26 – The Sabie Game Reserve, renamed to Kruger National Park in 1926, is proclaimed in the Official Gazette of the South African Republic, the first officially designated game reserve.
Benjamin Jennings Caddy, militant trade unionist, immigrates to South Africa from Australia at the age of 17.
6 June – Jim Fouché, second State President of South Africa, in Wepener, Orange Free State. (d. 1980)
Cape Midland – Bamboo Junction to Cape Collieries, 16 miles (25.7 kilometres).
3 March – Cape Midland – Middelburg to Graaff-Reinet, 91 miles (146.5 kilometres).
13 June – Natal – Clairwood to Wests in Durban, 6 miles 45 chains (10.6 kilometres).
1 October – Transvaal – Pretoria to Potgietersrus, 138 miles (222.1 kilometres).
15 October – Namaqualand – Garracoop Junction to Nababeep, 8 miles (12.9 kilometres).
1 November – Free State – Theunissen to Winburg, 28 miles 10 chains (45.3 kilometres).
1 December – Natal – Tongaat to Tugela, 39 miles (62.8 kilometres).
Two new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the Cape Government Railways (CGR):
Six 4-4-0 3rd Class Wynberg Tender locomotives in passenger service on the suburban lines in Cape Town.
A fourth batch of thirty-three 6th Class 4-6-0 steam locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 6D on the South African Railways (SAR).
The Oranje-Vrijstaat Gouwerment-Spoorwegen takes delivery of three of its final six new Cape 6th Class locomotives before its railway operations are taken over by the Imperial Military Railways. In 1912 they will be designated Class 6E on the SAR.
The independent Pretoria-Pietersburg Railway in the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (Transvaal Republic) places five 55 Tonner 2-6-4T tank locomotives in service. In 1912 they will be designated Class D on the SAR.
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