oa Botswana Notes & Records - The Mafeking Legacy

Volume 38 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



The years immediately before and after 1964, when the administrative headquarters of the Bechuanaland Protectorate moved from Mafeking in South Africa to Gaborone in Botswana, left an indelible mark on Botswana in many ways. The political, administrative and constitutional developments associated with this period have been fully descriptionbed by Sir Peter Fawcus and Alan Tilbury (in The Road to Independence), both of whom played leading roles in the transformation. This article seeks to record the contributions of a small group of public servants, all working in the Imperial Reserve in Mafeking at that time, whose informal initiatives contributed in several important respects to Botswana's subsequent success as a non-racial, democratic, egalitarian society.

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