Mazabuka Town

The Sweetest Town

Overview

  • 7006.30 square kilometres in size with a population of 182, 305 of which 90,752 are males and 91,453 females & annual growth rate of 4%
  • There are 2 constituencies Mazabuka central and Magoye, with (18) wards & three chiefs His Royal Highness Chief Mwanachingwala, His Royal Highness Chief Hanjalika and His Royal Highness Naluama.
  • Majority of the population depends on farming and farming related industries as a means of survival
  • The high yielding area in terms of HIV/AIDS due to the unstable upswing in the HIV prevalence rate with HIV/AIDS prevalence at 12.5%.

INTRODUCTION

  • The current district profile was as a result of an initial district profile that was developed in the year 2005 with support from GIZ.
  • Gives an overview of Mazabuka District, i.e. the general & physical resources that the district possesses.
  • Gives the general strengths & opportunities the district can take advantage of & its strategic positioning.
  • Gives Government departments, civil society organizations and private organizations operating in the district

NGO’s, CBO’s and FBO’S

  • Mazabuka district has 12 NGO’s, 9 CBO’s and 3 FBO’s as at December 2016
  • Involved in Water and sanitation, OVC, HIV/ AIDS, PMTCT and Gender

THE GUEST HOUSES / LODGES FOUND IN MAZABUKA

  • 30 guest houses / Lodges
  • 256 rooms
  • 355-bed spaces
  • 8 conference facilities

Agriculture

  • Most of the arable land on demand in the district (near the main road) has been occupied by the commercial farms while the emergent and small-scale farmers surround these. Crop and livestock farming are the major agricultural activities in the district
  • Sugar is cultivated at commercial and smallholder level
  • The fishing industry is the poorest in terms of management of the resources due to poor extension service and non-involvement of the community in the management of the fishing site

Water and Sanitation

  • The commonest type of water point in the district is the borehole with hand pump followed by hand dug wells with a bucket.
  • There are a total of 963 hand pumps and hand dug wells against the rural population
  • Given this situation, the major concern for the district is to check the distribution of the water points and work on any imbalances that may be found.
  • The main water source for Mazabuka town is surface water from Kafue River which is about 700,000m3/y and 400,000m3/y from groundwater. Currently, the total production is 6000m3 per day with 28,820 water connections to date. The town has a sewerage system and currently, over 8500 people are served

Health

  • Nakambala Urban Clinic services the largest population followed by Magoye, Chivuna, Mbayamusuma and Kaonga clinics.
  • These facilities with bigger catchment areas also provide more health services in order to meet the demand.
  • Private clinics (Kaleya sugar, Musikili, Njomona and Nanga PLC) fall within the catchment population of Nakambala Urban clinic. All health centres have no mortuary apart from the district hospital

Education

  • The district has six high schools, one skill training centre, 38 upper basics, 33 middle basic, 1 lower basic and 23 community schools.
  • The district has 15 registered private schools.
  • The number of high schools as compared to the number of basic schools is worrying because pupils from basic schools have to compete for a few grades eight and ten places

Mazabuka Municipal Council

  • Is a local authority mandated by the Local Government Act and Town and Country Planning Act to provide social services and coordinate/control development respectively? Much as it is autonomous in its operations, Mazabuka Municipal Council, like other local authorities, falls under the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.
  • The council has four (4) standing committees

ECONOMIC GROWTH

. Zambia Sugar Expansion Project

  • The expansion project has two structures: the factory expansion and the cane growing expansion.
  • The expansion is based on a 50% increased in the cane crushing capacity of the factory due to expanded sugar cane growing and the construction of new canals to deliver irrigation water to new areas of sugarcane development.

Kaleya Small Scale Sugarcane Growing Company (KASCO)

  • There are more than 160 farmers involved and the project is the only successful kind in Africa and therefore it has the economic potential value.
  • Albidon Nickel Mine Restart
    • On 30th October 2009, Albidon Limited shareholders approved the transaction to recapitalized the Albidon Group through a funding injection (debt and equity) provided by Jinchuan Group Limited of China (“Jinchuan”).
    • Jinchuan assumed management control of Munali after the above vote and has installed the majority of it operation team at Munali. Outstanding unsecured creditors of Albidon
    • Zambia Limited (“AZL”) has been paid as per the negotiated settlement
    • Now Mabiza resources Limited and under care & maintenance as at December 2014

Potential Tourism Sites

  1. Wildlife
  • Mazabuka District is blessed with the Kafue wetlands which have the unique Kafue Lechwe and Zebra which attracts tourists in terms of game viewing, sports hunting, research and any other socio-economic benefits derived from wildlife.
  1. Sport Fishing
  • The spectacular Kafue River runs through Mazabuka district and provides a variety of species that can attract both local and foreign tourists to entertain themselves with sports fishing.
  • This activity can provide the district with revenue.
  1. Bird Sanctuary
  • The Kafue flats offer Africa’s most attractive birds of the wetlands.
  • The promotion of this venture can indeed be a revenue generation of the district from both local and international tourists.
  1. Kafue River
  • The Kafue River, which runs through the district, is itself a tourist attraction. Its waters house the Hippos and Crocodiles, which are fascinating to tourists.
  1. Munali Historical Site
  • Little has been done to improve this important site. It can be a means of the tourist attraction if promoted.
  1. GMA
  • The Kafue flats are housing the Lochnivar national park and Game Management Area on the south bank while the Blue Lagoon National Park has a Game Management Area on the North bank.
  • The most important part of the Kafue flats is the south bank Game Management Area that shares borders with Monze district.
  • It is also important to note that southern open includes Mazabuka district. An open area is an area other than a national or GMA where wildlife can be found and hunted lawfully.
  1. Traditional Ceremonies
  • There are two major traditional ceremonies in the district namely: the Lwindi Mulembo traditional ceremony of Hanjalika chiefdom and thanksgiving lwindi of Mwenda chiefdom