As the latest British mission for a Rhodesia settlement headed for a weekend climax, British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home spent thursday touring an African township near Salisbury.
As the latest British mission for a Rhodesia settlement headed for a weekend climax, British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home spent thursday touring an African township near Salisbury. The visit preceded Sir Alec's meeting with African nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo today (Saturday). While Sir Alec was meeting and chatting with Africans at Highfield township, Lady douglas-Home was touring a nearby hospital.
SYNOPSIS: In Rhodesia, the latest British mission seeking a settlement to the independence dispute neared its climax at the weekend. But first, British foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home sought a deeper understanding of the black rhodesian viewpoint when he visited an all-African township near Salisbury on thursday. The visit preceded Sir Alec's meeting with African Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo, currently being held under restriction for political offenses, a couple of days later.
In Highfield township, Sir Alec was able to see something of the new life Rhodesia's Africans have been making for themselves far from their tribal homelands. They've drifted to towns in search of work -- creating the problem of rural depopulation. Legislation is planned to induce more of them to remain in rural areas.
Meantime, Lady Douglas-Home was touring a nearby hospital. Though conditions in both township and hospital seemed generally good, the principal problem confronting both is overcrowding. The population explosion is making a powerful impact on Rhodesia and for these youngest members of the African majority the events of the weekend may prove crucial.