1902 in South Africa

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The following lists events that happened during 1902 in South Africa.



  • 7 – The Burghers win their last battle over British forces, with the capture of a British general and 200 of his men.
  • 4 – The town Concordia in Namaqualand surrenders to Boer forces.[1]
  • 8 – O'okiep is besieged by Boer forces under General Jan Smuts.[1][2]
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  • 1 January – Buster Nupen, South African cricketer. (d. 1977)


  • 26 March – Cecil John Rhodes, businessman, mining magnate, imperialist and politician.
  • 2 May – Jan Stephanus de Villiers, composer and organist, dies in Paarl.


Railway lines opened[edit]


  • The Natal Government Railways places ten Class F 4-6-4 Baltic type tank steam locomotives in service, the first known locomotive in the world to be designed and built as a Baltic. In 1912 they will be designated Class E on the SAR.[5]
  • The Natal Harbours Department places a single saddle-tank locomotive named Congella in service as harbour shunter in Durban Harbour.[7]
  • The Zululand Railway Company, contractors for the construction of the North Coast line from Verulam to the Tugela River, acquires two 2-6-0 Mogul type tender locomotives as construction engines, later to be designated Class I on the NGR.[5]
  • The Imperial Military Railways places forty Cape 8th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon type steam locomotives in service. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8A on the SAR.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Bagshawe, Peter (2012). Locomotives of the Namaqualand Railway and Copper Mines (1st ed.). Stenvalls. pp. 35–39. ISBN 978-91-7266-179-0.
  2. ^ South African History Online : O'okiep
  3. ^ a b Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 184, ref. no. 200954-13
  4. ^ a b c d Report for year ending 31 December 1909, Cape Government Railways, Section VIII - Dates of Opening and the Length of the different Sections in the Cape Colony, from the Year 1873 to 31st December, 1909.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Holland, D.F. (1971). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 1: 1859–1910 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 43–44, 49–50, 56, 61–63, 96–98, 124–126. ISBN 978-0-7153-5382-0.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 24–26, 41–44, 46–49, 82, 104, 111–112, 156–157. ISBN 0869772112.
  7. ^ a b c d Holland, D. F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 124–126, 129, 140. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8.
  8. ^ Dulez, Jean A. (2012). Railways of Southern Africa 150 Years (Commemorating One Hundred and Fifty Years of Railways on the Sub-Continent – Complete Motive Power Classifications and Famous Trains – 1860–2011) (1st ed.). Garden View, Johannesburg, South Africa: Vidrail Productions. p. 231. ISBN 9 780620 512282.