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Septem­ber 16, 1871 Ar­rival of the SS Ed­in­burgh The steamer Ed­in­burgh, Cap­tain WR Cate, ar­rived in Ta­ble Bay on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, a splen­did steamer of about 1 817 tons. She is bound to Port Dar­win, Aus­tralia, and has on board 800 miles (1 300km) of the Aus­tralian tele­graph ca­ble in­tended to con­nect that con­ti­nent with the line laid between Europe and Batavia. Septem­ber 19, 1876 The ad­dress of Pres­i­dent Brand In his ad­dress to the Town Coun­cil, his Hon­our Pres­i­dent Brand said: “I re­joice with you at the happy set­tle­ment of the ques­tion which ex­isted between Her Majesty’s Gov­ern­ment and that of the Or­ange Free State, and I en­ter­tain the fond hope that the friendly feel­ing which pre­vails will pro­mote the har­mo­nious ac­tion for the gen­eral wel­fare, whilst the most am­i­ca­ble re­la­tions will con­tinue to ex­ist between the Cape Colony and the Or­ange Free State, which are so in­ti­mately con­nected by ties of com­mon in­ter­est and fam­ily re­la­tions. Cape Town, where I was born, I shall al­ways re­mem­ber with fond af­fec­tion.” Septem­ber 21, 1876 The Transvaal – hor­ri­ble atroc­i­ties The fol­low­ing from WV Phe­lan, ed­i­tor of the Gold Fields Mercury in Pil­grim’s Rest: The grand army hav­ing been de­feated by Sec­co­coeni, a gang of fil­i­busters, un­der that reck­less ad­ven­turer Von Sch­lick­mann of Di­a­mond-fields no­to­ri­ety, are com­mit­ting the gross­est out­rages in the neigh­bour­hood of Steelpoort. They are butcher­ing help­less women and chil­dren, burn­ing kraals promis­cu­ously, lay­ing waste to fine coun­try. For God’s sake, sirs, for the sake of hu­man­ity, for the credit of “civilised” Africa, try and get this in­famy put a stop to. The in­famy that has been com­mit­ted in the name and un­der the sanc­tion of the Volk­sraad is such as will leave an in­deli­ble stain on the his­tory and civ­i­liza­tion of South Africa. Septem­ber 18, 1940 Plot­ters against the state Mr HG Lawrence was able, by his dis­clo­sures, to con­vince a uni­ver­sity au­di­ence last night that the Osse­wabrand­wag move­ment con­tains the seeds of ac­tive re­bel­lion against the State. Rev JD Vorster – ap­par­ently a “Gen­eral” in the move­ment – has fur­nished us to­day with a hot, though vague de­nial of ad­vo­cat­ing a Nazi sys­tem in South Africa, but seems un­con­scious of the fact that when he ad­vised stu­dents to take Mein Kampf as their guide­book to great­ness, when he ad­jured them to fol­low Hitler’s ex­am­ple, and, when he ad­vo­cated an ex­pul­sion of the demo­cratic sys­tem of the bal­lot-box and elec­tions, he was, in fact, pro­pel­ling stu­dents into the path of a Nazi revo­lu­tion. Septem­ber 18, 1968 SA plunged into worst sports cri­sis With one dev­as­tat­ing po­lit­i­cal blow, the Prime Min­is­ter (Mr BJ Vorster) de­liv­ered his ver­dict last night on the “D’Oliveira is­sue” and plunged the coun­try’s sport­ing bod­ies into the worst cri­sis in their his­tory. He an­nounced South Africa was not pre­pared to ac­cept a “po­lit­i­cal” MCC team with Basil D’Oliveira in it. It is not the MCC tour, nor even the sport of cricket alone that is af­fected by the de­ci­sion. The blast from the bomb­shell dropped by Mr Vorster at the Free State con­gress of the Na­tional Party in Bloem­fontein last night af­fects other sports and all the coun­try’s sport­ing ties with the out­side world. Septem­ber 15, 1976 Stay-away With to­day’s high rate of ab­sen­teeism in the city cen­tre, many Whites had to knuckle down to un­ac­cus­tomed chores. Mr Dave Heath, a trainee man­ager at a cloth­ing store, wielded a mop and pail, while baker Theo Stein­metz, whose work keeps him in the kitchen of his Clare­mont con­fec­tionery, had to shoul­der a tray of freshly baked dough­nuts. Septem­ber 20, 1978 Hush hush ex-Bea­tle caught at break­fast For­mer Bea­tle John Len­non and his wife Yoko Ono com­pleted their hush hush visit to South Africa to­day with an in­ter­rupted break­fast at a five-star Johannesburg ho­tel. News of Len­non’s un­sched­uled ar­rival from a hol­i­day in the Sey­chelles could not be con­firmed as the man who made the Mersey beat fa­mous checked into the Carl­ton Ho­tel un­der the name of Wil­son. But af­ter he had suc­cess­fully eluded the Press for two days, our rep­re­sen­ta­tive fi­nally tracked him down at his break­fast ta­ble, dressed in slacks and a T-shirt and wear­ing his fa­mous peb­ble glasses. “Just go… okay?” he ad­mon­ished wearily, break­ing into a tired grin. Septem­ber 20, 1978 But you ex­pect us to play the game Sir, Let’s face it, you, my fel­low South African cit­i­zens, are not “play­ing the game”. Yet you ex­pect us – and the rest of the “dou­ble stan­dards” “outof-step” world to play a nor­mal game – in an ab­nor­mal so­ci­ety. For God’s sake, White South Africa, show some real hon­est to good­ness Chris­tian love and good-will. And be pleas­antly sur­prised – I prom­ise you! Patrick Ford, Lans­downe. Septem­ber 15, 2005 South Africa is the ge­netic lab for the study of a rare dis­ease South Africans are a “liv­ing in­ven­tory” of their his­tory, in­for­ma­tion that, thanks to the Hu­man Genome Project, will guide re­search and tech­ni­cal break­throughs that prom­ise to bring an­swers to life-threat­en­ing dis­eases, among them, por­phyria. About 30 000 South Africans carry the gene for por­phyria, a dis­ease which has un­fairly and with­out foun­da­tion been as­so­ci­ated with vam­pires and were­wolves, along with the mad­ness of Bri­tain’s King Ge­orge 3. South Africa is re­ferred to as the por­phyria cap­i­tal of the world. Septem­ber 20, 2006 Peace-keep­ing in­creases need for de­fence equip­ment – Lekota South Africa’s deep in­volve­ment in peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions around Africa was vi­tal for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and this has in­creased the need for spe­cialised de­fence equip­ment, said De­fence Min­is­ter Mo­siuoa Lekota. Speak­ing at the open­ing of the Africa Aero­space and De­fence 2006 ex­po­si­tion in Cape Town to­day, Lekota said the coun­try’s huge trans­for­ma­tion since 1994, and the change from an of­fen­sive to a de­fen­sive pos­ture, had led to its in­creas­ing in­volve­ment in peace-keep­ing op­er­a­tions.

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