The tiny Indian Ocean island of Mauritius still relies on sugar as the mainstay of its economy, but its trading and tourism links with South Africa are now giving a considerable boost to its economy.
GV, SV Sugar plantation (3 shots)
GV Tea plantation
SV Tractor levelling ground and clearing stones (2 shots)
GV Workers clearing stones near new road
GV PAN FROM Cargo ship in port of Durban unloading supplies (3 shots)
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Background: The tiny Indian Ocean island of Mauritius still relies on sugar as the mainstay of its economy, but its trading and tourism links with South Africa are now giving a considerable boost to its economy.
But the island is to host the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) conference next month and it could well be criticised for its increasing involvement with South Africa.
The Mauritius government says it is completely opposed to apartheid, but it is forced to trade with South Africa because it is the nearest and cheapest supplier of essential foodstuffs.
Mauritius spends about 30 per cent of its total import bill on food and South Africa is now the island's second biggest supplier, after Britain.
South Africa also buys nearly all of Mauritius's tea crop -- a crop recently introduced in an attempt to avoid complete reliance on sugar.
Last year the island lost about 35 per cent of its sugar crop because of a cyclone and had difficulty in meeting its commitment to the European Economic Community.
Another close link with South Africa is tourism and this year, about 15,000 people are expected from there.
There is also a small amount of South African investment in the island.