Rhodesia - Intaf

Callsign - Lighthouse

The Bindura Course

All newly appointed cadets in Intaf were required to do a training course in Bindura under the auspices and guidance of the DC Bindura.  The following extracts are taken directly from the correspondence each cadet received in the post.  The course was also intended to be a selection course and consequently was of a high standard.




Origins of Rhodesian Tribes

Organisation and History of the Ministry



Office filing system


CD and LG

D.C.s Judicial functions

Primary development

General First Aid

Urbanisation and the African

Role of the Cadet in the Ministry

African Education in the TTLs

Constitution, Senate and Assembly

Passage of Bills

Land tenure.

Conditions of service

Management and leadership

National security and ground coverage

Ministry of Health in TTLs



Ministry of Information, Immigration and Tourism

House of Assembly, Senate, Archives

Mrewa District CD, LG cattle sales

BSAP Training Depot / CFR HQ

Municipality of Salisbury – townships





Birth and childhood

Courtship and marriage


Deceased Estates

African Law / European Law



Spirits and witchcraft

Mutupo – Chidau

Status of women and children



Sports Periods.  6 periods

 Tests.  18 periods

Foot Patrols. 2 days

Reports.  2 periods



TD and Remittance Account

ADF Revenue, expenditure

Main cash

Cash requisitions

Lease rentals

Tax registers / outline


General Administration


Registration Certificates (Situpas)

District Licencing Board


Destitutes and Welfare

Identity Cards


Clerk of Court duties

Lotteries and Gaming and Late Hours

Liquor licences

Births and Deaths registration


Civil Court

Marketing and Section 6 permits

D.A.s uniforms

Recording minutes


Course Essay

Private study / research

Group Discussions

Air Flights.  ½ day


Administration.  Section “A” Acts

Joining Instructions

1.  Purpose.  This is a training course designed to widen a newly appointed cadet’s knowledge of the duties he will be required to perform.  In addition to a thorough grounding in day to day office work, he will receive instruction in such aspects as cattle sales, dipping, tax collections, council meetings and will carry out extended foot patrols.  He will be taught how to deal with the tribal African.  Lectures on customs and administration will be given and he will be required to write weekly tests on all the subjects he has been taught.  It is undoubtedly a tough course but at the end of it all, the cadet returns to his station confident that he will be able to tackle any task given to him, normally expected of a cadet.  It is also a selection course but not one designed only for the supermen and is well within the capabilities of our cadets.

2.  Hours.  Lectures will commence at 8 a.m.  Cadets are required to be in the lecture room 5 minutes beforehand.  Study periods will be arranged by the District Commissioner, Bindura.  Saturday afternoons and Sundays will be free subject to the stipulation contained in paragraph 5.

3.  Sport.  Composite membership of the Bindura Sports Club has been arranged and for a small fee of $1,50 per month, interested cadets can become house members and participate in one sport of their choice.  Should they wish to take part in other sports temporary membership fees will have to be paid.

4.  Accommodation.  Cadets will be accommodated in a hostel under the supervision of the District Commissioner.  They will pay a monthly messing fee together with a composite charge of $11,25 to cover rental, light and water charges.  They should, therefore make out a “vacation of quarters” form on departure for Bindura to avoid having to pay rental while away.  Beds, bedding, cutlery and camping kit are all supplied.  If the cadet possesses a sleeping bag, he should bring it with him.

5.  Control.  No cadet will be permitted to leave Bindura at any time without the specific authority of the District Commissioner, Bindura, nor will he be allowed to enter the tribal areas unless he is accompanied by a district assistant detailed by the District Commissioner.

6.  Dress.  If cadets are in possession of safari suits, these should be worn for lectures.  Otherwise, shorts, sport shirts, stockings and shoes will be worn.  Loud clothes will not be tolerated.  Cadets are asked not to bring an excessive amount of clothing with them.  They will require a suit or sports jacket, slacks and tie for visits.  All clothing must be marked with a name tag.

Signed for Secretary for Internal Affairs – M.R. Jacobs