From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gaborone — City — From top to bottom: skyline view of Gaborone, statue of Seretse Khama, the city centre of Gaborone, bird's-eye view of Gaborone Nickname(s): Gabs, GC, Gabz, G-City Satellite image of Gaborone Gaborone Location of Gaborone in Botswana Coordinates: 24°39′29″S 25°54′44″ECoordinates: 24°39′29″S 25°54′44″E Country Botswana District Gaborone Sub-district Gaborone Founded 1964 Named for Kgosi Gaborone Government • Type City commission government • Body Gaborone City Council • Mayor Haskins Nkaigwa (BMD) • Deputy Mayor Florence Shagwa (BCP) Area • City 169 km2 (65 sq mi) Elevation 983 m (3,225 ft) Population (2011) • City 231,626 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,500/sq mi) • Metro 421,907 Time zone Central Africa Time (UTC+2) • Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+2) Geographical area code 3XX ISO 3166 code BW-SE Twin cities • Burbank United States • Zhejiang Province China • Västerås Sweden Website Gaborone City Council Website
Gaborone (Tswana IPA: [χabʊˈrʊnɪ][missing tone]; English /ˌɡæbəˈroʊniː/ GA-bə-ROH-nee) is the capital and largest city of Botswana with a population of 231,626 based on the 2011 census, about 10% of the total population of Botswana. Its agglomeration is home to 421,907 inhabitants at the 2011 census.
Gaborone is situated between Kgale and Oodi Hills, on the Notwane River in the southeastern corner of Botswana, and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the South African border. The city is served by the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. It is an administrative district in its own right, but is the capital of the surrounding South-East District. Locals often refer to the city as Gabs.
Because the city had no tribal affiliation and was close to fresh water, the city was planned to be the capital in the mid-1960s when the Bechuanaland Protectorate became an independent nation. The center of the city is a long strip of commercial businesses, called the Mall, with a semicircle-shaped area of government offices to the west of the Mall. The city is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, and this has created problems with housing and illegal settlements. The city has also dealt with conflicts spilling into the country from Zimbabwe and South Africa during the 1980s.
The city is the government capital as well as the economic capital; the city is headquarters to numerous companies and the Botswana Stock Exchange. Gaborone is also home to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) a supranational organization, hoping to increase economic unity.