Bulawayo is the seicont maist muckle ceity 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.

Bulawayo

koBulawayo
Ceity
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
Banner o Bulawayo
Banner
Coat of airms o Bulawayo
Coat airms
Eik-name(s): 
'Ceity o Kings', 'Skies', 'Bluez' or 'Bulliesberg'
Motto(s): 
Si Ye Phambili
Location in the Bulawayo Province
Location in the Bulawayo Province
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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
KintraZimbabwe
ProvinceBulawayo
DestrictCeity o Bulawayo
Settled1840
Incorporatit (toun)1897
Incorporatit (ceity)1943
Diveesions
 
4 Destricts,29 Wards,156 Suburbs
Govrenment
 • TeepProvincial Municipality
 • MayorMartin Moyo
Area
 • Ceity1706.8 km2 (659.0 sq mi)
 • Water129.3 km2 (49.9 sq mi)
 • Urban
650.5 km2 (251.2 sq mi)
 • Metro
899.459 km2 (347.283 sq mi)
Elevation1358 m (4,455 ft)
Population
 (2012 census)
 • Ceity653,337
 • Density380/km2 (990/sq mi)
 • Urban
655,675
 • Urban density2305/km2 (5,970/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (nae observed)
Area code(s)9
ClimateCwa
Websitecitybyo.co.zw bulawayopublicity.com

General informationEedit

 
Bulawayo Ceity Hall

Bulawayo is forby kent as the 'Ceity o Kings', 'Skies', 'Bluez', 'Bulliesberg' or 'KoNtuthu ziyathunqa' – a SiNdebele wird for 'a place of smoky fires'. It is a multicultural ceity 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 muckle ceity tae Hwange National Park, Matopo National Park an Victoria Falls.

EtymologyEedit

The name Bulawayo comes frae the Sindebele wird KoBulawayo meanin 'a place whaur they are killed.' It is thocht that at the time o the formation o the ceity, 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.

ReferencesEedit

  1. Google Earth