Zambia's only road link with Botswana, destroyed in an attack by Rhodesian jets, is being restored.
GV AND SV: trucks carrying sections of Pontoon bridge. (3 shots)
CU: Zambian Minister of Supply and Works Mr. Haswell Mwale speaking in English.
MWALE: "You know how it is. It is Rhodesia, one side, Zambia this side, South Africa on this side and near the pontoon they have got a lot of rebel army and they could not leave the people crossing on that pontoon to go across. And I think this is not correct what the rebel Rhodesians tries to say that the Patriotic Front have been across on that. There has been nothing. We have been using that for people who are going to Botswana, the passengers who are going to Botswana with others are getting lifts from the transporters and others because the only vehicles going to Botswana they have been crossing there but it is not true that the Patriotic Front have been across on that pontoon. That is right, the truth."
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Background: Zambia's only road link with Botswana, destroyed in an attack by Rhodesian jets, is being restored. the ferry across the Zambezi River at Kazangula was destroyed when the Rhodesian security forces concluded that it was being used to transport supplies for nationalist guerrillas.
SYNOPSIS: The replacement ferry which had been used in dam construction has been dismantled into truck-loads for its journey to the Botswana border. The ferry link is part of the only road route between the two countries and is used by mining companies and for transporting agricultural machinery. Rhodesia claimed guerrillas also used it, a charge denied by the Zambian Minister of Works and Supply Mr Haswell Mwale.