MHONDORO NGEZI RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL PROFILE
Mhondoro Ngezi is one of the seven districts in Mashonaland West province.
Figure 1: Mhondoro Ngezi district and its wards
It covers approximately 9,327.41km2. The population was 104 061
(49 845 females and 54 216 males) in 23 630 households, as at 2012 Census.
There are sixteen (16) wards.
Mhondoro Ngezi RDC has its Head Office at Stand 185 Mamina Growth Point;
Sub-offices at Stand 912 Turf Township, Ngezi and No. 8 Warwick Street,
Kadoma for convenience of the entire district populace.
ECONOMIC SITUATION OF THE DISTRICT
Mining and farming form the backbone of the district. Subsistence farming is
done in communal areas. Cattle ranching activities are prominent in ward 12,
13 and 14.Mining of gold is being done in ward 12,13,14,15 and 16, with the
district boasting of Venice Mine and Brompton Mine. Magnesite
(used in steelmaking furnaces) is mined in Ward 14. There is also silica
(used in platinum processing) being mined in Ward 10. Although subsistence
farming too forms the backbone of the district, most farmers in resettlement
areas are now starting to produce enough harvest to ensure food security due
to capacitating programmes like Presidential Inputs Support, Brazil
mechanization scheme and lately Command Agriculture.
The pie chart below shows main economic activities in the district
Figure 2: Economic Activities in the District
Figure 3: Turf Township, Zimplats operations and Ngezi Dam/Recreational Park
ZIMASCO is into chrome mining. The locals have benefitted a lot from the
mines. More than 5000 people that are employed by these chrome mines.
Communities are actively participating towards chrome mining as evidenced
by tributes being given to individuals by ZIMASCO. There is also a proliferation
of other base minerals being discovered in the Great Dyke including manganese.
INCOME GENERATING PROJECTS BY THE RDC
1. Borehole Drilling Rig: MNRDC became the first RDC to procure a rig in
Zimbabwe in 2015. The move was necessitated by the desire to address potable
water challenges faced by the local communities. It also services nearby
districts due to the favourable charges.
2. Donain Gold Mining and Milling Plant: The mill was commissioned in 2015
and has started operations since the beginning of April 2017.
Figure 5: The competitive Mhondoro Ngezi RDC’s Donain Mill
3.Overlaw Farm: This Council farm is into dry-land and irrigation farming; where
there is maize and wheat as the major crops respectively. Horticulture and
cattle-breeding compliment activities. The herd is hovering above fifty, with
around thirty heifers and cows currently on the farm.
4. Mamina Fuel Service Station: Council has come to the rescue of the
motoring public in areas within a radius of 60km. These include some
communities of Chivhu district.
5. Turf Gum Plantation and treatment plant: Council has over thirty hectares of
land under different stages of development in the gum plantation at Turf.
Other plantations within the district schools and communities are being
primed for incorporation as feeders for the recently commissioned gum
treatment plant at Turf.
The Great Dyke passes through Mhondoro Ngezi district. Giant companies such
as ZIMPLATS are mining platinum in the district and have approximately 6000
employees. Approximately 80% of general labour is drawn from the locals. A
big settlement has been established within Turf, to date around to 2500 houses
have been constructed. The local communities have established market for
their farm produce. Currently Turf is the centre for many economic activities
due to its centrality in
SOCIAL SERVICES DELIVERY
1. Education: The district has primary schools, secondary schools (only three
are boarding schools)
2. Health and Water and Sanitation
3. Housing: Serviced stands are available to developers at Turf, Mamina,
Donain and Battlefields.
4. Amenities: Turf Township is proud of its Baobab Stadium and training
grounds. Pitches for other sporting disciplines are nearing completion.
TURF TOWNSHIP INFRASTRUCTURE
Turf has state of the art water-works designed to cater for a population of
around 50 000.
The sewer ponds are also quite modern with enough carrying capacity