The following lists events that happened during 1919 in South Africa.
- 23 – The Potchefstroom Teachers' College opens.
- 27 – Prime Minister Louis Botha dies in office.
- 3 – Jan Smuts becomes the 2nd Prime Minister of South Africa.
- 17 – German South West Africa is placed under South African administration.
- 7 – Inspired by Cape Town's daily Noon Gun Three Minute Pause, King George V institutes the Two Minute Silence following a suggestion by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, to be observed annually at the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.
- 7 – The first Remembrance Day is observed in the British Empire with a two-minute silence at 11:00 hours.
Railway lines openedEdit
- 9 January – Natal – Deviation from Umlaas Road to Pentrich, 19 miles 19 chains (31.0 kilometres).
Two new Cape gauge and one narrow gauge locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):
- The first of sixty-seven Class 12A 4-8-2 Mountain type locomotives.
- The first ten Class 16C 4-6-2 Pacific type passenger steam locomotives.
- Three Class NG G11 2-6-0+0-6-2 Garratt articulated steam locomotives on the Avontuur narrow gauge line through the Langkloof, the first Garratt locomotives to enter service in South Africa.
- Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Governors-General: 1910-1961 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 138."2-Minute Wave of Silence" Revives a Time-honoured Tradition. Accessed on 5 June 2014.
- 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
- Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 55, 105–106. ISBN 0869772112.
- Durrant, AE (1989). Twilight of South African Steam (1st ed.). Newton Abbott: David & Charles. pp. 92–93, 123. ISBN 0715386387.