CHOMA: The City of the Future

(Zambia) – There is a city in the south of Zambia; a city of the future, called Choma. It has the profile of a city ready for rapid development, and hosts lucrative resources, and is populated by a people willing to relate.

Choma is the capital of the Southern Province, which hosts pillars of the Zambian economy, that include Maamba Collieries, Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, and Kazungula Bridge. Southern Province has the only large source of fossil fuel in Zambia, the Maamba coal mine in the Zambezi valley, served by a branch line of the railway. Southern Province is one of Zambia’s ten provinces, and home to Zambia’s premier tourist attraction, Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls), shared with Zimbabwe. The centre of the province, the Southern Plateau, has the largest area of commercial farmland of any Zambian province, and produces most of the maize crop.

The Zambezi River is the province’s southern border, and Lake Kariba, formed by the Kariba Dam, lies along the province’s south-eastern edge. The eastern border is the Kariba Gorge and Zambezi, and the north-east border is the Kafue River and its gorge, dividing it from Lusaka Province. The Kafue Flats lie mostly within the province’s northern border with Central Province. In the north west lies part of the famous Kafue National Park, the largest in Zambia, and the lake formed by the Itezhi-Tezhi Dam.

All this is hosted by its Capital, Choma.

Choma is a market town in the Southern Province of Zambia, lying on the main road and railway from Lusaka to Livingstone. It is home to a small museum dedicated to the cultural heritage of the Tonga people of southern Zambia. The population of Choma town is said to be about 40,000 people and it serves as the commercial hub for the central region of the province.

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