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1908 in South Africa

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1908 in South Africa

Events

January
  • 30 – Mahatma Gandhi is released from prison by Jan Smuts after having been tried and sentenced to 2 months in prison earlier in the month.
  • March
  • 4 – The Pretoria branch of the Transvaal University College, precursor to the University of Pretoria, is established.
  • October
  • 7 – Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in Volksrust, along with fifteen other Indians, for entering Transvaal without registration certificates and is sentenced to two months imprisonment with hard labor.
  • Unknown date
  • Bosman de Ravelli composes the first Afrikaans art song
  • Births

  • 5 March – Arthur Wegelin, composer.
  • 23 April – Bram Fischer, lawyer and champion against apartheid, is born in the Orange Free State. (d. 1975)
  • 2 July – Andries Johannes Bester de Klerk, writer and secretary of the Cape Province, is born in Williston, Cape Colony
  • Railway lines opened

  • 4 January – Cape Eastern – West Bank, Buffalo Harbour to Chiselhurst, 4 miles 35 chains (7.1 kilometres).
  • 6 February – Transvaal – Machadodorp to Breyten, 55 miles 3 chains (88.6 kilometres).
  • 8 April – Free State – Hamilton to Beaconsfield (Cape), 99 miles 52 chains (160.4 kilometres).
  • 28 May – Cape Western – Milnerton to Ascot, 2 miles (3.2 kilometres).
  • 3 June – Natal – Esperanza to Donnybrook (Narrow gauge), 94 miles (151.3 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • The Cape Government Railways places two 4-6-2 Pacific type narrow gauge tank steam locomotives in passenger service on the Walmer branch in Port Elizabeth.
  • References

    1908 in South Africa Wikipedia


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