• Short Summary

    The first president of the new republic of Transkei was installed in the capital of Umtata on Tuesday (26 October).

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    1.
    SV Guards outside Umtata legislative building
    0.05

    2.
    SV South African representatives
    0.16

    3.
    SV ZOOM INTO CU Matanzima
    0.24

    4.
    SV PAN OF President Sigcau into car
    0.34

    5.
    SV Car with Sigcau inside
    0.48

    6.
    SV Spectators as band plays
    1.05

    7.
    SV Sigcau out of car
    1.22

    8.
    GV Planes overhead
    1.25

    9.
    SV Sigcau speaking
    1.33

    10.
    SV Local people in national dress
    1.38

    11.
    SV Sigcau speaking
    1.46



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    Background: The first president of the new republic of Transkei was installed in the capital of Umtata on Tuesday (26 October). The president, paramount chief Botha Sigoau then spoke of the "hostile world" facing his country in his inaugural address.

    SYNOPSIS: The Umtata legislative building was the scene of the inauguration. However, instead of the usual hundreds of overseas guests present at the inauguration of new African presidents, only the South African government was represented.

    Transkei's Prime Minister Kaiser Matanzima, headed his country's officials at the ceremony. He emphasised that Transkei was now a "free, black state."
    Transkei was created from its own territory by South Africa as a "homeland" for the Xhosa People. However, most observers consider that its independence is unlikely to be widely recognised. The United Nations and the Organisation of African Unity have already said that they do not regard it as a genuinely independent state.

    The country is largely agricultural and is supporting about 1 1/2 million people. Transkei citizens will now be regarded as "foreigners" in South Africa. The South Africa government has, however, invested several hundred million rands in the country creating new jobs. It has also financed irrigation and public utility projects, and sees development of areas like Trankei as the logical conclusion of its apartheid policy.

    Paramount chief Sigcau said the whole Transkei people "from the humblest peasant to the president is to be judged on performance." "This performance had better be good because it is clear the hostile world in which we find ourselves -- through no fault of our own -- is going to set higher standards for international recognition than it ever has for other emergent states," he said.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA30ETH6O44C7LOJKGDXKH91IV1
    Media URN:
    VLVA30ETH6O44C7LOJKGDXKH91IV1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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