|Motto: "Ecselsus Spelendeo" (Latin)
(Meaning "Exalted Shine" in English)
|• Mayor||Mario Bienvenu Désiré|
|• Deputy Mayor||Varmah Kamla Devi|
|• Total||24 km2 (9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||561 m (1,841 ft)|
|• Rank||5th in Mauritius|
|• Density||3,207.9/km2 (8,308/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MUT (UTC+4)|
|ISO 3166 code||MU-CU|
Curepipe (French: La Ville-Lumière) is a town in Mauritius, located in the Plaines Wilhems District, the eastern part also lies in the Moka District. The town is administered by the Municipal Council of Curepipe. Curepipe lies at a higher elevation, often referred to as the "Central Plateau". According to the census made by Statistics Mauritius in 2012, the population of the town was at 85,049.
The town's name, Curepipe, is said to be originated from the French curer sa pipe, which translates to "cleaning the pipe". There are several theories by historians as to the naming of the city. Some historians believe that the name was given as travelers and soldiers from the 19th century, traveled from Port Louis and Grand Port (now Mahébourg) to refill their pipes in Curepipe. Other historians believe that the name was given after a late landowner during the 18th century.
The town officially covers an area of 23.8 square kilometres (9.2 sq mi). It is located in the Plaine Wilhems district on the central plateau of Mauritius at an altitude of 561 meters. Of the larger towns of the island's central plateau, Curepipe is the most southern and also the highest. As a consequence of its height, Curepipe is known for its relatively cool and rainy climate.
Curepipe is managed by a council, which is democratically elected by its citizens. The council is headed by the Mayor and is principally responsible for local policy making. The current Mayor is Mario Désiré Bienvenu (elected December 2012), a former boxing world champion (Boxe Francaise Savate, 2002). The town's administration on the other hand is responsible for the implementation of these policies as well as the day to day management of the council's activities. The current administrative head is Mr Vineshsing Seeparsad, who joined the local government in March 2011.
Curepipe's historic town hall was actually originally situated in Moka, and the whole building was moved to Curepipe in 1903.
For the general elections the town is classified as the No 17 constituency known as Curepipe and Midlands.
The town's population of 84,967 are composed primarily of Mauritians of South Asian and Creole descent.
The primary spoken language is Mauritian Creole, though French predominates in more formal situations. The council's official language is English. Other spoken minority languages include Bhojpuri, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Mandarin and Hakka Chinese.
The predominant religions are:
- Hinduism - 50%
- Catholicism - 35%
- Islam - 10%
- Chinese religions - 5%
The town hosts several textile factories, a diamond processing industry and a range of jewelry businesses. In addition, handicraft shops, restaurants and shopping centres add to the commercial mix of the town.
The relatively affluent suburbs are also home to a great deal of business activity, and the head office of the Beachcomber Group of Hotels is located in Curepipe.
The town council is acutely aware of the need to bring principles of sustainability into the town's economic development. Prominent projects include the segregation of waste, judicious use of water, parking problems, the encouraging of public transport, the promotion of the SSR Curepipe Botanic Gardens and working towards minimizing the town's carbon footprint. In 2011 the town joined ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.
Recently, the council embarked on a project nicknamed "For a Greener Curepipe" in collaboration with Gender Links Mauritius, in order to spur the growing environmental interest of Curepipe's citizens. Tree planting, backyard composting and food growing was encouraged, and a range of community organisations from schools to women's groups were involved.
Sensitization programmes are also underway in collaboration with the Central Water Authority of Mauritius, towards encouraging a more judicious management of the town's water resources.
- Curepipe Botanic Gardens
- Trou aux Cerfs Crater
- Sainte Therese Church
- Carnegie Library of Curepipe
- The old Town Hall
- Domaine des Aubineaux
- The Basilica of Sainte Helene
- La Sabloniere
- Casino de Maurice
- St. Joseph's College (National Heritage)
- Royal College Curepipe (National Heritage)
Curepipe is home to many schools and tertiary institutions. Some of them include Curepipe College, Mauritius College, St. Joseph's College, Loreto College Curepipe and the Royal College Curepipe (see List of secondary schools).
Twin towns – Sister cities
Curepipe is twinned with:
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Curepipe.|
- Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (2012). ANNUAL DIGEST OF STATISTICS 2012. 31 December. Government of Mauritius. p. 22. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- (French) Les origines de la ville de Curepipe. Le Defimedia. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Ministry of Local Government and Outer Islands. Local Government Act 2011. Government of Mauritius. pp. 768–770. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- (French) Municipales et villageoises : les 6 principaux changements. Le Defimedia. Retrieved 14 December 2012.