Time and date: 1964/5. about 18:30 to 18:40 afternoon
Submitted by: Barry van der Walt
Place: Florida Hills, Johannesburg
I am now 62 years old, but remember like it was this morning my first (and regrettably only) ufo encounter.
It was 1964/5. Florida Hills, Louis Botha ave, just before Florida Afrikaans High school, direction south, Sunday early evening on the way to evening church. In the 64 Valiant was my mother, father, sister and me.
We saw some cars stopped in front of us and we also stopped. It was about 18:30 to 18:40 afternoon. We always left for church at exactly 18:30. It was dusk. From left to right, travelling over the school in a North Westerly direction was this “elongated rugby ball” shaped object, going slowly, no noise, red/yellow and shades of both colours running along the side that I could see, silently gliding towards our right.
We looked a while and then went to the church in Mary street Unified. Before entering, I stood outside and could see this bright light moving away at slow speed. Some of the church elders were valling it a VVV (vreemde vlieënde voorwerp) because no one knew what it was.
After the sermon the bright light was far away but still visible at about 19:50. Then ….it was gone.
A report in the newspaper the next day reported it hanging over Potchefstroom at that time.
Not surprisingly, the object was later said to be a weather balloon which was dicovered behind the hills of Quellerina, but where the thing never was!!