• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE MOST EAGERLY ANTICIPATED EVENTS OF A RHODESIAN COPPER MINER'S LIFE CAME SEPT 4, WHEN THE COPPER MINING CONCERNS IN NORTHERN RHODESIA BEGAN PAYING-OUT THE ANNUAL BONUS TO EUROPEAN AND AFRICAN EMPLOYEES.

  • Description

    ONE OF THE MOST EAGERLY ANTICIPATED EVENTS OF A RHODESIAN COPPER MINER'S LIFE CAME SEPT 4, WHEN THE COPPER MINING CONCERNS IN NORTHERN RHODESIA BEGAN PAYING-OUT THE ANNUAL BONUS TO EUROPEAN AND AFRICAN EMPLOYEES. BECAUSE OF THE LARGE SUMS OF MONEY, AND THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES INVOLVED, THE PAY-OUT IS STAGGERED OVER SEVERAL DAYS.

    MANY AFRICAN MINERS COME FROM NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES, LEAVING THEIR FAMILIES AT HOME, TO WORK FOR JUST ONE YEAR IN THE MINES. AT THE END OF THAT YEAR THEY COLLECT THEIR BONUS AND OUTSTANDING PAY, AND GO BACK TO THEIR VILLAGES AND TOWNSHIPS, WHERE THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY GIVES THEM AN INCREASED STATUS, AND THE MEANS TO LIVE IN COMPARATIVE LUXURY.

    OUR FILM WAS SHOT AT KITWE, SCENE OF RECENT CLASHES BETWEEN AFRICANS AND POLICE AS THE PRESIDENT WAVE OF DISTURBANCES, ATTRIBUTED TO THE UNPOPULAR NEW CONSTITUTION, SPREAD TO THE COPPER-BELT. AN AFRICAN STORE WAS BURNT DOWN AFTER A PETROL BOMB WAS THROWN THROUGH THE WINDOW, AND STONE-THROWING AFRICANS ALMOST WRECKED AN AFRICAN BEER-HALL.

    A POLICE SPOKESMAN HAS STATED THAT 738 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONVICTED IN NORTHERN RHODESIA ON CHARGES ARISING OUT OF THE PRESIDENT DISTURBANCES. HE SAID THAT 170 WERE UNITED NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE PARTY OFFICIALS AND MOST OF THE REMAINDER WERE PARTY MEMBERS. THE PARTY IS LED BY MR. KENNETH KAUNDA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA33KWITNI23GB9G3S4LMEMCCWS
    Media URN:
    VLVA33KWITNI23GB9G3S4LMEMCCWS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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