INTRODUCTION: A countrywide search is underway in South Africa for an orange.
CU ZOOM OUT Scales with orange on top
SCU ZOOM IN Woman holding big orange with normal size orange on top
CU & SV Man handling orange and handing it to woman (2 shots)
CU ZOOM IN Orange being place on scales twice (2 shots)
(SOUND) SV ZOOM IN Woman speaking about orange and shots of orange (6 shots)
CU Woman continues to speak
SV & CU People behind table in orange-squeezing competition (4 shots)
CU People blind-folded feeding each other oranges (2 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
BOTHA: "Herbert was found in Nelspruit, in the eastern Transvaal. An old black lady found it, and she brought it back to work to eat, and she brought it to the canteen to show a friend, and her boss walked in and said: 'What are you eating?' And she said: 'It's an orange I found in Nelspruit.' And he said: 'Well don't touch it; I'd like to see how big this thing is, it's enormous.' And of course he weighed it and he called the Citrus Exchange, and they weighed it and they found it was actually one of the biggest oranges ever found in South Africa, weighing two and a half kilograms.
(Botha): "Actually, we took it as a bit of a joke at first, and thinking there's someone (indistinct) trying to pull our leg. As the inn-keeper of the Holiday Inn said: 'Maybe someone was looking for a big breakfast.' We did actually expect a phone call, and ask a ransom for this orange, but we've heard absolutely nothing."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A countrywide search is underway in South Africa for an orange. One would not think there was any shortage of the fruit in South Africa -- but this orange is different -- it's about the size of a football and it has a name -- Herbert.
SYNOPSIS: Herbert was one of the biggest oranges ever found in South Africa and was picked recently by Mrs. Alinah Ndhlovo near her home in Transvaal Province. Herbert weighs about two and a half kilograms (about five and a half pounds) -- at least he did before he went missing. The worst fear now is that somebody has stolen and eaten him. Herbert was on display at the national orange peeling and eating championships in Johannesburg when he vanished. Competition organiser Karen Botha explained the circumstances surrounding the disappearance.
So the national orange peeling and eating championships carried on without Herbert. Using oranges of a more conventional size, entrants competed with each other to peel an orange the fastest, to produce the longest piece of peel, and to squeeze out the most juice in a give time.
As the competitions continued, the search for Herbert got underway in earnest. South African police are said to have dismissed reports that Herbert has been sighted in the Orange Free State province.