BULAWAYO, Thursday, September 22, 1966 — The president of the British Institute of Civil Engineers, Mr J Banks, accompanied by his wife and Mr A McDonald, secretary of the Institute, arrived in Bulawayo yesterday for an eight-day tour of the country.
Mr Banks will pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Mr Ian Smith, in the City today, but he stressed that his visit had nothing to do with politics. Mr Banks said presidents of his institute, who are elected annually normally visit members of the institute who are living in foreign lands.
He had decided to visit Africa during his term of office. He has already spent two weeks in South Africa and will leave Rhodesia on September 29 for Zambia, after which he will visit Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda before returning to Britain in mid-October.
Mr Banks said there were 205 members of the British Institute of Civil Engineers living in Rhodesia. He would meet them and see what projects they were connected with while seeing various other development projects in the country.
Mr Banks was in Rhodesia for several weeks while Kariba Dam was under construction, a consulting engineer, he said he was advising Imprest, the Italian construction firm at Kariba. He visited African townships in Bulawayo yesterday, met the Mayor, Clr Abe Menashe, and today he will visit the Matopos.
He will spend Friday and Saturday in Salisbury and will see the Mazoe Citrus Estates before flying to Kariba.