Updated: Jun 19, 2019
Bulawayo is historically known as "kwantuthu ziyathunqa" ( place of smoke) deriving from the smoke which was produced mainly from the coal power station in town which started operation way back in 1955. At its peak the cooling towers used to produce a lot of smoke which covered most of the western parts earning the city it's nick name of "Kwantuthu Ziyathunqa". Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) is planning to demolish these iconic towers as part of its upgrading processes. The Bulawayo city council has however expressed ignorance of the latest ZESA intentions and have clarified that the towers belong to the city of Bulwayo. If the towers are demolished what will happen to the city's historical foundation built upon them?