United Nations Secretary General Mr. Hammarskjoeld toured native townships near Johannesburg on Jan 11th, his?
United Nations Secretary General Mr. Hammarskjoeld toured native townships near Johannesburg on Jan 11th, his last full day in South Africa before flying back to New York for a Security Council debate on the Congo.
After a brief round the once notorious Alexandra township, he made an unexpected visit to Meadowlands, where African families are now settled in 1,400 Government-built homes. He went in and out of some of the houses, and soon, African children were crowding round him and talking to him.
With his convoy of cars containing South African officials, security men and journalists, he then visited the Oppenheimer memorial in Orlondo, a tower made of bricks and stones from the worst of the slums which were demolished and replaced by new houses.
Afterwards, he went to Blyvooruitzicht gold mine, where he had lunch, and toured the native quarters, and then on to Baragwanath airfield. From there he flew to Pretoria to finish his talks with Prime Minister Dr. Verwoerd.