BULAWAYO, Monday, October 3, 1966 — Pumula is one of Bulawayo’s oldest and cheapest townships in which to live. There are now 919 family houses there, and more are being built.
Placed eight miles west of the City, it was first settled about 14 years ago on a home ownership scheme. But it still has no water-borne sewerage system, no electricity except for street lights, and no public telephone.
And some residents have begun to take stock of what their community lacks but ought to have.
One has said that a phone booth has to be installed so that residents can contact the hospital in an emergency.
A City Housing and Amenities Department official explained recently that, as with other townships, the facilities lacking at Pumula could be provided if residents were prepared to meet the costs of maintenance. Pumula, he said, started as an “austerity home-ownership scheme’’ for poor families seeking cheap accommodation.
An application had been made, and accepted, for a telephone booth, he said.
A spokesman for the Post Office’s telecommunications department said they could not go ahead with the job as stocks of the equipment needed had run out, and it was not known when supplies would be available.
A stand in the township can be attained with a deposit of between £25 and £45, depending on the size of the house. The full cost of a stand is between £250 and £260, which the purchaser can borrow and pay back monthly. Each stand is also subject to a service charge of £1. 10s.
Aqua-privies, constructed by the Municipality at all stands provide the cheapest form of sanitation.