• Short Summary

    The first direct rail link between South Africa and Rhodesia looks almost certain to become Rhodesia's only outlet to the coast, following the expected closures of links with Mozambique and Botswana.

  • Description

    The first direct rail link between South Africa and Rhodesia looks almost certain to become Rhodesia's only outlet to the coast, following the expected closures of links with Mozambique and Botswana.

    Mozambique is to close its railways and its ports -- Beira and Lourenco Marques which are Rhodesia's traditional ports -- when the Frelimo officially assume power in the former Portuguese territory on June 25. The two ports reportedly handle up to 80 per cent of Rhodesia's foreign imports.

    Rhodesia's other link with the world is through Botswana which may also close outlets under the present political moves to force the Smith regime into handing over power to the country's black majority.

    However, political commentators believe that the blockades are less likely to hurt Rhodesia which can channel its export-import traffic to the new rail link with South Africa. The line, opened in October last year, connects Rutenga in southeast Rhodesia to Beitbridge on the frontier and thence to Johannesburg.

    Rhodesia's African neighbours are expected to suffer for joining in tighter sanctions, decided by the Heads of Commonwealth countries at a summit meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, earlier this month.

    The leaders agreed at the meeting to set up a compensation fund to help African countries affected by the decision because of their close reliance on Rhodesia economically.

    But commentators believe that the sacrifices are going to be far greater than the compensations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4WGXJNDOM5C3W77CJT9V1U12Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA4WGXJNDOM5C3W77CJT9V1U12Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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