Lalapanzi

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Lalapanzi is a village in Midlands province in Zimbabwe. It straddles the Great Dyke, a mineral-rich geological formation that runs north–south down the center of the country. The name is also applied to the areas surrounding the town.

Built around the chromium mining business, with two of the largest mines operated by Lonrho (London Rhodesia Company), which has since given up its stake, and Zimasco (Zimbabwe Alloy and Steel Company). More recently, (starting in the 1990s) smaller, independent miners have accounted for larger volumes of the ore to leave the area. This has led to environmental problems as they are largely unregulated. Also has one post office, one very large police station, three clinics (two private, one state-run), one railway station, two primary and one secondary school.

It has also been used as a dormitory town for the Sino-Zimbabwe cement company about 20 km west. However, since the commodity price collapse of the 1990s it has largely become a ghost town.

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Coordinates: 19°20′S 30°11′E / 19.333°S 30.183°E / -19.333; 30.183


The area was also a prime ranching area and attracted farmers from Kenya and Zambia in the early 1970's.