Richard Woodcroft on Rhodesia

I came to Rhodesia from England five years ago, a decision that I have never regretted.

When I read about Rhodesia in overseas magazines and newspapers I am amazed and often horrified at what they contain.

I find it extremely difficult to believe that I am living in the country that they describe.

So, to put the record straight, here is the Real Rhodesia.

Not horrific, sensational or spectacular, but just a few scenes from everyday life in our towns and cities.

We do have our problems, who hasn't? But we meet them head on and solve them, all races working together.

This book from end to end is mine, my photographs, my design and my words. I challenge anybody, anywhere, to disprove any single fact or photograph.  

Richard Woodcroft,

Bulawayo, Rhodesia

 

Luke Mnkandla broadcasts on Radio Rhodesia

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... SWINGING. 

DISC JOCKEY LUKE MNKANDLA BROADCASTS ON RADIO RHODESIA

Errol Kumin and Boyati Ngwenya on foot patrol

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... POLICEMEN ON THE BEAT. 

ERROL KUMIN AND BOYATI NGWENYA ON FOOT PATROL.

RHODESIAN POLICEMEN, LIKE THEIR BRITISH COUNTERPARTS, DO NOT CARRY GUNS.

Passengers disembark from an Air Rhodesia jet.

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... JET AGE.

PASSENGERS DISEMBARK FROM AN AIR RHODESIA JET.

 

A well stocked supermarket filled with Rhodesian made produce

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... A WELL-STOCKED SUPERMARKET.

ALL ARTICLES REQUIRED FOR EVERYDAY USE ARE NOW MANUFACTURED IN RHODESIA AND ARE ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARD.

 

Norman Bisby and Terence Kennedy read the Rhodesia Television news

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... TELEVISION. 

ANNOUNCERS NORMAN BISBY AND TERENCE KENNEDY READ THE INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL NEWS

ON RHODESIA TELEVISION'S EVENING NEWS BULLETIN.

Models Jackie and Josey pose for Terry Blackmore

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... FASHIONABLE.

MODELS JACKIE AND JOSEY POSE FOR PHOTOGRAPHER TERY BLACKMORE.

THE GIRLS ARE MODELLING LOCALLY MADE DENIMS

Government training school preparing pupils for apprenticeships

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... A GOVERNMENT TRAINING SCHOOL PREPARING PUPILS FOR APPRENTICESHIPS. 

THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT'S SECOND LARGEST BUDGET EXPENDITURE IS SPENT ON AFRICAN EDUCATION.

John Chanyangana judged best RAR recruit

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... A PRIZE WINNING RECRUIT.

OF 1 117 VOLUNTEERS FOR A CAREER IN THE RHODESIAN ARMY ONLY 250 RECRUITS WERE ACCEPTED FOR TRAINING.

JOHN CHANYANGANA WAS JUDGED "BEST RECRUIT".

 

Men of all races fighting a terrorist threat since 1962

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ...

MEN OF ALL RACES FIGHTING SIDE BY SIDE TO COUNTER A TERRORIST THREAT SINCE 1962. 

RHODESIAN ARMED FORCES ARE NOW RECOGNISED AS THE FINEST ANTI-TERRORIST FIGHTERS IN THE WORLD.

Police parading under station commander Cornelius Kupukai

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ...

POLICEMEN PARADING FOR DUTY UNDER THEIR STATION COMMANDER, CORNELIUS KUPUKAI.

Cocktail party at Bulawayo City Hall

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ...

A COCKTAIL PARTY GIVEN BY THE MAYOR OF BULAWAYO AT THE CITY HALL.

Fire Chief John van Stan briefs Patrick Maisiri and Nobby Clarke

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ...

FIRE CHIEF JOHN VAN STAN BRIEFS HIS FIREMEN, PATRICK MAISIRI AND NOBBY CLARKE AT THE SCENE OF A FIRE

Patient receiving radio therapy treatment

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... CARING.

A PATIENT RECEIVES RADIO THERAPY TREATMENT AT A GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL.

Traffic policeman Rodgers Mkandawire helps infants accross the road

THE REAL RHODESIA IS ... A SCHOOL CROSSING.

TRAFFIC POLICEMAN RODGERS MKANDAWIRE SEES INFANT SCHOOL CHILDREN SAFELY ACCROSS THE ROAD.

 

The above booklet was designed and photographed by Richard Woodcroft of Belmont, Bulawayo.

 

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