from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A former province of Rhodesia, between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers. Inhabited by the Ndebele after 1827, it came under the control of the British South Africa Company in 1889. The area is now divided into the two provinces of Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South, in southern Zimbabwe.

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  • proper n. A region in the west of Zimbabwe.


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Named after the Matabele people, also known as the Ndebele.


  • “Along a road in Matabeleland, barefoot children stuff their pockets with corn kernels that have blown off a truck as if the brownish bits, good only for animal feed in normal times, were gold coins,” reads this New York Times story on a stark situation in which “the half-starved haunt the once bountiful landscape of Zimbabwe, where a recent United Nations survey found that 7 in 10 people had eaten either nothing or only a single meal the day before.”

    2009 February « Scavenging

  • Coltart would like to start introducing education reforms — adding human-rights courses to the curriculum and getting Zimbabwean schools to address such controversial issues as the military’s massacre of thousands of civilians in Matabeleland in southern Zimbabwe in 1983.

    Frenemies of the State

  • For years Mzilikazi, leader of the Ndebele people, had banned visitors and hunters from his kingdom in the hot, dry south of the country, an area known as Matabeleland, but when he lifted the ban in 1865, Henry Hartley, the son of an 1820 Settler and a white hunter famed for his ability to wipe out staggeringly large numbers of elephants, was one of the first to travel up from South Africa.

    Rainbow’s End

  • Shamuyarira said the government had distributed more food relief to Matabeleland, which is shaping up as a key battleground for the parliamentary elections, because it was severely affected by drought and added that the government was ready to release figures on food hand-outs.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Matabeleland, which is home to Zimbabwe's minority Ndebele - speaking population, was a stronghold of Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Some areas, such as Matabeleland, home of the fiercely anti-Mugabe Ndebele people, have almost escaped the political violence altogether.

    Inside Zimbabwe

  • Five of the rhino were shot in one park in the southwestern Matabeleland province, he said.

    Endangered Rino Poaching Spikes In Zimbabwe

  • Dabengwa, then a member of the opposition who was jailed without trial by Mugabe for four years after independence, said Mujuru, then head of the army, played no part in massacres of opposition supporters in the Matabeleland provinces in the 1980s.

    Zimbabwe Power Broker Dies in Fire

  • The poem first appeared in Eppel's 1995 collection, Sonata for Matabeleland, a book whose very title signals cross-cultural transaction – a fertile but uneasy seed-bed.

    Poem of the week: Jasmine by John Eppel

  • When he was four, the family settled in Matabeleland, and here he still lives and works, teaching English at the Christian Brothers 'College in Bulawayo.

    Poem of the week: Jasmine by John Eppel


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