But for a few tourists all was quiet on the Victoria Bridge following the Rhodesian Government's recent decision to seal the border with Zambia.
SV People crossing Victoria Bridge (2 shots)
GV PAN Victoria Falls
SV ZOOM INTO .. van crossing bridge
SV PAN..Band and guests in garden of Victoria Falls Hotel
CV ZOOM OUT..head - lines on newspaper "RHODESIA HITS BACK"
SV Border fence, PAN to customs post (2 shots)
AIR VIEW..ZOOM IN to Kariba Dam (2 shots)
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Background: But for a few tourists all was quiet on the Victoria Bridge following the Rhodesian Government's recent decision to seal the border with Zambia. The bridge spans the mighty Victoria Falls and provides the only link with Zambia for two hundred miles.
Tourists continue to visit the nearby Victoria Falls Hotel, enjoying music in the shade of the laid-out gardens.
Rhodesian right-wingers have urged Ian Smith to extend economic sanctions against Zambia by cutting off power from the huge Kariba Hydro-electric scheme.
SYNOPSIS: Only a few tourists disturb the unusual quiet at Victoria Bridge, now closed following Rhodesias recent decision to seal the border with Zambia. The bridge spans the mighty Victoria Falls and provides one of the three main border links with Zambia; the other two being at Kariba and Chirundu.
In spite of the tense political situation, tourists continue to patronise the nearby Victoria Falls Hotel to listen to the band, view the scenery, and catch up on the latest news.
Others are not so relaxed. The sealed border means that all goods traffic between Rhodesia and Zambia is now at a standstill, with the exception of Zambia's vital copper exports. Some Rhodesian politicians have urged their government to further extend economic sanctions against Zambia by cutting off power from the huge Kariba hydro-electric power scheme.
They have also asked the Government to ban overflights of aircraft from Zambia.