• Short Summary

    A GROUP OF NEARLY ONE THOUSAND TANGWENA TRIBESMEN LIVING IN THE GAERESI VALLEY OF RHODESIA ARE FACING EVICTION FROM THEIR TRADITIONAL TRIBAL HOME BECAUSE IT IS SITUATED IN AN AREA CLASSIFIED AS 'EUROPEAN' UNDER RHODESIA'S LAND APPORTIONMENT ACT OF 1965.

  • Description


    TRIBAL VILLAGE; TANGWENA CHIEF; EUROPEAN SYMPATHISER MR. S. KEEBLE; SOFINT WITH MR. KEEBLE.



    TRANSCRIPT:



    REPORTER: "MR. KEEBLE, AS YOU ARE A CLOSE NEIGHBOUR TO THE TANGWENA TRIBE, WOULD YOU GIVE US SOME IDEA OF THE POSITION AS YOU SEE IT AT PRESENT?"



    KEEBLE: "I SEE THIS AS A SIMPLE HUMAN PROBLEM OF NEARLY A THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING THEIR HOMES. THE ONLY HOMES THEY'VE EVER KNOWN. MOST OF THEM WERE BORN HERE."



    REPORTER: "CAN YOU TELL US OF ANY PERSONAL SOLUTION YOU COULD THINK OF?"



    KEEBLE: "I HOPE IT WILL BE POSSIBLE THAT THIS LAND CAN BE BOUGHT FROM ITS PRESENT OWNER AND MADE AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO LIVE THEIR OWN LIVES WITH HELP TO FARM IT ON A BETTER STANDING."




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    Background: A GROUP OF NEARLY ONE THOUSAND TANGWENA TRIBESMEN LIVING IN THE GAERESI VALLEY OF RHODESIA ARE FACING EVICTION FROM THEIR TRADITIONAL TRIBAL HOME BECAUSE IT IS SITUATED IN AN AREA CLASSIFIED AS 'EUROPEAN' UNDER RHODESIA'S LAND APPORTIONMENT ACT OF 1965.

    THE OWNER OF THE FARM ON WHICH THE TRIBAL SETTLEMENT IS SITUATED HAS ORDERED THE TANGWENAS TO MOVE FROM HIS LAND OR EACH FACE FINES OF GBP100 STERLING OR IMPRISONMENT FOR TWELVE MONTHS.

    UNDER THE LAND APPORTIONMENT ACT ONLY AFRICANS WHO ACTUALLY WORK ON EUROPEAN PROPERTIES AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE PERMITTED TO LIVE IN A EUROPEAN AREA.

    THE TANGWENA PEOPLE CLAIM TO HAVE OCCUPIED THE SETTLEMENT FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, BUT THE CLAIM OF THE FARMER, MR. W. HANMER, TO THE LAND IS RECOGNISED AS LEGAL.

    ALTHOUGH THEIR WAY OF LIFE HAS LARGELY REMAINED UNCHANGED, THE TANGWENA PEOPLE IN THE SETTLEMENT HAVE ASSISTED IN THEIR OWN ADVANCEMENT.

    THEY HELPED TO BUILD A SCHOOL IN THE CAMP, WHICH IS ATTENDED BY A NUMBER OF CHILDREN NOT BELONGING TO THE TRIBE.

    A NEIGHBOURING EUROPEAN, MR. S. KEEBLE, HAS TAKEN AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE, MR. KEEBLE HAS SUGGESTED THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT COULD ACQUIRE THE LAND FOR THE TANGWENAS, AND A EUROPEAN TRUST ORGANISATION COULD HELP THE TRIBESMEN TO FARM IT.

    ACCORDING TO SOME REPORTS THIS SUGGESTION IS BEING STUDIED BY THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9XFSPD0UK5UVJQMUTGDKARQDJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9XFSPD0UK5UVJQMUTGDKARQDJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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