1952 in South Africa

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The following lists events that happened during 1952 in South Africa.



  • 23 – Ex-regent Mshiyeni, uncle of Zulu King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon, warns the Zulu people not to participate in the Defiance Campaign. In the press the King repeatedly denies having any views on the matter.
  • 3 – The first regular jet flight between South Africa and Britain is started with the arrival of a De Havilland Comet with 36 passengers at Johannesburg.
  • 8 – A uranium plant operated by West Rand Consolidated Mines, the first in the world to extract uranium as a by-product of the gold refining process, opens at Millsite near Krugersdorp.
  • 12 – The first uranium is worked at the West Rand plant.
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  • Nelson Mandela is given a 9-month suspended sentence and is forbidden to leave Johannesburg for the next 6 months.




Railway lines opened


Two new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):


  1. ^ Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 191, ref. no. 200954-13
  2. ^ Holland, D. F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 108–109. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8.
  3. ^ a b Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 81, 126–127. ISBN 0869772112.
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