Wednesday 17 June 2020

Lake Mutirikwi (Zimbabwe, 1964)

A lake that doesn’t exist in a country that’s no longer there…

This stamp from 1964 shows off what was then known as Lake Kyle. The lake was formed by the construction of the Kyle Dam in 1960 with the goal of providing water to the sugar-growing areas around the town of Triangle to the southwest. The original name supposedly relates to the Scottish heritage of settler farmers of the Lowveld region.

As you’ll note, it’s now Lake Mutiriwki (also spelt Mutirikwe). The name was changed in the 1980s to reflect the name of the river that feeds the lake and the reclamation of names once Zimbabwe gained its independence (and Rhodesia came to an end).

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