Bulawayo

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BULAWAYO

Province : Bulawayo

Arms (crest) of Bulawayo

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms of Bulawayo were officially granted on October 19, 1943.

The three rock rabbits (rock hyrax (Procavia capensis), were the totem of the Royal Family of the Matabele, the Kumalo. The cross below symbolises the bringing of Christianity by the first missionaries and settlers. The elephant crest is based on the royal seal of Lobengula, last king of the Matabele.

The motto "Si Ye Pambili", in Sindebele, means "Let us go Forward".

The arms replaced an unofficial design, see below :

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Literature : The municipal heraldry of Zimbabwe, ARMA 1286-1289


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