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
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
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
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
Tax registers / outline
Registration Certificates (Situpas)
District Licencing Board
Destitutes and Welfare
Clerk of Court duties
Lotteries and Gaming and Late Hours
Births and Deaths registration
Marketing and Section 6 permits
Private study / research
Air Flights. ½ day
Administration. Section “A” Acts
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