• Short Summary

    Badly-needed supplies of fertiliser and seed maize are moving into Zambia from South Africa via Rhodesia following Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda's decision earlier this month to open the railway line across the border with Rhodesia.

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    Badly-needed supplies of fertiliser and seed maize are moving into Zambia from South Africa via Rhodesia following Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda's decision earlier this month to open the railway line across the border with Rhodesia.

    SYNOPSIS: This particular load was being unshipped at East London on the Southern coast of South Africa. The decision to open the southern rail link has raised many difficult questions for black leaders in southern Africa. Zambia, President Kaunda said, was desperate. Because of hold-ups on its other links to ports in Tanzania and Mozambique, Zambia was without the fertiliser and seed for maize, which is the country's staple diet. Without supplies, this season's crop would be halved, bringing famine to the country.

    The decision, which observers considered was a difficult one for President kaunda to make, was all the more urgent because the crops is due to be planted during the nest few days. It has been more than five years since Zambia had closed its borders with Rhodesia, and the Fort Victoria Railway bridge had become an established scene of activity for those fighting Prime Minister Ian Smith's regime in Rhodesia.

    The leaders of Tanzania ad Mozambique are reported to have tried to get President Kaunda to change his mind, but they were unsuccessful. It was hoped that, after Zambia had received enough fertiliser for its crops the Southern rail link would be closed, but there no reports that his assurance has been forthcoming. President Kaunda's decision raised the question of 'Sanctions busting'.

    As a hard-line African nation standing against Smith's administration Zambia acknowledged the United Nations resolution calling for sanctions against Rhodesia. Although, Zambia is not trading directly, Rhodesia stands to make substantial hard-currency earnings from Zambia's freight costs. The hold-ups on Zambia's usual outlets have created other problems.

    Zambia has needed to sell its main export copper to pay for the fertiliser and seed and now copper supplies can move once again.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8VUMCXU5W4I2KU0S4EQPXAPX5
    Media URN:
    VLVA8VUMCXU5W4I2KU0S4EQPXAPX5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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