Lupane District

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A map of the Matabeleland North districts

Lupane is a district in Matabeleland North Province in Zimbabwe. It lies at an elevation of 976 m. In 2006 it had 1,600 inhabitants. It is on the road from Bulawayo to Hwange.


Lupane is a rural, semi-arid area, which cultivates cotton and corn. A new university has been established under the name Lupane State University, which caters for the rest of Matebeleland North Province. The word Lupane is a Kalanga/Lozwi word.

The region has been explored for Coal Bed Methane (CBM) and a resource of over 370,000,000 cubic kilometres (13,000,000×10^12 cu ft) is thought to exist with a purity of 95% methane.

Lupane town is the main centre for the district and is the location of the Matebeleland North government head offices. It also houses the Provincial hospital (under construction).


In the years since 2000, there has been nearly 200 cases of torture by the militias of the ZANU-PF.[citation needed]

The Bubi-Lupane Dam was built in 2010 on the Bubi River in order to supply water to Lupane District.[1] A water treatment plant is also being built.[2]


Coordinates: 18°56′S 27°46′E / 18.933°S 27.767°E / -18.933; 27.767