With the talks on a constitution for Zimbabwe Rhodesia, now in their sixth week, continuing, one point which has met with objection from the Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance is a provision for automatic compensation to be paid to any white farmer whose land might be expropriated by a new government.
SV Black farm labourers tipping bags of maize into shredder (4 shots)
GV Combine harvester cutting grain at Lowdale Farm near Salisbury
SV White farmer Micky Townsend with revolver strapped to waist, climbing aboard harvester and speaking with driver
CU Revolving blades on combine harvester, grain leaving ch??? (2 shots)
SV Mr. and Mrs. Townsend taking tea on lawn in front of bungalow (2 shots)
CU Mr. Townsend speaking in England CUTAWAY TO cattle grazing (SPEECH CONTINUES) (4 shots)
GV INTERIOR Colo??? children in farm classroom (3 shots)
TOWNSEND: "I can see a case for certain forced sales. There are certainly white farmers who do not farm their land properly . There are farmers who have abandoned their land through no fault of their own, and there are expatriots owning land who do not use it. Now there will be a turnover which will become available to African farmers. But in the interests of the entire country, I feel that all farming land should be properly used. And if necessary, the government should appropriate to that effect. In other words, if somebody is not using their land to its fullest extent, then they would be entitled to go ahead and expropriate, obviously paying the price of whatever it's valued at."
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Background: With the talks on a constitution for Zimbabwe Rhodesia, now in their sixth week, continuing, one point which has met with objection from the Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance is a provision for automatic compensation to be paid to any white farmer whose land might be expropriated by a new government. The Patriotic Front withdrew from the talks on Monday (15 October) when they refused to accept British proposals for a new constitution...and the land question is still unresolved.
SYNOPSIS: The Patriotic Front have said they will return to the talks when the issue of land expropriation is settled. Meanwhile in Zimbabwe Rhodesia, blacks are still working on white owned farms...most of which are highly developed...in contrast to black owned farms, which are still largely run on old, traditional lines.
This white farmer, Mr. Micky Townsend, runs nearly three thousand acres of land that lies near the capital, Salisbury. He is one of Zimbabwe Rhodesia's five and a half thousand white farmers who remain in the country, after the years of guerrilla war. Mr. Townsend wants to keep his ??? started by his grandfather. He was ??? his views on expropriation.
But, for these children on a farm-run school, the daily routine continues as usual, with the outcome of the land issue yet to be resolved.