Prime minister Macmillan on the last two stages of his 30-day African tour flew from the Orange Free State to Maseru, capital of the British colony of Basutoland Feb 1 for a two-hour visit, then flew on to Capetown for a welcome by South African Prime Minister Verwoerd.
SV. Macmillan and Lady Dorothy greeted at Maseru (Basutoland).
CU. Chieftainess Mantsebo Seeiso.
SV. Macmillan shakes hands with Seeiso.
LV. Macmillan walks and waves to natives.
CU. Lady Dorothy talks to native VIP.
SBV. Macmillan waves to natives.
CU. PAN. Natives wave.
LV. Macmillan walks past waving to natives.
GV. Car arrives at residency.
SV. Guard presents arms.
GV. Residency, people move around.
SCU. Macmillan talks to guests.
SV. PAN. Lady Dorothy walks on lawn.
SV. Macmillan plants tree.
SCU. Macmillan puts on jacket.
LV. Macmillan and lady Dorothy leaves plane at Cape Town greeted by Verwoerd and wife.
LV. Macmillan waves, walks with Verwoerd.
LV. People on airport terrace.
SV. Macmillan shakes hands with officials.
CU. Lady Dorothy and Mrs. Verwoerd look on.
SV. Macmillan walks past, waves hand to spectators.
SV. Macmillan walks, shaking hands with various onlookers in crowd.
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Background: Prime minister Macmillan on the last two stages of his 30-day African tour flew from the Orange Free State to Maseru, capital of the British colony of Basutoland Feb 1 for a two-hour visit, then flew on to Capetown for a welcome by South African Prime Minister Verwoerd.
Among those at Maseru airport to greet Premier Macmillan and his wife, Lady Dorothy, was the Regent Paramount Chieftainess 'Mantsebo Seeiso.' In a speech she thanked the British Government for granting the Basuto nation the first step towards self-government.
This first step is the new constitution giving Basutoland, with its 640,000 Basutos and 6,000 whites, its first legislative council known as the Basutoland National Council. The Council meet for the first time later this month. Seventy six of its 80 members are African.
After a reception at the British Resident Commissioner's home, attended by members of the Council, Premier Macmillan flew in his 'Viscount' to Capetown. Before leaving the airport he shook hands with applauding spectators.
Before the South African Parliament Feb 3 he made his historic speech warning of "the wind of change blowing through the Continent."