Since the conclusion of the Angolan war in 1975 the Angolan government has been faced with continuous problems in reconstructing the country's economy.
SV Villagers collecting water with buckets and bowls from storage tanks. (2 SHOTS)
CU Women carrying cans of water on their heads.
GV Water pipe line.
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Reservoir tanks PAN TO new buildings under construction.
CU PAN Construction workers on building site. (2 SHOTS)
SV Woman with children along road ZOOM INTO building site.
CU Men working on building site. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Since the conclusion of the Angolan war in 1975 the Angolan government has been faced with continuous problems in reconstructing the country's economy. Apart from the lack of skilled labour, internal strife resulting from attempts by Jonas Savimbi's rebel movement, UNITA, and Hold???n Roberto's FNLA to overthrow the ruling regime, and continuing attacks by South Africa on guerrillas bases in the south of the country have done little to help the reconstruction progress. Now a water shortage is adding further problems.
SYNOPSIS: For these villagers water is a precious commodity. Every day it is cut off for sixteen hours to prevent wastage, and every drop is put to good use. But while the womenfolk soon learn to carry back an extra jar to see them through the evening, the numerous industries in the nearby Angolan capital of Luanda can do little to overcome the problem.
The shortage arises from lack of reservoirs and installations. Pipes supply Luanda with 120,000 cubic metre??? of water a day, but that is not nearly enough to meet the demands of the industries and inhabitants of the capital. As a result the industrial plants can work for only one shift a day, instead of round the clock.
Plans for the construction of more water processing installations by 1975 were continually frustrated as the limited materials and labour available had to be constantly diverted to repair the damage caused by South African raids on vital installations in the south of the country. Over the years South Africa has made several major incursions into Angola, seeking guerrilla bases of Namibian freedom-fighters who had sought refuge over the border.
Noe the Angolan authorities hope that with Cuban aid, the water processing plant outside Luanda can be expanded within four months to supply the capital with an extra 70,000 cubic metres of water a day. Even so this will alleviate, rather than solve the problem, as it is still far short of the amount required.