Today in History

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These are some of the events that happened on this day, in the South African history.

2006    The Johannesburg International Airport is officially renamed OR Tambo International Airport by President Mbeki.

OR Tambo Airport is South Africa’s main airport for domestic and international flights. It is Located in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, just outside Johannesburg. It is Africa’s busiest Airport with the capacity to handle up to 28 million passengers annually. It is named after political activist Oliver Reginald Tambo on 27 October 2006 by President Thabo Mbeki.

The airport was previously known as Johannesburg International airport and before that as Jan Smuts Airport after the former Prime Minister. The renaming garnered some controversy since the government had previously decided to no longer name airports after politicians.

OR Tambo International Airport/sahistory.org
OR Tambo International Airport/sahistory.org

2005    At least twenty people are injured in a collision between the Blue Train and the Trans Karoo at Deelfontein, near De Aar

On 27 October 2005 at about 11.30pm, the Trans Karoo Express collided with a stationary Blue Train in Deelfontein, near De Aar. The Blue Train was ahead of schedule and whiling time when the Karoo Train was diverted on to the same track and they collided. 24 people were injured in the collision.

The Chief Executive Officer of Spoornet stated that the cause of the accident was a failure in the signaling system and the absence of a back-up system. The Trans Karoo Express has since been incorporated into Shosholoza Meyl, while the Blue train, a premier luxury train, is still running.

The Blue Train and Trans Karoo Express collision/sahistory.org/www.klasslooch.com
The Blue Train and Trans Karoo Express collision/sahistory.org/www.klasslooch.com

On 27 October 2005 at about 11.30pm, the Trans Karoo Express collided with a stationary Blue Train in Deelfontein, near De Aar. The Blue Train was ahead of schedule and whiling time when the Karoo Train was diverted on to the same track and they collided. 24 people were injured in the collision.

The Chief Executive Officer of Spoornet stated that the cause of the accident was a failure in the signaling system and the absence of a back-up system. The Trans Karoo Express has since been incorporated into Shosholoza Meyl, while the Blue train, a premier luxury train, is still running.

 

2004    COSATU delegates are left at Beitbridge

In spite of being refused to visit, the thirteen delegates of the  Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu), left for Zimbabwe with the intent of meeting Zimbabwe’s Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU), civil society groups and getting first hand information regarding the political situation in Zimbabwe prior to parliamentary elections. Upon their arrival at the Airport, they were subjected to a two hour-long interrogation by government authorities. They were put on a bus by Zimbabwean police and deported to the Beitbridge border post and left there.

COSATU logo
COSATU logo

1992    Reggie Hadebe ANC Regional Executive Committee member and Media officer in the Natal Midlands Region, is gunned down

The African National Congress (ANC) Regional Executive Committee member and Media officer in the Natal Midlands Region, Mr Reggie Hadebe, was gunned down in an ambush on the Richmond-Ixopo road. Radebe was travelling with other prominent ANC members, Mr Shakes Cele and Mr John Jeffries, a lawyer. They were returning from an aborted peace meeting, which was scheduled to take place in the Ixopo area.

Reggie Hadebe's grave site/youtube
Reggie Hadebe’s grave site/youtube

1990    The ANC Youth League is re-established at Orlando stadium in Soweto

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) was re-established at Orlando stadium in Soweto after an absence of thirty years from the political arena in South Africa. The Youth League was effected through the amalgamation of two youth structures, the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) and the ANC Youth Section, which had operated in exile. The Provisional National Youth Committee (PNYC) and the National Youth Secretariat (PNYS) were set up to spearhead the rebuilding process of the Youth League nationwide. Their main responsibilities was to receive reports from all departments at the Head Office of the ANCYL, addressing developments related to the rebuilding of the Youth League and strategising a way forward.

The Youth League was mainly tasked to mobilise all sectors of the youth into active participation in the struggle to achieve democracy in South Africa. To achieve this gaol the ANCYL established contacts with various youth and student organisations locally and abroad, embarked on recruitment drives in high schools and tertiary institutions, and set-up different departments and committees to appeal to different sectors of the youth. The rebuilding of the Youth League was seen as a rebuilding of the African National Congress (ANC) itself.

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) logo/sahistory.org
African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) logo/sahistory.org

 

Source: sahistory.org

Compiled By: REFILWE GAESWE