8 – The first railway locomotive in South Africa is brought ashore in Cape Town.
11 January – John Tengo Jabavu, political activist and newspaper editor.
1 May – Willem Johannes Leyds, attorney-general of the South African Republic, is born in Java.
Construction begins on the Cape Town-Wellington line.
8 September – A small 0-4-0 tank steam locomotive is landed in Cape Town, to be used during construction of the first railway in South Africa.
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