Bindura

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Bindura
Coat of arms of Bindura
Coat of arms
Bindura is located in Zimbabwe
Bindura
Bindura
Coordinates: 17°18′S 31°20′E / 17.300°S 31.333°E / -17.300; 31.333Coordinates: 17°18′S 31°20′E / 17.300°S 31.333°E / -17.300; 31.333
Country Zimbabwe
Province Mashonaland Central
District Bindura District
Established 1901
Elevation 1,070 m (3,510 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 46,275
Time zone CAT (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+1)
Climate Cwa

Bindura is a town in the province of Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe. It is located in the Mazowe Valley about 88 km north-east of Harare. According to the 1982 Population Census, the town had a population of 18,243. This rose to 21,167 in the 1992 census. It is the administrative capital of the province. Bindura Nickel, a subsidiary of Mwana Africa plc, mines nickel, copper and cobalt in the area and operates a smelter refinery just south of the town. Cotton and maize is grown intensely in the region. The first basic school in Bindura opened in 1912.

The perennial Mazowe River runs around Bindura and through the northeastern perimeter.

Bindura was originally named Kimberley Reefs after the gold mine which was opened in 1901, and changed to Bindura in 1913 when the railway arrived. Bindura is probably an Anglicised version of the Shona Phrase, pindura mhuka, meaning "turn the game".[citation needed] The word bindura also means "a bitch in season".

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