23 – Mahatma Gandhi arrives in Durban.
The first Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos) mine is opened near Prieska.
16 May – Clement Martyn Doke, South African linguist. (d. 1980)
30 April – Johannes Willem Viljoen, big-game hunter and politician, dies on his farm near Zeerust at the age of 81.
23 June – Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman. (b. 1817)
9 July – George Christopher Cato, the first mayor of Durban, dies at the age of 79.
1 January – Transvaal – Germiston to Pretoria, 35 miles (56.3 kilometres).
30 December – Transvaal – Nelspruit to Airlie, 42 miles (67.6 kilometres).
The Cape Government Railways places the first of forty 6th Class 4-6-0 passenger steam locomotives in service on its Western and Midland Systems. They will become the Class 6 on the South African Railways in 1912.
The first of an eventual 175 46 Tonner 0-6-4 tank steam locomotives are placed in service by the Nederlandsche-Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij in the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. The survivors will become the Class B on the South African Railways in 1912.
1893 in South Africa Wikipedia