Sir de Villiers Graaff, leader of the United Party, arrived on the Rand today for a series of meetings in the Transvaal.
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AT JAN SMUTS AIRPORT SIR DE VILLIERS GRAAFF ARRIVES FROM CAPE TOWN.
Plane coming in to land, on South African Airways internal route.
Sir de Villiers stepping off plane.
The reception committee of 3 leave airport with Sir de Villiers. Small elderly gentleman in Mr. T. Bielski M.E.C. Sir de Villiers, with moustache, Major J.D. Opperman (Transvaal secretary of the United Party) Mr. J.L. Horak, National secretary for the United Party..with glasses.
Back in town, Johannesburg at United Party Offices. Shows Poster.
The Office of the United Party.
Lady party member seen at work at her desk.
Board with various party literature.
A second office with Mr Truby explaining party matters to a lady enquirer.
C.U. of hands of lady sorting cards.
Postal voting office, inside. Sir de Villiers talking to a lady behind a desk.
Outside the Postal voting office showing signboard.
L.S. Of car approaching the Maraisburg Town Hall. (Approx 13 miles from JHb). with Sir de Villiers arriving for afternoon tea reception.
In the Maraisburg Town Hall, Sir de Villiers, with Mrs Malan (Chairmans wife) and Mr F. Smith (Convenor)..
Sir de Villiers having tea.
Background: Sir de Villiers Graaff, leader of the United Party, arrived on the Rand today for a series of meetings in the Transvaal. He faces a position different from a few weeks ago when he opened the party's campaign in the Transvaal.
Firstly, the Nationalist Party has been hard at it beating the tribal drum and appealing to Afrikaners to vote Nationalist because it is the Afrikaners Party-- the only party which can save him from extinction as a nation.
Sir de Villiers, himself an Afrikaner of farming stock, is an position to deal effectively with this nationalist slogan particularly before the predominantly Afrikaans audience he will be addressing at Roodeport, at Sitbank and at Westonaria.
Since the arrival of Sir de Villiers, the Nationalist Party has also raised the cry of "do not vote for personal interests but for big issues."
His visit is of particular significance in the election campaign because his meetings and personal contacts will cover a series of marginal constituencies where, in the words of a United Party organizer, "anything can happen."