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Mhangura (formerly Mangula) is a Town in Mashonaland West Province, 185 km North West of Harare and 65 km North of Chinhoyi. It is a copper mining town. The name was probably derived from the Shona word mhangura meaning "red metal" in reference to copper.


Coordinates: 16°54′S 30°09′E
According to the 1982 census, Mhangura had a population of 11,175.
In 2009, the population was about 6,503.


In 1930, a copper deposit was discovered by Anglo American.
In 1955, the deposit began to be worked.
Miriam Mine (formerly Norah Mine) is owned by MTD (Mangula) Zimbabwe Mining Development Corp, with a major government interest. This deposit had 12.3 million tons of reserves in 1984. It was closed. The deposit was composed of a sediment-hosted ore zone following an epidiorite sill. There is evidence of evaporites present in the area.<br/. All mining was closed in the late 1990s, due to falling prices on the world copper market.


In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Mhangura returned to Parliament:

Total 19 809 votes

Other information

Main crops in the area are maize, tobacco, cotton and coffee.
Natsai Mushangwe, a cricketer, comes from Mhangura.


See Mhangura Secondary School.
See Richmond Secondary School.
See Ridziwi High School.

Further Reading






  1. [Katherine Sayce (Ed), Tabex, Encyclopedia Zimbabwe], Tabex, Encyclopedia Zimbabwe, (Quest Publishing, Harare, 1987), Retrieved: 25 July 2019
  2. Wikipedia, Wikipedia, Retrieved: 22 October 2019
  3. Mhangura: The melting pot of poverty, STIs, The Standard, Published: 7 October 2018, Retrieved: 22 October 2019
  4. Miriam Mine (Norah Mine),, Retrieved: 22 October 2019

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