)
  • 2010-02-05 Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).
  • 2010-05-25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor singer, dies of meningitis at 35
  • 2010-12-26 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • 2012-03-02 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • 2012-06-07 Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist and three time Nobel Prize nominee (hominid fossil sites), dies at 86
  • 2012-09-23 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46
  • 2012-11-22 Bryce Courtenay, South African-born Australian novelist, dies from stomach cancer at 79
  • 2013-01-06 Neil Adcock, South African cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 104 wickets @ 21.10), dies from bowel cancer at 81

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela (1918-2013)

2013-12-05 South African anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and President of South Africa (1994-99), dies of a lung infection at 95

  • 2014-07-13 Nadine Gordimer, South African author & Nobel laureate, dies at 90
  • 2015-02-06 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • 2015-07-28 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991; Nottinghamshire), dies from a brain tumour at 66
  • 2015-08-21 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and Nelson Mandela's lawyer, dies at 81
  • 2015-08-25 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spin bowler (9 Tests), dies at 90
  • 2016-07-31 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88
  • 2017-02-06 Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby union halfback (89 Tests; Bulls), dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • 2017-03-02 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1994), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2017-03-28 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, dies at 87
  • 2017-06-18 Lord Joffe [Joel Goodman Joffe], South African-born British lawyer (instructing solicitor for Nelson Mandela’s defence team) and businessman, dies at 85