• Short Summary

    One of South Africa's preparations for Republic Day, May 30th, is the striking of 3 million commemorative medals for the country's school children.

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    One of South Africa's preparations for Republic Day, May 30th, is the striking of 3 million commemorative medals for the country's school children.

    Film taken at the Pretoria Mint, May 5th, shows machines turning out 60,000 medals a day. They are stamped, fitted with pins, sprayed with lacquer, dipped in acid to make them shiny, and dried in sawdust.

    For the Pretoria Mint the job of making these medals come on top of the formidable task of providing a steady flow of coins under South Africa's decimalization system.

    Local reporter say the issue of medals and flags for Republic Day has become a "subject of major controversy" among parents. Durban parents are "incensed" at being asked to choose whether or not they wish their children to receive the emblems. They say their children might be "victimised" as a result of their choice. One man in Durban is said to have imported 250,000 Union Jacks to be issued to schools as a "counter-measure".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3BX5YHK7DEOB4XAGGTNOI8XQD
    Media URN:
    VLVA3BX5YHK7DEOB4XAGGTNOI8XQD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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