• Short Summary

    A BIG NEW DAM AND IRRIGATION SCHEME TO SERVE THE TRANSKEI IN SOUTH AFRICA WAS OPENED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER FOR BANTU AFFAIRS, MR.

  • Description

    A BIG NEW DAM AND IRRIGATION SCHEME TO SERVE THE TRANSKEI IN SOUTH AFRICA WAS OPENED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER FOR BANTU AFFAIRS, MR. MICHIEL BOTHA LAST TUESDAY. THE TRANSKEI IS THE FIRST OF SOUTH AFRICA'S SELF GOVERNING "BANTUSTANS" AND IS INHABITATED BY THE XHOSA PEOPLE.

    THE LUBISI DAM AND THE QAMATA IRRIGATION NETWORK IS ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES IN THE TRANSKEI. THE CONSTRUCTION COST OF THE DAM WAS NEARLY GBP1,500,000 STERLING. THE COMPLETED SCHEME INCLUDING IRRIGATION CANALS WILL COST THREE TIMES THIS AMOUNT. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 3-THOUSAND FARMERS WILL BE SETTLED NEAR THE IRRIGATION AREA.

    AT TUESDAY'S OPENING CEREMONY WAS THE PREMIER OF THE TRANSKEI, MR. K.O. MATANZIMA, AND MEMBERS OF THE TRANSKEI CABINET. MANY OF THE XHOSA RESIDENTS OF THE TRANSKEI, SOME IN TRADITIONAL DRESS, ATTENDED THE OPENING. THE DAM WALL, WHICH IS 170 FEET HIGH, CURRENTLY HOLDS BACK NO WATER BECAUSE OF THE PREVAILING DROUGHT IN THE AREA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA2O60NH8NF0X96PBLS1O2PEZL
    Media URN:
    VLVAA2O60NH8NF0X96PBLS1O2PEZL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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