The 1979 South African Grand Prix was held on 3 March 1979 at Kyalami. The race, contested over 78 laps, was the third race of the 1979 Formula One season and was won by Gilles Villeneuve, driving a Ferrari. Teammate and local driver Jody Scheckter finished second, while Jean-Pierre Jarier finished third in a Tyrrell-Ford.
Gilles Villeneuve won by a handful of seconds from Jody Scheckter, to give the Scuderia the thirty second one-two in its history, the first of three for the South African-Canadian duo.
From this race on, Ferrari began to exert its dominance which would translate, come the end of the season, into the World title going to Scheckter, on the day he finished second to Villeneuve, who was first past the chequered flag on what was one of the greatest days for Ferrari.