BULAWAYO, Saturday, September 24, 1966 — About 700 railway employees of all races will be involved when at one minute past 12 on Monday morning Rhodesia Railways take over the line south from Mahalapye to Mafikeng.
The men will include Bulawayo based crews, staff to man the stations, men to work in the miscellaneous grades, and Africans who will be taken over from South African railways.
Rhodesia Railways have had to buy 49 houses and lease an additional 14 in Bulawayo to accommodate the increase in local staff. Sixty additional railway men have been brought into the City from other centres to assist in operating the new section of the railway.
Altogether some 92 train crews — 276 men — will work the section while when the Rhodesia Railways operated the line as far as Mahalapye 55 crews were used. About 70 are employed at stations and other points along the route.
They include station masters, station foremen, foremen, platelayers, artisans and clerks. A South African labour force of 318 will be taken over. From Monday Rhodesia Railways train crews will be working right through to Mafikeng on a nine-hour- on and nine- hour-off basis with cabbose working. They will be away from Bulawayo for about 60 hours a trip.