Tshikapa

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Tshikapa
Provincial capital and city
Ville de Tshikapa
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Tshikapa
Location in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 6°25′S20°48′E / 6.417°S 20.800°E / -6.417; 20.800
CountryFlag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province Kasai
City status 2003
Named for Tshikapa River
Communes Dibumba I, Dibumba II, Kanzala, Mabondo, Mbumba
Government
[1]
  MayorLaurent Kambulu Mputu
Area
  Urban
38 km2 (15 sq mi)
Elevation
485 m (1,591 ft)
Population
 (2016 estimate) [2]
   Urban
732,000
  Urban density19,000/km2 (50,000/sq mi)
  City
267,462
Time zone UTC+2 (Central Africa Time)
Climate Aw

Tshikapa is the capital city of Kasai Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The city is located 60 km (37 mi) north of the Angolan border and 189 km (117 mi) west of Kananga [3] at the confluence of the Tshikapa and Kasai rivers. According to records published by the Utrecht University library, the population of the city has grown from 38,900 in 1970 to 180,900 in 1994. However, the two recent Congo wars have caused great flux in population rendering current figures unreliable. Tshikapa has been a site of diamond mining since its founding in the early 20th century. The city was founded by Forminière, an American/Belgian mining consortium which discovered diamonds near this location in the early 1900s. [4]

The city is served by the Tshikapa Airport. The diamond industry is the main form of income for the city[ citation needed ]. Despite this, it is poor and none of the roads are paved. [5]

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References

  1. Kabongo, Sylvain. "Kasaï : un militaire ivre ouvre le feu à des funérailles à Tshikapa". mediacongo.net (in French). Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  2. PopulationStat.com Population of Tshikapa, city and urban area
  3. "Google Earth".
  4. Marcosson, Isaac F. (1921). An African Adventure. Curtis Publishing Company. p. 246.
  5. Baker, Aryn (7 September 2015). "Blood Diamonds". Time . Archived from the original on August 29, 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.

Coordinates: 6°25′S20°48′E / 6.417°S 20.800°E / -6.417; 20.800