South Africa: Polity Style: 1910-2021

20 Sep 1909 South Africa Act, 1909 (Dutch: Zuid-Afrika Wet, 1909) received royal assent, providing for the unification of the colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, the Transvaal, and the Orange River Colony in the Union of South Africa (passed by the House of Lords and by the House of Commons of the United Kingdom 4 Aug 1909 and 19 Aug 1909 respectively) (The Cape of Good Hope Government Gazette, No. 9253, Extra, 15 Jan 1910, pp. 146-188) [1]
31 May 1910 colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, the Transvaal, and the Orange River Colony constitute a union on the date (31 May 1910) appointed by a royal proclamation signed 2 Dec 1909 (The London Gazette, No. 28314, 3 Dec 1909, p. 9217; The Cape of Good Hope Government Gazette, No. 9253, Extra, 15 Jan 1910, p. 200)
31 May 1910 - 31 May 1961 Union of South Africa = Unie van Zuid-Afrika = (from 27 May 1925) Unie van Suid-Afrika
27 May 1925 Afrikaans is recognised to have been an official language from 31 May 1910 in accordance with an act passed by the Parliament of the Union of South Africa, receiving Royal Accent 27 May 1925 (Government Gazette, No. 1477, Extra, 27 May 1925, p. ii) [2][3]
11 Dec 1931 legislative independence of the Union of South Africa from the United Kingdom is achieved upon the passing and enactment of the Statute of Westminster, 1931 (passed by the House of Commons of the United Kingdom 24 Nov 1931; passed by the House of Lords of the United Kingdom with amendments 3 Dec 1931; amendments agreed to by the House of Commons 8 Dec 1931; received royal assent 11 Dec 1931) [4]
31 May 1961 Republic of South Africa is constituted in accordance with an act passed by the Parliament of the Union of South Africa (passed by the House of Assembly and by the Senate of the Union of South Africa on 12 Apr 1961 and 21 Apr 1961 respectively; received royal accent 24 Apr 1961; took effect on the date [31 May 1961] prescribed by Art. 121 of the said act) (Government Gazette, No. 6671, 25 Apr 1961, pp. [1]-55) [5]
31 May 1961 - Republic of South Africa = Republiek van Suid-Afrika [6]

[1] Full title (English): An Act to constitute the Union of South Africa; full title (Dutch): Een Wet ter daarstelling van de Unie van Zuid-Afrika.
[2] Full title (English): Act to remove doubts as to the meaning of the word "Dutch" in Section one hundred and thirty-seven of the South Africa Act, 1909, and wheresoever else that word occurs in the said Act; short title (English): Official Languages of the Union Act, 1925. Full title (Afrikaans): Wet om twijfel aangaande de betekenis van het woord "hollandse" in Artikel hondred zeven en dertig van de Zuid Afrika Wet 1909, en elders in die Wet waar dat woord voorkomt, weg te nemen; short title (Dutch): Wet op de Officiële Talen van de Unie, 1925.
[3] Dutch is gradually replaced with Afrikaans in official use following the enactment of the Official Languages of the Union Act, 1925 (Dutch: Wet op de Officiële Talen van de Unie, 1925).
[4] Full title: An Act to give effect to certain resolutions passed by Imperial Conferences held in the years 1926 and 1930.
[5] Full title (English): Act to constitute the Republic of South Africa and to provide for matters incidental thereto; short title (English): Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1961. Full title (Afrikaans): Wet om die Republiek van Suid-Afrika tot stand te bring en om vir aangeleenthede wat daarmee in verband staan, voorsiening te maak; short title (Afrikaans): Grondwet van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika, 1961.
[6] From 27 Apr 1994 the polity style is also in use in the additional official languages (language in parentheses):
  Repabliki yaAfrika Borwa (Sesotho sa Leboa/Sepedi); Rephaboliki ya Afrika Borwa (Sesotho); Rephaboliki ya Aforika Borwa (Setswana); Riphabhulikhi yeNingizimu Afrika (siSwati); Riphabuliki ya Afurika Tshipembe (Tshivenda); Riphabliki ra Afrika Dzonga (Xitsonga); Riphabliki yeSewula Afrika (isiNdebele); Riphabliki yomZantsi Afrika (isiXhosa); Riphabhuliki yaseNingizimu Afrika (isiZulu).
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