Gaborone as it was 50 years ago

Ditokan, Gaborone in 1965. PIC SANDY GRANT
Ditokan, Gaborone in 1965. PIC SANDY GRANT

Fifty years ago the first local government elections were held to provide Gaborone with its first ever elected Councillors – the first step towards upgrading it as the country’s new capital.

Could this mean that we appropriately celebrate the 50th anniversary this year? The question is worth exploring. Gaborone, with Francistown and Lobatse, was already recognised by the British Protectorate Administration as a ‘town’ so that the establishment of an elected Council couldn’t make it more of a town.

On the other hand, this was not to be just another town, this was to be the new capital. But could the new Gaborone be regarded as the capital of a country which, in theory, would only come into existence in the following year, 1966?

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