KALULUSHI DISTRICT 

 

 

LOCATION, SIZE, HISTORY AND ECONOMY

Kalulushi Municipality lies in the Copperbelt province of Zambia. Copperbelt province accounts for about 67% of the national GDP through mineral loyalties. The District is situated at about 15 kilometres to the West of the City of Kitwe and borders Mufulira to the North-East, Kitwe to the East, Chingola to the North and Lufwanyama to the South and Western sides. The district covers an area of 725 square kilometres. It stretches from Chambishi to the West of Kalulushi Township, covering Kafubu Depot, Chati, Chisangwa and several villages to the south of Chembe farming block. It has an average population density of 109.4 people per square kilometre with a current population of 96,206 (C.S.O. 2010). It remains one of the smallest viable but and innovative municipalities on the Copperbelt of Zambia.

Historically, Kalulushi town was founded in the early 1960s as a mining town. Before 1977 the town was under the jurisdiction of Kitwe. However, due to growth in population, Kalulushi attained district status in 1977 and subsequently became a Municipal Area in 1992. Since then, Kalulushi has been a Planning Authority with statutory powers under the local government act cap 281 to provide public services to the residents within its jurisdiction and mandate undertake physical planning under the Town and Country Planning act cap 283 of the laws of Zambia.

Kalulushi has evolved around a dual economic structure i.e., mining as the major economic activity supplemented by agriculture. The other economic activities in the municipality includes brick manufacturing, tourism, agro-forestry particularly timber production. It is also the home of the Chambishi Multi-Facility Economic Zone whose main activities includes production of copper, explosive manufacturing etc.

 

Historically Kalulushi has been envied as an ideal residential destination because of its beautiful and serene environments. In fact, most of the Chief executives of the then Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) still live in Kalulushi.

Today, as part of the investment attraction programme, the Municipal Council has availed land for both individual (2000 units) and institutional(820 units) housing development in Kalulushi Central while 3000 housing units are expected to be construed in the Chambishi area as part of the Multi-Facility Economic Zone.

 

Other developments include the recent establishment of the first Zambia Catholic University in Kalulushi Central, which has added additional status value to this small town.

With the revival of the mining sector, much more growth potential has been identified in the Chambishi industrial zone. Current mining activities have attracted an investment of over US $ 150 million and already offering more than 2000 jobs. The major activities in the zone include; production of copper using leaching and smelting methods, foundry works, acid production, explosive manufacturing and construction of the biggest ever copper smelter in Zambia. Current projections reveal that about US$900 million has been invested in the multi-facility economic zone which is expected to generate about 6000 jobs from 50 companies when fully operational. At full capacity, the zone is expected to diversify into manufacturing, construction, glass production, oxygen production and many more multiplier activities.

 

It is apparent that though Kalulushi suffered economic slumber shortly after privatization, the district is now destined for high economic growth.

 

 

 

 

APPENDICES: LOCATION MAP AND 2010 POPULATION FIGURES

 

 

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CONSTITUENCY

WARD

HOUSEHOLDS

2010 POPULATION

POP 18 YRS+

MALES

FEMALES

TOTAL

KALULUSHI

Kalulushi

Musakashi

188

472

494

966

432

Chambishi

22

238

62

300

48

Twaiteka

4512

1 1333

11387

22720

11494

Lukoshi

339

70 9

707

1416

959

Lulamba

978

2283

2190

4473

2361

Mwambashi

829

1720

1549

3269

1709

Ichimpe

709

1621

1489

3110

1957

Kalanga

1667

3545

3790

7335

4357

Lubuto

674

1917

2096

4013

2273

Kalungwishi

656

1643

1733

3376

1979

Luapula

551

1479

1575

3054

1550

Ngweshi

593

1487

1605

3092

1523

Kalengwa

355

846

970

1816

897

Chibuluma

700

1607

1638

3245

1603

Kankonshi

321

708

713

1421

675

Chisupa

852

2083

2059

4142

1940

Buseko

799

1632

1736

3368

1724

Dongwe

274

745

779

1524

746

Kafue

2096

5033

5443

10476

5206

Chankalamo

649

1601

1517

3118

1479

Chati

1631

4299

4026

8325

4105

Chembe

490

844

803

1647

818

Constituency Total

19885

47845

48361

96206

49835

KALULUSHI DISTRICT TOTAL

19885

47845

48361

96206

49835

 

 

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