The success story, of African business man, Ephraim Chabalala - the man with the Midas touch who cannot sign his own cheques yet makes money hand over fist - was filmed by VISNEWS June 9 in Johannesburg.
LV. The Chabalala home.
S.TOP V.The Chabalala family seated outside.
CU. Mr. Ephraim Chabalala.
CU. Mrs. Carolina Chabalala.
CU.PAN.Three of their six children.
CU. The youngest child.
CU. Ephraim points to picture of his proposed cinema.
CU. The picture.
LV. Ephraim's row of shops.
ANGLE SHOT.Sign "General Dealer".
ANGLE SHOT.Sign "Restaurant."
SCU. Man inside restaurant.
ANGLE SHOT.Sign "Provisions".
SV.INT. Provision shop.
SIDE V.Grocery assistants.
ANGLE V.Sign "Butcher".
STV.INT.Of butcher's shop.
SCU.EXT.Of herbalist's shop.
ANGLE SHOT.Sign "Fish and Chips".
ANGLE SHOT.Sign "Established 1955".
ANGLE SHOT.Sign "Barber's Shop".
SCU.INT.Barber at work.
LV.EXT.Mrs. Chabalala's creche.
SV.ZOOM IN.Children at prayers.
LV. Children at play.
SV. Lady assistant working at Ephraim's garage.
SCU. Carolina working at garage accounts.
SV. Ephraim hands cash box to armed guard.
SV. Armed guard enters armoured truck.
SV. Armed guard closes doors.
SV. Enters driving compartment.
SCU. Armoured windscreen.
CU. Ephraim Chabalala.
LV.PAN.Armoured car carries some more of Ephraim's money away to the bank.
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Background: The success story, of African business man, Ephraim Chabalala - the man with the Midas touch who cannot sign his own cheques yet makes money hand over fist - was filmed by VISNEWS June 9 in Johannesburg.
Ephraim, who never went to school, went into business twelve years ago - with GBP17. Now he owns a large slice of Johannesburg - a large store, restaurant, three butchers' shops, a chemist shop, hairdressing saloon and a garage with a turnover of 60,000 gallons of petrol a month.
His latest achievement: a GBP60,000 ultra-modern air-conditioned theatre for Bantu near the capital.
Pleased with the way business is booming, Ephraim, 49-year-old father of six children, has bought his wife, Carolina, a Zulu African, a giant American care.
It was she who gave him the first much-needed capital to open his first business - a butcher's shop. Carolina, at that time his servant, handed over GBP6 of her earnings.
Big businessman Ephraim is a staunch supporter of the Verwoerd Government. As boss of an association controlling 1,000 shops in Bentu townships in the Union, he says; "A man who does not support the Government does not join this association."
From herd-boy to bus driver, small-time businessman to magnate - Ephraim Chabalala has made a rare success story by entering a field previously dominated by wealthy white men.