Total South Africa milestones
- 11 December – The company, Total Oil Products (Pty) Ltd, is registered as a private company in Pretoria.
- 14 December – Inaugural Board meeting held.
- December – Lourenco Marques terminal and first Isando terminal completed; first seven service stations in Johannesburg, three in Pretoria, and one each in Roodepoort and Benoni completed.
- January – Agreement signed in Mozambique with local company SONAP to market and distribute Total products in that part of Africa.
- March – First gallon of Total petrol, from a Total service station, is sold.
- September – First Total-sponsored Total-Lourenco Marques Rally.
- December – Durban terminal (today known as Island View Terminal) completed.
- 3 April – Total signs first contract with National Parks Board.
- First free carrier bags were introduced in the Kruger National Park.
- Former Total-Lourenco Marques Rally becomes an international event of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, now named “Total Rally”.
- The first large advertising campaign was launched with road safety as the theme, under the name “Total safety check”.
- TOTAL calendars became available for the first time with dealers’ names overprinted, at a cost of 1/- per calendar.
- The prestige Illovo Service Station is opened in Johannesburg.
- February – New Cape Town ocean terminal completed; and a month later the Cape branch office opens.
- Introduction of new oil - Total Altigrade.
- Formation of the study team in Head Office, with the task to undertake a comprehensive study of information systems for the purpose of improving the overall efficiency of the company. Mr. C.I. Smuts is appointed as the study manager.
- Launch of a very successful advertising campaign, with the theme “Discover your country”.
- Opening of our own blending plant at the Durban terminal.
- In terms of an agreement with the government, Total took part in the construction of the first national crude oil refinery at Sasolburg. A new subsidiary was formed for that purpose, Total Refining South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (TORSA), as a participant in the refinery.
- In conformity with group’s policy, the company changes the name to Total South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
- Contract for supply of fuel was awarded to Total for the Orange River Development project.
- A concession was granted to the exploration consortium consisting of Total, Shell, BP and Mobil for off-shore oil exploration. Total represented in the consortium by a new formed subsidiary, Total Exploration South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (TESA).
- At the year-end an announcement was made to the effect that that was the first year the company had made a profit.
- Total starts marketing in South West Africa.
- Launch of “Galoob” advertising campaign.
- Volkskas Limited obtains an interest of 14,3% in Total South Africa, with the right to increase its participation.
- Total commences marketing of liquified petroleum gas (LPG).
- Off-shore drilling on the first well commences at a location approximately 96 kilometres from Plettenburg Bay.
- The NATREF refinery, in which Total has a 30% interest, comes on stream.
- Total achieves a fully integrated stage of development, by being involved in exploration, refining, storage, distribution and marketing of a comprehensive range of petroleum products to all categories of trade.
- Total, in conjunction with Mobil and Caltex, opens a lubricating oil refinery in Durban to manufacture base oils. The company operating the refinery is known as S.A. Oil Refining (Pty) Ltd. (SAFOR).
- Union Corporation and U.C. Investments obtain an interest of 11,11% in Total, while Volkskas increases its shareholding to 18,06%.
- Old Mutual secures a 5% interest in Total South Africa, bringing South African shareholding in Total to 34,17%.
- Launch of GTS oil.
- A partnership is formed by TESA, Usutu Koolmyne Bpk. and BP, for the development of the Ermelo coal deposit in the Transvaal.
- The first Total Trans-Kalahari Road Race.
- Total’s Head Office moves into the new building: Total House, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
- The formation of Total South West Africa, Total Swaziland and Total Transkei as subsidiary companies in neighbouring territories, to keep pace with developments in those areas.
- C.F.P. purchases the last shares held by Union Corporation and U.C. Investments in Total South Africa, in terms of the provisions of the shareholders agreement.
- The first export of coal from Ermelo Mines.
- Total helps to establish a Drought Relief Fund in co-operation with the South African Agricultural Union.
- Total, The Paris Chamber of Commerce, the Urban Foundation, NAFCOC and the BMF establish the Joint Management and Development Programme.
- Total sponsors the World FIVA Rally (Southern Hemisphere) to commemorate the centenary of the motorcar.
- Total celebrates 30 years of motorsport sponsorship with the Total Commemorative Rally.
- Total plays host to the Southern African leg of the Total Paris Sirte Le Cap Marathon Rally.
- Launch of Total Quartz range of lubricant.
- Petroport Panorama opened, a first for South Africa.
- Opening of Total’s own grease plant.
- Total relocates to new Rosebank office.