The Vagrancy Act (Chapter 45) of 1960, one of Southern Rhodesian Prime Minister's attempts to deal with the vagrancy problem in African Townships is now Law (a Copy of the Act is attached for information).
Establishing shot - Bulawayo Municipal sign Board. Medium Shot.
Establishing shot - C/U of the Bulawayo Coat Arms.
Establishing shot - Long shot of Road with car approaching.
Establishing shot - Sign Board reading NTABEZINDUNA NATIVE RESERVE
Establishing shot - Sign Board NTABEZINDUNA NATIVE TOWNSHIP.
Medium shot of African Labourers erecting building.
Close up of African Sergeant of the Camp Guard. standard.
Close up of African erecting fencing standard.
Close up of Africans hands manipulating wire barrier.
Long shot of European Camp Guard armed with baton, backview.
Long shot of European Camp Guard talking with African Camp Guard.
Close up of African Camp Guard with dark glasses and medal ribbons
Long shot of African Prisoners bathing in buckets through wire.
Long shot through hut doorway of African Vagrants sitting about.
Close up, back view of a group of detainees.
Medium shot of group of detainees clustered against fence.
Close up of the Camp Commandant - Mr. A.V.BURT (sometime of Harrow on the Hill) - in Bush Hat and Tunic.
Long shot of European Guard walking from Camera past detainee
Pan shot of the Camp buildings and fence.
Close up of European Guard - Mr. N.A. FRASER (sometime of Isle of SKYE)
Long shot of Camp Entrance.
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Background: The Vagrancy Act (Chapter 45) of 1960, one of Southern Rhodesian Prime Minister's attempts to deal with the vagrancy problem in African Townships is now Law (a Copy of the Act is attached for information). Section 5 empowers the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare to declare Reception Centres in the Colony. Such Camps have been established near Salisbury and at NTABEZINDUNA, some 23 miles from Bulawayo.
These camps are run by the Social Welfare Department, and European and African Guards have been recruited to maintain discipline. These men are not Prison Warders or Police, and are armed only with short batons. There are some 106 African Male Vagrants detained at NTABEZINDUNA (to date). So far they do work at all and have cooks and labourers to wait on them. The men are in good temper, and there is no apparent ill feeling, they have few complaints. They are all fed, and are issued cigarettes and books daily. Discipline is very light, and the detainees seem to do much as they wish. They are medically checked on arrival, and each "subject" has his case meticulously checked. Non indigenous Africans are being held pending return to their own countries, it is intended that the local Africans will be taught a useful trade and then released when the authorities can place them in gainful occupation. The only complaint I personally heard was from an elderly reprobate who said that he had not had a drink for a week.
The Camp consists of five one acre housing areas, of which one only is in use. The Camp will be permanent and much work is still going on, Although all basic amenities are already provided. Electric light and water are in hand.
The construction of this camp has brought welcome employment to Africans living in the Area, and the small sleepy government village of NTABEZINDUNA has never seen such activity since its inception. It is a dusty, rocky spot, standing on undulating country to the north of the main Bulawayo/Salisbury Road.
These pictures are the first to have been taken in the camp. The press yesterday were allowed only to photograph the outside. See cuttings for more.