• Short Summary

    South African gold mine competes with Soviet mine for world's deepest shaft.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Deep shaft sets record".

    South Africa.

    South African mine competes with Soviet mine for world's deepest shaft.

    G/V No 2 shaft at Vaal Reef gold mine. G/V press men and radio reporters waiting at the top of the shaft to go down and examine the workings. M/S workers climbing into large bucket lift to descend the shaft, pan to another empty bucket starting to descend. M/S bucket descending out of sight. M/S power operated shaft doors closing. M/S more men descending in another bucket lift. G/V men standing around at the top of the shaft.

    Beneath the surface: travelling shot men working with drills at the bottom of the shaft. M/S black workers operating jack hammer drill, pan down to the drill drilling its hole. M/S Mr. P. Joubert, mines surveyor, pulling steel tape measure to the bottom of the shaft, he shouts up at the people at the top.

    Above the surface: M/S mine boss "Big Jim MacAlpine" switching on his intercom. C/U notice board on wall with signs reading: "USSR v S. Africa" and "New Boutoff 868 ft.". Mr. MacAlpine writes on the other side "Vaal Reefs 922 ft.". C/U notice board.

    C/U black miner speaking into microphone. G/V black mine workers listening to announcement (many wear robes and hats). M/S head of the shaft with a notice at the top saying "922 ft.". C/U black workers applauding. M/S bucket lift carrying workers coming up the shaft. C/U shaft doors closing and trolley being wheeled on to the doors, pan up to the bucket coming down and resting on the trolley. G/V record breaking shaft head.

    Note: newspaper article about record breaking attempt on file.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:07:00 / 01:58:35:00

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