Riches of the Veldt: South Africa

United States, 1948

Film
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This film opens with a glimpse of the natives in their villages. These villages furnish native labour for the farms, cities and mines of the country. We are shown glimpses of Johannesburg, which lies on a plateau and developed out of the extensive gold-mining operations in that region. A visit to a mining engineer and his family living in the suburbs indicates that their traditions derive from the Dutch and English who constituted the original white population. There are views of the large cattle ranches on the veldt, the orange groves, and, in the south, grape country. The processes of gold mining and the demand mines at Kimberly are shown. The film closes with views of Captetown, the seaport.

Credits

director

Bill Colleran

producer

Louis De Rochemont

production company

United World Films

Language

English

Duration

00:18:50:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

27923

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Diamond mines and mining

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Farm life - South Africa

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Gold mines and mining

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industries - South Africa

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industry

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industry - History

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industry - Social aspects

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Cape Town (South Africa)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Dutch - South Africa

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Johannesburg (South Africa)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Mining towns

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → South Africa

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → South Africa - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Village communities

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Village communities - Africa

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Colonies

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Imperialism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Industry - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → South Africa - Economic conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → South Africa - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Village communities

History → Colonies

History → Industry - History

Places → Cape Town (South Africa)

Places → Johannesburg (South Africa)

Places → South Africa

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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