Native Labour Bureau

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 Salisbury chamber appointed a committee to operate the Native Labour Bureau and to build and run a compound to receive native African workers. The Bureau sent out African and collected a fee from the employer, thus providing revenue for the Bureau.

On 12th July, 1898, with approval from the Native Commissioner and some financial support from the government, the Bureau began operations. However, it could not keep up with demands until war slackened the economy.



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