Puneet Varma

1924 in South Africa

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1924 in South Africa

Events

January
  • 21 – Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone is appointed the 4th Governor-General of the Union of South Africa.
  • March
  • 5 – The first one-day flight between Cape Town and Pretoria takes place.
  • June
  • 30 – J.B.M. Hertzog becomes the third Prime Minister of South Africa.
  • Unknown date
  • The Taung Child is discovered.
  • Births

  • 23 February – Allan McLeod Cormack, physicist and 1979 Nobel Prize laureate, in Johannesburg. (d. 1998)
  • 14 July – Stephen Fry, South African Springbok rugby captain. (d. 2002)
  • 26 July – Elias Motsoaledi, political activist, in Nebo. (d. 1994)
  • 28 November – Dennis Brutus, poet and anti-Apartheid activist (d. 2009)
  • Railway lines opened

  • 16 April – Free State – Wepener to Zastron, 46 miles 62 chains (75.3 kilometres).
  • 19 April – Cape – Klipdale to Bredasdorp, 25 miles 36 chains (41.0 kilometres).
  • 1 May – Transvaal – Balfour North to Grootvlei, 11 miles 30 chains (18.3 kilometres).
  • 16 June – Cape – Pinelands to Langa, 2 miles 51 chains (4.2 kilometres).
  • 24 July – Free State – Heilbron to Petrus Steyn, 31 miles 6 chains (50.0 kilometres).
  • 10 September – Transvaal – Lydenburg to Steelpoort, 74 miles 40 chains (119.9 kilometres).
  • 19 September – South West Africa – Gobabis Junction in Windhoek to Ondekaremba, 29 miles 70 chains (48.1 kilometres).
  • 22 September – Transvaal – Naboomspruit to Singlewood, 20 miles 47 chains (33.1 kilometres).
  • 3 November – Cape – Franklin to Kokstad, 25 miles 54 chains (41.3 kilometres).
  • 4 November – Cape – Franklin to Matatiele, 47 miles 76 chains (77.2 kilometres).
  • 14 November – Cape – Oudtshoorn to Calitzdorp, 35 miles 20 chains (56.7 kilometres).
  • 15 December – Cape – Touws River to Kareevlakte, 41 miles 59 chains (67.2 kilometres).
  • 15 December – Transvaal – Hercules to Schoemansville, 17 miles 64 chains (28.6 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • The first of six Class GC branchline 2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt articulated locomotives.
  • A single Class ES1 battery-powered shunting locomotive at the construction site of the Colenso power station.
  • References

    1924 in South Africa Wikipedia


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