• Short Summary

    SOUTH AFRICA HAS BEEN HIT BY THE WORST DROUGHT IN LIVING MEMORY, AND YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), THE NATION PAUSED AS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE CROWDED INTO CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES TO PRAY FOR RAIN.

  • Description

    SOUTH AFRICA HAS BEEN HIT BY THE WORST DROUGHT IN LIVING MEMORY, AND YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), THE NATION PAUSED AS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE CROWDED INTO CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES TO PRAY FOR RAIN.

    NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WERE STOPPED TO ALLOW WORKERS TO PRAY. IN JOHANNESBURG, MANY BIG COMPANIES CLOSED THEIR OFFICES, AND A LARGE CHAIN OF DEPARTMENT STORES CLOSED FOR AN HOUR DURING THE AFTERNOON WHILE CHURCH SERVICES WERE BEING HELD.

    WHILE A SERVICE WAS RELAYED OVER THE RADIO, THOUSANDS OF SOUTH AFRICANS CROWDED INTO CHRISTIAN CHURCHES OF ALL DENOMINATIONS, MOSQUES AND HINDU TEMPLES. THEY PRAYED FOR RELIEF FROM THE WORST DROUGHT OF THE CENTURY, WHICH HAS RUINED VAST AREAS OF THE COUNTRY'S BEST FARMLAND. HUNDREDS OF WORKERS AT AN ABATTOIR STOPPED WORK FOR HALF AN HOUR FOR TWO SEPARATE SERVICES -- ONE FOR WHITES AND ONE FOR AFRICANS.

    A FEW HOURS AFTER THE SERVICES, RAIN FELL OVER MANY PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA. THE RAIN HAD BEEN FORECAST BY WEATHER EXPERTS WELL BEFORE THE DAY OF PRAYER, BUT IT WAS MOSTLY LOCALISED AND DID NOT HELP THE WORST HIT DROUGHT AREAS. THE LATEST INDICATION OF THE PRICE SOUTH AFRICA WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THE DROUGHT CAME YESTERDAY WITH AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE COUNTRY WILL HAVE TO IMPORT GBP4 MILLION WORTH OF MAIZE. SOUTH AFRICA IS NORMALLY A BIG EXPORTER OF MAIZE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3EDQSMVMVUKT5B0L4EZCD97AN
    Media URN:
    VLVA3EDQSMVMVUKT5B0L4EZCD97AN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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