• Short Summary

    SOUTH AFRICAN PRIME MINISTER JOHN VORSTER YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) SET A 17 INCH DRILL IN OPERATION ON A FARM NEAR ALIWAL NORTH, IN CAPE PROVINCE TO START SOUTH AFRICA'S SECOND MAJOR PROBE FOR OIL.

  • Description

    SOUTH AFRICAN PRIME MINISTER JOHN VORSTER YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) SET A 17 INCH DRILL IN OPERATION ON A FARM NEAR ALIWAL NORTH, IN CAPE PROVINCE TO START SOUTH AFRICA'S SECOND MAJOR PROBE FOR OIL. THE CEREMONY CAME A WEEK AFTER DRILLING WAS ABANDONED FATHER WEST AT THE END OF AN UNSUCCESSFUL SIX-MONTH EXPLORATORY OPERATION AND MR. VORSTER STRESSED THAT IT WAS VITAL, FOR STRATEGIC AND ECONOMIC REASONS THAT THE COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE ITS OWN NATURAL OIL INSTEAD OF IMPORTING IT.

    IN A SPEECH WITH A KEYNOTE OF GRIM DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE SEEKING OIL, HE STRESSED THAT THIS WAS THE ONLY SOURCE OF ENERGY SOUTH AFRICA LACKED.

    BEHIND THE INTENSIVE SEARCH FOR OIL IS SOUTH AFRICA'S EVER-PRESENT FEAR OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SANCTIONS, INCLUDING OIL, BEING IMPOSED ON THE COUNTRY. THIS COULD HAPPEN THROUGH INVOLVEMENT WITH SANCTIONS AGAINST RHODESIA OR BECAUSE OF ITS OWN RACE POLICY OF APARTHEID.

    THE GOVERNMENT SPONSORED SOUTHERN OIL EXPLORATION CORPORATION (SOEKOR) WHICH IS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SEARCH ON LAND, SAY THE CHANCES OF FINDING OIL ARE BETTER ON THE COUNTRY'S CONTINENTAL SHELF. AREAS OF THE COUNTRY'S SOUTHERN COAST HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED FOR OIL EXPLORATION TO A NUMBER OF OVERSEAS UNDERTAKINGS, MAINLY THE BIG INTERNATIONAL OIL COMPANIES. SOEKOR IS EXPECTED TO SPEND GBP3 MILLION A YEAR DURING THE NEXT FEW YEARS IN THE SEARCH FOR OIL.

    MR. VORSTER SAID THE SEARCH WOULD CONTINUED UNTIL SUCCESS WAS ACHIEVED OR IT WAS CONCLUSIVELY SHOWN THAT NATURAL OIL DID NOT EXIST IN SOUTH AFRICA IN ECONOMIC QUANTITIES. HE ALSO SAID THAT SOUTH AFRICA WOULD SHARE ITS KNOWLEDGE OF OIL EXPLORATION WITH NEIGHBOURING TERRITORIES.

    THE DRILL BEING USED AT ALIWAL NORTH WAS IMPORTED FROM THE UNITED STATES AND IS BEING OPERATED BY A FRENCH TEAM.

    (REPORTS IN TWO LONDON NEWSPAPERS TODAY SAID THAT SOUTH AFRICA IS STORING OIL IN DISUSED COAL MINES. THE REPORTS SAY THAT SOUTH AFRICA IS PLANNING TO STORE 14 MILLION TONS OF CRUDE OIL WHICH COULD KEEP THE COUNTRY RUNNING FOR BETWEEN THREE OR FOUR YEARS UNDER STRICT RATIONING.)
    HERE IS PART OF MR. VORSTER'S SPEECH:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6FUWDGW9PNZSA49FFF316FWL
    Media URN:
    VLVA6FUWDGW9PNZSA49FFF316FWL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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