BULAWAYO, Wednesday, November 9, 1966 — The Mayor of Bulawayo, Clr A Menashe, suggested at a recent meeting of the Business and Professional Women’s Club that the club might consider sponsoring African women for adult education courses in craft work and cookery.
The Mayor suggested the wives of “emergent Africans” might be trained in such crafts as gem cutting and polishing, jewellery making, leather craft, pewter and copper work, textile printing and dyeing, ceramics and lampshade making, dressmaking and millinery and cookery.
He was speaking on the club’s study theme for the year, the challenge to employment in a changing world, and particularly the role of women in industry.
“With the great upsurge I feel I must come to Rhodesian industry, we must seek ways of employing these women usefully,” he said.
The Mayor said he got the impression from newly independent states that when an African man attained success he tended to lose interest in his tribal wife. This attitude was understandable.
“It is at this point where I believe your club can help. Looking around I think I am right in saying you haven’t a single Africa member”.
The Mayor said the City Council Department of Housing and Amenities and its Health Department had been training African women in crafts and house crafts in the townships.” I am sure”, he added, “they will be of considerable help to your club if you require information in this exercise”.