Charleik Salomon was a Romanian immigrant. He arrived in Bulawayo in 1894 and opened a store near that location. He rose rapidly to become a successful wholesaler in the
years before 1914. Charelik had several wholesaling trading companies, Salomon & Stenham, Charelik Salomon and Co., C. Salomon & Co. of Vryburg, and Salomon and Kaufman.
Salomon started business as Salomon and Stenham, partnering with Oscar Steinmann (who later changed his name to Stenham). The company name was then changed to C. Salomon & Co. Stenham lived in London where he served as shipping agent. Shipping agents arranged imports and exports, paid import and export duties, freight charges, and usually gave a guarantee for all payments due by their clients.
In 1936, Charelik merged his company with Oscar Kaufman. The name of their business was again changed to Salomon and Kaufman (Pvt) Ltd. After a serious disagreement, Charelik’s son, Jack Salomon, sold out to Oscar Kaufman. Apparently, Jack liquidated all of his assets in Rhodesia and sent the proceeds out of the country. Oscar Kaufman then renamed his business, Kaufman Sons and Co. (Ltd).
Charelik Salomon became a wealthy wholesale merchant and philanthropist in Southern Rhodesia and one of the major financiers of the Susman brothers, Elie and Harry.
The hotel was called the Monomatapa when it was first opened. It contained a number of dining and drinking venues such as Prospectors, Bali Hai, The 12 000 Horsemen, The Homestead and others. In the early 2000s the hotel hosted for a time a well-known restaurant that moved in from the suburbs called Le Francais.
The hotel underwent renovations in 1997. Branding has changed too, with the hotel becoming Crowne Plaza Monomotapa in the 1990s and, more recently, becoming the Monomotapa again (but with new spelling). Management of the hotel was franchised out to Legacy Hotels of South Africa in 2015 but this was terminated in 2019.
Lalji Kurji Ltd was owned by Indian trader, Lalji Kurji (b.1898). Lalji arrived in Blantyre, Nyasaland in 1912. He soon opened a business as a wholesale and retail merchant. He also was an importer dealing in bed sheets, pillow cases, cotton blankets, bicycle spares, sundries and general merchandise.
Neil Motors (Pvt) Ltd were Austin dealers with their head office in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia.
On 30 December 1952, Austin Motor Ltd and Car Mart, Ltd., the largest Austin distributors in Britain, acquired controlling interest in Proctors Garage Ltd and Neill Motors Ltd. This was stated to be the first occasion that an Austin home distributor has acquired extensive overseas interests.
An assembly plant for 1-ton to 7-ton Austin and Fargo trucks was established in Gwelo by Neill Motors (Pvt.) Ltd in 1958. The plant began production in April and assembled trucks from parts shipped from Britain through Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.