Midlands Province

Coordinates: 19°00′S 30°00′E / 19.000°S 30.000°E / -19.000; 30.000
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Midlands, Province of Zimbabwe
Midlands, Province of Zimbabwe
 • Minister of State for MidlandsOwen Ncube[1]
 • Total49,166 km2 (18,983 sq mi)
 (2012 census)
 • Total1,614,941
 • Density33/km2 (85/sq mi)
HDI (2018)0.561[2]
medium · 3rd

Midlands is a province of Zimbabwe. It has an area of 49,166 square kilometres (18,983 sq mi) and a population of 1,614,941 (2012). It is home to various peoples. Located at a central point in the country, it contains speakers of Shona, Ndebele, Tswana, Sotho and Chewa, as well as of various other languages. Gweru, the third-largest city in Zimbabwe, is the capital of the province.

Midlands Province contains Kwekwe, a city of considerable mining and manufacturing industries, in which also the Sable Chemicals Trust maintains a presence.

Districts of Midlands
Fossil Stromatolites, around 2650 million years old. Mberengwa, Midlands



Midlands Provinces is divided into eight districts:

Local government[edit]

The Provincial Administrator oversees all eight districts in the province, each district having its own district administrator. District Administrators work with local authorities in their respective districts. Local authorities have their own Chairmen (mayors for municipalities). These urban councils were established in accordance with the Zimbabwe Urban Councils Act, Chapter 29.15[3] while rural district councils were created in terms of the Zimbabwe Rural District Councils Act, Chapter 29.13[4]

Of the eight districts, Gokwe South, Gweru, Kwekwe, Shurugwi and Zvishavane have two local government administrative authorities; the Urban District Council (town council or municipality) and the Rural District Council. Chirumhanzu, Gokwe North and Mberengwa districts have no urban councils.

Mberengwa's main economic activities are mostly concentrated at Mataga growth point.

Rural councils[edit]

The 8 rural district councils in all 8 subdivisions;

Urban councils[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mnangagwa Appoints Coup Plotters to Key Ministries in Recycled Mugabe Cabinet". Voice of America. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ Ministries of Local Government International |Chapter 29:15 Urban Councils Act|Zimbabwe Urban_Councils Act mlgi.org.za|Retrieved 1 March 2016
  4. ^ Ministries of Local Government International Rural District Councils Act. Archived 8 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine MLGI|Resources|Retrieved 1 March 2016

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