Mhangura

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Mhangura
Mangula
Town
Mhangura is located in Zimbabwe
Mhangura
Mhangura
Mhangura located in Zimbabwe Map
Coordinates: 16°54′S 30°09′E / 16.900°S 30.150°E / -16.900; 30.150Coordinates: 16°54′S 30°09′E / 16.900°S 30.150°E / -16.900; 30.150
Country Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Province Mashonaland West
District Doma
Population (1982)
 • Total 11,175
Climate Cwb (Subtropical highland)

Mhangura (formerly Mangula) is a small town and former mining community in the Doma District of Mashonaland West Province, in northern Zimbabwe.

Geography[edit]

It is located 188 kilometres (117 mi) northwest of Harare. The name was probably derived from the Shona word mhangura meaning "red metal" in reference to copper.

People[edit]

According to the 1982 census, Mhangura formerly had a population of 11,175.

Zimbabwean cricketer Natsai Mushangwe comes from Mhangura.

Mining ghost town[edit]

The Mhangura Copper Mines Ltd, a subsidiary of Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, operated one of the biggest copper mine in the country here. [1] [2] All mining was closed in the late 1990s, due to falling prices on the world copper market. [1]

Mhangura has become an industrial/mining ghost town, with its water, power, and sanitation infrastructure failing. [1]

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