The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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