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The City of Masvingo derives its name from the national shrine of the country, the Great Zimbabwe National Monument.  Masvingo is a Shona (indigenous language) name, which means “Building Made out of Stones”.  The City, was resuscitated in 1890 by a British Pioneer Column, which had identified the area as ideal for a capital city of the country, then called Fort Victoria. 

However, the idea of a capital city was abandoned when the present capital city of Harare was discovered and established as Salisbury. The settlement continued to grow until it became a Town Council in 1926 and a Municipality in 1953.  Masvingo attained city status in February 2002.

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Although the city itself is some 27km away from the Great Zimbabwe National Monuments, which are structures made up of stones, it is a replica of the Ancient City of Great Zimbabwe in modern form.
The Great Zimbabwe National Monument is bequeathed with a rich cultural heritage, which is a major tourist attraction both locally and internationally.  In its ancient times, the Great Zimbabwe was a city of stone buildings built and occupied between 12th and 15th Centuries. 

During its peak of power and prosperity in the 13th and 14th Centuries, the ancient city was the largest settlement in Southern Africa with an estimated population of 20 000 inhabitants.  The monumental stonewalls were constructed to express wealth, power and pomp of the then civilized population. 
No single factor can be attributable for the fall of the once powerful and civilized state of the Great Zimbabwe in the 15th Century.  The Great Zimbabwe National Monument is a cultural heritage of perpetual and immortal significance to the nation for political, economic, religious and tourism reasons. More About The Great Zimbabwe Monument

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Our Mission

To provide adequate and sustainable municipal services to clients and diverse socio economic development opportunities to all stakeholders.

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Our Vision

An industrialized world class metropolitan city by 2030

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Core Values

Transparency, Accountability, Client Orientation, Professionalism, Innovativeness, Inclusiveness

 

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1.POPULATION AND LOCATION

Masvingo is the Provincial Capital of Masvingo Province with a population of estimated at +/- 100 000 residents:  The City is located in the southern province of the country called Masvingo Province and it is the Province’s capital City.  It is almost centrally located, as it is equidistant to six major urban settlements in the country namely:

  • Harare, the Capital City of the country, which is 293km away to the north;
  • Bulawayo, the second largest city in the country, which is 282km to the west;
  • Mutare, a border city with Mozambique in the East is 297km away to the east;
  • Beitbridge, a border town with South Africa is 289km to the south;
  • Gweru, a capital city of the midlands Province West is 183km to the north west;
  • Kwekwe, a city in the Midlands Province, is 245km.

2.ABOUT THE CITY OF MASVINGO

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The City of Masvingo derives its name from the national shrine of the country, the Great Zimbabwe National Monument.  Masvingo is a Shona (indigenous language) name, which means “Building Made out of Stones”.  Although the city itself is some 27km away from the Great Zimbabwe National Monuments, which are structures made up of stones, it is a replica of the Ancient City of Great Zimbabwe in modern form.

The City was resuscitated in 1890 by a British Pioneer Column, which had identified the area as ideal for a capital city of the country, then called Fort Victoria.  However, the idea of a capital city was abandoned when the present capital city of Harare was discovered and established. It was then called Fort Charter.  The settlement continued to grow until it became a Town Council in 1926 and a Municipality in 1953.  It attained city status in February 2002.

3.OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Great Zimbabwe National Monument is bequeathed with a rich cultural heritage, which is a major tourist attraction both locally and internationally.  In its ancient times, the Great Zimbabwe was a city of stone buildings built and occupied between 12th and 15th Centuries.  During its peak of power and prosperity in the 13th and 14th Centuries, the ancient city was the largest settlement in Southern Africa with an estimated population of 20 000 inhabitants. 

4.POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE

The name of the country, Zimbabwe, was derived from the Great Zimbabwe National Monuments. At the inception of the Second Chimurenga in the early 1960’s, which was a revolution against British Colonial rule, the revolutionary political parties that were formed then to spearhead the revolution adopted the name Zimbabwe, as a national symbol. The Great Zimbabwe National Monuments were viewed as a symbolic pillar of resistance by the progressive forces against colonialism. When the country attained independence in 1980, the name of the country was renamed Zimbabwe from Rhodesia.

5.ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE

At its peak of economic prosperity that is between 13th and 14th centuries, the ancient city was a centre of major economic activities such as livestock farming, crop farming and mining.  It became a centre for international trade as exports of agricultural produce and gold and other minerals were made to Asia and other countries in the East.

6.WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THE CITY OF MASVINGO

The City of Masvingo enjoys a unique geographical attribute. It is centrally located equidistant from six major urban settlements in the country :

  • Harare, the Capital City of the country, which is 293km away to the north;
  • Bulawayo, the second largest city in the country, which is 282km to the west;
  • Mutare, a border city with Mozambique in the East is 297km away to the east;
  • Beitbridge, a border town with South Africa is 289km to the south;
  • Gweru, a capital city of the midlands Province West is 183km to the north west;
  • Kwekwe, a city in the Midlands Province, is 245km.

Population and suburbs

Masvingo has a population of approximately 110,000. It is divided into suburbs including Mucheke, Rujeko, Rhodene, Target Kopje and Eastvale. The suburbs are divided into high-density, middle-density and low-density suburbs. Mucheke, the oldest township and Rujeko are the most populous high-density suburbs. Mucheke is also the site of the city's main bus rank as well as the stadium which is named after the ghetto. Runyararo and Hillside suburbs are relatively new high density suburbs beyond Mucheke. The middle-density suburbs are Eastvale located close to Zimuto Police Camp and Target Kopje located on the southern part of town on a small hill close to Flamboyant Hotel. Rhodene, a low-density suburb on the northern part of the city centre, is the most affluent suburb in Masvingo. A new suburban development, Zimre Park, is also taking shape to the north east of the town along Bulawayo Road.

Another suburban development is taking place close to the affluent Clipsham Park and is aptly named Clipsham View as it straddles the hills running parallel to the Beitbridge_Masvingo road.

7.SUMMARY INFORMATION

CITY STATUS                                                                            : 2002    

POPULATION ESTIMATE                                                          :87,886.(2012 census)  

TRANSIT POPULATION                                                                           : 100,000

AREA (total surface area)                                                        :9,800 hectares(Commonage)

ALTITUDE                                                                                  :1095m 

CLIMATE                                                                                    : local Steppe Savanna

RAINFALL                                                                                  :614.4mm                  

ROAD NETWORK                                                               :286km

TARRED                                                                                       :189km 

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TRIVIA

Residential Suburbs in Masvingo

1.Mucheke

This is the Oldest high density residential suburb in Masvingo located west of the City approximately 3km from the city centre. Mucheke Suburb is prominent for its curved asbestos roofs which are called “elephant backs” or in Shona “Misana yenzou”. The suburb was built to cater for blacks who were working mainly at the Cold Storage Commission (CSC) and the nearby heavy industry.

Close to Mucheke Bus Terminus, is Farari Beerhall one of the largest open beerhalls in the Country. Mucheke Suburb has a very rich history; just two hundred metres away from the Bus Terminus is the Simon V. Muzenda Museum, which features the life of the late former Vice President of Zimbabwe. The museum boasts of a rondavel in which the late Vice President Simon V. Muzenda lived in the 1960s.

2. Rujeko

This is the second largest high density residential suburb after Mucheke located east of the city overlooking the Masvingo-Great Zimbabwe Road. It is divided into three administrate section namely Rujeko A, Rujeko B and C. Plans are underway to develop Rujeko D residential Suburb which will have approximately 900 high density residential stands along the Old Great Zimbabwe Road.

3.Rhodene

Is a low density residential suburb north of the city stretching along Masvingo Harare Road up to Cooden Kopje with +- 900 residential units with most of the structures built prior to independence. Its beautiful … trees blossom during summer turning the streets purple.

4.Targets Kopje

Is a medium density residential suburb, South of the city along the Masvingo Beitbridge Highway. It sprawls into Targets Kopje Hill to connect with Hillside Suburb. The view of the City is best captured from Targets Kopje Hill where the city’s water storage tanks are located.

5.Zimre Park

This is a new low density housing development North West of the City overlooking Rhodene Suburb. The suburb is half developed is located

6.Eastvale

Eastvale is a quiet medium density residential suburb in Masvingo located east of the City along the Masvingo- Mutare (N ) highway overlooking Zimuto Camp and Helen McGhie Primary School.

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