1917 in South Africa

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The following lists events that happened during 1917 in South Africa.



  • 21 – The SS Mendi is struck on the starboard side by the SS Darro, an 11,000 ton liner, and sinks with the loss of 646 lives.[2]
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  • 18 January – Andrew Murray, author, educationist and pastor. (b. 1828)


Railway lines opened[edit]


  • 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.[4]
    • Seven Class K 4-6-4 tank locomotives that had been built for the Philippines but could not be delivered.[4]
    • 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.[4][5]


  1. ^ Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Governors-General: 1910-1961 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
  2. ^ a b SA Legion – Atteridgeville Branch. "The SS Mendi – A Historical Background". Navy News. South African Navy. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 188, ref. no. 200954-13
  4. ^ a b c Holland, D. F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 32–34. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8. 
  5. ^ Espitalier, T.J.; Day, W.A.J. (1945). The Locomotive in South Africa - A Brief History of Railway Development. Chapter VII - South African Railways (Continued). South African Railways and Harbours Magazine, September 1945. p. 673.