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View o Bulawayo's Central Business Destrict frae Pioneer Hoose bi Prince Phumulani Nyoni
View o Bulawayo's Central Business Destrict frae Pioneer Hoose bi Prince Phumulani Nyoni


Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 'Ceety o Keengs', 'Skies', 'Bluez' or 'Bulliesberg'
Motto: Si Ye Phambili
Location in the Bulawayo Province
Bulawayo is located in Zimbabwe
Location in the Bulawayo Province
Coordinates: 20°10′12″S 28°34′48″E / 20.17000°S 28.58000°E / -20.17000; 28.58000Coordinates: 20°10′12″S 28°34′48″E / 20.17000°S 28.58000°E / -20.17000; 28.58000
Kintra Zimbabwe
Province Bulawayo
Destrict Ceety o Bulawayo
Settled 1840
Incorporatit (toun) 1897
Incorporatit (ceety) 1943
4 Destricts,29 Wards,156 Suburbs
 • Type Provincial Municipality
 • Mayor Martin Moyo
 • Ceety 1,706.8 km2 (659.0 sq mi)
 • Watter 129.3 km2 (49.9 sq mi)
 • Urban 650.5 km2 (251.2 sq mi)
 • Metro 899.459 km2 (347.283 sq mi)
Elevation[1] 1,358 m (4,455 ft)
Population (2012 census)
 • Ceety 653,337
 • Density 380/km2 (990/sq mi)
 • Urban 655,675
 • Urban density 2,305/km2 (5,970/sq mi)
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) nae observed (UTC+2)
Area code(s) 9
Twin cities
 • Durban Sooth Africae
 • Aiberdeen Scotland
 • Katima Mulilo Namibie
 • Polokwane Sooth Africae
Climate Cwa



Bulawayo is the seicont lairgest ceety in Zimbabwe, efter the caipital Harare, wi a population in 2009 o 1,500,000. It is locatit in Matabeleland, 439 km sooth-wast o Harare, an is nou treatit as a separate provincial aurie frae Matabeleland. The caipital o Matabeleland North is nou Lupane, as Bulawayo is a stand-alane province.

General information[eedit | eedit soorce]

Bulawayo Ceety Hall

Bulawayo is an aa kent as the 'Ceety o Keengs', 'Skies', 'Bluez', 'Bulliesberg' or 'KoNtuthu ziyathunqa' – a SiNdebele wird for 'a place of smoky fires'. It is a multicultural ceety wi maist residents able tae speak at least three leids (includin Inglis, Ndebele, Kalanga, Sotho, Nambya, Tonga an Venda). The majority o the population o Bulawayo belang tae the Ndebele ethnic an leid group, who descend frae a 19t century Zulu migration an are a minority in Zimbabwe.

Bulawayo haes lang been and is still regardit as the seicont business caipital o Zimbabwe efter Harare an is hame tae the Naitional Railways o Zimbabwe acause o its strategic position near Botswana an Sooth Africae. It is the nearest lairge ceety tae Hwange National Park, Matopo National Park an Victoria Falls.

Etymology[eedit | eedit soorce]

The name Bulawayo comes frae the Sindebele wird KoBulawayo meanin 'a place whaur they are killed.' It is thought that at the time o the formation o the ceety, there wis a ceevil war an a group o Ndebeles no aligned tae Prince Lobengula wur fechtin him as they felt he wis no the heir tae the throne, hence he gave his caipital the name 'whaur he (the prince) is being killed'. Some historians differ on this matter, describin Bulawayo as 'at the place o He who Kills' or 'place o slaughter'.

The name Bulawayo is imported frae Nguniland which is a place ance occupied bi the Khumalo fowk. The place still exists an it is next tae Richards Bay.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Google Earth