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Dundee and Glencoe were retaken by General Sir Redvers Buller troops as the South African War II 1899-1902 (Anglo-Boer War II 1899-1902) intensified. The area west of Glencoe was under the command of General Schalk Burger, who would later be replaced by General Joachim Fourie. The two areas were and are still separated from each other by less than 10km in KwaZulu Natal.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 10-May-2013

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2007
    Athletics South Africa (ASA) confirms that Hezekiel Sepeng has been reinstated for all athletics competitions with immediate effect.
  • Monday, May 15, 2006
    'Sure' Baloyi, well-known SA artist and sculptor is killed in a car accident on the N1 near Makhado (formerly Louis Trichardt).
    References:
    • SABC News Bulletin

  • Saturday, May 15, 2004
    Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, president of FIFA, world soccer's governing body, announces in ZÁ¼rich, Switzerland, that South Africa will host the 2010 World Cup the first time the tournament has gone to an African nation.
    References:

  • Thursday, May 15, 2003
    Flights between the UK and Kenya are suspended amid fears of an attack by al-Qaeda on targets in East Africa.
  • Thursday, May 15, 1997
    Judge Pieter Combrinck finds the former commanding officer of the Vlakplaas unit of the police, Dirk Coetzee, as well as Almond Nofomela and David Thsikalanga, guilty of the murder on human rights lawyer Griffiths Mxenge.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, May 15, 1997
    The NP accuses the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of bias and announces it will no longer co-operate with it.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Thursday, May 15, 1997
    At a news conference, the chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Most Rev. Desmond Tutu says it is difficult to believe De Klerk's ignorance of the atrocities committed under apartheid.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Monday, May 15, 1995
    Archaeologists discover the largest tomb ever in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt. It is believed to be the resting place for the sons of Ramses II. (2004). Today in History, Pretoria News, 15 May.

  • Sunday, May 15, 1994
    Aid officials report that the death toll may have reached 200 000 in Rwanda, where Hutus are on a campaign of genocide against minority Tutsis since April 6. (---(2004). Today in History, Pretoria News, 15 May.

  • Saturday, May 15, 1993
    Jacob Matlala, SA flyweight, wins the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) world champion title. Jacob Matlala [online] Available at: wikipedia.org [Accessed 5 May 2009]

  • Friday, May 15, 1992
    Simon Nxumalo, Chairman of the IFP Alexandra branch is shot and killed in an assassination incident.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 255.

  • Friday, May 15, 1992
    The second plenary session of CODESA (CODESA II) is convened in Johannesburg. The UN delegation sent by the Secretary-General to attend the session as an observer is led by Chinmaya Rajaninath Gharekhan, Permanent Representative of India.
    References:
    • Meer, F. (ed)(1993). The Codesa file. Durban: Madiba Publishers, p. 91
    •  http://www.sahistory.org.za/

  • Tuesday, May 15, 1990
    President Lucas Mangope says that his government has appointed a five person cabinet committee to initiate contact with extra-parliamentary political groups such as the ANC and Pan-Africanist Congress.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1990). Race Relations Survey 1989/90, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 437

  • Monday, May 15, 1989
    240 Mobil workers in the Transvaal strike in protest against Mobil's alleged failure to negotiate with them over intended disinvestments. The strike soon spreads to other depots.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 471

  • Friday, May 15, 1987
    Steve Mufson, journalist for American magazine Business Week and Dutch Elseviers is expelled from the country.
    References:

  • Friday, May 15, 1981
    First register of sports contacts with South Africa is published by the Special Committee against Apartheid.
  • Thursday, May 15, 1980
    President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt refuses to resume talks with Israel over the question of Palestinian autonomy. 
  • Friday, May 15, 1970
    The International Olympic Committee bars South Africa from competing in the next Olympic games (1972).
  • Friday, May 15, 1964
    Pieter Johannes Hendrik Coetzee (75), SA teacher and actor, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, May 15, 1948
    Hours after declaring its independence and the end of Britain's 28-year-old Palestine mandate, the new state of Israel is attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
  • Thursday, May 15, 1941
    WWII:Operation 'Brevity'. British forces regain Halfaya Pass and capture the towns of Sollum and Capuzzo on the Egypt–Libya border.
  • Friday, May 15, 1936
    Amy Johnson arrives in England after her record flight of twelve days and fifteen hours from London to Cape Town and back.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.esoek.co.za/

  • Friday, May 15, 1931
    Dr Rudolph Marloth (75), collector of plants and author of botany books, dies in Caledon, Western Cape.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, May 15, 1927
    Abraham J. Kotzé, missionary in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), dies of pneumonia shortly before his return to SA.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, May 15, 1919
    Johannes Hendricus Meiring Beck (63), Union minister, composer and medical practitioner, dies in Rosebank, Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, May 15, 1909
    'De Central Westlake Co-operatiewe Landbouw Vereniging' is founded by forty-five farmers in Klerksdorp.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, May 15, 1902
    Anglo-Boer War 2: Vereeniging conference begins. The sixty Boer representatives elect General C.F. Beyers as chairman. 
    References:
    • Cloete, P.G. (2000). The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology, Pretoria: Lapa.
    •  http://africanhistory.about.com/

  • Tuesday, May 15, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2: General Buller and Lord Dundonald enter Dundee. Lyttelton's division captures Glencoe.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Saturday, May 15, 1897
    Elizabeth Fouché Vermeulen, SA author, is born in Aberdeen.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, May 15, 1897
    The Rev. T.C. (oom Essie) Esterhuysen, missionary and moderator of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in Transvaal, is born in Caledon, CC.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, May 15, 1889
    James Sofasonke (meaning 'We shall all die') Mpanza, politician and founder of the Sofasonke Party and a champion for better housing for Johannesburg's Blacks, is born in Georgedale, today part of Cato Ridge.
    References:
    • Verwey: New Dictionary of South African Biography

  • Friday, May 15, 1885
    The parliamentary building at the top of Adderley Street, Cape Town, is occupied for the first time.
    References:
    • Howcroft, P. (undated).   South African Encyclopaedia:  prehistory to the year 2000.   Unpublished papers with SA History Online.