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A contract is awarded to the
Hollandse Anneming Maatschappij Eiendoms Beperk to construct a new Table Bay harbour in Cape Town by reclaiming ground on the Foreshore and building new and deeper docks.  
17 January –
Percy Qoboza, journalist, author and critic of the Nationalist government, in Sophiatown. (d. 1988) 5 June – David Nthubu Koloane, artist, in
Alexandra. 4 July –
Cyril Mitchley, South African cricketer, umpire and match referee. 4 July –
Ernie Pieterse, South African racing driver. 12 November –
Steve Tshwete, activist and politician, in Springs. (d. 2002)
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Railways [ edit ]
Railway lines opened [ edit ]
6 November – Transvaal – Midway to Bank, 21 miles 2 chains (33.8 kilometres).
Locomotives [ edit ]
Three new locomotive types enter service on the
South African Railways (SAR):
The first of the
Class 15F 4-8-2 Mountain type, at 255 the most numerous steam locomotive class on the South African Railways (SAR).  One hundred and thirty-six
Class 23 locomotives enter service, the last and the largest 4-8-2 Mountain type locomotive to be designed by the SAR.     The first of sixteen
Class GM 4-8-2+2-8-4 Double Mountain type Garratt articulated steam locomotives.   
References [ edit ]
^ a b c Holland, D.F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 96–100, 124–125. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8.
^ a b c Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 75–76, 94–95, 122. ISBN 0869772112.
^ 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
^ a b Durrant, A E (1989). Twilight of South African Steam (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, London: David & Charles. pp. 90–91, 105. ISBN 0715386387.
^ Touwsrivier – Daos Ab – 1877-1977 (J.H. Stassen, 1977), pp79, 83-85
^ Hamilton, Gavin N., The Garratt Locomotive - Garratt Locomotives produced by Beyer, Peacock , retrieved 10 November 2012