Washington Notes on Africa
by American Committee on Africa
with Gary Gappert
Washington, DC, United States
Congressman Samuel N. Friedel, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Transportation and Aeronautics, has faced opposition for flying as a guest on the inaugural flight of South African Airways (SAA) from New York to Johannesburg. The Vice President of Riggs National Bank was also a guest on the flight. ACOA has suggested an amendment to suspect the permit of a foreign air carrier that practices racial or religious discrimination against U.S. visitors, and Congressman Diggs has asked the Federal Trade Commission to show cause why SAA should not be prevented from continuing deceptive advertising in the U.S. Diggs has held hearings on the South African sugar quota, and Congressional Jonathan Bingham and Senator Edward Kennedy have introduced resolutions revoking the quota. Lobbying has begun urging the U.S. to reduce sanctions against Rhodesia by allowing imports of chrome. The House Africa Subcommittee held hearings on relief aid to Biafra, while the Nixon administration holds firm to a “one-Nigeria” policy. The Fifth Summit Conference of East and Central Africa States, held in Lusaka, issued a 24-point Manifesto on Southern Africa. Crossroads Africa and the Freedom from Hunger Foundation are co-sponsoring an Africa Trek fund-raising hike in support of African students. Contents: 1. South African Airways • 2. South Africa Sugar • 3. The Rhodesian Lobby Acts • 4. Naval Visits to South Africa • Biafra • 6. Manifesto on Southern Africa • Freedom Days • People • Other Items • Late Notes
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root