Propaganda film made by the South African government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Information that suggests a positive future for the former bantustan, KwaNdebele.
Physical formats available:
VHS, Mini DV, 16mm
Digital formats available:
Quicktime (Pro Res)
Audio & visual:
Intended by the apartheid government as a semi-independent homeland for the Ndebele people, but never granted full independence and re-integrated into South Africa.
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.