South African History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 580

  • 1652-04-06 Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under Jan van Riebeeck
  • 1652-04-07 Dutch establish settlement at Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1795-09-16 British capture Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch
  • 1796-08-17 British beat Batavian navy in Saldanha Bay, South Africa
  • 1806-01-08 Battle of Blaauwberg: British forces attack French vassal, the Batavian Republic near Cape Town, modern day South Africa
  • 1806-01-19 United Kingdom re-occupies the Cape of Good Hope following victory in the Battle of Blaauwberg over French vassal, the Batavian Republic. Establishes British rule in South Africa.
  • 1829-10-01 South African College is founded in Cape Town, South Africa; later to separate into the University of Cape Town and the South African College Schools.
  • 1838-12-16 Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa
  • 1838-12-16 Battle of Blood River: Zulu impis defeated by Voortrekkers in South Africa (Great Trek)
  • 1843-08-08 Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony
  • 1852-01-17 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
  • 1852-02-26 British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa, 458 die, 193 survive
  • 1854-02-17 Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
  • 1870-07-30 The Republic of Klipdrift is proclaimed by Transvaal President Andries Pretorius after the discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1866 resulted in a flood of treasure hunters; ownership of the diamond fields was contested by the Boer republics
  • 1871-10-17 Great Britain annexes Griqualand, South Africa
  • 1877-04-12 British annex Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1878-03-26 Sabi Game Reserve opens in South Africa, the world's 1st officially designated game reserve
  • 1879-01-11 Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa
  • 1879-01-22 Zulu warriors attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa
  • 1879-07-31 The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies
  • 1879-11-28 Battle at Lydenburg South Africa: Gen Wolseley beats Sekhukhenes Pedi-Zulu
  • 1880-12-08 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal, South Africa
  • 1880-12-16 Transvaal region declares itself as the Republic of South Africa
  • 1880-12-16 Beginning of the First Boer War between British Empire and Boer South African Republic
  • 1881-02-27 Battle at Amajuba: South African Boers vs British army under General Colley
  • 1881-03-04 South African president Kruger accepts ceasefire
  • 1883-01-02 Battle of Boschberg takes place in South Africa as part of the Mapoch War

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1888-10-29 Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • 1889-03-12 Start of South Africa's 1st Test, v England, Port Elizabeth
  • 1889-03-26 Bernard Tancred carries bat for 26* out of 47! South Africa v England
  • 1889-03-26 Johnny Briggs took 15-26 (7-17 & 8-11) v South Africa at Newlands
  • 1889-03-26 South Africa all out 47, then follow-on all out 43 v England
  • 1892-03-19 3 brothers Hearne play in same Test Cricket England v South Africa (Cape Town)
  • 1893-01-01 The railway line from Germiston to Pretoria, South Africa, is opened to traffic
  • 1893-11-04 British South Africa Company troops under Dr Jamesons occupy Bulawayo, Matabeleland
  • 1894-01-01 South African Amateur Athletic Union is founded in Johannesburg
  • 1894-06-25 Boer leader Paul Kruger meets the British High Commissioner, Sir Henry Loch, on Pretoria station in South Africa and accompanies him to his hotel to discuss the grievances of the Uitlanders (Foreigners)
  • 1894-06-28 The Natal Legislature plans to introduce the Indian Franchise Bill, South Africa
  • 1895-07-08 Delagoa Bay Railway opens in South Africa
  • 1896-01-02 Battle at Doornkop, South Africa (Boers beat Dr Jamesons troops)
  • 1896-02-14 George Lohmann takes a hat-trick v South Africa, 8-7 for inning
  • 1896-02-14 South Africa all out for 30 v England - their lowest ever
  • 1896-03-02 George Lohmann takes 9-28 v South Africa at Johannesburg
  • 1897-07-16 The South African Committee, investigating the Jameson Raid releases its report finding that it was conducted almost implicitly through the support and encouragement of Cecil Rhodes and the mining houses in the Transvaal
  • 1899-04-04 South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11)
  • 1899-09-08 British government sends an additional 10,000 troops to Natal, South Africa
  • 1899-09-17 1st British troops leave Bombay for South Africa
  • 1899-10-09 1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa
  • 1899-10-09 South Africa President Kruger routes British authorities ultimatum
  • 1899-10-11 South African Boers declare war on Great Britain
  • 1899-10-12 South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain

  • 1899-10-13 7,000 laid-off black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal

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1899-10-14 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill departs to South Africa

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1899-10-22 British troops flee Dundee, Natal South Africa
  • 1899-10-24 Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army
  • 1899-12-10 -15] British "Black Week" due to defeats in South Africa
  • 1899-12-10 Battle at Storm Berge South Africa - Boers vs British army
  • 1899-12-15 Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)
  • 1899-12-18 Field Marshal Lord Roberts appointed British supreme commander in South Africa
  • 1899-12-23 British Field Marshall Lord Roberts departs Southampton to South Africa for the 2nd Boer War
  • 1900-01-21 The second contingent of Canadian troops sails from Halifax to fight in South Africa against the Boers
  • 1900-01-24 Battle of Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900-02-06 The Battle of Vaal Krantz, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900-02-15 Boer War: Siege of Kimberley broken by British troops under Lieutenant-General John French after a 124 day siege. Kimberley defense led by Cecil Rhodes.
  • 1900-02-23 Battle at Hart's Hill, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900-02-27 Boer General Cronjé surrenders to British in Pardenberg, South Africa
  • 1900-03-07 Battle at Poplar Grove South Africa, President Kruger flees
  • 1900-03-10 Battle at Driefontein, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900-03-17 In South Africa, British troops relieve Mafeking, besieged by the Boers since 13 October, 1899.
  • 1900-03-27 Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers.
  • 1900-05-26 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa
  • 1900-05-27 Lord Roberts' army fights the Vaal in South Africa
  • 1900-05-28 Paul Kruger, President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, flees its capital, Pretoria, and goes to Watervalboven to evade the advancing British.
  • 1900-06-01 British army occupies Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1900-06-05 Pretoria, capital of the Boer Republic of South Africa, falls to the British led by General Buller
  • 1900-08-30 Last 2,000 British prisoners in Nooitgedagt, South Africa, freed
  • 1900-09-03 With a proclamation by General Lord Roberts, Britain annexes the Boer Republic of South Africa
  • 1900-09-06 British General Buller occupies Lydenburg, South Africa
  • 1900-09-15 A Boer delegation issues an appeal at the Hague, Netherlands, that the major powers intervene in the war in South Africa
  • 1900-10-19 South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger departs for Europe
  • 1900-10-25 Great Britain annexes the former Boer South African Republic, renaming it the Transvaal Colony
  • 1900-11-22 Paul Kruger, exiled President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, is given a popular welcome when he lands at Marseilles, France

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1900-11-29 General Horatio Kitchener assumes command of the British forces in South Africa from General Lord Roberts

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • 1900-12-01 Exiled South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger visits Flanders and on the same day is declined a visit from the German Kaiser
  • 1900-12-02 Exiled South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger arrives in Germany, though the Kaiser refuses to meet him
  • 1900-12-09 President Paul Kruger of South Africa's Transvaal & Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands have a triumphant procession
  • 1901-02-27 A General Committee of National Liberal Federation meets and adopts a resolution deploring the continuation of the war in South Africa and condemning the British Government's insistence on unconditional surrender by the Boers
  • 1901-07-16 The Fawcett Commission headed by Millicent Fawcett is established as a result of an outcry against the treatment of Afrikaners in concentration camps during the South African War
  • 1901-07-25 Emily Hobhouse addresses public meetings in Britain on the concentration camps during the South African War
  • 1902-01-10 Although it has professed neutrality in the Boer War, German Chancellor von Bulow joins others in attacking British actions in South Africa
  • 1902-05-06 Zulu assault at Holkrantz, South Africa
  • 1902-10-10 South Africa's President of Transvaal Paul Kruger visits Utrecht
  • 1902-10-11 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia
  • 1904-06-22 Chinese laborers arrive in South Africa following a severe labor shortage
  • 1905-01-26 World's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa
  • 1905-04-25 Whites win right to vote in South Africa
  • 1906-01-01 The poll tax of £1 per head on all adult male inhabitants of Natal, South Africa, except indentured Indians and married Blacks, imposed by the Natal parliament in 1905, becomes payable.
  • 1906-01-04 South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win
  • 1906-04-02 South Africa complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England

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1906-09-11 Mahatma Gandhi coins the term "Satyagraha" to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 499

  • 1761-02-01 Christian Hendrik Persoon, South African mycologist (d. 1836)
  • 1797-07-10 Pieter L Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull)
  • 1813-07-26 Isaac Baumann, Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa, born in Kassel Hesse, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1817-01-08 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman (d. 1893)
  • 1819-09-17 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st president (Republic South Africa)
  • 1824-12-19 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), born in County Westmeath Ireland (d. 1897)
  • 1825-10-10 Paulus Kruger, President of South African Republic (1883), Boer leader
  • 1831-01-20 Pieter J Joubert, general (South Africa)
  • 1838-02-16 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African ship's doctor/linguist
  • 1847-10-09 Stephanus Jacobus du Toit, South African theologist and journalist (Afrikaner Bond), born in Paarl, South Africa (d. 1911)
  • 1847-10-22 Jacobus Herculas [Uncle Koos] de la Rey, South African politician
  • 1853-02-09 Leander Starr Jameson, PM of South African Cape colony

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1853-07-05 Cecil Rhodes, British businessman, diamond merchant and imperialist politician who was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-96), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1902)

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • 1854-10-07 Christiaan R de Wet, South African rebel leader, politician and general in the Boer War
  • 1855-03-24 Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)
  • 1856-07-15 Owen Dunell, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test captain)
  • 1858-11-23 Frank Hearne, cricketer (brother of George and Alec, England and South Africa)
  • 1859-05-01 Willem J Leyds, Dutch/South Africa lawyer/politician/diplomat
  • 1862-02-10 W H "Gobo" Ashley, cricketer (7 wkts in 1 Test for South Africa 1889)
  • 1862-09-27 Louis Botha, Greytown South Africa, 1st PM of South Africa (1910-19)
  • 1865-08-04 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1890)
  • 1865-08-20 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (d. 1911)
  • 1865-10-19 Godfrey Cripps, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1892, 18 & 3)
  • 1865-11-01 Monty Bowden, cricketer (England Test capt v South Africa at 23)

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1866-04-03 J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African General and Prime Minister (1924-39), born in Wellington, South Africa (d. 1942)

South African Premier J. B. M. Hertzog
South African Premier
J. B. M. Hertzog
  • 1868-04-05 J F "Flooi" Du Toit, cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892)
  • 1870-05-24 Jan Christiaan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa and proponent of Commonwealth & League of Nations (d. 1950)
  • 1870-06-24 Horatio Mbelle, Cape Colony, South African interpreter, community leader and politician
  • 1870-12-21 Sir Patrick Duncan, Fortrie, Banffshire, Scotland, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943)
  • 1874-04-26 J H "Biddy" Anderson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v Australia 1902)
  • 1874-05-22 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, born in Riebeek-Wes, Cape Colony (d. 1959)
  • 1874-11-07 Joseph Willoughby, South African cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1895-96), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England (d. 1952)
  • 1875-05-04 Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (1st of great South African googlists)
  • 1876-04-14 Murray Bisset, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 & 1910)
  • 1876-06-04 Robert Dower, cricketer (1 Test South Africa v England 1898, scored 0 & 9)
  • 1876-09-26 C B "Buck" Llewellyn, cricketer (South African lefty all-rounder 1896-1912)
  • 1876-11-28 Bert Vogler, cricketer (early South African googly bowler)
  • 1877-02-21 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist
  • 1878-01-26 A W "Dave" Nourse, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of South African cricket)
  • 1878-04-07 C M M Hathorn, cricketer (South African Test centurion in 1905-06)
  • 1879-08-07 J J Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07)
  • 1880-08-17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great South African batsman-keeper-captain)
  • 1880-12-28 Christian DFL Leipoldt, South african physician/writer/poet
  • 1881-03-13 Balthazar H Verhagen, Neth/South African dramatist/writer
  • 1881-04-23 Claude Carter, South African slow lefty cricketer (1912-22)
  • 1881-12-17 Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer (great South African all-rounder early 20th cent)
  • 1882-02-09 Thomas Campbell, South African cricket wicketkeeper (5 Tests 1909-12)
  • 1883-02-21 J M M "Mick" Commaille, cricketer (dual South African cricket/soccer rep)
  • 1883-11-17 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1913)
  • 1884-02-04 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 tests 1912-14)
  • 1884-10-10 C "Ormy" C Pearse, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in Australia 1910-11)
  • 1885-03-16 Sydney Chaplin [Hawkes], South African actor (Limelight), born in South Africa (d. 1965)
  • 1886-06-28 Joe Cox, cricketer (South African pace bowler in 1913-14 series v England)
  • 1886-08-13 Jacob Pierneef, South Africa, painter
  • 1887-02-11 John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
  • 1887-08-02 Tommy Ward, Former South African cricketer (d. 1936)
  • 1888-07-28 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), (d. 1972)
  • 1889-03-16 Reggie Walker, South African athlete (d. 1951)
  • 1889-05-05 Herbie Taylor, cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI)
  • 1889-06-20 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-South African astronomer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1951)
  • 1889-09-03 Cecil Weston, South African actress (Dude Ranch, Huckleberry Finn), born in Capetown (d. 1976)
  • 1890-06-30 Horace Chapman, cricketer (leg-spin all-rounder for South Africa in 2 Tests)
  • 1891-02-12 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1 Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair), born in Potchefstroom, Transvaal (d. 1969)

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1892-01-03 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 1973)

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

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1892-06-13 Basil Rathbone, South African born British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in Johannesburg (d. 1967)

  • 1892-07-22 John MacBryan, cricketer (one Test Eng v South Africa 1924 DNBat, DNbowl)
  • 1893-11-23 Jimmy Blanckenberg, cricket pace bowler (took 60 wickets for South Africa)
  • 1893-12-31 J M Blankenberg, cricketer (60 wkts in 18 Tests for South Africa)
  • 1894-08-22 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Cape Town (d. 1973)
  • 1894-08-23 James La Guma, South African political activist and trade unionist, born in Cape Town (d. 1961)
  • 1894-10-05 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (d. 1948)
  • 1894-12-05 Charles Robberts, Winburg district of the Orange Free State, The first State President of South Africa
  • 1895-02-03 Izak Buys, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1922, 0 & 4*, 0-52)
  • 1895-07-21 H G "Nummy" Deane, South African cricket Test captain (1927-31)
  • 1895-07-22 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, born in Debe Nek, King Williamstown, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • 1897-05-10 Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1923)
  • 1897-05-11 Izak W van der Merwe, [Boerneef], South African writer (Tweetalige Woordeboek)
  • 1897-06-20 Cyril "Froggy" Francois, cricketer (South African all-rounder v Eng 1922-23)
  • 1897-11-20 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • 1897-12-16 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)
  • 1899-01-30 Max Theiler, South African and American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), born in Pretoria (d. 1972)
  • 1899-04-04 William Brann, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23)
  • 1899-09-29 Billy Butlin, South Africa, holiday camp promoter
  • 1899-10-11 A L "Oosh" Ochse, cricketer (no relation to A E South African fast bowler)
  • 1899-12-06 Harry Buller Siege Willis, son of South Africa boer in Ladysmith
  • 1900-06-13 Ian Hunter, South African character actor (Dr Blood's Coffin, White Unicorn), born in Capetown, South Africa (d. 1975)
  • 1900-06-25 Izak D du Plessis, South African writer/director (3rd World)
  • 1900-07-10 Bob Catterall, cricketer (dashing South African batsman of 20's)
  • 1901-06-22 Willem Jacobus du Plooy Erlank (Eitemal), South African poet and professor in Afrikaans and Dutch literature at the University of Stellenbosch, born in Wolmaransstad, Transvaal
  • 1901-09-08 Hendrik Verwoerd, South African Prime Minister (1958-66) who was assassinated in 1966, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1901-10-02 [Ignatius] Roy [D] Campbell, South African poet (Flowering Rifle)
  • 1902-01-01 Buster Nupen, cricketer (1-eyed South African quick, great on matting)
  • 1902-10-14 Stanley Coen, cricketer (South African batsman in two Tests 1927-28)
  • 1903-01-11 Alan Paton, South African writer (Cry, the Beloved Country)
  • 1903-11-09 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), born in Rustenburg, Transvaal (d. 1971)
  • 1904-06-23 Quintin McMillan, cricketer (South African leg spinner 1929-32)
  • 1904-12-12 Jim Christy, righty cricket batter (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa)
  • 1905-03-27 John Fleming (Jack) Brock, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, one of South Africa’s most distinguished nutritional scientists and medical educators
  • 1905-07-05 Jock "Herbie" Cameron [Horace Brakenridge Cameron], South African cricket keeper (captain), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1935)
  • 1905-11-05 George Bissett, cricketer (successful South African quick in 1927-28)

Famous Weddings

  • 1940-01-02 Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.
  • 1949-01-18 South African Rev Andries P Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer
  • 1956-10-06 South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

HeartWedding of Interest

1969-04-11 Future South African president F. W. de Klerk marries Marike Willemse

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1985-08-15 Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa

HeartWedding of Interest

1987-01-03 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • 1989-04-15 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
  • 1996-03-24 Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa
  • 2005-12-10 Rugby Star Clyde Rathbone (24) weds Carrie-Ann Leeson in South Africa

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 289

  • 1828-09-22 Shaka, South African Zulu king, dies
  • 1838-04-11 Pieter L Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40
  • 1852-12-16 Andries H Potgieter, South African/Transvaal explorer, dies at 59
  • 1867-06-22 Leopold Marquard, South African clergyman, missionary and educationist, dies at 80
  • 1881-07-19 Isaac Baumann, Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa, dies at 67
  • 1884-08-14 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • 1890-05-19 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies of fever at 24
  • 1892-01-02 Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman and scientist, dies at 78
  • 1892-02-19 Monty Bowden, cricket captain (England v South Africa 1889), dies at 26
  • 1893-06-23 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (b. 1817)
  • 1893-07-09 George Christopher Cato, Natal pioneer and first mayor of Durban South Africa, dies at 79
  • 1897-10-28 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), dies at 72
  • 1899-11-28 Adrian the la Rey, son of South African general, dies in battle at 19
  • 1899-12-11 Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.
  • 1900-02-16 George Labram, US mine engineer in South Africa, dies in battle
  • 1900-03-27 Pieter J Joubert [Smart Piet], South African general, dies at 69
  • 1900-03-31 Frank Milligan, cricketer (Mafeking 2 Tests Eng v South Africa 1898-99), dies
  • 1900-04-05 Comte de Villebois-Marevil, French/South African general, dies in battle
  • 1901-10-30 ... Opperman, South African Boer general (Spy), killed in battle
  • 1901-12-01 George Lohmann, cricketer (in South Africa 18 Tests, 112 wickets), dies
  • 1902-01-17 Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed
  • 1902-04-11 ... Potgieter, South African Boer general, dies in battle
  • 1904-07-14 President of Transvaal Paul Kruger, the face of Boer resistance against the British during the South African or Second Boer War (1899–1902), heart failure at 78
  • 1906-03-23 Victor Barton, cricketer (scored 23 in Test Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • 1908-05-31 C L "Boy" Johnson, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1909-07-10 Flooi Du Toit, cricket leg-spinner (Test for South Africa 1892), dies
  • 1911-02-04 Peter A "Piet" Cronje, South Africa Boer general, dies at about 75
  • 1911-02-18 Bill Murdoch, cricketer, dies while watching Aust v South Africa Test
  • 1911-11-23 Bernard Tancred, cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), dies
  • 1913-02-23 Jimmy Sinclair, cricketer (3 centuries in 25 Test South African career), dies
  • 1916-08-01 Claude Newberry, South African cricket All-rounder (v England 1913-14), dies
  • 1917-03-18 William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
  • 1917-07-31 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • 1917-09-12 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • 1917-11-19 Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies
  • 1918-04-11 Arthur Ochse, cricketer (WW I played for South Africa in 1889 aged 19), dies
  • 1918-10-17 Gordon White, cricketer (WW I Superb South African batsman 1905-12), dies
  • 1918-11-18 Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (55 wickets for South Africa), dies
  • 1919-08-27 Louis Botha, South African soldier/statesman, dies at 56
  • 1919-09-27 Robert Gleeson, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1919-10-02 Ernest Halliwell, cricketer (South African wicketkeeper 1892-1904), dies
  • 1920-05-17 Maitland Hathorn, cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies
  • 1922-02-03 Christiaan R de Wet, South African Boer general, dies at 67
  • 1923-05-30 Charles Fichardt, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests 1892-96), dies
  • 1924-05-19 Billy Zulch, cricketer (South African batsman scored 2 Test centuries), dies
  • 1924-10-05 Tom Campbell, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, ct 7 stp 1), dies
  • 1925-09-30 Philip Hutchinson, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1889), dies
  • 1926-03-11 John Henry Anderson, cricketer (score 32 & 11 in Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1927-05-09 Tommy Routledge, cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies
  • 1928-12-21 Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1929-10-21 Owen Dunell, cricketer (two Tests for South Africa in 1889), dies
  • 1929-11-09 Nicolaas Theunissen, South African cricket break bowler (2nd Test 1889), dies
  • 1929-12-09 Willis Cuttell, cricketer (two Tests England v South Africa 1899), dies
  • 1930-03-06 William Milton, cricketer (South African Test capt in 3 Tests 1889-92), dies
  • 1930-07-14 W H Ashley, cricketer (Test South Africa, 7 wkts), dies
  • 1930-09-10 G A Faulkner, cricketer (South African googly all-rounder), commits suicide
  • 1931-07-07 Johannes Jacobus "Kodgee" Kotze, cricketer (South Africa 1902-07), dies
  • 1932-06-05 Henry Taberer, cricket (bowl Trumper only Test wkt for South Africa), dies
  • 1932-06-19 Solomon Tshkisho Platje, South African writer, dies
  • 1934-07-07 Doodles Tapscott, cricketer (South African batsman 1922-23), dies
  • 1934-07-28 Louis Tancred, cricketer (fourteen Tests batting for South Africa 1905-14), dies
  • 1934-08-05 Neville Quinn, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa), dies at 26
  • 1935-10-11 Frank Mitchell, cricketer (2 Tests for Eng then 3 for South Africa), dies
  • 1935-11-02 Jock "Herbie" Cameron [Horace Brakenridge Cameron], South African cricket keeper (captain), dies of typhoid at 30
  • 1935-12-13 John Nicolson, cricketer (South African lefty batsman 1926-27), dies
  • 1936-01-10 Charles Wright, cricketer (3 Tests England v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1936-02-16 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted
  • 1936-03-20 Durant Clifford Parkin, cricketer (Tests for South Africa 1891-92), dies
  • 1938-07-14 Robert Poore, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in 1895-96 series), dies
  • 1938-11-15 George Glover, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1939-01-31 George Thornton, cricketer (1 Test for South Africa 1902, 1* & 1-20), dies
  • 1939-10-21 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1940-07-03 George Shepstone, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • 1940-12-06 Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies
  • 1941-04-22 Arthur Briscoe, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies
  • 1941-12-01 Horace Chapman, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa, 39 runs, 1 wkt), dies

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1942-11-21 J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African General and Prime Minister (1924-39), dies at 76

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  • 1942-11-27 A B C Langton, cricketer (WWII 15 Tests for South Africa 1935-39), dies
  • 1943-07-17 Sir Patrick Duncan, Governor-general of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943), dies at 72
  • 1943-09-28 Charles Vintcent, cricketer (played in South Africa's 1st 3 tests), dies
  • 1944-05-26 C M Francois, cricketer (WWII, 252 runs in 5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1945-02-16 Billy Frank, cricketer (Test South Africa v Eng 1896, 5 & 2, 1-52), dies
  • 1945-07-20 Arthur Seccull, South African cricketer (Test v England 1896), dies
  • 1946-04-21 Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for South Africa in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies
  • 1946-08-09 A E E Vogler, cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies
  • 1946-11-22 Bertie Rose-Innes, cricketer (South Africa's Test), dies
  • 1947-03-27 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • 1947-04-12 Christian F L Leipoldt, South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
  • 1947-07-16 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, dies in Pretoria at 77
  • 1948-02-02 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • 1948-03-05 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1948-04-17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • 1948-07-03 Quintin McMillan, cricketer (13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1948-07-08 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • 1948-07-26 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • 1948-09-11 Albert Powell, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898-99), dies
  • 1949-05-06 A L Ochse, cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies
  • 1949-07-14 Frank Hearne, cricketer (2 Tests for England, 4 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1950-09-11 John C Smuts, co-found British RAF/South African PM (1919..48), dies at 80
  • 1950-09-29 Balthazar H Verhagen, Neth/South African dramatist/writer, dies