Zimbabwe gained Independence from colonial rule in 1980. It would take 2 years before the names of towns and streets were changed, giving them new names that were more reflective of an independent country.
A video that I came across shows how Harare looked as far back as 1983, still fresh from having gained freedom. Some of us were young then (or not even born) and will look at this video with much interest as it was what was inhereted from our colonial predecessors.
However, it is interesting to note that very little infrastructural development has taken place to the landscape of the town, with there just being streets that have been closed and most noticeably, a number of roads have been turned into one way roads in the CBD.
The style of dressing and the walk stood out for me, with many have a stride that was reflective of a new found hope. The cleanliness and lack of congestion is something we have not seem for sometime, but shows that it is possible.
What stood out for you? Has the “sunshine city” changed much from your view of the video?
Main Image Credit: Salisbury, Rhodesia (Facebook Page)