1950 in South Africa

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Years in South Africa

Events[edit]

March
May
August
September
  • 26 – Sasol (Suid-Afrikaanse Steenkool, Olie en Gaskorporasie Bpk.) is registered as a company.
October
November
December
  • 13 – South Africa refuses to place South-West Africa under UN trusteeship.
  • 21 – The gold town of Allanridge in the Free State Province is established.
Unknown date

Births[edit]

  • 2 February – Richard Mzamane Mabaso, artist, is born in Alexandra.

Deaths[edit]

  • 9 May – Bhawani Sannyassi Dayal, activist and journalist, dies in Ajmer, India.
  • 11 September – Jan Smuts dies at the age of 80 on his family farm of Doornkloof, Irene, near Pretoria.

Railways[edit]

Railway lines opened[edit]

  • 2 October – Transvaal: Vandyksdrif to Broodsnyersplaas, 11 miles 73 chains (19.2 kilometres).[1]

Sports[edit]

British Empire Games[edit]

The British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games), after a 12 year gap, takes place in Auckland from 4 to 11 February. Of the 12 participating countries which include Southern Rhodesia, South African finishes 5th on the medals list, winning 20 medals, 8 Gold, 4 Silver and 8 Bronze. The medal winners are:

Athletics
  • Neville Price – Gold, long jump, distance 7.31 m
  • Syd Luyt – Silver, marathon, time 2.37.03
  • Tom Lavery – Bronze, 120 yards hurdles, time 14.6 s
  • Daphne Robb ; Bronze ,220 yd,time 24.7 s
Boxing
Lawn bowls
  • Alfred Blumberg, H.Currer, Harry Atkinson and Norman Walker – Gold, fours
  • W. Gibb and H.J. van Zyl – Silver, pairs
Rowing
  • Ian Stephen – Bronze, single sculls
Swimming
  • Graham Johnston – Silver, 440yd freestyle
  • Graham Johnston – Gold, 1650yd freestyle
  • Jackie Wild – Gold, 110yd backstroke
  • Joan Harrison – Bronze, 110yd freestyle
  • Joan Harrison – Gold, 440yd freestyle
Weightlifting
  • Barrie Engelbrecht – Bronze, featherweight
  • Issy Bloomberg – Silver, light-heavyweight
Wrestling
  • Patrick Morton – Gold, light-heavyweight
  • Martin Jooste – Bronze, welterweight
  • Carel Reitz – Bronze, middleweight

Football[edit]

June-July

The Australia national association football team tours South Africa and plays four games against the South Africa national football team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 191, ref. no. 200954-13