1889 in South Africa

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1889 in South Africa
1886 1887 1888 « 1889 » 1890 1891 1892

Years in South Africa


Unknown date
  • In Transvaal a national rugby team is formed.




Railway lines opened[edit]


  • The Cape Government Railways places twenty-four 3rd Class 4-4-0 American type tender locomotives in passenger service on the Cape Western System, the first stock locomotives to be built in quantity to detailed designs prepared in the Cape Colony.[4]:37–39

Two locomotive types enter service on the newly established Nederlandsche-Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorwegmaatschappij:

  • Five 14 Tonner locomotives for use on its first railway line that is being constructed from Johannesburg to Boksburg.[4]:109–110
  • The first of three 10 Tonner tramway locomotives for use on this line that would become known as the Randtram line.[4]:109–112


  1. ^ a b Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 182, ref. no. 200954-13
  2. ^ Bagshawe, Peter (2012). Locomotives of the Namaqualand Railway and Copper Mines (1st ed.). Stenvalls. ISBN 978-91-7266-179-0. 
  3. ^ Report for year ending 31 December 1909, Cape Government Railways, Section VIII - Dates of Opening and the Length of the different Sections in the Cape Colony, from the Year 1873 to 31st December, 1909.
  4. ^ a b c 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.