Zambia is in danger of running out of bottled beer. Ale has become scarce following?
GV Ndola street with beer advertisement
LV Customers stand outside bar.
GV & CU Coppersmith's Arms Hotel with beer advertisement (2 shots)
LV & SV Bar with waitress outside telling customer there is no beer
GV EXT Northern Breweries Ltd.
LV PAN Sacks of hops and delivery lorry
CU NIGHT SHOTS Beer advertisements in neon lights. (2 shots)
SV INT People sit at bar (BRING UP SOF)
SV Barmen indicate spirits only
SV Man plays snooker ZOOM IN TO glass of spirit.
SV Customers seated at bar.
SCU Barman takes final bottle of beer from refrigerator.
SCU Barman holds bottle of beer
SV People at bar PAN TO barman.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Zambia is in danger of running out of bottled beer. Ale has become scarce following a break-down at the Northern Breweries' bottling plant in Ndola and until spare machine parts arrive from abroad next month customers are being rationed.
While some overseas brands of beer are available, most of the bottled beer consumed in the country is one of two local brands, which are both products of Northern Breweries.
While posters urge customers to have a cold beer, and while customers are only too eager to oblige after a hard day's work in the boiling sun, it is a different story when they try to get it.
Until the vital spare parts arrive and things return to normal temporary repairs can cope with about only half the demand.
Of course, there are always spirits and snooker to distract the mind from the seriousness of the situation, but somehow its not quite the same-after looking forward to an ice cold bottle of beer all day.