Zimbabwe Facts

 

Location

Situated in Central Southern Africa, between the Limpopo and the Zambezi, Zimbabwe is landlocked, bounded by Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana

CAPITAL CITY

Harare
Other main cities are Bulawayo, Mutare and Gweru

TIME ZONE

+2 Hours GMT

POPULATION

11,392,629 (January 2012)

AREA

LANGUAGES

390,580 sq km

English (Official); Shona and Ndebele

WEATHER

Seasons, Weather & Suggested Clothing

 

December to March
Normally the rainy season with warm to hot days, mild to warm evenings. Light Clothing and rainwear.

April and May
Mainly sunny, warm days with cool to cold evenings. Pack a jersey for the evenings.

June to August
Mild, sunny days but can be distinctly cold in the evenings. A jersey or anorak is strongly recommended.

September
Pleasant sunny days – may need a jersey for the evenings.

October to December
Hot sunny days with high temperatures. Nights are warm. Light clothing.

General Note
It is recommended that sun protection and hats be worn all year round. Good sunglasses

 

Christianity; Hindu and Muslim minorities. Traditional beliefs in rural areas.

BUSINESS HOURS

08 00hrs – 17 00hrs/18 00hrs
On saturdays government offices are closed but the commercial sector opens in the morning until 12:30 pm/ 1:00 pm.
Some retail outlets opens on Sunday mornings

BANKING HOURS

0800 - 1500 Monday to Friday.
0800 - 1130 Saturday.

WEIGHTS & MEASURES

the metric system is used.

MAJOR IMPORT COMMODITIES

Machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, fuels

MAJOR IMPORT PARTNERS

South Africa 62.1%, Botswana 7.6%, 3.7%, China 4.9%,USA 4%, Mozambique 2.9%, UK 2.4%, Zambia 2.2%, Germany 1.8%, India 1.2%, Others 10.9%

MAJOR EXPORT DESTINATIONS

South Africa 42%, Netherlands 10%,Botswana 9.3%, Malawi 4.3%,Zambia 4.1%, UK 3.4%, Italy 2.8%,  Mozambique 2.4%, China 2.2%, Others 19.5%

MAIN EXPORT COMMODITIES

Platinum, Cotton, Tobacco, Gold, Ferro alloys, Textiles/clothing

INTERNATIONAL TRADE ORGANIZATION PARTICIPATION

ACP, AU, COMESA, SADC, ILO, IMF, UN

Public Holidays (2012)

  • 1 January (New Year’s Day)

  • 02January (Public Holiday)

  • 06 April (Good Friday)

  • 07 April (Easter Saturday)

  • 08 April (Easter Sunday)

  • 09 April (Easter Monday)

  • 18 April (Independence Day)

  • 1 May (Worker’s Day)

  • 25 May (Africa Day)

  • 13 August (Heroes' Day)

  • 14 August (Defence Forces' Day)

  • 22 December (National Unity Day)

  • 25 December (Christmas Day)

  • 26 December (Public Holiday)

Many companies close for one to two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period.

Telecommunications

Zimbabwe has three cellular network operators through which roaming facilities are available. (If you wish to bring you cellular telephone along it is advisable to check with your local cellular provider as to whether or not they have roaming facilities in Zimbabwe).
Pay as you go cards are also available from the cellular companies in Zimbabwe.

Access to the Sea

Although Zimbabwe is landlocked it enjoys easy access to the sea-ports of Beira and Maputo in Mozambique and Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London in South Africa.

Economic Organisations

SADC
Zimbabwe is a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) that facilitates and co-ordinates development projects in Southern Africa. Other SADC member states are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

COMESA
Zimbabwe is also a member of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) – another regional Organisation set up to encourage trade by reducing and eventually eliminating trade barriers and to create a common market. Zimbabwe and eight other countries namely Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Sudan and Zambia have now formed a Free Trade Area under COMESA. Other member states are Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, and Uganda. 

Other UN, ADB, WB, IMF.