2000 in South Africa

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The following lists events that happened during 2000 in South Africa.



The Cabinet, together with the President and the Deputy President, forms part of the Executive.

National Assembly[edit]

Provincial Premiers[edit]


  • Tropical Cyclone Eline brings heavy rains to Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Madagascar.
  • The Mozambican navy begins evacuating people from low ground using rubber boats donated from last year's floods.
  • 5 – The first wave of floods hit Mozambique.
  • 9 – The South African Air Force airlifts foreign tourists cut off by floodwaters in the Kruger National Park.
  • 11 – Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, is left without drinking water due to flooding.
  • 11 – The swollen Limpopo River bursts its banks.
  • 11 – Southern Botswana receives 75% of its average annual rainfall in three days.
  • 11 – United Nations officials say the lives of 150,000 people are in immediate danger from lack of food and disease.
  • 22 – The full force of tropical Cyclone Eline hits the Mozambique coast near Beira, just north of the areas already devastated by the first wave of floods. Winds measure 260 km/h (160 mph).
  • 22 – The South African air force sends in 5 helicopters to aid people trapped by floods.
  • 24 – The United Nations says $13 million is needed for urgent relief supplies.
  • 24 – Mozambique calls for international help and asks for more than $65 million to help rebuild the country's roads, bridges and power supplies.
  • 27 – Zimbabwe opens the sluice gates of the Kariba Dam.
  • 27 – A wall of water about 2 metres (6 ft) high hits Chokwe and inundate low farmlands around Chokwe and Xai-Xai in Mozambique.
  • 1 – The first United States Air Force C-17 transport aircraft lands in Maputo.
  • 1 – Britain states that it will send in food, medicine, equipment, 77 rubber boats and three HC-1 Puma helicopters to help the South African helicopters.
  • 1 – The South African Air Force sends 3 more helicopters to Mozambique.
  • 2 – Cyclone Gloria hits the already flooded Mozambique.
  • 2 – Aid workers in Mozambique estimate 100,000 people need to be evacuated and around 7,000 are trapped in trees. Many have been there for several days without food and water.
  • 2 – Floodwater levels are said to have risen between 4 and 5 metres (more than 26 feet) in five days.
  • 5 – Johannes Maremane wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:11:15 in Pinelands.
  • 15 – The South African rescue workers end their operation in Mozambique.
  • 28 – The Zambezi River is still between 2,5 metres and 3 metres above flood level.
  • 28 – Cahora Bassa reduces water discharges.
  • 9–14 – The 13th International AIDS conference is held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the first ever to be held in a developing country.
  • 21 – A South African Air Force MB-326K Impala Mk II crashes during a routine night training flight. Pilot Lt. Dian Smit is killed.
  • 22 – President Thabo Mbeki is voted Newsmaker of the Year by the Pretoria Press Club.
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  • 30 January –Richard Katleho Molaba, Student from Qwaqwa
  • 20 April – Uyinene Mrwetyana, student and femicide victim.
  • 18 June –Chantel Katlego Matotong, Student University of Johannesburg



  • Spoornet embarks on a program to rebuild its Class 6E1, Series 6 to Series 11 locomotives to Class 18E, Series 1 locomotives.[4]


  1. ^ Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Heads of State: 1994-2017 (Accessed on 5 June 2017)
  2. ^ Gordon Institute of Business Science Retrieved 25 June 2011
  3. ^ Cauvin, Henri E. (15 January 2000). "Alfred Nzo, 74, Leading Figure In African National Congress". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  4. ^ 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. pp. 49, 51, 57–58.