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Botswana Cities by Population


86 cities shown of 86 total Botswana cities that are over 1,000 in population...

1. Gaborone 208,411
2. Francistown 89,979
3. Molepolole 63,248
4. Selebi-Phikwe 53,727
5. Maun 49,945
6. Serowe 47,419
7. Kanye 44,716
8. Mahalapye 44,471
9. Mogoditshane 43,394
10. Mochudi 36,962
11. Lobatse 30,883
12. Palapye 30,650
13. Ramotswa 21,450
14. Thamaga 20,756
15. Mosopa 19,561
16. Letlhakane 18,136
17. Tonota 17,759
18. Janeng 16,853
19. Gabane 12,884
20. Ghanzi 9,934
21. Kasane 9,250
22. Orapa 9,189
23. Kopong 6,895
24. Letlhakeng 6,781
25. Tshabong 6,591
26. Otse 6,275
27. Shakawe 5,651
28. Metsemotlhaba 5,544
29. Rakops 5,222
30. Lenchwe Le Tau 4,992
31. Mmopone 4,927
32. Nata 4,794
33. Gweta 4,689
34. Mathambgwane 4,675
35. Hukuntsi 4,403
36. Kang 4,229
37. Bokaa 4,131
38. Sefophe 4,114
39. Ramokgonami 3,681
40. Masunga 3,639
41. Maunatlala 3,361
42. Manyana 3,338
43. Mopipi 3,301
44. Sua 3,141
45. Sebina 3,030
46. Moijabana 2,768
47. Letsheng 2,696
48. Mookane 2,397
49. Ratholo 2,377
50. Kalamare 2,339
51. Mmathubudukwane 2,221
52. Werda 2,149
53. Machaneng 2,139
54. Khakhea 2,133
55. Dukwe 2,037
56. Khudumelapye 2,035
57. Mathathane 1,987
58. Lehututu 1,942
59. Tobane 1,925
60. Mogapi 1,917
61. Makobeng 1,822
62. Mosetse 1,780
63. Nokaneng 1,763
64. Gobojango 1,756
65. Pandamatenga 1,685
66. Gaphatshwe 1,678
67. Mabuli 1,665
68. Makwata 1,660
69. Sehithwa 1,614
70. Nkoyaphiri 1,578
71. Mogapinyana 1,515
72. Lokwabe 1,473
73. Tsau 1,409
74. Kurametsi 1,397
75. Pilikwe 1,375
76. Pilane 1,277
77. Maapi 1,275
78. Magothla 1,174
79. Makaleng 1,166
80. Mathakola 1,159
81. Dutlwe 1,126
82. Sekoma 1,083
83. Tamasane 1,070
84. Dekar 1,043
85. Botlhapatlou 1,013
86. Makoba 1,006





Botswana History

When the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910 out of the main British colonies in the region, the Bechuanaland Protectorate, Basutoland, and Swaziland were not included, but provision was made for their later incorporation. However, a vague undertaking was given to consult their inhabitants, and although successive South African governments sought to have the territories transferred, Britain kept delaying, and it never occurred. The election of the National Party government in 1948, which instituted apartheid, and South Africa's withdrawal from the Commonwealth in 1961, ended any prospect of incorporation of the territories into South Africa."

An expansion of British central authority and the evolution of tribal government resulted in the 1920 establishment of two advisory councils representing Africans and Europeans. Proclamations in 1934 regularized tribal rule and powers. A European-African advisory council was formed in 1951, and the 1961 constitution established a consultative legislative council.

In June 1964, Britain accepted proposals for democratic self-government in Botswana. The seat of government was moved from Mafikeng in South Africa, to newly established Gaborone in 1965. The 1965 constitution led to the first general elections and to independence on 30 September 1966. Seretse Khama, a leader in the independence movement and the legitimate claimant to the Ngwato chiefship, was elected as the first president, re-elected twice, and died in office in 1980. The presidency passed to the sitting vice president, Quett Masire, who was elected in his own right in 1984 and re-elected in 1989 and 1994. Masire retired from office in 1998. The presidency passed to the sitting vice president, Festus Mogae, who was elected in his own right in 1999 and re-elected in 2004. The next president is Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama from 2008 and ahead of the elections in 2009. He is the son of the first president of Botswana and he is also the former leader of the Botswana army.

Botswana is predominantly flat, tending toward gently rolling tableland. The Kalahari Desert is located in the southwest of the country. The Limpopo River Basin is the major landform of all of southern Africa, including Botswana.

At 231,788 mi, Botswana is the world's 45th-largest country. It is comparable in size to Madagascar, and is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Texas.







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