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Masvingo - Provincial Office

Number 3 Hellet street              

Masvingo

Box 425, Masvingo

Tel: (039) 264056 / 262776

Fax : 262058

 

Location

Coordinates:         21”00’S       31”00”E

 

Climate

  • Masvingo province is located in the lowveld of Zimbabwe. It has minimal rainfall patterns.
  • Large part of the province is drought prone for example Region 5.
  • Most parts are unfit for agriculture, apart from cattle ranching.
  • Average rainfall received in the province is about 600mm/a

 

Altitude and Temperature 

The altitude of the district ranges from 450m (Nyajena CA) to 1240m (Victoria East) above sea level. Average annual temperature is about 20 degrees Celsius

 

Soils

  • The soils in the region are fersiallitic type.
  • The terrain in the district ranges from moderate to steep slopes.
  • In areas where slopes are high, soils are shallow and are of poor texture, the potential for erosion hazards exist.

 

Major land use

  • Agriculture
  • Settlement
  • Industrialization
  • Mining

 

Environmental problems

  • Sewer-sewage disposal in Masvingo and Chiredzi town
  • Veld fires- especially in Gutu district
  • Deforestation-all over the district
  • Siltation-such as in Mucheke river
  • Pollution (water)-such as in Shagashe river, resulting in water hyacinth problems.
  • Land pollution-litter in Masvingo town and all growth points in the district.