President Swart reads the National Message before a huge military parade and flypast.
Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Various shots, a crowd of white-only spectators gather by route barriers in the early morning, many having slept out all night on the ground, for the Fifth Anniversary Republic Day (Republiekdag) celebrations in South Africa. Various shots, the South African President, Mr. C. R. Swart, arriving and being met by Prime Minister Dr H. F. Verwoerd. MS A military band plays. MS The President marching with senior military officers. Various shots, President Swart reading the National Message, speaking from the rostrum. Various shots, the "great military parade" along Eeufees Road, including South African troops marching, Armoured Regiments, Heavy Mechanised Corps, etc. Various shots, a small flypast by the South African Air Force and the South African Army Air Reconnaissance Squadron flying Cessna aircraft. More shots of the military parade. LSs Five jets of the SA Air Force flying in tight formation, climbing steeply, then looping and diving using different coloured vapour trails. LSs Flypast of helicopters. Various shots, Ground to air, massed flypast by aircraft of the SA Air Force. LS Spectators in the foreground watching the national gun salute. Various shots, SA troops marching on parade, possibly the Composite Infantry Battalions or Commando Battalions. LS Pan across crowd of spectators gathered on a large field. MS Military brass band playing on a stage. Various shots, troops salute as they pass the President on the rostrum. Various shots, flypast of SA Air Force planes.
Note: Date on original record: 31/05/1966. Some of the picture appears over-exposed. The original programme for the day is on file. The Festival Minister and Chief Host is Mr J De Klerk (Minister of Education, Arts and Science, and of Information).