The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Wed­nes­day, November 30, 1966 — Gwelo Town Coun­cil last night de­cided it was not pre­pared to buy some prop­erty on its bound­ary – known as sub-di­vi­sion D of Cly­des­dale – which the coun­cil it­self had some time ago asked the Min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment to de­mol­ish.

The prop­erty, de­scribed by the mayor, Clr CJ Roux, last night as “this eye­sore we have on our bound­ary,” con­sists of 180 acres on which there is a gen­eral dealer’s shop, a butch­ery, a café, sev­eral small shops and ac­com­mo­da­tion for four African fam­i­lies, build­ings for­merly used as an African school, a small mill for grind­ing maize and two bore­holes. Elec­tric­ity is laid on.

In the let­ter of­fer­ing to sell the whole or parts of the prop­erty to coun­cil, the own­ers’ at­tor­neys state that in terms of their client’s ti­tle the use to which the prop­erty may be put is re­stricted to that of brick­fields and such build­ings as are nor­mally in­ci­den­tal to brick­fields.

The High Court had ju­ris­dic­tion to amend these con­di­tions but only with the con­sent of the Min­is­ter, who had in fact with­held it.

The Min­is­ter now re­quired the owner, un­der the threat of pros­e­cu­tion, to de­mol­ish the build­ings.

The at­tor­ney’s let­ter de­tailed the fa­cil­i­ties the owner claimed he was sup­ply­ing for a large num­ber of Africans and sug­gested that if the de­mo­li­tion was enforced the coun­cil might have to pro­vide sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties at its own ex­pense.

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