Kwekwe District

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This article is about Kwekwe District. For the city, see Kwekwe.

Kwekwe District is a district in Zimbabwe.

Location[edit]

It is found is the Midlands Province, in the central Zimbabwe. Kwekwe, with an estimated population of about 99,200 in 2004,[1] is the capital city of the district. The district capital is located approximately 220 kilometres (140 mi), by road, southwest of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe and the largest city in that country.[2] Kwekwe lies on the main road, Highway A-5, between Harare and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, located approximately 230 kilometres (140 mi), further southwest of Kwekwe.[3] The coordinates of Kwekwe District are:19° 0' 0.00"S, 29° 45' 0.00"E (Latitude:19.0000; Longitude:29.7500).

Overview[edit]

The district is rich in minerals including gold and iron ore. The largest steel manufacturing factory, Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (ZISCO), is located in the district in the town of Redcliff, near the city of Kwekwe, the district capital. The district contains many large and small mines and several large steel mills.

The district is located in Zimbabwe's Highveld at an altitude of about 1,220 metres (4,000 ft), above sea level. It is located in the tropics but its high altitude modifies this to a warm temperate climate. The average annual temperature is 19 °C (66 °F).[4] As with much of the Highveld, summers are long but not hot as the temperature depends on the amount of cloudiness and indirectly the amount of rain received. Drought years are hotter than wet years. The climate is hot and wet during the summer rainy season from mid November to mid March, with cool, dry weather from May to mid-August in the winter season, and warm dry weather from August to mid November. Winters are characterised mainly by their cold nights, with an average minimum temperature of 7 °C (45 °F), and are the sunniest time of the year.

Population[edit]

The population census of 1992 estimated the population of the district at 249,705.[5] In 2004, the district population was estimated at 289,039 people.[6] The next national population census in Zimbabwe is scheduled from 18 August 2012 through 28 August 2012.[7]

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Coordinates: 19°00′S 29°45′E / 19.000°S 29.750°E / -19.000; 29.750