Mahatma Gandhi enrolls to the Bar of the Transvaal Supreme Court.
12 – Andries Dreyer, an archivist of the Dutch Reformed Church, is ordained as a missionary of the congregation for the Hanover Street area in Cape Town.
21 – The first contingent of Chinese labourers leave China to work on the Witwatersrand gold mines.
4 – The Indian Opinion is started by Mahatma Gandhi with Mansukhlal Nazar as editor.
The County of Pembroke, a British cargo ship, is shipwrecked near Port Elizabeth.
11 January – Alan Paton, author and founder of the Liberal Party of South Africa, is born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal.
21 March – John Beaver Marks, political activist and trade unionist, is born in Ventersdorp.
4 May – Louise Behrens, novelist and Afrikaans journalist, is born in the Orange Free State.
4 May – Hendrik Susan, orchestra leader and violist.
8 October – Mikro (Pseudonym for C.H. Kühn), writer and poet, is born at Van Reenens Farm in the Williston district.
13 March – General David Johannes Joubert (Ou Kat), a South African explorer to East Africa, dies of malaria near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
8 August – Adolf Schiel, German-born officer in Boer armed forces. (b. 1858)
19 February – Cape Central – Swellendam to Riversdale, 64 miles (103.0 kilometres).
28 February – Cape Western – Kalbaskraal to Hopefield (Narrow gauge), 46 miles 79 chains (75.6 kilometres).
22 March – Free State – Sannaspos to Thaba 'Nchu, 17 miles 3 chains (27.4 kilometres).
1 April – Free State – Harrismith to Aberfeldy, 20 miles 60 chains (33.4 kilometres).
27 April – Transvaal – India Junction to Driehoek (avoiding line), 55 chains (1.1 kilometres).
17 September – Natal – Mhlatuze to Somkele, 55 miles 17 chains (88.9 kilometres).
1 November – Transvaal – India Junction to New Canada, 14 miles 31 chains (23.2 kilometres).
12 November – Natal – Talana to Lucas Meyer, 50 miles 64 chains (81.8 kilometres).
14 December – Cape Eastern – King William's Town to Middledrift, 33 miles (53.1 kilometres).
14 December – Cape Midland – Cookhouse to Adelaide, 42 miles 52 chains (68.6 kilometres).
14 December – Cape Midland – Willowmore to Le Roux, 75 miles 49 chains (121.7 kilometres).
Nine new Cape gauge and two narrow gauge locomotive types enter service on the Cape Government Railways (CGR):
The last eight 3rd Class Wynberg Tender suburban locomotives in Cape Town.
Two Karoo Class 4-6-2 Pacific passenger locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 5A on the South African Railways (SAR).
Two 6th Class 2-6-2 Prairie locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 6Y on the SAR.
A second batch of 38 8th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon type locomotives, six on the Western, twenty on the Midland and twelve on the Eastern Systems. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8D on the SAR.
Four additional 8th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon type locomotives, built to modified specifications in order to accommodate a larger grate area. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8E on the SAR.
Four Cape 8th Class 2-8-0 Consolidation type locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8Y on the SAR.
Two 9th Class 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotives. In 1912 they will be classified Class Experimental 4 on the SAR.
A single experimental 2-8-0 Consolidation type tandem compound steam locomotive. In 1912 it will be classified as Class Experimental 3 on the SAR.
A single experimental 0-6-0+0-6-0 Kitson-Meyer type articulated steam locomotive on the Eastern System.
A single small Krauss 0-4-0 side-tank locomotive, for use as construction engine on the narrow gauge Avontuur branch.
A single Krauss 0-6-0 tank locomotive, also for use as construction engine on the Avontuur branch.
Two locomotives, later named Thebus and Stormberg, enter service with the Irrigation Department of the Public Works Department of the Cape Colony.
Three new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the Central South African Railways (CSAR):
Six Reid Tenwheeler 4-10-2 tank locomotives are converted to a 4-8-2T configuration. In 1912 they will be designated Class H1 on the SAR.
Thirty Class 8-L2 4-8-0 Mastodon type locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8B on the SAR.
Thirty Class 8-L3 4-8-0 Mastodon type locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8C on the SAR.
1903 in South Africa Wikipedia