On 27 April 2000, around 15:30 South African Standard Time (SAST), three pieces of space debris impacted at three separate locations in the western Cape. Each impact, impact location, eyewitness reports and subsequent events are described briefly. Examination and identification of the space debris that survived the rigours of re-entry are detailed. Some images of the surviving debris, which, in general, suffered only moderate damage as a result of the re-entry process, are provided. These events underline the potential danger of space debris to man, his activities and infrastructure. Although there were no casualties or extensive damage in this case, all three impact sites are close to densely populated areas and other sensitive infrastructure where serious damage and casualties may have resulted. The danger that orbital debris poses to man's terrestrial and space infrastructure and activities over the long term is considered.