Botha, P. W. b. January 12, 1916 d. October 31, 2006 South African Prime Minister. Born Pieter Willem Botha, he was elected to the lower house of Parliament, South Africa in 1948. During his first decade in office, he became the National Party's chief secretary. He was named Defense Minister in 1966 and used his position to strengthen the nationalist image that resisted outside interference with his country's apartheid system of racial segregation. In 1978, he was elected Prime Minister Head of State and served until 1989. As Prime Minister, he...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Hoekwil Cemetery , George, Western Cape, South Africa
Brown, Peter b. 1837 d. September 10, 1894 Basuto War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Sweden, he served as a Trooper in the Cape Mounted Rifles, Colonial Forces. During the assault on Moirosi's Mountain, South Africa, on April 8, 1879, Trooper Brown spent all day carrying water to his wounded comrades who were lying under rocks where they had taken shelter. He did this within 200 yards of the enemy who were firing from redoubts up the sides of the mountain and he continued even though he was severely wounded. For gallantry in the face...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Woltemade Cemetery, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Fassie, Brenda b. November 3, 1964 d. May 9, 2004 South African Singer. She became a household name with her band "The Big Dudes" after their smash single "Weekend Special" in 1984. She followed with the single "Too late for Mama," which went platinum in South Africa and placed her in the international limelight. She toured extensively, performing in South America, Australia, Europe and the United States. Time Magazine called her "The Madonna of the Townships" in an interview published during a U.S. tour in 2001. She collaborated with African...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Moody) Langa Cemetery, Langa, Western Cape, South Africa
Glasock, Horace Henry b. October 16, 1880 d. October 20, 1916 2nd Boer War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he served as a Driver in Q Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, British Army. In actions at Korn Spruit South Africa, on March 31, 1900, a British force including two batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery, was retiring from Thabanchu towards Bloemfontein when the enemy formed an ambush. When the alarm was given that the guns and their limbers to be run back by hand to a safe place, Driver Glasock with two comrades succeeded in running...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Maitland Cemetery, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
McCann, Rev. Owen b. June 29, 1907 d. March 26, 1994 South African religious leader and Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. A native of Woodstock, near Cape Town, he studied first at Saint Joseph College, in Rodenbosch, then at the University of Cape Town, and finally at the Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum "De Propaganda Fide," in Rome. He was ordained, on December 21, 1935, in Cape Town. From 1940 to 1948, he was editor of “The Southern Cross”, then he did pastoral work in Cape Town, until his election as titular bishop of Stettorio and his...[Read More] (Bio by: Guy Gagnon) Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa Plot: Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt Chapel
Miller, Frederick b. November 10, 1831 d. February 17, 1874 Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Radway, England, he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, British Army. On November 5, 1854, during the Battle of Inkermann, Crimea, Lieutenant Miller was in command of column battery of guns. With his sword, he attacked three Russians and with the gunners of his he battery, prevented the Russians from doing mischief to the guns which they had surrounded. Part of a Regiment of English infantry had previously retired through the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Garden of Remembrance, Observatory, Western Cape, South Africa Plot: Ossuary.
Omar, Dullah d. March 13, 2004 South African Human-rights Activist. An anti-apartheid attorney and longtime associate of Nelson Mandela, who served as Justice Minister in the country's first black-led government. He was currently South Africa's Minister of Transport. He died of Hodgkin's disease in Cape Town at the age of 69. (Bio by: Always with Love) Doornhoogte Cemetery, Western Cape, South Africa
Scott, Robert George b. April 20, 1857 d. October 3, 1918 Basuto War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in he served as a Sergeant in the Cape Mounted Rifles, British Army. During an attack on Morosi's Mountain, South Africa, April 8, 1879, Sergeant Scott volunteered to throw time-fused grenades, at the enemy who were bringing heavy fire on the colonial troops. He threw the time-fused shells over a line of stone barricades and made his men retire under cover, in case a shell should burst prematurely. By taking this precaution, he probably saved many...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Plumstead Cemetery, Wynberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa