1975 in South Africa
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- State President:
- Prime Minister: John Vorster.
- 28 – The FNLA approaches the South African Embassy in London and requests 40 to 50 artillery pieces to assist their cause in the Angolan Civil War.
- 15 – Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith and senior Ministers visit South Africa for talks.
- 19 – The Labour Party wins the second elections to the Coloured Persons' Representative Council.
- 21 – The Inkatha National Cultural Liberation Movement (Inkatha Yenkululeko Yezizwe) is founded by Zulu Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
- 27 – The government announces that it will consolidate the 113 separate homeland areas into 36.
- 19 – Nico Diederichs becomes the 4th State President of South Africa.
- 30 – The World Meteorological Organization suspends South Africa from membership because of racial discrimination.
- 6 – The government announces that it will provide all Black children with free and compulsory education.
- The Progressive Party merges with the Reform Party, a faction of the United Party, to form the Progressive Reform Party.
- 25 – The Victoria Falls Conference between Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith and the United African National Council is held in a South African Railways coach on the Victoria Falls Bridge, officiated by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and South African Prime Minister John Vorster.
- The first Cuban forces arrive in Angola to join Russian personnel who are there to assist the MPLA who controls less than a quarter of Angolan territory.
- The United States, Zaire and Zambia request South Africa to provide training and support for the FNLA and UNITA.
- 24 – Majors Kaas van der Wals and Holtzhausen, SADF liaison officers, are sent to Angola to assist UNITA.
- 14 – The SADF invades Angola during Operation Savannah in support of the FNLA and UNITA prior to the Angolan elections scheduled for 11 November.
- 11 – The People's Republic of Angola becomes independent from Portugal.
- 13–28 – In the Battle for Ebo, SADF and Angolan forces clash at Ebo in the Cuanza Sul province of Angola.
- 19 – The United States Congress approves the Clark Amendment, ending aid to the FNLA and UNITA.
- 25 – A South African Air Force Cessna 185 is shot down south of Ebo, killing pilot 2nd Lieutenant Keith Williamson, co-pilot 2nd Lieutenant Eric Thompson and South African Army battalion third-in-command Captain Danie Taljaard.
- 28 – South African Navy frigates evacuate 26 SADF members from behind enemy lines at Ambrizete, 160 kilometres (99 miles) north of Luanda in Angola.
- Unknown date
- Lillian Ngoyi's ban, confining her to Orlando Township in Johannesburg and forbidding her to attend any gatherings, is renewed for five years.
- The South West African Police Counter-Insurgency Unit, commonly known as Operation K, is launched.
- Operation Polo, South Africa's covert military intervention in the Rhodesian Bush War, begins.
- 27 March – Bruce Jacobs, field hockey player.
- 7 August – Charlize Theron, actress.
- 16 October – Jacques Kallis, all-rounder cricketer.
- 17 December – Tim Clark, golfer.
- June – The South African Railways places the first of 124 Class 36-000 General Electric type SG10B diesel-electric locomotives in service.
- Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Heads of State: 1961-1994 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
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- 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
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