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1917 in South Africa

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1917 in South Africa


  • 16 – The SS Mendi, a troopship, sets sail from Cape Town to Le Havre, France, transporting 823 members of the 802nd South African Native Labour Corps.
  • February
  • 21 – The SS Mendi is struck on the starboard side by the SS Darro, an 11,000 ton liner, and sinks with 646 people losing their lives.
  • September
  • The Industrial Workers of Africa (IWA), the first predominantly black trade union in South Africa, is established in Johannesburg.
  • Unknown date
  • The Castle in Cape Town is handed over to the South African Defence Force.
  • Gold mining company Anglo American Corporation is founded by Ernest Oppenheimer.
  • Births

  • 27 October – Oliver Reginald Tambo is born in Bizana.
  • 20 December – Petrus Hendrik Hugo, World War II fighter pilot.
  • Deaths

  • 18 January – Andrew Murray, author, educationist and pastor, dies at the age of 88.
  • Railway lines opened

  • 5 March – Natal – Izingolweni to Harding (Narrow gauge), 39 miles 56 chains (63.9 kilometres).
  • 20 June – Natal – Gingindlovu to Eshowe, 20 miles 2 chains (32.2 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • Three new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):
  • November – Ten Class 16B 4-6-2 Pacific type passenger steam locomotives.
  • Seven Class K 4-6-4 tank locomotives that had been built for the Philippines but could not be delivered.
  • At least four 2-8-2 Mikado type steam locomotives, built for the Chemins de Fer du Bas Congo à Katanga and obtained on temporary lease to alleviate the critical wartime shortage of locomotives.
  • References

    1917 in South Africa Wikipedia

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