|Established||late 19th century|
|Elevation||438 m (1,437 ft)|
|• Estimate (2010)||30,430|
|Time zone||CAT (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||not observed (UTC+2)|
Chiredzi is a small town in Masvingo province in south-east Zimbabwe. Together with its sister town of Triangle, it is the major center of sugar production in the country. The name Chiredzi means "a place for line fishing".
It is served by a small international airport at Buffalo Range called Buffalo Range Airport (BFO). The non-profit organization the Elias Fund has its Zimbabwean base of operations in Chiredzi. The Mashoko/Hippo Valley Christian Mission also had headquarters in Chiredzi, from which it oversees two orphanages and a number of schools and churches throughout the province.
The town is made up of one high-density suburb, Tshovani and one low density suburb. The high-density of Tshovani suburb is further subdivided into smaller sub-units namely kwaZava, KwaVhurumuku, KwaMakondo, Musika wematanda and Lumumba rd. Popular night spots include Chigarapasi beerhall, which is the biggest beerhall in Zimbabwe, Masiza nengere night club, Saratoga bottle store, Club Labamba popularly known as the "Lab", e.t.c. Bottle stores at kwaZava are very popular with patrons especially during weekends.
The town has various primary and secondary schools including Tshovani, Shingai, Chiredzi government and one other primary school in the Makondo area. Two Secondary schools namely Chiredzi Christian College and Chiredzi government secondary school are in Tshovani although the area is also serviced by neighbouring Hippo Valley high, South Eastern College to mention but a few. The success of these schools is attributed by the immense contributions of veteran educationalists such as Takunda PS. Bere, Gerasimos Bhambazha, both formerly of Chiredzi Christian College while the success story of neighbouring Hippo High can be directly linked to former Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) chief Mr Errison Huruba, whose academic experience dates back to his teaching days at Rudhanda high school in the Maroyi village under chief Bota of Zaka. A large section of the residents are employed by the estate while the rest work in the service industry supplying services to the commercial farmers near the town.
The major industry of Chiredzi is sugar production. As is true throughout Zimbabwe, recent economic problems that began with the disruption of long established farming enterprises by the State Government 'Land Reform Project' that drove white born Zimbabweans off their farms and the sugar estates have impacted the lives of people locally. The growth of the town is mainly attributed to the sugar industry in the town. The town is located within the land claims of Hippo Valley Estate, which help the town council with both funding for infrastructural development and manpower. The estate is in charge of water treatment and distribution in the city.
Together with its sister town of Triangle Estate, Hippo Valley Estate form the center of sugar cane production in the country Zimbabwe. It is on the edge of and serves the Hippo Valley Estate and serves as the main commercial centre for the estate and surrounding ranches. Chiredzi also serves as a hub for the local tourism industry.
Sport and culture
The town has produced outstanding sportsman such as Norman Togara(Triangle),Blessing Mazorodze(Caps Utd),Khumbula(Dyanamos),Willard Manyatela(Dyanamos),Paddon Chinungwa(Gunners)Dovi, Harlington Shereni (France), E Chimhini (Lancshire),Muteji brothers,Zvenyika Makonese (Orlando Pirates SA)
for cricket there is Progress Ngwenya(Matebelaland),Donald Masunungure(Southern rocks),Trevor Tawanda Ngorima(Louis Trichardt Cricket South Africa & Zim u19),Richard Chikomo (Hippo),Allen Makondo (Ellisirus Cricket South Africa),Aleck Macharaga(Zim U19),Tendai Chizema(Hippo),Guy Whittal (Zim Cricket),Eddo Brandes (Zim cricket),Brian Vitori (Zim cricket),Alester Maregwede (Australia club cricket & Zim cricket)
King Charo the boxer from majaradha. Charity Chanetsa (zbc) Kuligan and Kalabash with the famous 'pukunyu' song alongside Artwell Twela Makondo
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