Visit of Lieutenant General Jan Christiaan Smuts and his entourage at the Hendon airfield on the outskirts of London England, during World War 1, where dignitaries and spectators are gathered to attend the unveiling and christening of a De Havilland DH9 aircraft, named "South Africa." (Note: The plane also resembles a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8. Position of pilot cockpit does not match a DH9 making identity uncertain). The aircraft was subscribed for by members of the London Chamber of Commerce, and presented as a gift to South Africa through the Imperial Air Fleet Committee. Lifelong South African Lt. General Smuts with other dignitaries viewing the aircraft, including Lord Desborough who was President of the London Chamber of Commerce and the Imperial Air Fleet Committee. Mrs William Schreiner, the Marchioness of Winchester, stands with flowers in her hand and christens the aircraft. General Smuts talks to the dignitaries as they present the aircraft to honor and thank South Africa for its contribution to the war effort. Pilot Captain B.C. Hucks, dressed in heavy flight suit climbs aboard the airplane, which displays the name "South Africa," on its nose. The aircraft takes off and flies overhead. Scene changes to the Christening ceremony, in which Mrs. Schreiner christens the "South Africa." She is seen tapping its propeller with a small mallet. Closeup of the DH9 "South Africa". Others present at the event included Sir David Henderson, Lord Aberconway, Lord Glenconner, Sir Owen Phillip, Sir T. Vezey Strong, Lionel Martin, Faithfull Begg, Stanley Machin, Albert Sytner, Alfred Docker, John Cockburn, Algernon Firth, Sir J. W. Teverner, Harry Wilson, Robert Hadfield, Generals Branckner and Caddell, Maj Van der Spuy, Major Lord Roberts Innes Kerr, Capt Hambro, Capt Wilkinson, Capt Hucks, Captains Turner, Lyons, and Hope; John Cates, C.J. Fairfax Scott, Charles Musgrave.
Security Council meeting on South Africa crisis at United Nations headquarters in New York, United States. Dignitary speaks during the council meeting. Name plates in front of him read 'President' and 'United States'. Dignitaries and personnel present at the meeting. The Security Council places South Africa's apartheid crisis on its agenda, over South Africa protests. Meanwhile in South Africa, the native work stoppage continues and thousands march in protest against government policies. Factories near sea. People stand in a line at a shop. Protesters carry caskets as they demonstrate on road.
General Jan Christiaan Smuts poses as the newly elected Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa. Crowd in the background. General Smuts poses in front of crowd of men, and then walks away.
Vast numbers of horsemen gather to welcome the Governor-General, of Union of South Africa, to Basutoland. Basuto chiefs and leaders pose in ceremonial regalia, including elaborate headdress. A dancer performs on an outcropping of rock. Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught arrive, with other British dignitaries, in three open motorcars. Prince Arthur is Governor-General of the Union of South Africa. He and his party are also dressed in formal regalia. His car, the center one, displays the flag of the Union of South Africa. The cars are escorted by horsemen carrying swords. Prince and Princess Arthur and their party on a reviewing stand. Princess Alexandra wears a coat trimmed with ermine at cuffs and hem. Prince Arthur salutes.
Riots and uneasy conditions in South Africa and Congo. South African natives demonstrate against apartheid. Policemen fire at peaceful demonstrators. Attempted assassination of Premier Verwoerd by a white farmer. A photographer takes photos as an aide holds Verwoerd. Riots in Congo, Africa after elections. Rioters dispersed by local police forces. The United Nations peace keeping forces arrive in Congo. Premiere Patrice Lumumba arrested and policeman ties his hands with ropes as Colonel Mobutu watches.
Winners being welcomed at Rand Airport in Germiston, South Africa. Aircraft lands at the Rand Airport. Aviator Charles William Anderson Scott and his co-pilot Giles Guthrie disembark from an aircraft. People welcome them as they win the Britain- South Africa 6500 miles Air Race in 53 hours.