The 1979 South African Open was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts in Johannesburg, South Africa. The men's tournament was part of the 1979 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix. It was the 76th edition of the tournament and was held from 27 November through 3 December 1979. Andrew Pattison and Brigitte Cuypers won the singles titles.
|1979 South African Open|
|Date||27 November – 3 December|
|Draw||32S / 16D|
|Surface||Hard / outdoor|
|Location||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Venue||Ellis Park Tennis Stadium|
|Bob Hewitt / Frew McMillan|
|Lesley Charles / Tanya Harford|
- "1979 Johannesburg – Men's Singles draw". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
- "1979 Johannesburg – Men's Doubles draw". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
- John Barrett, ed. (1980). World of Tennis 1980 : a BP yearbook. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 116, 117, 219. ISBN 9780362020120. OCLC 237184610.