INTRODUCTION: A year and a half after independence, the white minority population of Zimbabwe is continuing to dwindle with families emigrating, mainly to South Africa.
LV ZOOM TO SV People in shopping mall. (2 SHOTS) 0.11
SV 'For sale' signs outside houses. (3 SHOTS) 0.19
GV Furniture removalists. (2 SHOTS) 0.26
GV PAN Children on school playing field. (3 SHOTS) 0.48
GV Andrew Fleming Hospital. (2 SHOTS) 0.58
CU Mrs Jennie Hanson speaking. 1.12
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) (SEQ 6) HANSON: "...I'm a war widow with three young sons, and I'm emigrating because I do not believe there's any future for these children in Zimbabwe. Regardless of what might be said, I believe there's been a very real, there's been a very marked and rapid decline in health and education."
Background: SALISBURY, ZIMBABWE
INTRODUCTION: A year and a half after independence, the white minority population of Zimbabwe is continuing to dwindle with families emigrating, mainly to South Africa. With the traffic of whites has come as illegal traffic in property, gold, precious stones and beef because of restrictions about taking capital out of the country.
SYNOPSIS: At independence in April last year there were about 200,000 whites, many leading a wealthy and privileged life. Last year, more than 17,000 left and another 20,000 are expected to go this year.
The 'for sale' signs are posing double problems for the government of Robert Mugabe.
The exodus means a drain of capital, both legal and illegal. To stop the illegal traffic, a special armed force is patrolling the Limpopo River to try to stop goods getting into South Africa. But whites also have a virtual monopoly on the skills required to keep Zimbabwe's economy on the move and the cost of replacing these skills is very high. The reasons for leaving are varied. No political power, white schools have been de-segregated and many whites feel there is no long-term future for them in this country. One them is Mrs Jennie Hanson.
Source: REUTERS - CHRIS EVERSON