Population 2005 estimate 1,765,000
In the late nineteenth century , hostilities broke out between the Tswana inhabitants of Botswana and Ndebele tribes who were migrating into the territory from the Kalahari Desert . Tensions also escalated with the Boer settlers from the Transvaal . After appeals by the Batswana leaders Khama III , Bathoen and Sebele for assistance, the British Government on March 31 , 1885 put " Bechuanaland " under its protection. The northern territory remained under direct administration as the Bechuanaland Protectorate and is today's Botswana, while the southern territory became part of the Cape Colony and is now part of the northwest province of South Africa; the majority of Setswana -speaking people today live in South Africa.
When the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910 out of the main British colonies in the region, the Bechuanaland Protectorate, Basutoland (now Lesotho ), and Swaziland (the "High Commission Territories") 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 September 30 , 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, Ketumile 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 task before us!!!!
Bobonong was a great Adventure: 27 September to 9 October 2006
Hennie Venter and Pastor Maile Seshoene met on 24th May 2006 with the Chief “Kgosi ke kgosi ka batho” of the Bananeng people in the Northern district, Botswana. Bobonong is situated centrally in the Eastern region of Botswana and is one of several villages in this area. The Administrator and chief of the area officially invited us to come and Evangelize and Disciple the people in this remote area in Botswana. Bobonong is home for 78,000 people of the Banareng tribe.
They also visited Gobojango where there are no churches whatsoever. The need is great and the door is wide open to go and preach the Gospel and to plant the Church of Jesus Christ. We are so excited about this great opportunity to extend the Kingdom of God and will have a final meeting with the leaders on September 13th. The evangelistic crusade will take place from 29th September to 9th October 2006.
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