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1911 in South Africa

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1911 in South Africa

Events

April
  • 18 – Lusitania, a Portuguese 5,557 ton passenger liner, strikes Bellows Rock just off Cape Point en route from Mozambique to Lisbon and sinks. Only 8 out of the 774 people on board lose their lives.
  • 22 – A passenger train from Port Alfred derails on the Blaauwkrantz Bridge and plunges into the ravine 200 feet (61 metres) below, killing 31 and seriously injuring 23.
  • 27 – Louis Botha and J.B.M. Hertzog establish the South African Party.
  • Births

  • 8 January – Esther Susanna Mentz, soprano and actress, is born in Edenville, Orange Free State.
  • Lillian Masediba Ngoyi, "Ma Ngoyi", dressmaker, political activist and trade unionist, is born in Gamatlala near Pretoria.
  • Deaths

  • 4 February – Piet Cronjé, Boer General, dies in Potchefstroom at the age of 74. (b. 1836)
  • 28 May – Ds. S.J. du Toit, pioneer of the Afrikaans language, dies in Paarl. (b. 1847)
  • 23 November – Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer. (b. 1865)
  • Railway lines opened

  • 1 March – Transvaal – India Junction to Alberton, 3 miles 51 chains (5.9 kilometres).
  • 13 April – Natal – Umlaas Road to Mid Illovo (Narrow gauge), 27 miles 35 chains (44.2 kilometres).
  • 11 May – Transvaal – Welverdiend to Lichtenburg, 79 miles 77 chains (128.7 kilometres).
  • 31 May – Cape – Eendekuil to Graafwater, 48 miles 10 chains (77.4 kilometres).
  • 2 July – Transvaal – Welgedag to Modderbee, 6 miles 69 chains (11.0 kilometres).
  • 31 July – Transvaal – Ermelo to Piet Retief, 70 miles 13 chains (112.9 kilometres).
  • 15 August – Transvaal – Pietersburg to Bandelierkop, 71 miles 8 chains (114.4 kilometres).
  • 21 August – Cape – Hopefield to Bergrivier (Narrow gauge), 10 miles 50 chains (17.1 kilometres).
  • 4 September – Free State – Sannaspos to Jammerdrif, 53 miles 60 chains (86.5 kilometres).
  • 7 October – Natal – Merrivale to Howick, 2 miles 36 chains (3.9 kilometres).
  • 8 November – Natal – Port Shepstone to Paddock (Narrow gauge), 24 miles 30 chains (39.2 kilometres).
  • 1 December – Cape – Lady Grey to Melk, 9 miles 77 chains (16.0 kilometres).
  • 2 December – Free State – Bethlehem to Reitz, 35 miles 45 chains (57.2 kilometres).
  • 4 December – Transvaal – Coligny to Delareyville, 61 miles 40 chains (99.0 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

    Cape
  • The Cape Government Railways places two 4-8-2 Mountain steam locomotives in service. In 1912 they will be designated Class 4 on the South African Railways (SAR).
  • Natal
  • The Natal Government Railways places the first two of seven 4-6-2 Pacific narrow gauge tank steam locomotives in service. On the SAR they will become the Class NG4.
  • Transvaal

    Two new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the Central South African Railways (CSAR):

    Contents

  • Nine 2-6-6-2 Mallet articulated compound steam locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class MF by the SAR.
  • A single experimental 2-6-6-2 Mallet. In 1912 it will become the sole Class MG on the SAR.
  • References

    1911 in South Africa Wikipedia


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