Umtali


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Umtali

(ʊmˈtɑːlɪ)
n
(Placename) the former name (until 1982) of Mutare
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Rhodesia had in the past received oil through three primary routes: by road, across the Beit Bridge from South Africa; by rail, through Mozambique from either South Africa or the port of Lourenco Marques (now Maputo); and by pipeline, carrying crude oil from Beira to the Rhodesian refinery in Umtali. (12)
The most successful raid of the year [1976] was on 9 August against Nyadzonya, one of the terrorists' main camps about 50 miles east of Umtali. Our recces had been monitoring it for some time, and it was a busy operational area.
From there they travelled to Umtali (now Mutare) where, on reaching Rhodesian territory, they were able to receive improved medical care and rest.
Two years later, the Umtali to Harare sector opened and when the two lines were connected in 1902, over 3,500km of continuous rail track existed from Cape Town, via Botswana, and through Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) to the port of Beira on Mozambique's Indian Ocean seaboard.
(19) Members of this committee were Bishops De Smedt (Bruges), Hermaniuk (Winnipeg), Lamont (Umtali) and Primeau (Manchester, USA).
Ironically, the fight that follows when Tambu discovers his acts of sabotage provides Tambu with the opportunity to sell her mealies in Umtali. There, Doris, a White woman who is pleased by Tambu's enterprise, donates enough money for several years worth of fees while calling her a "plucky piccannin." Thus, Tambu has her first exposure to a world of race and class discrimination and privilege where money is sometimes acquired with "no thought for the method" and the acquisition of food is not viewed with any sense of urgency, as Doris demonstrates when she declines the cobs Tambu offers her (29).
I felt like Doris, at age 14, at the garden party at Old Umtali Mission, drinking tea and eating cake with black people who for once aren't servants, chattering away to two grave old men who tolerate her, until one at last says gently: "You see, I am very old and you are very young." This she describes as a special moment, "when one is alive, and noticing, as if injected unexpectedly with some substance whose gift is that you should see clearly." Another such moment, in Under My Skin, is seeing her parents in a cloud of smoke as a pair of pathetic, gray, old people, stuck together: "I am never going to be like them.
John Chavafambira (or Chawafambira) - if that is indeed his name - was born near Umtali (now Mutare) in eastern Zimbabwe, around 1904.
Engel and Cuthbertson (1939) recorded penicillatus from 'Umtali' [= Mutare] District, 'Southern Rhodesia' (= Zimbabwe).
Such suburbs as Avondale, Greystone Park Cotswold, Malborough and Hatfield (all in Salisbury), Killarney, Hyde Park and Kensington (Bulawayo), Yeovil (Umtali) and Ascot, Windsor Park (both in Gwelo) were named after places in the United Kingdom.
Leaving the Portuguese, the mosquitoes, flies and fevers behind without regret we boarded the famous Beira railway, which had cost hundreds of lives to construct, and halted at Umtali in Northern Rhodesia.