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Au­gust 6, 1863 Amer­ica’s war The in­tel­li­gence from Amer­ica con­tin­ues to be, on the whole, favourable to the Con­fed­er­ates. Vicks­burg and Port Hud­son, the main de­fences of the Mis­sis­sippi, the great wa­ter­way to the West, re­mained un­taken, hav­ing suc­cess­fully re­sisted the most de­ter­mined as­saults of the North­ern armies un­der Gen­er­als Grant and Banks. In the course of a week, Gen­eral Grant, in a se­ries of as­saults on Vicks­burg, lost 10 000 men out of a force of 50 000, and then sat down to be­siege the strong­hold. Gen­eral Lee had ex­e­cuted another of those rapid and mas­terly move­ments for which, in com­mon with the lamented Jack­son, he has earned so great a rep­u­ta­tion dur­ing the cam­paigns in Vir­ginia. Au­gust 4, 1870 Di­a­mond fever Ev­ery post from the banks of the Vaal River brings in­tel­li­gence of the dis­cov­ery of nu­mer­ous gems, sev­eral of them be­ing of great value. It is now es­tab­lished suc­cess has at­tended the dig­gers and that a new and very im­por­tant in­dus­try has been es­tab­lished in South Africa. With its usual cau­tion, or slow­ness, as some choose to call it, the west­ern part of the colony did not take to the “di­a­mond fever” for some time, but now not merely from Cape Town, but from the sur­round­ing vil­lages, par­ties are leav­ing daily, some of whom are be­ing sent by mer­chants and other lead­ing in­hab­i­tants Au­gust 5, 1876 An­cient foot­ball In an­nounc­ing that a foot­ball match – Town vs Coun­try – will be played this af­ter­noon at Ron­de­bosch, we may take the op­por­tu­nity of pen­ning a few re­marks on so an­cient and vig­or­ous a pas­time we are glad to see grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity at the Cape. The game can claim a most re­spectable an­tiq­uity – cer­tainly so far back as the time of Ed­ward III in 1349, when the game was pro­hib­ited by pub­lic edict for it was thought to im­pede the progress of archery. Au­gust 7, 1877 Heads of news The Gri­qua­land West An­nex­a­tion Bill has passed all its stages; a Bill au­tho­ris­ing the Cape gov­ern­ment to bor­row £175 000 to pay the debts of that ter­ri­tory in­cludes £90 000 promised by Lord Carnar­von to the Free State as com­pen­sa­tion. Capt. Grundy, RN, who led an ex­pe­di­tion in search of Liv­ing­stone up the Congo River and who sub­se­quently came to South Africa to travel, has died from fever in the in­te­rior. Mr An­thony Trol­lope has left Cape Town for a tour through South Africa. Par­lia­ment has car­ried a vote for a salary for a philol­o­gist to con­tinue Dr Bleek’s re­searches, and for other pur­poses in con­nec­tion with the na­tive lan­guages of South Africa. en­thu­si­as­tic in­hab­i­tants and wept for joy at the suc­cess of his feat. Au­gust 4, 1909 Waratah’s where­abouts – crack Blue An­chor liner still miss­ing The Lund Blue An­chor Liner Waratah is still miss­ing, and there is no news of her by sea or land. Her un­ac­count­able dis­ap­pear­ance while on a course which is passed and repassed daily by ves­sels of ev­ery de­scrip­tion has caused great anx­i­ety through­out the coun­try, and real fears are be­gin­ning to be en­ter­tained for her safety… That the ves­sel car­ries so many hun­dreds of hu­man be­ings has added to the se­ri­ous­ness of her po­si­tion, and ex­treme anx­i­ety pre­vails. Au­gust 7, 1946 Food sup­plies for Bri­tain Sir, granted there are thou­sands in this coun­try suf­fer­ing from a short­age of food, but your cor­re­spon­dent, “First Things First”, has not thought for one mo­ment how much we owe to Great Bri­tain and her al­lies, the army, navy and air force, and above all the mer­chant navy, who have gone out to sac­ri­fice ev­ery­thing to safe­guard South Africa and other coun­tries from the en­emy and keep us in safety. I cer­tainly be­lieve that the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in this coun­try are agree­able to send­ing sur­plus food, but why not send at once? An English Nurse, Oran­jezicht. Au­gust 5, 1986 The sanc­tions list Se­nior Com­mon­wealth lead­ers are mount­ing a tough sanc­tions cam­paign against South Africa and hope the world will fol­low their ex­am­ple. Canada, Aus­tralia, Zim­babwe, Zam­bia, In­dia and the Ba­hamas want more ex­ten­sive sanc­tions than those in the Nas­sau Ac­cord, in­clud­ing ban­ning air links, new bank loans, im­ports of ura­nium, coal, iron and steel, and agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, a with­drawal of con­sular fa­cil­i­ties and end to tax­a­tion agree­ments and gov­ern­ment con­tracts with ma­jor­ity-owned South African com­pa­nies. Au­gust 5, 1996 Vig­i­lante war Full-scale war has bro­ken out be­tween gang­sters and a mil­i­tant Mus­lim lynch mob out to rid the city of drug deal­ers. This fol­lows last night’s killing of Hard Liv­ings gang boss Rashaad Stag­gie. Po­lice and med­i­cal per­son­nel told how they stood by help­lessly as Stag­gie was burnt alive by a mob which pumped bul­lets into him be­fore he died in the gut­ter out­side an al­leged gang mem­ber’s house in Salt River. The killing fol­lowed a gun bat­tle be­tween oc­cu­pants of the be­sieged house and vig­i­lantes from the group known as Peo­ple Against Gang­ster­ism and Drugs (Pa­gad), who had led a con­voy to the house. About 20 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Pa­gad lead­ers and two jour­nal­ists, were wounded in the bat­tle as po­lice stood by, afraid to in­ter­vene for fear of ag­gra­vat­ing the sit­u­a­tion. Au­gust 5, 1996 TRC to fo­cus on Cape Flats un­rest The con­tro­ver­sial death of one of the Cape’s best­known Umkhonto we Sizwe sol­diers, Ash­ley Kriel, will be re­called at a hear­ing of the Truth Com­mis­sion’s hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions com­mit­tee to­day. Mr Kriel, 20, of Bon­te­heuwel, was shot dead in a “skir­mish” with two security po­lice­men, dis­guised as city coun­cil san­i­ta­tion workers, in a Hazen­dal, Athlone house on July 9, 1987. They were the only wit­nesses to his death. They claimed when they had at­tempted to ar­rest him, there had been a “strug­gle” and Mr Kriel had been shot by one of the security po­lice­men – Jeff Ben­zien – with (Mr Kriel’s) own weapon, an in­quest court heard later. Mr Ben­zien ad­mit­ted to the in­quest that he had kept a poster of Mr Kriel in his of­fice with the words “One down… one to go” writ­ten on it.

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