Matabeleland South mining province, occupying the south west and southern portions of the country comprises seven administrative districts, namely, Bulilima, Mangwe, Matobo, Umzingwane, Insiza, Gwanda and Beitbridge. Fort Tuli, in the Beitbridge districts marked the entry point of the Pioneer Column as it entered the country principally in pursuit of its gold riches in 1890. The fort, although not a gold post has other mineral riches in hosting substantive reserves of coal in a province replete with other mineral resources.

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