Presented by Caltex, this 1959 profile of South Africa presents an outline of South African history is followed by descriptions of the Union as it existed in that decade: the Boers and agriculture; measures to advance the Bantu; the Cape Malayas and Indians; mining and industrial developments. New towns. The film completely ignores apartheid.
At mark 1:20 is how South Africa came to existence. In 1652, small group of Dutch colonies established the first European settlement at the southern tip of the land. Renamed by the Portuguese from Cape of Storm to Cape of Good Hope. At mark 1:45 is the vast, wild and unexplored world. There is a hippo, elephant, and different animal varieties. At mark 2:02, is mass migration to the South Africa. At mark 2:30, the soil is tilled. At mark 2:52, the map of South Africa is seen. At this mark, all the states united and become South Africa. At mark 3:15, the flags are seen. At mark 3:40, a farmer from the Orange Free State talks about farming in the country. At mark 4:05, is his maize plantation. Maize is used for powder, and gun powder. At mark 4:44, sheep are seen. More wools are harvested form them. At mark 5:15 is indigenous cattle. Today, they have become a chief source of beef and leather. At mark 5:40, a lady is seen harvesting grapes. At mark 6:06 is the wine making company. At mark 6:25, dancers are dancing. Fruits of many varieties are produced and exported as seen at mark 7:08. Apart from the city’s fruits, thousands of citrus are exported each year. At mark 7:25 is seen a plantation for orange. At mark 7:33, train transport these fruits. Banana, pawpaw, sugar cane and lots are also produced at mark 7:50. Now lets see timber at mark 8:08. Timber is also produced in the country as seen at mark 8:15, supplying almost 2/3 of the country’s need. At mark 8:30, lumbers are seen.
At mark 9:10, it is seen how the land has been wasting away, and losing its fertility but today there is proper care of the soil. At mark 9:40 is a Bantu doctor, Dr. Joseph Massuka. He talks on modern surgery and old medicines. At mark 10:30, the ancient life is seen. A warrior is seen making a spear for ceremonial use. At mark 10:50 is the Bantu village. At mark 11:36 are children of the city. At mark 11:44, they are singing. At mark 12:03, the bantu kids are at school and are taught on ways of their culture. Every year there’s more bantu student taking a higher education and getting new professions at mark 12:27 like teaching and doctors. At mark 13:00, the bantu are dancing in their culture. At mark 13:50 is a man who runs a small printing business. He talks about his other people and how they’ve been brought up to work in various profession line. Fishing is seen at mark 14:45. Frozen foods are also exported. At mark 15:33, the member of the queen’s carnival is seen. At mark 16:00, Joseph Talip talks on the ancient religious faith. At mark 16:28, a man is seen making cap. Craftsmen are seen at mark 16:45. Dancers are also seen at mark 17:10. At mark 17:40, the Indian population mostly concentrated in the town is seen. An Indian shop is seen at mark 17:48. At mark 18:10 are places for religions of any type. At mark 18:20 are old India customs. At mark 19:00, is a man in his fourth year at a university of economics. He talks on standard of living of the country. New plants, new roads, trains, dams, water system and how all this existed as raw material for eachother. At mark 20:05, workers and production line are developing. At mark 20:42, manufacturers are conducting tests on their products. At mark 21:05, industrial future of South Africa is talked on. At mark 21:35 is a mining house in Johannesburg. Peter Weisberg a geologist here talks on gold mining in Johannesburg. At mark 22:08, the mining site is seen. He talked on difficulties, as seen at mark 22:33. The miners are mining at mark 22:50. At mark 23:08, gold bars are been transported from the site. At mark 23:15, is Uranium mining. At mark 23:28, is coal, iron and manganese mining. At mark 23:48, the ore where these resources are processed is seen. At mark 23:55, steel is been processed. Copper is also mined for power lines at mark 24:22. Also comes Crimore in which million is mined. Titanium at mark 24:48 is also mined.
At mark 24:55 is a site for mining diamond from the desert site. At mark 25:36, these precious stones are sorted. A diamond mine at Kimberly is seen at mark 25:55. At mark 26:45, a beach is seen where people are enjoying their leisure. At mark 27:18, the wildlife is seen. Modern life in South Africa strips in to align with older culture.
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