Hwange Colliery Company has developed a self-contained community with a population of about 55 000. All services associated with local and central government – from road maintenance to refuse collection, water and power reticulation, schools, health, housing,recreational facilities and sewage disposal – are provided by the Company. It also operates its own railway and road transport system, internal security and telephone system.
In addition, adequate shopping, postal and banking facilities are provided to the community. In sports the Company boasts, inter alia, an 18 hole golf course, tennis, cricket, bowling ,squash, badminton, angling and boating clubs and has a football team playing in the country’s Buddie Premier Soccer League.
The Company provides and maintains suitable housing for all employees. Hwange Colliery Company owns and operates a large, modern and well equipped six ward hospital, the biggest in Matebeleland North outside Bulawayo, which is staffed by a number of qualified doctors and other professional staff. The Company prides itself on looking after its employees’ interest, “from the womb to the tomb”.
Hwange Colliery Company provides the energy needs of the whole nation from the “black stones that burn”.
The shares of the Company are quoted on the Harare, London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.
The Company employs more than 3200 people and its board comprises of ten members whose composition reflects the holdings of the major shareholders.
Hwange Colliery’s role in the economy of Zimbabwe is of great strategic importance, as coal is a vital source of energy found in abundance in the country.