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    President Kamuzu Banda of Malawi, making the first state visit to South African by a black African national leader, yesterday visited the Band gold mining area where he worked as a mine clerk almost fifty years ago.

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    President Kamuzu Banda of Malawi, making the first state visit to South African by a black African national leader, yesterday visited the Band gold mining area where he worked as a mine clerk almost fifty years ago.

    At Germiston, Dr Banda visited the world's biggest gold refinery, the Band Refinery. There the former mineworker who earned less than two pounds sterling (less than four dollars) a month handled gold bars worth five thousand sterling (12 thousand dollars).

    At Carltonville, the President addressed a crowd of some 5,000 young Malawians, who work in the nearby Western Deep Levels Mine, some of the 90,000 Malawians employed in the Rand mines.

    Today (19 August) Dr Banda and Prime Minister John Vorster held a historic meeting in Pretoria. The hour-long conference marks a new phase in black-white relations in southern Africa. But earlier Dr Banda publicly stated his disagreement with apartheid during a visit to the Soweto African township outside Johannesburg.

    SYNOPSIS: South Africa's Rand Refinery, the world's biggest gold refinery, had an important visitor on Wednesday -- Dr Kamuzu Banda, President of Malawi. He's the first black African leader to make a state visit to South Africa.

    The Minister of Mines, Dr De Wet, and Chamber of Mines leader John Shilling showed the refinery to their guest, who started his working life as a mine clerk on the Rand nearly fifty years ago. Then he was paid under two pounds a month. Now he handles gold bars worth five thousand each.

    Then, as now, thousands of Malawians are employed in the gold mines of the Rand. At Carltonville, Dr Bands spoke to about 5,000 young Malawi miners from the Western Deep Levels Mine, one of the richest of all. White and black mingled in the cheering, singing crowd, and Dr Banda reminded them of his defiant stand for a dialogue with South Africa's leaders.

    Dr Banda later had a private meeting with the South African Prime Minister, Mr John Vorster.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9PW3KPOIENXLQCQ5EL92O4UQS
    Media URN:
    VLVA9PW3KPOIENXLQCQ5EL92O4UQS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
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    N/A

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