Matabeleland Native Labour Bureau

Matabeleland Native Labour Bureau



During the early years of Rhodesia there was a shortage of labour. The Chamber of Mines set about to recruit labour to drive the growing industry.

The Matebeleland Native Labour Bureau began operations in July, 1899.

The Bulawayo chamber, unlike the Salisbury chamber, relied solely on Government support. It received a small capitation from the employer, but shared its expenses with the Government and Chamber.



  • Rhodes and Rhodesia: The White Conquest of Zimbabwe 1884-1902 – Arthur Keppel-Jones