He was flying a small biplane. In 1907, Weston began the construction of his aeroplane at Brandfort, in the Free State. However he lacked a powerful enough engine and had to dismantle the aircraft for shipping to France, where it was fitted with a 50 horse power Gnome rotary engine. In 1910 the aircraft had its first successful flight in Europe. Visiting French aviator M Albert Kimmerling made the first powered flight in South Africa in East London on 28 December 1909 over the Nahoon Racecourse. He managed to achieve an altitude of about six metres and a speed of about 48 km/hr.
In 1942, Thabo Mbeki was born in Idutywa, Transkei.
He was one of four children born to Epainette and Govan Mbeki. From 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008, he served as the second post-apartheid president. During his term in office, the economy grew at an average rate of 4.5% per year. He also created employment in the middle sectors of the economy and, with the implementation of BEE, managed to sustain a fast-growing black middle class. He attracted the bulk of Africa’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), making South Africa the focal point of African growth. On 20 September 2008 Mbeki announced his resignation, after being recalled by the ANC's National Executive Committee. This followed a conclusion of improper interference in the National Prosecuting Authority by Judge Chris Nicholson, particularly regarding the prosecution of Jacob Zuma for corruption. The Supreme Court of Appeal unanimously overturned Judge Nicholson’s judgment, but the resignation stood. Mbeki is also the brother of Moeletsi Mbeki, well known as a political economist and deputy chairman of the SA Institute of International Affairs, an independent think tank based at Wits University.