The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

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.

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