Makonde District

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Makonde District is a district in Zimbabwe.

Location[edit]

The district is located in Mashonaland West Province, in north central Zimbabwe. Its main town, Chinhoyi, with an estimated population of 61,739 people in 2004,[1] is located about 125 kilometres (78 mi), by road, northwest of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe and the largest city in that country.[2]

Overview[edit]

Makonde District is a farming district. Crops grown here include cotton, maize and tobacco. Cattle is also widely raised in the district for dairy products and beef, on a commercial basis. Mining also takes place here, the main mineral being copper.

Chinhoyi, the district headquarters is a college town, hosting two major universities, namely: Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) and Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU). There are three major high schools; Chinhoyi High School, Nemakonde High School and Lomagundi College. In addition the district is home to numerous primary schools.

Population[edit]

The current population of Makonde District is not publicly known. In 2010, the district population was estimated at 167,436 people.[3] The next national population census in Zimbabwe is scheduled from 18 August 2012 through 28 August 2012.[4]

Urban centers in the district include Chinhoyi, the provincial and district headquarters, Alaska approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) directly west of Chinhoyi,[5] and Lion's Den, which lies about 25 kilometres (16 mi), northwest of Chinhoyi, on the road to Chirundu.

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Coordinates: 17°21′S 30°12′E / 17.350°S 30.200°E / -17.350; 30.200