Bulawayo Morning Mirror Edition 1057 - 13/3/2024

In this edition

1) Editorial
2) Condolences/In Memoriam/Wreath Funds
3) Congratulations
4) Notices and Events
5) Roses And Raspberries
6) Pets Column
8) Bulawayo News
9) Harare And Gweru News
10) Wining Dining and Coffee Houses
11) Property For Sale or to Rent
12) Accommodation In South Africa
12b) Accommodation In Botswana
13) Accommodation and Travel In Zimbabwe
14) Catering and Food
15) Vehicles for Sale and Hire
16) Travel and Tours
17) Computers And Electronics
18) Lifts Wanted And Offered
19) Seeking Friends
20) Situations Wanted and Situations Vacant
21) Services
22) Health And Beauty
23) Tuition
24) Miscellaneous For Sale
25) Wanted To Buy or Hire
26) Clothing And Fashion
27) Boats And Fishing
28) Garden, Decor And Home
29) Tidbits

1) Editorial

Remember When

Here are a few additional Remember When "oddments" pertaining to yesteryear's Bulawayo which may be recalled, especially by the more mature Morning Mirror readers:

The Harare/Bulawayo railway line was routed behind Eveline High School's Langdon House and across 4th Avenue extension. The track then passed between the National Museum and the Centenary Park and after crossing Selborne Avenue, made its way behind Johnson House (which is now part of the Technical College complex ). It then crossed the 12th Avenue extension and curved towards Bulawayo's main railway station across a fourth road close to the present intersection of the Burnside and Matopos roads. A railway bridge also spanned the Matsheumshlope River. This bridge can still be seen together with, in some places, the path of the original railway line. It may be relevant to mention that at one time Bulawayo boasted the longest platforms in Africa.
As can be expected in spite of flashing red warning lights (and in later years - protection booms) the four road crossings were a serious hazard especially during peak traffic hours.

Still on the railway - we cherish the days when school and club sporting teams (business folk) were able to rely on the railways to convey their teams overnight to Harare (Salisbury) in good time for the following days activities - and back again in time for work . Punctuality was part of the service. Many of us preferred to travel by train to holiday destinations in South Africa such as Durban and Cape Town - an opportunity for real relaxation.

Before the advent of television the Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation kept families huddled around their radios at night listening to after dinner serials of the likes 'Journey into Space' and other thrillers.

RBC announcer Lesley Sullivan will always be remembered for his light hearted banter - it was common place for drivers to be seen happily grinning and waving at each other on their way to work in the morning after being enticed to do exactly that by Lesley over their car radios. He would then he would present his famous weather report - 'High winds, followed by high skirts followed by me'.

Initially RTV aired their programs in black and white, from 5.30 pm until about 10.30 pm. each evening's. Among the host of personalities names like Reg Salisbury, Martin Lee, Sonia Hattin, Wooty and James Thrush come to mind.

An unforgettable incident which astonished Bulawayo viewers was when a compere (who will remain nameless) reported for duty at the Montrose studios in a somewhat inebriated state. As the quiz program progressed things became more embarrassing until eventually the producer terminated the show. The following morning RTV published an apology in the Bulawayo Chronicle explaining that the presenter was 'in need of oxygen'. In response a well supported Main Street pub placed a small oxygen cylinder for all to see on the counter complete with a sign 'In case of need' placed underneath.

During the mid 1940's Bulawayans were able to enjoy two magnificent recreation attractions. 'Lakeside', situated on the outskirts of the city opposite the present day Hotel Rio included a tearoom, playground for children complete with swings and a large merry-go-round. Visitors could also participate in oboating - canoes and rowing boats were on hand for hire.

The second attraction was in the municipal park. Every Sunday afternoon a band (possibly from the BSAP or Army) performed on a band- stand which was situated not very far from the present day fountain. The fountain was based on a sizeable fish
pond complete with water lilies and well stocked with gold fish. Visitors were able to enjoy the music and relax on the lawns among the amazingly attractive floral displays

How many Morning Mirror readers can recall the Fire Station being housed exactly where the where the current charge office operates from in the main ZRP Police station building The premises originally consisted of a pair of garages In which were parked a pair of gleaming appliances at the ready for call out. Later while the present Famona Fire Station was being built, the fire engines and ambulances were relocated as a temporary measure to sheds in the City Hall Car park.

Gifford High School (the then Technical School) had classrooms at three different centres. Often was the case that morning lessons for a particular level were conducted at the Rhodes Street branch, followed by a session at Russell House opposite the Show grounds. A final move was made to the workshops shared with the Technical College in the suburbs 12th Avenue extension where the last lessons of the day were conducted.

Danny Kaye (a famous and well loved comedian) was invited to appear in Bulawayo during the mid 1950's. A small crowd of fans assembled to welcome him at Kumalo Airport. As the flight disembarked (from a SAA Skymaster DC4) there was an obvious difficulty in recognizing Danny when on atleast three occasions unsuspecting 'look alike' visitors were greeted with a rousing cheer as they climbed down the stairs. Each time, the cheers quickly died down - a cause for great embarrassment for all concerned. When he finally exited as one of the last passengers the unfortunate comedian's arrival was without any form of greeting as most of the disgruntled fans had left having given up their hopes of seeing the famous star.

Very few cities could boast an " international" airport ten minutes drive from the centre of town. Kumalo offered a searchlight, the beam of which could often be seen sweeping the Bulawayo night sky. This provided an accurate fix for night arrivals at the airfield. Bulawayo was never left out of aviation developments. Visits of our faster than sound Spitfires and Vampire jet aircraft were events. (A thunderstorm delayed the departure of one of the Vampires after water found its way into the cockpit.

Cloud Seeding took place almost every wet season in later years in order to enhance rainfall especially in catchment areas. Rain rockets were even sold to farmers who were able to seed clouds over their own properties although often was the case that neighbouring farmers won the day!

The Bulawayo Chronicle was delivered at 5.00 am to householders who were keen to keep up with hatches, matches and despatches. Also the finest platform was provvded for trading in real estate, motor vehicles, furniture and the likes. Milk was also delivered on a door to door basis. An important Christmas Day tradition was the handing out of well deserved 'Christmas boxes' to the workers responsible for maintaining these unique services over the year.

A book could easily be written on the many wonderful and interesting memories held by the older generations of our city. I will be most grateful for any material pertaining to Kumalo aerodrome in its later years - post 1939-1945 war. Kumalo Aerodrome is, on its own, the source of material on for such a book. To conclude my collection of stories - I remember an article which appeared in The Chronicle. The amusing headline (which related to an incident which could have easily resulted in a more serious outcome) was under the heading "Dove collides with dove". On this occasion a twin engined de Havilland Dove aircraft collided with a bird of the feathered kind which was also called a Dove!

Tony Bancroft (Whatsapp/cell: 263 777809158)



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2) Condolences/In Memoriam/Wreath Funds

Coppie Dicey
A celebration of the life of Coppie Dicey will be held at Banff Lodge in Bulawayo at 4pm on Wednesday 20 March.
Teas and snacks will be provided.

3) Congratulations

4) Notices and Events

Tel: 2260684 / 2267195 E-mail: music@gatorzw.co.uk

Broadchurch is a quiet, understated and wholly compelling murder mystery: how could you bear to wait a week for each episode I watched it all in one sitting - how the rest of you survived eight weeks of waiting, I will truly never know. [The Guardian]
Admission: US$2.50 [free to Film Members]

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.
It took them 40 years, but they've finally done it. The best Star Wars film of the series. There. That's it. It's that simple. [The Times]
Director Rian Johnson's movie has a sense of humour about itself and a sense of joy, but its emotional generosity is its best special effect. [TIME Magazine]
As the third act approaches, the crescendo of air-punching interludes accelerates, eliciting gasps, cheers and OMG whoops from an audience whom Johnson treats with respect, affection, and evident admiration. [Observer]
After this - I never thought I'd say it - I'm up for more. Bring on the next Star Wars. [Financial Times]
Admission: US$2.50 [free to Film Members]

Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro), an aspiring saxophone player, meets established band singer Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) during V-J Day celebrations at the end of World War II. The two become a musical double act and, more importantly, fall in love. They quickly get married and start a family but their volatile relationship disintegrates over time. Years later, when both of them have successful careers, Jimmy and Francine find their paths crossing once again.
Martin Scorsese's technical virtuosity and Liza Minnelli's magnetic presence are on full display in New York, New York. [Rotten Tomatoes]
Scorsese has created a very handsome and dynamic film. [Chicago Reader]
A final burst from Old Hollywood, Minnelli tears into the title song and it's a wowser. [Variety]
Despite the flaws, overall New York New York remains possibly the last great musical of the 20th century. And Minnelli, though never everybody's cup of tea, does sing her socks off on more than one occasion. [Amazon]
Admission: US$2.50 [free to Red Carpet Members]

Risen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Powerful Roman military tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) remains set in his ways after serving 25 years in the army. He arrives at a crossroad when he's charged with investigating the mystery of what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) following the Crucifixion. Accompanied by trusted aide Lucius (Tom Felton), he needs to disprove rumours of a risen Messiah in order to prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
Exceptionally crafted and performed, Risen is a Bible drama for a new era. [Matt's Movie Reviews]
What could have been a hammy, square affair quickly settles into an impressive political thriller/crime procedural. [The Newnan Times-Herald]
An uplifting masterpiece! [FOX-TV]
Epic production and unique story of a historical event [ReviewExpress.com]
Admission: US$2.50 [free to Film Members]

Thursday 4 April Mamma Mia! [the original stage musical opened in the West End on 6 April 1999]
Friday 5 April Puccini: Tosca [Puccini died a hundred years ago in 1924]
Thursday 2 May On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Friday 3 May Invitation to the Dance - Daniel Barenboim
Thursday 9 May Star Wars IX: The Last Jedi
Friday 10 May The Dante Project - Royal Ballet
Links to Bulawayo Advertisers:-

Natural History Museum Events
National Railway Museum
Bulawayo 1872
National Gallery of Zim -Bulawayo
Bulawayo City
Bulawayo Golf Club
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Bulawayo Motoring Club
Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe
Bulawayo Publicity
Bulawayo Railway Museum
Bulawayo Societies - 2010
Friends of Hwange
Falcon College
Hillside Dams
Matobo Conservation Society
The Bulawayo Club
Bulawayo Shelter
Tree Society of Zimbabwe
Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe info

5) Roses And Raspberries

6) Pets Column

8) Bulawayo News

9) Harare And Gweru News

Zim Websites:-


10) Wining, Dining and Coffee Houses

11) Property For Sale or to Rent


For information on properties available for renting, or if you wish to place your property on our letting list, you are invited to:-
contact us on (029)2274581/3 (landline),
e- mail to reslet@rodor.co.zw or rentals@rodor.co.zw , or
visit our offices at 5a 9thavenue, between Robert Mugabe way and Josiah Tongogara avenue


Romney Park: 3 bedrooms, semi detached USD350. Available 1 April.

Contact 0719284989/ chinokoroten@gmail.com


Ladies with 2 dogs looking for a secure 2 bedroomed cottage and possible garage.
Please call Julie 0772 292 155
Bulawayo Estate Agents:-
Anita's Real Estate
Rodor properties Pvt Ltd
Ian & Co. Real Estate
R.E.D. Property

12) Accommodation in South Africa

12b) Accommodation in Botswana

Accommodation Out Of Zimbabwe:-

Four Seasons, J'bg
Hoopoe Haven Guest Lodge Fourways, J'bg

13) Accomodation and Travel In Zimbabwe

Some places to stay in Zim:-
Maleme Rest Camp www.zimparks.org.zw>
Big Cave Camp
Granite Park Lodges
The Musketeers Lodge 9km on Matopos Rd
Matobo Hills Lodge
Burnside Cottage
Churchill Hotel
Rainbow Hotel
Travellers Guest House
Eastern Highlands:-
Frog And Fern In Chimanimani
Kulizwe Lodge Binga - shores of Lake Kariba
Kariba Accomodation
Miombo Lodge Dete Situated Hwange National Park/Dete Rd
Hwange Safari Lodge
NEHIMBA living with the Elephants
Lake Mutirikwi (Kyle):-
Norma Jeans Lakeview
Ghonarezhou game reserve:-
Vic Falls:-
Victoria Falls Hotel

14) Catering and Food

A few places to eat in Bulawayo:-

Arizona Grill House in the Holiday Inn
Banff Lodge Coffee cafe
Book and Bean caf at Bradfield Shopping Centre
Bulawayo Club
Bulawayo Golf Club www.golfzone.co.zw
Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel
Camp Amalinda
Cattleman - 12th Avenue
Country Club www.golfzone.co.zw
Frangos- 12th Avenue
Friar Tucks
Gallery Coffee Shop - Fort Street https://nationalgallery.co.zw
Garden Restaurant - 54 Park Rd
Granite Ridge - Matobo Hills
Hillside Dams Tea Room
Hillside Bowling Club
Holiday Inn - Arizona Grill House
Horizon Restaurant & Bar - Pioneer House, Fife Street
Hotel Rio, Old Esigodini Rd
Hunt's Boma 22 Jaywick Rd Matsheumhlope
Indaba Book Caf & Sandwich Bar
Mary's Restaurant - opp Medical Cent
Maxies Massimo's - Ascot Shopping Centre
Nemo's Resturant - Hillside Bowling Club
Nesbitt Castle - Percy Avenue
New Orleans - Banff Road
Pergola Restaurant 22 Jaywick Rd Matsheumhlope
River Cafe -12th Ave

and more !!

15) Vehicles for Sale and Hire

16) Travel and Tours

Bulawayo Travel Agents & Tour Company's:-

African Wanderer
Antelope Park
Big Cave Camp
Black Rhino Safaris
Eco Logical Safaris & Travel
Greyhound Coach Service - Byo to Joburg

17) Computers And Electronics

Bulawayo Computers:-

Internet at Netconnect.co.zw

18) Lifts Wanted And Offered

19) Seeking Friends

20) Situations Wanted and Situations Vacant


A young gentleman of sober habits with a mechanical background seeks a position as a Class 2 / Class 4 driver
Available to start work immediately. Please contact 0778 684 134

SITUATION SOUGHT for highly recommended kitchen/canteen/coffee shop or restaurant cook.
Mature, reliable young man, with pleasant personality who is eager to learn, grow and expand.
12 years of loyal service to current employer.
Please contact Mrs Hunt on 0292 203022 mornings only, for additional information.

Mature gardener seeking employment. George Ndhlovu
References available. Pool experience.

Mobile 07 74382553

A vacancy for a Marketing Officer has arisen at a Matabeleland based Independent Co-Ed Trust school. The role would suit a creative and self driven individual who has an understanding of the private school system locally, regionally and internationally.
Interested and suitably qualified persons may apply to applications.byo@gmail.com by no later than 23 February 2024, attaching CVs with contactable references and proof of relevant qualifications to their applications.

Mature lady

Pitman Diploma Secretarial Studies.
Computer Literate, '6' 0 Levels Principles of Accounts and English Language inclusive.

Worked as Secretary and Accounts Clerk.

Contract / Permanent Employment

Contact Details: Landline 0292 212174
Whattsup 0719 476 038

Ms Teyedzani Kupe

Young lady with a Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree in Sociology from Lupane State University is looking for a job.

Great listener, willing to learn.
email lubahdube@gmail.com
+263 783 544 009 WhatsApp/ Calls
+263 712 172 078

Mature lady looking for house helper part time jobs, can cook, bake - can read and follow recipes.
Administration by profession can do office jobs too.
Contact +263 712 372 705 WhatsApp/Calls
+263 774 600 808 Calls

Greetings l am Mrs Nyoni a God fearing lady mother of 2 looking for a job as a maid or carer...l have a certificate in nurse aid l have experience in taking of the elderly as well as disabled children for example autism,have experience in surgeries and home based care...
l am also a hard working person making me able to be a house helper who strives to do her work to the best of her abilities.Please l need a job to make ends meet please app or call on +263 784 285 900...l stay in Burnside Bulawayo, Thank you.

21) Services

Bosal Central Africa (Pvt) Ltd
Nugget/Blackrock Roads
Off Khami Road
Due to downsizing we have General Engineering Workshop Equipment for sale, comprising of :
1. Compressor
2. Guillotines
3. Hydraulic Presses various tonnage
4. Fly Presses
5. Lathes
6. Drill Presses
7. Power Saw
8. Work benches
9. Tube Mill
10. Various racking for tube, as well as numerous other items.
Viewing : 9:00 - 14:00 daily Monday - Friday on Site
Offers : on email : boscaadm@iwayafrica.co.zw
Or whatsapp only 0772 234 110
All items sold ex Factory Premises

Bosal Central Africa (Pvt) Ltd
Nugget/Blackrock Roads
Off Khami Road
Due to the discontinuation of the product line we have Irrigation Equipment for sale at discounted prices.
Equipment comprises of :-
1. Piping and Fittings
a) Irrilok
b) Irrilatch
c) Irrikwik
d) Shoulder to shoulder
2. Saddles, foot pieces and riser pipes
3. Short horse connectors
4. Hydrants and foot valves
5. Lay flat hose
6. Sprinklers and nozzles
7. Pop up sprinklers 2' and 4'
8. Filtration
9. Pressure regulators 20mm 3.0 and 3.5 bar
10. Miscellaneous: barrel nipples, sockets, bushes, 40mm full bore valves etc

Viewing : 8:00 - 16:00 daily Monday to Friday
Contact : Lisias Hove 0713 044 513
or email : boscaadm@iwayafrica.co.zw

Bosal Central Africa (Pvt) Ltd
Nugget/Blackrock Roads
Off Khami Road
Due to downsizing we have surplus stock of
Warehouse Racking.
1 x Stand alone sections no boards
Height 2.9m
Width 1.9m
Depth 900mm
Price per section US$230 each Inc. Vat
Sections can be added for various rack lengths.
Contact : Lisias Hove 0713 044 513
Or Email : boscaadm@iwayafrica.co.zw

Adie Iron Cafe



For all your steel products at affordable prices

0772983346 or 0713885428

CYBER-TRONIX CORPORATION supplies a range of Office & Tech products:
Money Counters, Printers, Toners & Cartridges, Flash Drives, Modems, UPS's, etc as well as Office & School Stationery (incl. Typek @ $25/box).
0292270462/08644294548/0719684870 & sales@cyber-tronix.co.zw & cybertronixcorporation@gmail.com
Located at Office 208, 2nd Floor, Garden Court, corner 14th & R. Mugabe Way (in the building above Chair Crazy). Mon-Fri 8am-5pm & Sat 8am-12noon. All payments methods accepted.

If you are daunted by climbing up to 2nd Floor, please call/message us when you have parked and we will bring your order downstairs.

- Contact MOTOR-TRONIX in Bulawayo on 0292889435 or 0776086802
motortronix@gmail.com & www.motor-tronix.co.zw
Located at 121 Fife Street, next to Untu, near Ecological Safari between 13th and 12th Aves in Byo.
- We do vehicle servicing, repairs, auto electrics & diagnostics, engine overhauls, wheel alignment.
Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm. Make a booking today!

A beautiful collection of sunblocks and eclipse curtains available in our showroom. +263775286961

1 Elendon Flats
Samuel Parirenyatwa St
Btwn 12th and 13th Ave

Our expert tailors will make them up for you most speedily.

Looking for Worksuits

Durable, strong, reflective worksuits and all workwear, made to order by Mrs Gwidzima in Suburbs.

Telephone Langton on 0712924694

Cleedon Barber

+63 77 856 4567

Cleedon will come to the privacy of your home in Bulawayo and cut and style your hair.

Ladies and Gentlemen - Seven days a week.

For all your plumbing and building jobs.

New installation and repairs call Rob on 0772230551

Nobility Gas servicing and maintenance

We do repair ,maintenance &installation of all gas appliances
Stoves, Brasilia, heaters and tanks

For more details +263774534948


I teach a set of 4 classes covering pregnancy, labour, baby care, breastfeeding and other information. I also do a "crash course" for out of towners. These classes are valuable even if you're having an elective CAESAREAN SECTION!!
Please book early.
(I work part time at my BABY CLINIC doing vaccinations and growth monitoring :-)
Appointments are essential.

For any further information contact SISTER JAN JOHNSTON on 0292466741/2 from 8 am til 12 pm Mon to Fri
or 0292237240, 0712 728 350 or 0772 749 749 (w/app) or email me on jicsj@yoafrica.com or janfjohnston8@gmail.com
Bulawayo Services:-

Acol Chemical Bulawayo
Bulawayo's Online Business Directory

22) Health And Beauty

23) Tuition

24) Miscellaneous For Sale

25) Wanted To Buy or Hire

26) Clothing And Fashion

27) Boats and Fishing

Bulawayo Water Activities:-


28) Garden, Decor And Home



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