The main gold reef on the Witwatersrand is discovered, giving birth to Ferreira's Camp, later to be named Johannesburg.
11 – The Standard Bank of South Africa opens the first bank in Ferreira's Camp.
13 December – Henry Selby Msimang, political activist, journalist, court interpreter and lay preacher, is born in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg.
1 September – Sir John Charles Molteno, first Prime Minister of the Cape Colony.
21 June – Natal – Estcourt to Ladysmith, 45 miles 21 chains (72.8 kilometres).
The first of three 0-4-0 well-tank condensing locomotives is placed in service by the Cape Copper Mining Company on its 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge Namaqualand Railway between Port Nolloth and O'okiep in the Cape Colony. They are the first condensing steam locomotives in South Africa.
1886 in South Africa Wikipedia