||Fanny Knobloch, the first Bahá'í teacher in South Africa, arrives in Cape Town. [BW2:40].
- In her first week she meets Miss Busby who within a very short time is the first person to become a Bahá'í in South Africa.
|Cape Town; South Africa
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Egypt and the Sudan is formed, the first national body in Africa. [BBRSM121; GPB333]
Martha Root gives the first African radio broadcast about the Bahá'í Faith, in Cape Town.
|Egypt; Sudan; Cape Town; South Africa
||NSA; Martha Root
||Shoghi Effendi sailed from England to Cape Town and proceeded overland to Cairo. [PP180–1, SETPE1p163]
He travelled through East Africa passing through Rhodesia where he visited the grave of Cecil Rhodes and further north in Rhodesia to see the Victoria Falls.
- He rode as a passenger through part of East Africa with an English hunter and travelled on a train for some five hundred miles.
- He crossed the Nile River through a papyrus swamp on a ferry.
- He was back in Haifa by October. [SETPE1p163]
|United Kingdom; Cape Town; South Africa; Cairo; Egypt; Africa
||Shoghi Effendi, Life of; Shoghi Effendi, Travels of; Shoghi Effendi, Basic timeline; - Basic timeline, Expanded
|1940 28 Jul
||Shoghi Effendi, Rúhíyyih Khánum and Sutherland Maxwell leave England for South Africa. [PP180]
- This is the only route open back to Palestine, as Italy’s entrance into the war has closed the Mediterranean to Allied ships. [PP180]
- The trip across Africa takes them to Stanleyville, Congo; Juba in the Sudan; down the Nile to Khartoum and back to Palestine through Cairo. [PP180–1, TG159]
|United Kingdom; Africa; South Africa; Congo; Sudan; Egypt
||Shoghi Effendi, Life of; Shoghi Effendi, Travels of; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum, Journeys of; Sutherland Maxwell; World War II; Shoghi Effendi, Basic timeline; - Basic timeline, Expanded
||Dorothy Senne became the first Bahá'í in South Africa. [BWNS270]
||Dorothy Senne; BWNS
|1955 c. Jan
||The first Tswana Bahá’í, Stanlake Kukama, enrolled in Mafikeng.
||Mafikeng; South Africa
||First Bahais by background
||The Regional Spiritual Assembly of South and West Africa is formed with its seat in Johannesburg, South Africa. [BW13:284]
- Its area of jurisdiction is the Union of South Africa, Basutoland, Zululand, Swaziland, Bechuanaland, South West Africa, Angola, Northern Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Mozambique, Madagascar, Réunion Island, Mauritius and St Helena Island.
|Johannesburg; South Africa
|1966 12 Dec
||The Hand of the Cause John Robarts departed Africa from Cape Town after a stay of nearly 13 years. They were recalled from their pioneer post by the Universal House of Justice to help Canada win the goals of the Nine Year Plan. The objective was to raise 154 local assemblies by 1973 but the count had fallen from 68 to only 50, eighteen less than the number won during the Ten Year Plan and 104 short of the objective.LNW158
||Cape Town; South Africa; Canada
||John Robarts; Hands of the Cause
|1985 5 – 8 Apr
||An International Youth Conference to support the United Nations International Youth Year is held in Bophuthatswana, attended by 198 people. [BW19:300]
||Bophuthatswana; South Africa; Africa
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Youth; Conferences, International; Youth; International Youth Year
|1989 21 – 22 Oct
||The Southern African Bahá’í Association for the Advancement of Women is formed in Johannesburg. [BINS210:8]
||Johannesburg; South Africa
|1989 25 – 29 Dec
||The first International Bahá’í Summer School of Bophuthatswana is held at the Pilanesberg National Game Reserve, attended by 263 people from 12 countries. [BINS215:1–2]
||Bophuthatswana; South Africa
||Summer schools; First summer and winter schools
||The National Spiritual Assembly of South Africa made a submission for the drafting of a new constitution.
- The judge that received it, the President of the South African Law Commission, commented that this document stated the Bahá’ís were the only group whose ideas had a spiritual and moral basis for the constitution. [AWH87-8]
|1991 20 Jan
||The first World Religion Day to be held in Bophuthatswana takes place in Mmabatho. [BINS 244:1]
||Mmabatho; Bophuthatswana; South Africa
||World Religion Day
|1993 13 Mar
||Three Bahá'ís are assassinated at the Bahá'í Centre in Mdantsane, Ciskei, in a racially-motivated attack. [BW93–4:147–50]
||Mdantsane; Ciskei; South Africa
|1994 Mar 13
||The murder of four Bahá'is, three adults and one youth, at the Bahá'í Centre in Mdantsane, Ciskel. Killed were Dr. Shamam Bakhshandegi, Houshmand Anvari and Vincent and Rias Razavi. The perpetrators were granted amnesty for the killings in May 2002. [BW93-4p147-150, 16 May 2000, SCBC, press release]
||Mdantsane; Ciskei; South Africa
||Opposition; Murders; Amnesty (general)
|2001 31 Aug – 7 Sep
||United Nations World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, was held in Durban, South Africa. The Bahá'í International Community issued a statement entitled One Same Substance: Consciously Creating a Global Culture of Unity. See BWNS133 for the full text or on the BIC Site.
||Durban; South Africa
||United Nations; Racism; Discrimination; Bahai International Community
|2002 26 Aug – 4 Sep
||World Summit on Sustainable Development, a United Nations conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Bahá'í International Community issues a statement, entitled Religion and Development at the Crossroads: Convergence or Divergence?. [BWNS169, BWNS170]
||Johannesburg; South Africa
||United Nations; Sustainable Development; Bahai International Community; BIC statements; Statements; Publications; BWNS
|2008 8 – 9 Nov
||Regional Conferences held in Nakuru, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa. [BWNS668]
||Nakuru; Kenya; Johannesburg; South Africa
||Regional Conferences; BWNS
|2017 1 Aug
||The release of the film The Cost of Discrimination> by Arash Azizi and Maziar Bahari which compared the social costs of discrimination in present day Iran and South Africa under the apartheid regime where, like in Iran, the Dutch Reform Church used their Holy Texts to justify the suppressive measures taken against people of "non-European" origin.
||South Africa; Iran
||Film; Documentaries; Cost of Discrimination; Arash Azizi; Maziar Bahari; Discrimination; Christianity; Islam; Persecution, Iran; Persecution