1955 in South Africa

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List of years in South Africa


  • 4-5 – The Inaugural Conference of the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) is held at the Trades Hall in Johannesburg.
  • 23 – The Meadowridge garden city opens near Cape Town.
  • 25 – The Appeal Court bench increases from six to eleven members.
  • 22 – The National Tea and Coffee Company is founded.
  • 19 – The Black Sash, a non-violent white women's resistance organization, is founded by Jean Sinclair, Ruth Folley, Elizabeth McLaren, Tertia Pybus, Jean Bosazza and Helen Newton-Thompson.
  • 30 – Rondalia (a tourist club) is founded.



  • 13 March – Benjamin Jennings Caddy, a militant trade unionist who was arrested in the 1922 miners strike and who is regarded as the doyen of the trade union movement in South Africa, dies in Johannesburg.



  • The South African Railways places the first of sixty Class 5E, Series 1 electric locomotives in mainline service. Designed by English Electric and built by Vulcan Foundry, it is the prototype of what would eventually become the most prolific locomotive type to ever run on South African rails.[1][2]



The South Africa national football team tours Australia and plays five games against the Australia national association football team.


  1. South African Railways Index and Diagrams Electric and Diesel Locomotives, 610mm and 1065mm Gauges, Ref LXD 14/1/100/20, 28 January 1975, as amended
  2. 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. 292. ISBN 9 780620 512282.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>