• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF SOUTH AFRICANS ATTENDED THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE COUNTRY'S MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AND AGRICULTURAL SHOWCASE, THE RAND SHOW, IN JOHANNESBURG, APRIL 14.

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF SOUTH AFRICANS ATTENDED THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE COUNTRY'S MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AND AGRICULTURAL SHOWCASE, THE RAND SHOW, IN JOHANNESBURG, APRIL 14. THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED BY PRESIDENT SWART, THE SECOND PRESIDENT TO OPEN THE EVENT IN 66-YEARS. THE LAST PRESIDENT TO ATTEND WAS PRESIDENT KRUGER OF THE TRANSVAAL REPUBLIC IN 1896, THE YEAR OF THE FIRST EVER RAND SHOW.

    AMONG THE COUNTRIES EXHIBITING ARE AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, CANADA, FRANCE, ISRAEL, ITALY, HOLLAND, POLAND, WEST GERMANY, JAPAN AND THE FEDERATION OF RHODESIA AND NYASALAND, WHO HAVE THEIR OWN PAVILIONS. MOST OF THESE NATIONS ARE INTERESTED IN THE HEAVY INDUSTRIAL AND ELECTRICAL GOODS MARKET.

    AN OFFICIAL GUEST AT THE SHOW WAS THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER, SIR JOHN MAUD, WHO WAS MAINLY INTERESTED IN THE PRIZE CATTLE, WAITING TO BE JUDGED. THE SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT ALSO SPENT SOME TIME CASTING AN EXPERIENCED EYE OVER THE LIVESTOCK.

    AS ALWAYS THE CROWDS CONVERGED ON THE STANDS THAT HAD SOME NEW AND MODERN TO OFFER. BEING A COUNTRY OF GREAT NATURAL BEAUTY THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE ATTRACTED BY THE DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT. IN CONTRAST THERE WAS MUCH ACTIVITY AROUND BRITISH DISPLAY OF GLASS AND POTTERY.

    SOUTH AFRICANS DEPEND ON CARS TO A GREAT EXTEND, SO THE INTERNATIONAL MOTOR POOL WAS VISITED BY THOUSANDS. THIS YEAR THERE WERE A NUMBERS OF VEHICLES FROM COUNTRIES THAT HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY EXHIBITED. THE SOUTH AFRICAN CAR MARKET MAINLY BELONGS TO THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN BUT SEVERAL EUROPEAN GROUPS ARE NOW GIVING THEM STRONG COMPETITION.

    FOR THOSE WHO STAYED UNTIL AFTER DARK THE SHOWGROUNDS PRESENTED A COLOURFUL PATTERN OF LIGHTS. BEFORE THE GROUNDS CLOSED FOR THE NIGHT THERE WAS A DISPLAY OF FIREWORKS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA74K4SPNX9K59344QSUIKDLYFH
    Media URN:
    VLVA74K4SPNX9K59344QSUIKDLYFH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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