Municipality of Kariba

Key Facts, Geographic And Demographic Highlights

Zimbabwe, strategically located in the heart of Southern Africa is home to the Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.

Owing to its geographical landscape, the country has significant agriculture, forestry and tourism potential. The population is relatively distributed across the country. More densely populated urban areas.

Key Country Facts

  • Capital:  Harare
  • Official Languages:  English, Ndebele and Shona
  • Currency:  Multi Currency System
  • Dialling Code:   +263
  • Population (2012est.):  12 973 308
  • World Population Rank:  72
  • Population Growth Rate (2012):  375%
  • Rank Population growth in Africa:  23
  • Literacy Rate:  97%
Summay of Kariba Municipality

Number of wards

The Town is divided into 9 administrative wards

Population

According to the 2012 population census the town had a population of 26 451. With a growth rate of 2.5% per annum, the estimated population of the municipality for 2017 is 29 928.

Province

Municipality of Kariba is located in Mashonaland West Province.

Geographical location

Kariba is in natural region 5 and is located in the Zambezi Valley.

Medical Facilities
Government Hospital

  • Kariba District Hospital

Council Clinics

  • Nyamhunga and Mahombekombe clinics

Private Clinics

  • Mother Care, Lighthouse Clinic, MARS and Neptune Clinic and InterAfrica
Educational Facilities
  1. Primary Schools

Government Primary Schools

  • Nyamhunga Government Primary School
  • Kariba Heights Primary School

Council Primary School

  • Nyanhewe Primary School
  • Mahombekombe Primary School

Privately Owned Primary Schools

  • Charara Primary School
  • Lake View Primary School
  • Elite Primary School

High Schools Government Secondary School(s)

  • Nyamhunga Government High School

Council Secondary School(s)

  • Mahombekombe Secondary School

Privately Owned Secondary School(s)

  • Patsaka Trust
  • Kariba Academy
Water Sources and their Storage Capacities, total capacity

Water Supply & Dam Capacity:    Lake Kariba Dam with a storage capacity of 185 billion m³ Storage Capacity:

  • Nyamhunga       4500m³
  • Batonga               2000m³
  • Baobab                 4000m³
  • Hospital                350m³
  • Heights                 1135m³
  • Gib Coyne           2000m³
  • Camp Hill             110m³
  • Mica Point           2000m³
  • Yellow Tree        45m³

Total Storage Capacity:                                                                  16 140m³

Water and Solid Waste Infrastructure
Waste Water Infrastructure

  • The municipality’s waste water treatment plant has a capacity to treat about 3.2 megalitres a day and coverage of waste water collection is 100%.

Solid Waste Infrastructure

  • The municipality has a refuse compactor, two refuse compactors trucks, 1 refuse truck and a tractor for solid waste collection. The council is currently making strides to upgrade its dumpsite to a landfill site. The area has already been fenced and electrified.
Nature of Economy and Major Industries
Formal

  • The major industries in the town are formal ones which are
  1. Fishing,
  2. Tourism,
  3. Electricity generation
  4. Crocodile farming.

Informal

  • Quarry stone mining
  • Curio and sculpture
  • Home Industries (Iron craft, etc)
Transport and Communications
  • Road – the area is connected to major cities and towns by tarred road.
  • Water – the area has water vessels, ferries and boats that transport people and goods across or along the lake to Kariba rural, Binga and Mlibizi areas.
  • Air – Kariba has an airport that accommodates small to medium aircrafts.
Tourism and Heritage

Municipality of Kariba is located in the National Parks area which has a variety of game animals (elephants, buffaloes, impala, zebra, etc). The town is also located on the edge of the largest man-made lake in the world which is a major tourist attraction. Kariba town shares the Kariba Dam with neigh-bouring Siavonga District in Zambia which is unique form of engineering heritage. Kariba Dam is jointly owned by Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Why invest in Kariba

Municipality of Kariba is located in the National Parks area which has a variety of game animals (elephants, buffaloes, impala, zebra, etc). The town is also located on the edge of the largest man-made lake in the world which is a major tourist attraction. Kariba town shares the Kariba Dam with neigh-bouring Siavonga District in Zambia which is unique form of engineering heritage. Kariba Dam is jointly owned by Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Investment Prospects/areas requiring investment/land availability

Batonga school stands The project consists of 2 stands designated for construction of secondary and primary schools and have the following sizes:

  • Primary school stand - ±4 hectares
  • Secondary School stand  -  ±12 hectares

The scope of works involves onsite infrastructure and construction of the superstructures. The Cost of land per m2 is $4.00

  1. Batonga Flats

The project consists of 3 stands designated for flats construction and have the following sizes:

  • 1,08 hectares
  • 1,1162 hectares
  • 0,3415 hectares

The scope of works involves onsite infrastructure and construction of Flats. The Cost of land per m2 is $8.00 

Joint Ventures in Service Delivery

There is also scope for joint ventures in the various municipal services and these are subject to negotiation.

  1. Batonga Polyclinic

The project involves a polyclinic stand which is located in a medium density zone. The stand measures 11 000m². Council is seeking partners and investors who could assist in construction of a polyclinic. The building plan is already in place.

  1. Windsor Commercial Stands

19 Windsor stands measuring a minimum of an acre, overlooking Lake Kariba with excellent views. Looking for an investor to service the stands in terms of water, sewer, roads and storm-water drains. Triple P arrangements or Joint ventures most welcome.

  1. Recreation facilities

The municipality has a 5 000 seater Nyamhunga stadium which is hosting Premier Soccer League matches. It also owns Chaminuka stadium which can host lower division and social league games. The town also houses private recreational boating facilities, a private health fitness club (gym), swimming pools (Mopani Bay campsite), Caribbea Bay hotel, Cutty Sark hotel, Tamarind lodges.

The Application Process
Time taken to process/approve business licence applications

  • A temporary licence can be availed within a week, whilst a substantive licence can be processed within a month.

Time taken to process building plans

  • The municipality takes about 7 days to process building plans.
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