• Short Summary

    South African troops are now officially inside Angolan territory.

    The South African government recently flew in?

  • Description

    1.
    GV Dam partly constructed ZOOM INTO S.African army post on roof of construction site (2 shots)
    0.11

    2.
    SV S.African troops bend machine guns over looking construction site
    0.14

    3.
    South African officer on radio
    0.16

    4.
    SV Troops guarding site from top of building
    0.18

    5.
    SV Plague denoting name of dam
    0.21

    6.
    GV Construction taking place on dam (3 shots)
    0.34

    7.
    S.African troops patrol road that surrounds construction site (3 shots)
    0.48

    8.
    SV Refugee camp at CHITADO (2 shots)
    0.53

    9.
    SV Soldiers in Portuguese uniforms talking with white civilian officials at refuge camp.
    1.01

    10.
    CU White soldier in Portuguese uniform talking to newsmen.
    1.38


    REPORTER: "Are these weapons captured from the MPLA?"



    TRANSLATOR: "That's right. All the weapons are Russian and Chinese (indistinct)."



    REPORTER: "And you have taken them from the MPLA?"



    TRANSLATOR: "That's right."



    REPORTER: "Where did this happen? Which town?"



    TRANSLATOR: (Indistinct)



    REPORTER: (Indistinct)...on the coast?"



    TRANSLATOR: "Yes."



    PORTUGUESE LEADER: "This is Russian. The MPLA."



    REPORTER: "Thank you."



    The massive Cunene River hydro-electric scheme in Angola, more than twenty miles from the South African border. But despite this fact South African troops have moved into the area in numbers "at about battalion level".



    The troops were sent in to guard the Cunene river project after the construction company appealed to the South African Defence Forces for help when the civil war broke and financed by the South African Government. South African troops patrol the project site watching for land mines. The South African Government maintains that its troops are "not at all involved in the civil war", only guarding the dam.



    In the nearby town of Chitado, held by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola or MPLA, the South Africans are supporting a Portuguese refugee camp. Newmen spoke to one of the refugees, an ex-Portuguese soldier.




    Initials BB/2300 JA/PN/BB/0000



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: South African troops are now officially inside Angolan territory.

    The South African government recently flew in newmen based in South Africa to a point more than 20 miles (about 30 kms) inside Angolan territory where South African troops, "up to battalion strength" are based."
    The troops are guarding the massive Cunene River hydro-electric and irrigation project, and a special refugee camp which is providing food and shelter for more than 600 Portuguese refugees.

    The hydro-electric scheme is a South African project and the South African government has ordered the troops to dig in and protect the project during Angola's present civil war.

    Factional fighting broke out amongst the 1,000 black workers at the dam about six months ago. The dam construction company appealed for help to the South African Defence forces. Six months ago the Calueque dam project was in danger of being abandoned in the confusion in Angola. Today it is going ahead at full pace, albeit six months behind schedule.

    At the refugee camp at nearby Chitado South African military helicopters are lifting in food to the strategic base camp inside the town held by troops opposed to the Soviet backed Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) government in Luanda, the capital of Angola.

    This film i serviced with an interview in both English and Portuguese with a leader of the portuguese refugees in Chitado. A copy of this interview follows. A translator speaks for the Portuguese leader.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC1GWH7CL2FTZVQBEHN66UD3Z6
    Media URN:
    VLVAC1GWH7CL2FTZVQBEHN66UD3Z6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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