10 — Three miners are killed and four others are injured when a magnitude 2.4 earthquake traps twelve miners underground at the TauTona gold mine near
Carletonville. 26–28 — A large
fire breaks out on the slopes of Table Mountain, taking one life.
18–23 — The
Koeberg nuclear power station automatically disconnects from the national power grid after an undisclosed incident, leaving large parts of the Western Cape without electricity supply. Load shedding in the form of erratic rolling blackouts persist during the week, causing around R500 billion in losses to industry, according to some estimates.
1 — Local government elections are held.
Tsotsi wins the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. 8 —
David Goldblatt is awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. 13 — The
South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) starts a week-long national strike over the restructuring of Transnet. 14 —
Kofi Annan, United Nations secretary-general, addresses parliament in Cape Town urging African leaders to improve conditions in Africa. 14–15 — Members of the
South African Students' Congress (Sasco) and African National Congress Youth League stage violent protests at the North-West University's Mafikeng campus over the exclusion of some students because of unpaid fees. 23 — Eight miners are trapped underground when a fire breaks out at the Buffelsfontein mine in
Stilfontein. 23–24 — About 150,000
security guards go on a two-day nationwide strike, but continues into April and May. 25 — R69,000,000 (USD11.39m) is stolen in a cash heist from a
South African Airways aircraft at Johannesburg International Airport. 30 — Six South Africans die when the
al-Dana, a motorised dhow, sinks off Manama, Bahrain. 27 — 5,000
Telkom workers stage a protest march against Telkoms's profit-sharing scheme in Pretoria.
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Railways [ edit ]
April — Transwerk completes the rebuilding of the first of five
Class 39-000 Electro-Motive Diesel type GT26CU-3 locomotives for Spoornet from a Class 34-600 locomotive. [1 ] [2 ] [3 ]
Athletics [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Middleton, John N. (2002). Railways of Southern Africa Locomotive Guide - 2002 (as amended by Combined Amendment List 4, January 2009) (2nd, Dec 2002 ed.). Herts, England: Beyer-Garratt Publications.
^ Information supplied by staff at Transnet Rail Engineering, Bloemfontein and Koedoespoort
^ South African Railways Index and Diagrams Electric and Diesel Locomotives, 610mm and 1065mm Gauges, Ref LXD 14/1/100/20, 28 January 1975, as amended