1902 in South Africa

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1902 in South Africa
1899 1900 1901 « 1902 » 1903 1904 1905

Years in South Africa


  • 7 – The Burghers win their last battle over British forces, with the capture of a British general and 200 of his men.
Unknown date



  • 26 March – Cecil John Rhodes, businessman, mining magnate and politician.
  • 2 May – Jan Stephanus de Villiers, composer and organist, dies in Paarl, Cape Colony.


Railway lines opened[edit]


  • Four new Cape gauge and three narrow gauge locomotive types enter service on the Cape Government Railways (CGR):
    • Fourteen 6th Class bar framed 4-6-0 passenger steam locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 6J on the South African Railways (SAR).[2]:49-50, 56[3]:41-44
    • The last ten 7th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon type locomotives on the Eastern System. In 1912 they will be designated Class 7C on the SAR.[2]:43-44[3]:46-48
    • The first thirteen of twenty-three 8th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon locomotives on the Western, Midland and Eastern Systems. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8 on the SAR.[2]:61-63[3]:48-49
    • A single experimental 2-8-0 "Consolidation" type tandem compound steam locomotive, in 1912 designated Class Experimental 2 on the SAR.[4]:140[3]:82
    • Three Type A 2-6-0 Mogul type steam locomotives, later to become Class NG7 on the SAR, on the Hopefield narrow gauge branchline that is being constructed from Kalbaskraal.[3]:104, 112
    • Two Type A 2-6-4T Adriatic type narrow gauge locomotives on construction service on the new Avontuur branch that is being built out of Port Elizabeth through the Langkloof.[3]:112, 156
    • A single Type C 0-4-0 narrow gauge tank steam locomotive named Midget on the Avontuur branch.[3]:111, 157[5]:231
  • The Natal Harbours Department places a single saddle-tank locomotive named Congella in service as harbour shunter in Durban Harbour.[4]:129
  • The Imperial Military Railways places forty Cape 8th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon type steam locomotives in service. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8A on the SAR.[2]:124–126


  1. ^ a b c d e f Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 184, ref. no. 200954-13
  2. ^ a b c d e f Holland, D.F. (1971). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 1: 1859-1910 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-5382-0. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. ISBN 0869772112. 
  4. ^ a b c d Holland, D.F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8. 
  5. ^ Dulez, Jean A. (2012). Railways of Southern Africa 150 Years (Commemorating One Hundred and Fifty Years of Railways on the Sub-Continent - Complete Motive Power Classifications and Famous Trains - 1860-2011) (1st ed.). Garden View, Johannesburg, South Africa: Vidrail Productions. ISBN 9 780620 512282.