Pelandaba is a suburb of Bulawayo and was an electoral constituency in Matabeleland.

History

The suburb was built in the 1950s as an "elite African community". The 1930 Land Apportionment Act which designated urban land for whites, meant that land for Pelandaba and Pumula was leased from the city. An economic boom in the early 1950s resulted in jobs and wages (including for blacks) increasing. And labour unrest in the late 1940s showed a more stable social situation was needed - better housing in better neighborhoods.

Bulawayo "grudgingly introduced an African Home Ownership Scheme on a thirty-year leasehold basis". So, residents did not actually own the land on which they built "even the[ir] plushest houses".[1]

J. H. Sobantu (who in the 1930s was "an emerging member of Southern Rhodesia's Westernized African elite"), [2] was one of the chairmen of the residents' association. [3]

The suburb proved successful enough in attracting the African elite (including such notables as Joshua Nkomo), and became "the trendiest black community in Bulawayo"; by 1957 its houses rivaled those of expensive white neighborhoods. [4]

Population

In 2007, the population was almost 30 000.

Joshua Nkomo had a house there.

Pelandaba is a suburb of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. It houses Sizane Secondary School, Induba Primary School and the house of late Joshua Nkomo, the former leader of Zimbabwe's African Peoples Union.

In the 1990 Parliamentary Election (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Pelandaba returned to Parliament:

Turnout - 13 204 or 36.85 %

  1. [Muzondidya, James Walking a Tightrope: Towards a Social History of the Coloured Community of Zimbabwe.], Africa World Press, 2005, Retrieved: 6 July 2022
  2. [Stapleton, Timothy Joseph African Police and Soldiers in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1923–80], University Rochester Press, 2011, Retrieved: 6 July 2022
  3. [West, Michael Oliver The Rise of an African Middle Class: Colonial Zimbabwe, 1898-1965], Indiana University Press, 2002, Retrieved: 6 July 2022
  4. Pelandaba, Wikipedia, Retrieved: 6 July 2022