Catholic bishops identify sunken Gaborone Dam church

No Image

Two of the Roman Catholic Church’s most senior office-bearers in the country say the ruins of a sprawling compound found in the receding waters of Gaborone Dam are an 86-year-old agricultural training school and church.

The compound, according to Bishop Emeritus Boniface Setlalekgosi, was called Forrest Hill and comprised a small church, livestock kraals and other structures related to agriculture. The compound – located on the eastern banks of the Gaborone Dam and now clearly visible due to receding waters – caused local excitement when Mmegi ran the story a fortnight ago. Earlier this year, members of the Gaborone Yacht Club began noticing brick and mortar patterns around the eastern banks, which in later months could be clearly seen as an altar.

As the water declined below six percent, a compound with several structures clearly came into bold relief, triggering curiosity as well as the attention of the Department of National Museum Monuments and Art Gallery.

Editor's Comment
Your vote matters

This period, running from May 20 to 31 2024, is crucial for those who have not yet registered to vote. This announcement comes in response to a significant shortfall in registered voters following the recent registration period. As it stands, only 62% of the target number of voters registered, leaving a considerable gap.With Botswana's general elections scheduled for October, every eligible citizen needs to register and exercise their...

Have a Story? Send Us a tip
arrow up