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Important Dates

Important Dates

Date Description
4th Nov 1893 Colonial forces occupy Lobengula's home, eMahlabathini
1st Jun 1894 Declared a town outside Maxim Hotel by Dr. Jameson on Fife Street
1894 - 1897 Bulawayo run by Sanitary Board with 50% elected representation under the Cape of Good Hope Municipal Act of 1882
Sep 1894 Local By Law prohibits all people of colour from using pavements
Mar - Aug 1896 Ndebele Uprising or Umvukela 1. Settlers take to laager and many battles around the town
27 Oct 1897 Bulawayo declared a town Municipality
23 Nov 1897 First election of nine Councillors for Bulawayo Town Council
24 Nov 1897 First Bulawayo Town Council appointed under Mayor, I H Hirschler
11 Nov 1903 First appeal for African representation through a "Native Vigilence Board." The petition was ignored
1913 First brewery of opaque beer was built in Old Location, revenue from which was used to build a community hall. Later closed, the building is now part of the MaKhumalo Beerhall in Makokoba
24 - 30 Dec 1929 The "Manyika Riots"
Aug 1941 Election of the first Native Advisory Board
4 Nov 1943 Bulawayo becomes a City
30 Jun 1944 Hillside Town Management Board absorbed in Bulawayo City
22 Oct 1948 Sauerstown, Kenilworth and Rowena Town Boards absorbed into Bulawayo
Apr 1948 The Bulawayo General Strike
24 - 27 Jul 1960 The Zhii Riots. Further ongoing African civil unrest until 1962
Jun 1961 Bulawayo City proposes direct African representation in Council. Efforts prevented by Rhodesian Front Government
1968 Township Advisory Board appointed allowing for African representation and involvement in City Affairs
1 Apr 1970 Town Boards of Bellevue, Waterford, Northvale, Richmond, Burnside , Woodville and Municipal farms of Hyde Park and Valley Farm absorbed into "Greater Bulawayo
1979 Racial segregation of residential areas lifted
16 Aug 1979 M Ndubiwa appointed Deputy Town Clerk, the first African to a Senior position. He was appointed Town Clerk in 1984
18 Apr 1980 Independence
9 - 10 Nov 1980 Battle of Bulawayo or Entumbane I
8 - 12 Feb 1981 Battle of Bulawayo or Entumbane II
12 Jun 1981 First African Mayor installed, N K Ndlovu
4 Jun 1986 Twinning with Aberdeen , Scotland
22 Dec 1987 Unity Accord bring political stability to Matabeleland
1 Jul 1987 Loss of Bulawayo's pioneer electricity service to Government through ZESA
19 Oct 1996 Appointment of the first Executive Mayor, A N T Siwela
23 Sep 2011 Twinning with Durban, South Africa
19 Oct 2012 Sister City relationship with Polokwane, South Africa

Important Dates

Important Dates

Date Description
4th Nov 1893 Colonial forces occupy Lobengula's home, eMahlabathini
1st Jun 1894 Declared a town outside Maxim Hotel by Dr. Jameson on Fife Street
1894 - 1897 Bulawayo run by Sanitary Board with 50% elected representation under the Cape of Good Hope Municipal Act of 1882
Sep 1894 Local By Law prohibits all people of colour from using pavements
Mar - Aug 1896 Ndebele Uprising or Umvukela 1. Settlers take to laager and many battles around the town
27 Oct 1897 Bulawayo declared a town Municipality
23 Nov 1897 First election of nine Councillors for Bulawayo Town Council
24 Nov 1897 First Bulawayo Town Council appointed under Mayor, I H Hirschler
11 Nov 1903 First appeal for African representation through a "Native Vigilence Board." The petition was ignored
1913 First brewery of opaque beer was built in Old Location, revenue from which was used to build a community hall. Later closed, the building is now part of the MaKhumalo Beerhall in Makokoba
24 - 30 Dec 1929 The "Manyika Riots"
Aug 1941 Election of the first Native Advisory Board
4 Nov 1943 Bulawayo becomes a City
30 Jun 1944 Hillside Town Management Board absorbed in Bulawayo City
22 Oct 1948 Sauerstown, Kenilworth and Rowena Town Boards absorbed into Bulawayo
Apr 1948 The Bulawayo General Strike
24 - 27 Jul 1960 The Zhii Riots. Further ongoing African civil unrest until 1962
Jun 1961 Bulawayo City proposes direct African representation in Council. Efforts prevented by Rhodesian Front Government
1968 Township Advisory Board appointed allowing for African representation and involvement in City Affairs
1 Apr 1970 Town Boards of Bellevue, Waterford, Northvale, Richmond, Burnside , Woodville and Municipal farms of Hyde Park and Valley Farm absorbed into "Greater Bulawayo
1979 Racial segregation of residential areas lifted
16 Aug 1979 M Ndubiwa appointed Deputy Town Clerk, the first African to a Senior position. He was appointed Town Clerk in 1984
18 Apr 1980 Independence
9 - 10 Nov 1980 Battle of Bulawayo or Entumbane I
8 - 12 Feb 1981 Battle of Bulawayo or Entumbane II
12 Jun 1981 First African Mayor installed, N K Ndlovu
4 Jun 1986 Twinning with Aberdeen , Scotland
22 Dec 1987 Unity Accord bring political stability to Matabeleland
1 Jul 1987 Loss of Bulawayo's pioneer electricity service to Government through ZESA
19 Oct 1996 Appointment of the first Executive Mayor, A N T Siwela
23 Sep 2011 Twinning with Durban, South Africa
19 Oct 2012 Sister City relationship with Polokwane, South Africa