MUNICIPALITY OF KARIBA
- Municipality of Kariba
- Historical background
Kariba is situated in the Zambezi Valley in the Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe near the Zambian border. The town developed as a result of the construction of the Kariba dam wall and Hydro Electricity Power Station. As an administrative centre, the town started as a Local Board in 1972, grew into a Town Council in 1982 and gained its current Municipal status in January 1999. The Town is divided into 9 administrative wards with nine elected councillors who are the policy makers.
- Number of wards
The Town is divided into 9 administrative wards
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.
Municipality of Kariba is located in Mashonaland West Province.
- Geographical location
Kariba is in natural region 5 and is located in the Zambezi Valley.
- Government Hospital
Kariba District Hospital
- Council Clinics
Nyamhunga and Mahombekombe clinics
- Private Clinics
Mother Care, Lighthouse Clinic, MARS and Neptune Clinic and InterAfrica
- 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 School
Government Secondary School(s)
Nyamhunga Government High School
Council Secondary School(s)
Mahombekombe Secondary School
Privately Owned Secondary School(s)
Water sources and their storage capacities and total capacity
Water Supply & Dam Capacity: Lake Kariba Dam with a storage capacity of 185 billion m³
Storage Capacity: Nyamhunga 4500m³
Gib Coyne 2000m³
Camp Hill 110m³
Mica Point 2000m³
Yellow Tree 45m³
Total Storage Capacity: 16 140m³
Coverage of water supply as a percentage and hours of supply
The average water supply for the town is 21 hours, and percentage of water supply coverage the whole town is about 98%.
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.
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%.
- Nature of economy and major industries
The major industries in the town are formal ones which are
- Electricity generation
- Crocodile farming.
- 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.
- 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
- Batonga Flats
The project consists of 3 stands designated for flats construction and have the following sizes:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.