INTRODUCTION: Leading businessmen in South Africa believe their white-ruled nation can ride out any storm raised by the imposition of a total boycott by the United Nations.
GV Crowds at show (2 shots)
SV Botha looking at cattle (3 shots)
GV & SV Armoured vehicle on show (3 shots)
GV ZOOM IN Ford pavilion
GV Canadian flag TILT DOWN TO Canadian pavilion (2 shots)
GV South Africa Portuguese pavilion
GV West German pavilion
GV Austrian pavilion
GV Honda and Suzuki stands (3 shots)
SV Sign "Chrysler, Mazda, Colt" PAN TO Barclays Bank in pavilion
GV Isuzu Japanese trucks stand PAN TO crowd at show
GV General Motors pavilion
GV People milling around cable car base
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Leading businessmen in South Africa believe their white-ruled nation can ride out any storm raised by the imposition of a total boycott by the United Nations. The UN Security Council will begin a debate this month pressing for mandatory economic sanctions against South Africa for failing to grant independence to Namibia (South West Africa). As the UN prepares to discuss these sanctions, South Africa is reported to be enjoying a trading boom.
SYNOPSIS: Many examples of its overseas trade have been on display at the Rand Easter Show, South Africa's biggest trade and industrial exhibition. In Johannesburg to open the show on Saturday (11 April) was Prime Minister Pieter Botha who was accompanied by a strong bodyguard. In 1960, a former Prime Minister, Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd, was shot and wounded at the exhibition.
A general election will take place in South Africa on April 29. A recent public opinion poll showed that support for Mr. Botha's ruling Nationality Party has dropped considerably.
A display by the South African Defence Force included various weapons made in the republic. A UN special committee recommended this month that its arms embargo against South Africa be widened to include oil supplies.
A part from its international commerce, South Africa says that trade with the black states of Africa is rapidly increasing. The country's Foreign Trade Organisation reports that 47 of the continent's 53 nations do business with South Africa. Many of the deals, it says, are with countries which publicly denounce apartheid. They include the shipment of food and mining equipment to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Zaire, Mozambique and elsewhere.
The South African government states that the black nations on its borders would be the worst sufferers of major economic sanctions by the UN. The country's Businessmen say the country is in a stronger position than ever before to withstand the pressure of sanctions.
In a recent speech, Mr. Botha stressed that the United Sates, Western Europe and Japan were highly dependant on strategic mineral imports from his country. And he warned Western nations not to try and force the pace of change in South Africa.