Location: Petauke District is situated 406km east of Lusaka and 170km west of Chipata. It is located in the southern part of Eastern Province, and lies between 13°30′ latitude and 14°45′ longitude, 31° west and 32° east. The District shares an international boundary with Mozambique in the south and district boundaries with Katete and Mambwe in the north-east, Nyimba in the west, and Serenje in Central Province in the north-west
Area: 8,573 Km²
Population (CSO 2010): 337,779
Males: 165,463 (49.0%)
Females: 172,316 (51.0%)
Growth Rates: District (3.7) Males (3.6) Female (3.7)
Population Density: 39.4 persons per km2
Constituencies and Wards: The district has 3 constituencies and 23 wards
Climate: The District enjoys a tropical climate with an average temperature of 25.9ºC with a minimum of 12ºC.
Soil and Vegetation: In terms of topography, the District is divided into two distinct areas namely the valley and the plateau. The southern and central parts of the district are mostly plateau with an altitude ranging from 750m to over 1000m above sea level and cover three quarters of the District. A quarter of the northern part of the District is the valley. In terms of vegetation the District is predominantly savanna with most forest being found in the northern parts of the plateau and the valley areas. The tree species include Mulombe.
Traditional Ceremony: Tuwimba Traditional Ceremony of the Nsenga Speaking people.
Socio-economic Infrastructure: The district has the following major socio-economic infrastructure:-
- Roads: The district has a total of 1,200 km roads, of which 1,150 km are rural feeder roads and 50 km are township roads. About 15km of township roads are paved.
- Education: The district has a total of 173 schools, of which 117 are GRZ Basic Schools, 8 are GRZ Secondary Schools, 2 are GRZ High Schools, 45 are Community Schools, 1 is a Private Primary School.
- Health: The district has a total of 38 health facilities, of which 6 are Health Posts, 36 are Rural Health Centres, 1 is Urban Health Centre, and 3 are District Hospitals (Level 1).
- Water Supply and Sanitation: Township Water Supply and Sanitation Services in district are provided by the Eastern Water Supply and Sewerage Company (ESWC) through piped water system. Rural Water Supply and sanitation services are provided by the council in form of boreholes, wells and latrines.
- Airport: Petauke District is served with only one Airstrip which is used for small aircrafts.
- Public Bus Station: Petauke is has one public bus stations located within the town and owned by the council.
- Energy: Petauke District is connected the national grid through the … KV line. Power supply to the district is provided by ZESCO. The district has one filling station that supplies petroleum products.
- Radio and Television: The district 1 commercial radio station and 1 community FM radio station. The station in the district covers the radius of more than 100km. The district receives ZNBC radio 1 and 2 signals. In terms television, the district receives ZNBC TV signal, and fee paying channels from MuviTV and DSTV Multichoice Zambia.
- Communication: Mobile phone providers in the Petauke are MTN. Airtel and CellZ. Land Line Phone services are provided by Zamtel. The district has 1 Post Office
District Investment and Trade: Petauke District has the following major investment in commerce, Industry and trading activities:
Agriculture: The major cash crops grown in Petauke District are maize, cotton, soyabeans and groundnuts. Livestock reared include cattle, pigs, goats and chickens.
Tourism: Lodges in the district include: Chimwemwe Lodge and Nyika Motel.
Financial Sector: Petauke District has 2 registered commercial banks and these are ZANACO Bank and Barclays bank.
Agro-Industry: The district has 1 Ginnery.
Manufacturing: The district has 1 brewery that produces opaque Chibuku beer
Shopping Facilities: The district has no major supermarkets. The district has numerous shops mostly owned by locals and Zambians of Indian origin.
Trade: The main exports commodities in Petauke District include maize and cotton. Most agricultural products grown in the province have a high potential on the international market. The lint cotton (including cotton cake) is exported to Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and China).
Five Primary Resources: Agriculture is the mainstay of Petauke District’s economy. The five primary resource of the district are: Maize, Tobacco, Soya beans, Cotton and Livestock (Cattle, Pigs, Goats and Poultry)