1950 in South Africa
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- 18 – The University of the Free State is established.
- 1 – 18 blacks are killed by police and more than 30 are injured on the Witwatersrand in a massive stay-away from work, called for by the African National Congress.
- 1 – Springbok Radio, the SABC's first commercial service, is launched.
- 5 – A South African Air Force squadron departs for the Korean War.
- 6 – The municipality of East London decides not to approve prospecting for oil off the city's seafront.
- 26 – Sasol (Suid-Afrikaanse Steenkool, Olie en Gaskorporasie Bpk.) is registered as a company.
- 2 – South African Airways inaugurates daily services between Johannesburg and Bulawayo and between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
- 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
- Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is proclaimed a protected state forest.
- H.F. Verwoerd becomes Minister of Native Affairs and implements the forced removal of about 80,000 black Africans from Sophiatown, Martindale and Newclare to Soweto.
- The government passes the Immorality Amendment Act, the Group Areas Act, the Suppression of Communism Act, and the Population Registration Act which officially divides South Africans into 'White', 'Coloured', 'Asian' or 'Native' population groups.
- United States and United Kingdom sign a purchasing agreement with South Africa to supply uranium for their nuclear weapons programmes.
- 2 February – Richard Mzamane Mabaso, artist, is born in Alexandra.
- 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.
Railway lines opened
- 2 October – Transvaal: Vandyksdrif to Broodsnyersplaas, 11 miles 73 chains (19.2 kilometres).
- 31 May – Vic Toweel defeats World Bantamweight Champion Manuel Ortiz on points over 15 rounds at Wembley Stadium and becomes the first South African world boxing champion.
British Empire Games
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:
- 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
- Johnny van Rensburg – Gold, bantamweight
- Theunis van Schalkwyk – Gold, middleweight
- Marcus Temple – Bronze, flyweight
- Lawn bowls
- Alfred Blumberg, H.Currer, Harry Atkinson and Norman Walker – Gold, fours
- W. Gibb and H.J. van Zyl – Silver, pairs
- Ian Stephen – Bronze, single sculls
- 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
- Barrie Engelbrecht – Bronze, featherweight
- Issy Bloomberg – Silver, light-heavyweight
- Patrick Morton – Gold, light-heavyweight
- Martin Jooste – Bronze, welterweight
- Carel Reitz – Bronze, middleweight
- Wally Hayward, at age 42 and after a twenty-year gap, wins the Comrades Marathon from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in a time of 6h 46m 25s. Twenty runners of the 29 who start finish in the allotted time.
- 24 June – South Africa wins 3-2 at Kingsmead, Durban.
- 1 July – South Africa wins 2-1 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.
- 8 July – Australia wins 2-1 at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth.
- 23 July – Australia wins 2-0 at Hartley Vale, Cape Town.
- 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