The biggest Industrial development in Rhodesia since its Unilateral Declaration of Independence was opened at the Anglo-American Corporation at Wankia on Wednesday (8 December).
SV Mr. Dupont greeted by Sir Keith Acutt
GV Part of plant
SV Mr. Dupont meets company officials.
SV African workers watching
GTV Guests seated
SV Mr. Dupont presses button
LV & SV Red hot coke spills into trucks (2 shots)
SV Dupont and Sir Keith Acutt watch
GV Coke in trucks (2 shots)
SV Coke being sprayed (2 shots)
GV Guests watch
LV & SV Coke evens
GV PAN Plant.
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Background: The biggest Industrial development in Rhodesia since its Unilateral Declaration of Independence was opened at the Anglo-American Corporation at Wankia on Wednesday (8 December).
The development is in the farm of new coke ovens at the plant which will double its output from 200-thousand tons to 400-thousand tons.
The ovens have taken three years to build, and cost about eight million Rhodesian dollars (GBP???1/2 million).
The formal ???ing ceremony was performed by Rhodesia's President Clifford Dupont, ???ched by the chairman of the firm, Sir Keith Acutt.
SYNOPSIS: The Angle-American plant at Wankia in Rhodesia--where on Wednesday the biggest industrial development since the Unilateral Declaration of Independence was formally opened.
President Clifford Dupont arrived to carry out the ceremony: he was greeted by the chairman of the firm, Sir Keith Acutt. The development is in the form of new coke ovens that will double the output of the plant--from 200-thousand to 400-thousand tons.
More than 250 Africans and 20 Europeans will be employed at the plant when full production capacity is reached in mid-1972.
The pressing of the button marked the completion of a project that has taken three years to build and has cost eight million Rhodesian dollars.
Anglo-American at Wankie says the new ovens will further enhance Rhodesia's reputation as a supplier of coke, and will provide the country with an opportunity to tap markets world-wide.
The opening of the new ovens came at a time when businessmen in Rhodesia are assenting the effect the agreement reached between their country and Britain will have on the economy. Businessman have already been warned that an economy geared to sanctions will continue for the time being. Economists have painted out that major obstacles to bigger export earnings in Rhodesia are not only sanction but the inadequacy of the country's overloaded and ailing transport system.