1917 in South Africa
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- 16 – The SS Mendi, a troopship, sets sail from Cape Town to Le Havre, France, transporting 823 members of the 802nd South African Native Labour Corps.
- 21 – The SS Mendi is struck on the starboard side by the SS Darro, an 11,000 ton liner, and sinks with 646 people losing their lives.
- The Industrial Workers of Africa (IWA), the first predominantly black trade union in South Africa, is established in Johannesburg.
- Unknown date
- The Castle in Cape Town is handed over to the South African Defence Force.
- Gold mining company Anglo American Corporation is founded by Ernest Oppenheimer.
- 27 October – Oliver Reginald Tambo is born in Bizana.
- 20 December – Petrus Hendrik Hugo, World War II fighter pilot.
Railway lines opened
- 5 March – Natal – Izingolweni to Harding (Narrow gauge), 39 miles 56 chains (63.9 kilometres).
- 20 June – Natal – Gingindlovu to Eshowe, 20 miles 2 chains (32.2 kilometres).
- Two new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):
- Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 188, ref. no. 200954-13
- 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.