Matebeleland North

 

Bulawayo

Provincial Office

Glendyne Building, 12th Avenue between J. Tongogara and S. Parirenyatwa Streets, Bulawayo.                                                                                                                         VOIP:08677006244                                                                                                                                 Tel:+263 9 64705
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Matebeleland North is sub divided into 8 districts namely; Binga

,  Bubi

, Hwange,  Lupane

, Nkayi

, Umguza

, Tsholotsho

 and  Victoria Falls

District

Physical Address

Contact

Lupane

Stand 4276 DA’s Complex

Lupane

0812856400/0773410822/ 0712756439

Tsholotsho

ZIMPOST Offices

Tsholotsho  Business Centre

0292861260/0772468494

Binga

Binga RDC Offices

015 533/0773507343/0712967948

Hwange

Room 16 DA’s Complex

 Hwange

0281 22207

Nkayi

GP 8196

Belmont Nkayi

0552558338/0772320372/0712958510

Bubi

Bubi RDC Offices

0774089322

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE


 

 

Climatic conditions

 

 

The average temperature of the province is 37’C and the average rainfall is 500mm per annum. Matebeleland North greatly experiences dry weather conditions. There are high occurrence of extreme droughts and low flooding risk in the province.

 

 

 

 

 

Geographical features

 

 

The most famous geographical feature in the province is the mighty Victoria Falls which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, an international tourist resort and a celebrated historical area.

 The province also houses  the biggest wildlife conservancy in the country and one of the biggest in Southern Africa which is Hwange National Park.

 

 

 

Soil

 

 

The province is characterised by arid land. Most of the soils are not suitable for crop production. Sandy loam soils and less fertile kgaladi sands which are permeable and less fertile are found througout the province.  Desert sands are found in Lupane, parts of Nkayi, Tsholotsho and also Bubi. There patches of red soils in some areas. However, fertile black soils and valley soils along drainage lines of Bubi, Gwai and Mbembesi are found due to alluvial deposits. The province has significant amount of gold, limestone, coal, timber, methane gas, silver, chrome, mica and also nickel mineral deposits.

 

 

 

Vegetation

 

 

Indigenous hard wood timber forests are dominant in the province. There are also Savanna, woodland savannah, mahogany, mukwa and the Zambezi leak (baikiaea plurijuga). The kgalagadi sands favour the regeneration of these species.

 

 

 

Hydrology

 

 

Matebeleland North rivers are ephemeral, they only flow during the rainy season. The total number of dams in the province is 611. The province is highly plagued by water scarcity and it is traditionally dry. There are natural springs, vleis and pans such as Sefula Pan which are perennial though subjected to extensive degradation.

 

 

 

Environmental Challenges

 

 

  • Siltation
  • Illegal Mining
  • Deforestation
  • Veld fires
  • Soil erosion
  • Wetland degradation
  • Stream bank cultivation
  • Invasive Alien Species
  • Poor waste management

 

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