The South African Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, officially opened a new harbour and coal?
GV PAN Tugboat leading S.A. Vaal into harbour (2 shots)
GV Vorster walks down gangplank (wearing hat)
SV PAN Mr. Vorster walking away with officials
GV Flags on ship
SV Vorster inspects guard of honour
GV Audience listening to Vorster's speech
SV Vorster at opening ceremony
SV Black people looking
GV Coal train passing through docks
GV Bulk loading facilities
SV PAN Vorster leaving harbour
VORSTER: "If you would ask me what the future will be, I'll tell you to go to Richard's Bay Harbour. I declare this harbour and its facilities formally open."
South Africa-and the S.A. Vaal becomes the first passenger ship to sail into the Richards Bay Harbour on Thursday. Aboard the Vaal was the South African prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, who was at Richards Bay to open the new port and its facilities.
The opening of the port was a big occasion as it is expected to become South Africa's biggest and most modern port.
Mr. Vorster inspected a guard of honour after leaving the S.A. Vaal. He said the export of coal which started on Thursday would be worth at least one hundred million rands in the first year.
Mr. Vorster stated up the coal loading facilities at the new harbour terminal. The coal comes from the Transvaal coalfields via a new railway line which was opened on Wednesday.
Total cost of the new port and facilities is more than seven hundred million rands. It'll export coal at the rate of ten million tons a year and can handle ships of up to one hundred and fifty thousand tons capacity.
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This film is serviced with part of a speech in English by Mr. Vorster. A transcript of this appears below.
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Background: The South African Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, officially opened a new harbour and coal loading facility at Richards Bay, about 110 miles (175 kilometres) north of Durban on Thursday (1 April).
Mr. Vorster said the deepwater harbour was destined to become South Africa's biggest and most modern port. The port and its facilities have cost more than 700 million rands (GBP420 million sterling). Mr. Vorster arrived at Richards Bay in the South African ship, Vaal, the first passenger ship to sail into the harbour.
At the opening ceremony he said the export of coal, which started on Thursday, would be at the rate of 10 million tons a year by October. he said coal exports through Richards Bay in its first year of operation would earn South Africa at least 100 million rands (GBP60 million sterling) in foreign exchange, and the total would be about seven times that by 1980.
A new railway line which connects Richards Bay with the coalfields of the Transvaal, was opened on Wednesday and is expected to be operating at full capacity soon. The port can now handle bulk carriers of up to 150,000 tons and will later be able to handle carriers of up to 250,000 tons.