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.