1959 in South Africa
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- 9 – A record for the London-Cape Town flight is set by Wing Commander M.J. Beetham flying a Royal Air Force Vickers Valiant, completing the journey in 11 hours 27 minutes.
- 12 – The 47th Annual Conference of the African National Congress takes place in Durban.
- Unknown date
- Sewsunker "Papwa" Sewgolum, an Indian golfer, wins the Dutch Open tournament.
- Charles Robberts Swart is appointed the 11th Governor-General of the Union of South Africa.
- 16 March – Tito Mboweni, politician.
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Three new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):
- May–July – Seven Class 1-DH Henschel type DH 1420 diesel-hydraulic locomotives.
- November – The first of 115 Class 32-000 General Electric type U18C1 diesel-electric locomotives in South West Africa.
- The first of 135 Class 5E1, Series 1 electric locomotives, an upgraded and more powerful version of the Class 5E.
- Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 143–144. ISBN 0869772112.
- South African Railways Index and Diagrams Electric and Diesel Locomotives, 610mm and 1065mm Gauges, Ref LXD 14/1/100/20, 28 January 1975, as amended
- Dulez, Jean A. (2012). Railways of Southern Africa 150 Years (Commemorating One Hundred and Fifty Years of Railways on the Sub-Continent - Complete Motive Power Classifications and Famous Trains - 1860-2011) (1st ed.). Garden View, Johannesburg, South Africa: Vidrail Productions. p. 293. ISBN 9 780620 512282.