The history of Belingwe Hotel is a little scattered. It goes back to the days of the Matabele Rebellion when miners were called to arms.
It appears that it may have been run at some point by Meikles (Pvt) Ltd as a hotel and in store.
One of the early missionary couples stationed at Chikore were Rev. Thomas and Estelle King of the American Board Mission (ABM), who served at both Chikore Mission and Mt. Selinda Mission between 1908 and 1920.
The Kings retired from ABM in 1920, returning to Southern Rhodesia a year later to live on their farm located near Chikore named Craigmore. It appears the farm was named in honor of Rev. King’s place of birth – Craigmore, County Londonderry, Ireland.
Rev. King opened a store on the farm that he continued to manage until his death in 1947. Farms in Southern Rhodesia had a store for the sale of basic goods, mainly for farm workers and people living nearby. When residents of an area asked for a postal agency, it was invariably established in such a farm store, with a portion of the counter used for postal work.
Originally a postal agency under Umtali and later Chimpinga. Mail service was by runner.
- 01.06.1925 – Opened as Postal Agency
- 01.09.1954 – Regraded as a Post & Telegraph Agency
- 01.12.1966 – Regarded as a Money and Telegraph Office
A M Badat & Co
A.M. Badat & Co. was founded in South Africa in 1908. Badat was a general trader. They eventually became wholesale merchant specialists in ladies, gents and children’s shoes and all types of clothing, hosiery and household goods.
The business continues to trade today.
Atlas Copco Southern Rhodesia (Pvt) Ltd
Atlas Copco (Compagnie Pneumatique Commerciale) is a Swedish industrial company that was founded in 1873. It is a global industrial group of companies headquartered in Nacka, Sweden. In 2017, global revenues totaled SEK 86 billion, and by the end of that year the company employed about 34,000 people. The company manufactures products at about 100 production sites in more than 20 countries.
In 1952, it established itself in Southern Rhodesia under the management of Peter Wallenberg (later Honorary Chair of Atlas Copco).
Atlas Copco companies develop, manufacture, service, and rent industrial tools, air compressors (of which it is the world’s leading producer), construction and assembly systems. The Group operates in four areas: Compressor Technique, Vacuum Technique, Construction Technique and Industrial Technique
Rhodesian Grand Prix
28 November 1965
The Rhodesian Grand Prix was an open-wheel motor race held in the 1960’s and 70s, most often as a round of the South African Formula One Championship. During that time it played host to wide variety of racing cars, Formula One, Formula 5000, Formula Two, Formula Atlantic as well as locally created racing cars.
Originally held on an airfield circuit in Belvedere, Harare, the race moved to another airfield circuit, the James McNeillie Circuit in Bulawayo for ten years. In 1971 the race moved to the purpose-built facility, the Breedon Everard Raceway in Bulawayo before moving to its final home at Donnybrook Raceway in Harare.
Rhodesian driver John Love was the most accomplished, winning the race six times between 1963 and 1972.