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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”.

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