Today in History: 12th March


Historical Event:

• 1868: Basutoland, within SA, is proclaimed a British territory.
• 1879: A convoy of the British 80th Regt. is over-run at Ntombe River, northern Zululand by a force of 2 000 Zulus. Of the sixty men in the camp, only fifteen escape..
• 1903: Andries Dreyer, archivist of the Dutch Reformed Church, is ordained as missionary of the congregation in Cape Town for the Hanover Street area.
• 1912: Juliette Gordon founds the Girl Guides (later Scouts), a world-wide organisation active also in SA.
• 1913: Christoffel Cornelis Froneman, commandant of the Free State and founder of Marquard, dies.
• 1973: In the wake of strikes in Natal in February, The Guardian publishes a documented report on the low wages paid to Black workers in South Africa by companies with British connections.
• 1988: SA government bans church-led opposition group headed by Desmond Tutu as "threat to public safety".
• 2005: Bertie van Zyl (72), the owner of the biggest tomato farming industry in the country, ZZ2, is buried at Mooketsi, Limpopo. Among the mourners are Thoko Didiza, the minister of agriculture, Tito Mboweni, the Reserve Bank governor, Mbhazima Shilowa, the premier of Gauteng, MECs and farmers. Thousands of his farm workers also attend the service. Didiza says van Zyl played a crucial role in the development of emerging farmers.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1815: Cornelis Moll, founder of the first Natal newspaper De Natalier, is bornas 24th child in Cape Town.
• 1871: Sen. François S. Malan, editor of Die Patriot and founder of the FAK, is born at Bovlei near Wellington.
• 1894: Willem Lambertus van Warmelo, compiler of Afrikaanse Liedjies, is born in the Netherlands.
• 1972: Arno Carstens, lead singer of the rock group Springbok Nude Girls, is born in Worcester, Western Cape.


• 1966: Bobby Hull’s 51st goal of season, sets record.
• 1967: Austria’s Reinhold Bachler ski jumps 505 feet.
• 1985: Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points.
• 1995: Lara scores 139 in ODI v Australia at Port-of-Spain.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba