Kabwe District Profile
Kabwe is the provincial capital of the Central Province, located in vicinity of latitude 14 27’ South and longitude 28 27’ east. It is situated along the Great North Road, 139km north of Lusaka and about 55km from Kapiri-Mposhi on the north. It has a total surface are of 1, 572 square kilometers. It derives its name and existence from the rock of ore of Zinc and Lead. The name Kabwe is short for “Kabwe Ka Mukuba” meaning the stone of ore or the place of smelting. The District has an estimated population of 202,360 divided into 98,781 males and 103,579 females with an estimated growth rate of 0.5% per annum. Kabwe has an estimated 28, 397 households.
Key Potential Investment Areas
Agriculture and Agro-Processing
There is potential for investment in commercial farming in both crop and livestock farming. The good road and railway network provides links and ready access to markets of the SADC and COMESA markets.
Crops that can be cultivated and readily processed include: Maize, Soya beans, Seed Cotton, Groundnuts, Wheat, Sweet potatoes, Maize for Seed, Cassava(roots), Mixed Beans, Virginia Tobacco, Irish Potatoes, Popcorn, Sunflower, Millet and Barley
Within the tourism sector, Kabwe Town in itself holds significant heritage. The District is the first town to be declared a municipality, has the memorial site where the skull of the famously known Broken Hill Man was discovered and holds significant national monuments such as the Bwacha House in Bwacha Township, where on the 8th March 1958 Kenneth Kaunda was elected President of the Zambian African National Congress. The famously known Big Mukuyu Tree, a fig tree with a 50m wide canopy on Freedom Way is a marvel to view. Historically, it served as a meeting place on many occasions during the early years of the town’s history. The District’s strategic location and proximity to Lusaka and the Copperbelt will provide good returns to the investor from tourism.
Manufacturing is one of the steadily growing sectors in Kabwe District. This sector together with Agriculture are being promoted strongly through the development of the Kabwe South Industrial Park (KS-IdP) which is approximately 200Ha. The Industrial Park is poised to become a manufacturing and processing hub. There is high potential for investment in manufacturing which can significantly change the outlook of the District.
- Kabwe District is the provincial and administrative capital for Central Province. Thus, besides being centrally located within the central region, it helps to reduce the red-tape in investment decision making processes significantly
- The district’s geographical traits give it the competitive advantage within the region. It is surrounded by some of the country’s most active agricultural belts which sets opportunities in agro-processing and manufacturing, and agro-equipment supply and services.
- Linked by rail and road networks, Kabwe offers an effective transport network that links products to the SADC and COMESA markets, and materials to production areas.
- Good road network, availability of optic fiber network for high speed internet services, and high-voltage powerlines, offers opportunities for setting up manufacturing, agro-processing and packaging and warehousing industries.
- Kabwe’s central location within the central regions with direct link to main economic centers of the country, positions it as a preferable location for hosting events such as conferences and workshops. This also opens investment in the hospitality industry.
- Renowned banking service providers are already established in the district such as ZANACO, Barclays, Stanbic Bank, First National Bank (FNB), NATSAVE and Atlas Mara.