1939 in South Africa
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- 2 – J. B. M. Hertzog puts his case to the National Assembly for South Africa to remain neutral in the Second World War, against Jan Smuts who supports a Commonwealth alliance.
- 4 – Jan Smuts becomes the 4th Prime Minister of South Africa for the second time.
- 5 – The National Assembly votes on a motion whether or not to join the war and Jan Smuts wins by 13 votes.
- 6 – The Union of South Africa declares war on Germany.
- Unknown date
- 18 March – John W. de Gruchy, academic.
- 4 April – Hugh Masekela, jazz musician.
- 21 June – Essop Pahad, politician.
- 7 July – Gilbert Ramano, military commander.
- 16 September – Breyten Breytenbach, writer and painter.
- 16 October – Charlotte Maxeke, religious leader and political activist. (b. 1871)
The first two diesel-electric locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):
- A single Class DS AEG shunting engine enters service at the Congella yards near Durban.
- A second shunting locomotive, the Class DS1, enters SAR service while another is delivered to the Electricity Supply Commission.
- The Hollandse Anneming Maatschappij, constructors of a new Table Bay harbour, imports a small 0-4-0T locomotive as on-site construction engine, later employed as SAR dock shunter.
- 3 March – In Durban, the Timeless Test begins between England and South Africa, the longest game of cricket ever played. It is abandoned twelve days later when the English team has to catch the ship for home.
- University of Pretoria Historical Overview Retrieved 1 October 2010
- Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 122, 136–137. ISBN 0869772112.
- Railway History Group of Southern Africa, Bulletin no. 114, January 2013: Notes on Cape Town Harbour Extension Contracts, by John Middleton
- Holland, D.F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 124–125. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8.
- "England in South Africa Test Series - 5th Test". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 December 2014.