Flight 228 was a scheduled flight from Jan Smuts International Airport to London Heathrow International Airport that plunged to the ground soon after take-off after a scheduled stopover in Windhoek. Five passengers survived while 123 people died. The subsequent investigation determined that the accident was attributable largely to pilot error. The manufacturer subsequently also acknowledged the lack of a ground proximity warning system in the aircraft. It was the deadliest aviation accident in Namibian history.
In 1959, politician Cheryl Carolus was born in Silvertown, on the Cape Flats.
She became involved in politics while still at school and became an activist after joining the United Democratic Front in 1983. In May 1990, Carolus was elected to be part of the African National Congress' delegation which held talks with the apartheid government and in July 1991, she was elected to the ANC's National Executive Committee. She is married to Graham Bloch. In 1998, she became South Africa's High Commissioner in London. Between 2001 and 2004, she was the chief executive officer of SA Tourism (SATOUR). She was the Board Chairperson for South African National Parks (SANPARKS) and, in 2009, she assumed this position at South African Airways. She is also chairperson of Peotona Holdings, an investment company that deals with business development. Carolus is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group. In 2015 she became a Trustee of the British Museum.