1943 – Bulawayo Attains City Status

Bulawayo – City Status

4th November, 1943

The municipality of Bulawayo became a City under Proclamation 21 on the 4th November, 1943. Under the same proclamation, the Municipal Council of Bulawayo became the City Council of Bulawayo.

Each year in November the City of Bulawayo celebrates the declaration of the City during the Month of November.

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Vubachikwe Mine

Vubachikwe Mine

Gwanda

Vubachikwe Mine is located in the province of Matabeleland SouthZimbabwe. It is located about 8 km north-west of Gwanda. Vubachikwe and Blanket Mines form part of the Sabiwa group of mines. A village with the same name acts as the residential and commercial centre for the employees of the Vubachikwe gold mine.

In 2012 Duration Gold, owned by Clarity Capital and owners of the Vubachikwe Mine refused to take part in the Gwanda Community Share Ownership Trust launched by President Robert Mugabe. As part of the refusal, there was a move for the company’s licence to be cancelled.

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Barclays Bank: Zimbabwe

Barclays Bank

Zimbabwe

Barclays Bank (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas) was incorporated as Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd in June, 1981 and at the time had more than 50 branches.

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Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd

Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd

Barclays Bank (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas) was incorporated as Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd in June, 1981 and at the time had more than 50 branches. By 1986 the bank employed some 1,800 staff, and a new training centre with seven permanent instructors was established above Manica Road branch in Harare, replacing the original centre in Msasa.

Barclaycard was launched in 1991 and 30% of Barclays Zimbabwe shares were floated; the offer was oversubscribed five times. In 1997, Premier banking services were launched. 1997 saw another new venture with the opening of ‘Money$hop’, a fast-cash retail office allowing customers to do their banking out of hours, with bulk cash deposit and withdrawal facilities, a night safe, cash machines and travellers cheque and foreign currency desks.

Expansion of the business, despite difficult economic conditions, was symbolised by the relocation of Chinhoyi branch to new premises in 1997. Situated in an important farming area, the new building, opened by visiting Barclays chairman Andrew Buxton, and named Buxton House, offered a specialised agricultural finance service, and housed Fincor, the hire purchase subsidiary. Automation and modernisation proceeded apace, as in the other African businesses.By 1998 there were nearly 50 cash machines. 

On 1st May 2004 Charity Chiratidzo became managing director of BBZ, the second woman to head one of Barclays’ African businesses. Barclays’ acquisition of South African bank ABSA in 2005 further strengthened its position in Zimbabwe, as ABSA held a substantial stake in Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe. The mid-2000s saw the opening of new branches, and by June 2007 there were 30 in the country.

In 2007 Barclays Zimbabwe won the Harare Chamber of Commerce award for the best HIV/AIDS programme, for its Wellness Programme which covers employees and their immediately family, including free HIV testing, antri-retroviral treatment, immunity boosting vitamins and counselling. In 2010 Barclays Zimbabwe became the first bank in country to enable its ATMs to accept MasterCard-branded cards. In 2011 Barclays’ Spaces for Sports programme was extended to Zimbabawe. 

In 2013 it was announced that Barclays’ African businesses would be incorporated in a new business grouping, Barclays Africa Group, with Barclays holding a 62.3% stake in the new company. In 2016 Barclays announced plans for a progressive reduction of its shareholding in Barclays Africa Group Ltd. In 2017 Barclays announced the sale of its majority holding in Barclays Bank Zimbabwe to FMB Capital Holdings.

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Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd: Chegutu

Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd

Chegutu

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Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd: Harare

Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd

Harare

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Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd: Rusape

Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd

Rusape

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Revenue Stamps of Rhodesia – Sandy Jardine

Revenue Stamps of Rhodesia

Sandy Jardine

Download: Revenue Stamps of Rhodesia – Sandy Jardine (pdf)

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Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank

Barclays originated from the Bank of Africa (founded 1879), which had established branches as early as 1895 in Rhodesia and was acquired by the National Bank of South Africa in 1912. In 1925, the National Bank of South Africa was acquired by Barclays Bank (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas).

In 1971, Barclays (D.C.O) of Northern Rhodesia became Barclays Bank of Zambia Ltd, and in 1981, Barclays in Zimbabwe became Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd.

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Encyclopedia: Zimbabwe 1980-1999

Encyclopedia

Zimbabwe 1980-1999

 

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