|Main source||Matopo Mission, Matobo District, Zimbabwe|
|River mouth||Shashe River|
|Basin size||7,910 km2 (3,050 sq mi)|
The Thuli is an ephemeral river, with declining annual unit runoff.
Towns along the river
The Thuli River passes through no major settlements, only the following business centres:
Bridges and crossings
There are five main bridges over the Mzingwane River:
- Bridge on Old Gwanda Road, between Matombo Mission and Blanket Mine.
- Bridge on Gwanda - Kezi road, below Thuli-Makwe Dam.
- Elliot Bridge, upstream of Guyu.
- Bridge on Manama - Kafusi road.
- Mankonkoni Bridge on Tuli - Kafusi road. This bridge was destroyed by Cyclone Eline.
There are also a number of fords and crossing points, including:
- Ntalale causeway, which was badly damaged by Cyclone Eline.
- Causeway below Thuli gorge
In addition to a number of small weirs, there is one major dam on the Thuli River:
- Thuli–Makwe Dam, west of Gwanda. It is located near the confluence with the Mtshelele River and supplies water for irrigation.
The Mtshabezi River (the principal left-bank tributary) is dammed at Mtshabezi, Sheet and Blanket. Mtshabezi Dam will augment the water supply for the City of Bulawayo, once a connecting pipeline has been completed. Sheet and Blanket Dams supply water to the City of Gwanda and Blanket and Vubachikwe Mines.
Two additional dam sites have been selected further downstream:
- Thuli–Moswa, where no development has taken place.
- Thuli–Manyange, upstream of Elliot Bridge, where construction was briefly started in 2007 but is now halted.
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