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South Africa
A propaganda film aiming to extol the virtue of the apartheid policy of separate development, championing the progress made in the Gazankulu area’s industrial and public sectors.
Physical formats available:
Mini DV, VHS
Digital formats available:
Audio & visual:
Sound, Color

The film focuses on the bantustan of Gazankulu, intended by the apartheid government to be a semi-independent homeland for the Tsonga people. Created in the 1960s in the northern part of the former Transvaal province, Gazankulu was granted self governing status in 1973.

South African Propaganda
During the apartheid era, the South African Information Service launched a campaign of propaganda and disinformation aimed at the Western powers, which it considered its natural allies against what it called the “Communist onslaught” to take over South Africa. This campaign was both covert and overt, and ranged from what appeared to be straightforward tourist films to savage attacks on the ANC through a source apparently connected to the South African Information Service. The South African government spent millions of dollars to win support, with most of this effort being directed at the USA, where it had many influential sympathisers of the apartheid regime. These VHS tapes represent an extremely rare collection of propaganda materials produced by the Information Service.