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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Au­gust 1, 1966 — An ex­o­dus of en­gi­neer­ing, tex­tile and dis­tribu­tive firms from Bu­l­awayo to the Mid­lands would fol­low the build­ing of a rail­way line con­nect­ing Rutenga and Beit­bridge, econ­o­mist, Mr LP McCrys­tal has said.

The de­pres­sive ef­fects would un­der­mine the whole econ­omy of Bu­l­awayo and re­act ad­versely on the na­tion, he says.

If the Mafek­ing rail­way line should ‘’for any rea­son’’ be­come un­avail­able to Bu­l­awayo, firms here which deal with the Transvaal would have to trans­port their goods 75 miles fur­ther, to use the Rutenga line to the south. This route will be 119 miles longer than if the con­nec­tion were to West Ni­chol­son.

No longer would Bu­l­awayo be an at­trac­tive lo­ca­tion for in­dus­tri­al­ists with an eye on the South African mar­ket, or for those who used South African ma­te­ri­als.

Mr McCrys­tal main­tains that the best in­ter­ests of the whole Rhode­sian econ­omy would be served by a West Ni­chol­son link.

He adds, in his lengthy and an­a­lyt­i­cal mem­o­ran­dum, that he does not mean to im­ply that at some fu­ture date it might not be in the coun­try’s in­ter­ests to en­cour­age the growth of the Mid­lands econ­omy. For Bu­l­awayo’s ex­ist­ing in­dus­tries, a by-pass through Rutenga would be even more se­ri­ous than for new in­dus­tries, he says.

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