South Africa: Polity Style: 1910-2016

20 Sep 1909 South Africa Act, 1909 (Dutch: Zuid-Afrika Wet, 1909) receives 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) [1]
31 May 1910 Union of South Africa is constituted in accordance with a Royal Proclamation of 2 Dec 1909 published as required by Art. 4 of the South Africa Act, 1909, and setting the effective date to 31 May 1910
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 the Official Languages of the Union Act, 1925 (Dutch: Wet op de Officiële Talen van de Unie, 1925) [2][3]
24 Apr 1961 Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1961 (Afrikaans: Grondwet van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika, 1961) receives Royal Assent [4]
31 May 1961 Republic of South Africa is constituted in accordance with Art. 121 of the Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1961 (Afrikaans: Grondwet van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika, 1961), providing for commencement on 31 May 1961
31 May 1961 - Republic of South Afrika = Republiek van Suid-Afrika [5]

[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] The Union of South Africa Government Gazette, Extraordinary / Buitengewone Staatskoerant van de Unie van Zuid-Afrika, Cape Town, 27th May 1925, Vol. LX, No. 1477, p. ii. 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; 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.
[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] The Union of South Africa Government Gazette, Extraordinary, Cape Town, 25th April, 1961 / Staatskoerant van die Unie van Suid-Afrika, Buitengewone, Kaapstad, 25 April 1961, Vol. CCIV, No. 6671, pp. (1)-55. Full title (English): Act to constitute the Republic of South Africa and to provide for matters incidental thereto; 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.
[5] 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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