FROM THE RHODESIA RECORDER — JULY 1956
The first sewing machine to be manufactured in Africa — the Berbro – is now being produced in Bulawayo by the Berzack Bros. (Rhodesia) at the rate of 340 units a month. The factory recently came into full production after six years of continuous and painstaking experiments in perfecting the prototype.
The machine, a domestic long shuttle class 128 hand model, is eminently suited to the African market but is also being bought by Europeans.
In their Khami Road factory, Berzack Bros. handles the complete casting of the head, machining, spray-painting and baking, and the entire assembly of the machines. Certain of the components are also manufactured, others being imported from various overseas sources.
Before being finally fitted into their attractively finished mahogany cases, the machines are thoroughly run-in, tested, and sewed off. The factory holds spares and has service facilities.
The price of the Berbro is claimed to be competitive with imported machines.
In an interview with the Rhodesian Recorder, Mr. Harris “Harry” Berzack, managing director of the firm, said that they were at present working on patterns for a round shuttle domestic machine that could be operated either by hand, treadle, or electrically. He expected that this machine would be in production in about five months and that initially, they would be turning out about 50 units a week.
Mr. Berzack is the youngest of five brothers, all of whom are associated with the sewing machine trade, the other four being established in the well-known Union firm Berzack Bros. Ltd. which was founded in 1931.