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1918 in South Africa

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1918 in South Africa


  • An estimated 500,000 people die from the Spanish flu epidemic in South Africa, the fifth hardest hit country in the world.
  • January
  • 8 – The Koöperatiewe Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid-Afrika (Co-operative Winemakers' Society of South Africa, KWV) is founded in Paarl, Western Cape.
  • April
  • 2 – Victoria College becomes the Stellenbosch University.
  • May
  • 14 – The Three Minute Pause, initiated by the daily firing of the Noon Gun on Signal Hill, is instituted by Cape Town Mayor Sir Harry Hands.
  • June
  • 4 – RMS Kenilworth Castle, one of the Union-Castle Line steamships, collides with her escort destroyer HMS Rival while trying to avoid her other escort, the cruiser HMS Kent.
  • 5 – The Afrikaner Broederbond, a confidential cultural organisation, is founded in Johannesburg.
  • November
  • 25 – German East Africa troops sign a ceasefire at Abercorn in Northern Rhodesia.
  • Births

  • 16 July – John Everitt (Jack) Frost, World War II fighter pilot, is born in Queenstown, Eastern Cape. (d. MIA 1942)
  • 18 July – Nelson Mandela, activist and president, is born in Mvezo, Eastern Cape. (d. 2013)
  • Deaths

  • 5 December – Schalk Willem Burger, Boer military leader, lawyer, politician and statesman, acting President of the South African Republic from 1900 to 1902. (b. 1852)
  • Railway lines opened

  • 2 February – Cape – Kootjieskolk to Calvinia, 43 miles 47 chains (70.1 kilometres).
  • 16 September – Cape – Kootjieskolk to Sakrivier, 27 miles 21 chains (43.9 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • Three new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):
  • The first batch of twenty Class 14C 4-8-2 Mountain type locomotives.
  • The first of thirty Class 15B 4-8-2 Mountain type locomotives.
  • Eight Class MJ1 branchline 2-6-6-0 Mallet articulated compound steam locomotives.
  • References

    1918 in South Africa Wikipedia

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