By Jon Lunn
This vital e-book is the 1st in-depth heritage of the Rhodesian railway process. protecting the interval 1888-1947, while the Rhodesian railway method was once privately owned through Cecil Rhode's British South Africa corporation, this booklet makes use of the Rhodesian railway method as a prism wherein it refracts many dimensions of the imperial event in crucial and southern Africa, starting from the impulses underpinning the neighborhood targets of Rhodes himself to the origins of black employee protest within the Rhodesias.
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In 1897 it was agreed that the Cape Railways would work the Vryburg-Bulawayo line at actual cost price. The Cape Railways deducted wages from the revenue and then handed the balance over to the Bechuanaland Railway Company, which then divided receipts on a mileage, Vryburg-Bulawayo as compared with Vryburg-Cape ports. From the start, most of the traffic was through traffic to and from Rhodesia. Both companies agreed to fix their rates to ensure that the rates for through traffic were to be the sum of the rates charged by each of them.
Rule. During the first chimurenga (uprising) of 1896-7, it advanced £500,000 which helped to pay fixed interest charges on railway capital which the BSA Co. could not meet. 36 Without the interlocking interests of Rhodes and the Rand, the BSA Co. and its railways might have sunk rapidly and ingloriously without trace. As Maylam has written, 'the Company appeared to be a solid, massive edifice ... but it was an edifice built on flimsy foundations'. 37 Of an initial share capital of £1,000,000, £500,000 was pledged to extending the railway from Kimberley.
79 But cost-structure was not the only factor at work here. The East coast route was further disadvantaged by rates agreements accumulated in the process of primary construction. When the Mozambique Company was given the concession to build the railway from Fontesvilla to Umtali in July 1891 the Portuguese government stipulated that railway rates in force should never exceed those on the Cape Railways. This would have made the construction of the East coast route uneconomic, so when the 38 Capital BSA Co.