• Short Summary

    THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEFENCE MINISTER, MR PIETER BOTHA, SAID IN PRETORIA TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE COUNTRY'S ENEMIES WOULD DO WELL TO TAKE NOTE OF "OPERATION SIBASA", A MASSIVE DEFENCE EXERCISE AT SIBASA NEAR THE RHODESIAN BORDER.

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    SCENES FROM THE EXERCISE, WITH NATURAL SOUND.




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    Background: THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEFENCE MINISTER, MR PIETER BOTHA, SAID IN PRETORIA TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE COUNTRY'S ENEMIES WOULD DO WELL TO TAKE NOTE OF "OPERATION SIBASA", A MASSIVE DEFENCE EXERCISE AT SIBASA NEAR THE RHODESIAN BORDER. MR BOTHA YESTERDAY VISITED THE NORTHERN TRANSVAAL AREA, WHERE 5,000 TROOPS BACKED BY FRENCH MIRAGE SUPERSONIC STRIKE AIRCRAFT AND FRENCH SUPER FRELON HELICOPTERS ARE STAGING THE ANTI-GUERILLA EXERCISES.

    MR BOTHA SAID TODAY: "SOUTH AFRICANS OF PRACTICALLY EVERY LANGUAGE GROUP IN OUR COUNTRY ARE STANDING THERE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER IN MOUNTAINOUS RUGGED BUSHVELD TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE COUNTRY... SOUTH AFRICA'S ENEMIES WOULD DO WELL TO TAKE NOTE OF THIS EXERCISE."
    THE EXERCISE IF THE BIGGEST STAGED BY SOUTH AFRICA SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR. IN ADDITION TO THE 5,000 TROOPS, ANOTHER 700 TROOPS ARE BEING USED AS "TERRORISTS". THE EXERCISE WILL LAST FOR NINE DAYS AND IS TAKING PLACE ONLY 70 MILES (112 KM) FROM THE RHODESIAN BORDER. IT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT ANNUAL MANOEUVRES HAVE BEEN DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO ANTI-INSURGENT WARFARE -- THE KIND OF ATTACK TO WHICH SOUTH AFRICA CONSIDERS ITSELF MOST VULNERABLE.

    SOME 700 SCOUT CARS AND TRUCKS WERE USED TO TRANSPORT THE BIG FORCE TO THE OPERATION BASE IN THE DUSTY TOWNSHIP OF SIBASA. THE HELICOPTERS WERE USED TO AIRLIFT SOME UNITS INTO POSITION IN THE BUSH COUNTRY WHICH CLOSELY RESEMBLES THE KIND OF ZAMBESI VALLEY TERRAIN WHERE RHODESIAN AND SOUTH AFRICAN SECURITY FORCES ARE CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN CLASHES WITH REAL AFRICAN NATIONALIST GUERILLAS.

    THE SIZE AND COMPLEXITY OF THE EXERCISES ARE SAID TO REFLECT THE GRAVITY WITH WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS THOUGHT TO VIEW THE RISING TIDE OF AFRICAN NATIONALIST INFILTRATION INTO THE TERRITORIES OF ITS NORTHERN ALLIES, RHODESIA AND MOZAMBIQUE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9LIV0PIJ8Z7R2AWWZZH6YJOZ8
    Media URN:
    VLVA9LIV0PIJ8Z7R2AWWZZH6YJOZ8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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