It is almost 'D' Day for the great Kariba Dam in Central Africa, standing across the Zambesi River between southern and Northern Rhodesia.
The great wall across Kariba Gorge. Water pours through the outlets to enable to Zambesi River, flowing through the Portuguese territory of Mazambique to maintain the flow. 225 million gallons pass through the temporary pipes until the turbines start turning, when even more water will flow downstream.
Working on the water outlets from the turbines, the tail races one of which has now been opened, so that water can flow from the lake through the turbine, and so into the lower river.
Note. This is 50 feet following conclusion of Paramount Chief story. same reel. Continuation shots from high vantage points and round the dam.
The Broad carriageway across the wall Looking down sheer side of 400 ft wall, the great water flow through temporary outlets. working on wall. The Lake, looking downstream The switching station, native workmen on switchgear over gorge.
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Background: It is almost 'D' Day for the great Kariba Dam in Central Africa, standing across the Zambesi River between southern and Northern Rhodesia. The Wall is finished, the four line carriageway across the top is on the last lap, and the first of the great 100,000 KW turbines in the vast underground power station may be actually turning over with water power on test, at this very moment, so close is the time when it will start to generate power to feed the Copper Belt of Northern Rhodesia as a start.
When the QUEEN MOTHER visits Kariba to open this GBP80 million project next year, all these small things will be completed, and the station ready for it part in the growth of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. For a small country like the Federation is, with an overall population of white and black combined of around 7,000,000 people, this project is the biggest of its kind in the world. The Lake that is being formed would swallow almost completely the English counties of Surrey and Sussex combined. 2000 sq miles of water, behind a wall 400 feet high and 2000 feet across the top.