From The Glasgow Herald on this day in 1934:
MAIDEN VOYAGE OF QUEEN MARY
JOHANNESBURG MAYOR'S SUGGESTION
The Maiden voyage of the Queen Mary--the gigantic Cunard-White Star liner--will be to South Africa if a suggestion made by the Mayor of Johannesburg, Mr. D. Penry Roberts, is adopted.
He wants the Queen Mary to bring visitors from Great Britain to the Johannesburg Jubilee and Empire Exhibition, which will be held in 1936.
"We are to have the first Empire exhibition ever held in Africa. it is my earnest hope that arrangements can be made for the liner to come out on her maiden voyage, as it is confidently expected that thousands of tourists from Great Britain and other parts of the world will visit South Africa." - Reuter.