1936 in South Africa
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- Monarch: King George V (until 20 January), King George VI (starting 20 January).
- Governor-General and High Commissioner for Southern Africa: The Earl of Claredon.
- Prime Minister: James Barry Munnik Hertzog.
- Chief Justice: John Wessels then John Stephen Curlewis.
- Trolleybuses (trackless trams) begin to operate in Cape Town.
- 7 – The Representation of Natives Act no 16 of 1936 is passed, the first of a series of laws to diminish the voting rights of non-Whites in the Cape Province.
- 2 – Die Vaderland, the first Afrikaans daily newspaper in Transvaal, begins publishing in Johannesburg.
- Unknown date
- 18 March – F. W. de Klerk, 10th State President of South Africa (1989–1994).
- 20 June – Dick Lord, South African Air Force and Fleet Air Arm fighter pilot. (d. 2011)
- 21 June – Lionel Davis, artist, in Cape Town.
- 26 September – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Apartheid Activist South Africa (d. 2018)
- 22 October – Neville Alexander in Cradock. (d. 2012)
- 2 July – Lionel Phillips, mining magnate, chairman of the South African Chamber of Mines and politician, at Vergelegen, Somerset West. (b. 1855)
Railway lines opened
- 1 May – Natal – Point to Congella, 1 mile 52 chains (2.7 kilometres).
- 15 June – Cape – Palingpan to Manganore, 3 miles 48 chains (5.8 kilometres).
- 30 June – Cape – Postmasburg to Lohatla, 23 miles 20 chains (37.4 kilometres).
- The South African Railways builds the first two of 24 Class ES centre-cab electric shunting locomotives in its Pietermaritzburg shops, based on the Class 1E mainline electric locomotive.
- Ian Loveland (1999). By Due Process of Law: Racial Discrimination and the Right to Vote in South Africa 1855-1960. Hart Publishing. pp. 197–202. ISBN 978-0-313-29879-0.
- "Empire Exhibition". Retrieved 5 June 2017.
- "Castle Of Good Hope". places.co.za.
- Nicolas Magnien. "Dr. Neville Edward Alexander". South African History Online. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 190, ref. no. 200954-13
- Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 134–135. ISBN 0869772112.
- Middleton, John N. (2002). Railways of Southern Africa Locomotive Guide - 2002 (as amended by Combined Amendment List 4, January 2009) (2nd, Dec 2002 ed.). Herts, England: Beyer-Garratt Publications. pp. 51, 63.