Eiffel Flats

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Eiffel Flats is a village in the province of Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe. It is located about 7 km east of Kadoma.

History[edit]

The village began in 1905 as a residential township for the Cam and Motor gold mine, operated by Rio Tinto Group, now Rio Zim. The original mines are now closed. Wiridzayi Nguruve, who in 1982 became the first Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, was the member in charge of Eiffel Flats Police Station as a Sub Inspector, in the mid-1970s.

Economy[edit]

Eiffel Flat's economy is based around mining and metals, with Cam and Motor, historically the largest gold mine in Zimbabwe.[1] This mine was closed in 1969, but it is planned to reopen.[2]

There are two smelters: Empress, which is a nickel toll refinery,[3] and Maranatha ferrochrome, which produces chrome.[4]

Education[edit]

Eiffel Flats Primary School was established in 1917 by the Rio Tinto Foundation and its first Headmaster was Mr Loveridge. It was later handed over to the community in the early 90's when Rio Tinto was disinvesting from Zimbabwe. A parents body represented by an elected Board of Governors runs the school at the moment. The current headmaster who is Gift Bere, who took over from Mr Campher.[5] In 2012, the school won the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa Presidential Award for its environmental campaigns.[6]

Recreation[edit]

The Cam and Motor Club incorporates a golf course,[7] the Cam and Motor Squash, Bowls, and Tennis clubs, along with a sports bar and family restaurant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Campbell, SDG & Pitfield, PEJ (1994). "Structural controls of gold mineralisation in the Zimbabwe craton - Exploration guidelines". Zimbabwe Geological Survey Bulletin. 101: 270. 
  2. ^ "RioZim seeks US$300m for expansion activities". The Standard (Zimbabwe). 10 February 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Botswana nickel smelter outage could last six weeks". Mining Weekly. 11 February 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ferrochrome production in meltdown". Daily News (Zimbabwe). 15 October 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Headmaster's page". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "School in environmental health campaign". ZBC. 29 October 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cam and Motor Golf Club". Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 

Coordinates: 18°19′S 29°59′E / 18.317°S 29.983°E / -18.317; 29.983