On 4 February, two South African pilots, Pierre van Ryneveld and Christopher Brand departed for Africa in a Vickers Vimy named the Silver Queen. The flight took 45 days with a total flight time of 109 hours and 30 minutes, owing to crash landings in the Sudan and Bulawayo. It took 11 hours for the pair to cross the Mediterranean, owing to bad weather conditions, and they wrecked their aircraft following forced landing at Wadi Halfa in Sudan due to a leaking radiator. Eleven days later they continued on their journey in a second Vimy F8615, which was loaned from the Royal Air Force at Heliopolis, in Egypt. The second aircraft crashed on 6 March in Bulawayo because it was overloaded. A de Havilland DH9, which was part of the Imperial Gift, was flown to Bulawayo to allow the South African pilots to complete their journey. They set off for the final leg of their journey on 17 March and landed three days later at Youngfield in Wynberg, Cape Town. Van Ryneveld and Brand were knighted for this achievement.
Mamelodi Sundowns football star Surprise Moriri was born in Matibidi, Mpumalanga on this day in 1980.
The free-scoring midfielder was chosen as South Africa’s PSL Player of the Season in 2005–06. He usually plays as a second striker or behind the striker as a supporting striker. He can also be deployed on the right side of midfield. He scored 12 goals in all competitions (11 in the league) to be Sundowns’ top scorer and help the 'Brazilians' to their first league title since 2000. In the 2006–07 season, he scored 11 league goals and three in the CAF Champions League. The following season, he managed to find the net on three occasions in the league but scored two Nedbank Cup goals, one MTN 8 goal, one Tekom Knockout goal and four CAF Champions League, giving him a total of 11 goals.