Mahikeng,South AfricaMahikeng is City/Area of North-West, Latitude: -25.8652, Longitude: 25.6442
Mahikeng is the headquarters of the Barolong Boo Ratshidi people. The town was founded by Molema Tawana (c. 1822 January 1882). Born in Khunwana during the difaqane period, Molema was the son of Kgosi Tawana of the Tshidi Barolong. Molema’s brother and close confidant, Montshiwa, later became chief. During the period that the Tshidi Barolong resided at Thaba Nchu, where they found refuge during the difaqane, Molema was converted to Christianity by the Wesleyan missionaries based there. Molema’s son and heir, Silas Molema, was educated at Healdtown College. (Silas helped his nephew Sebopioa Molema get to the United States about 1904 to study law at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio.)
In 1857 Molema led an advance guard to scout out the area along the Molopo River. This was a familiar area as they had previously lived in nearby Khunwana. Molema settled at Mahikeng (known in its early years as “Molema’s town”), while the main body of the Barolong under Montshiwa followed. But Montshiwa did not feel safe at Mahikeng due to the close presence and encroachment of the Boers in the Transvaal. He led his followers to Moshaneng in the territory of the Bangwaketse in present-day Botswana.
Molema remained at Mahikeng to ensure that the Barolong retained a presence there. Several of Montshiwa’s other brothers were also stationed at crucial sites in the proximity of the Molopo. Molema had to use all his diplomatic skills on several occasions to prevent Boer incursion and settlement near Mafikeng. He has been described as a man of “strong personality and exceptional gifts…and Montshiwa’s chief counsellor in vital matters”. (S.M Molema:35) After negotiations with Molema, Montshiwa decided to return to Mafikeng in 1876.
Molema was a firm believer in Western education, having attended Healdtown; he opened a school for the Barolong once they had settled in the district. Molema became a farmer and businessman, as well as advising his brother Montshiwa. He died in 1882. One of his sons, Silas Molema, became a Doctor and historian of the Barolong. (see S.M. Molema). The settlement was named Mahikeng, a Setswana name meaning “place of stones”. Later British settlers spelled the name as “Mafeking”. The Jameson Raid started from Pitsani Pothlugo (or Potlogo) 24 miles (39 km) north of Mafeking on December 29, 1895.
Siege of Mafeking
At the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899, the town was besieged. The Siege of Mafeking lasted 217 days from October 1899 to May 1900, and turned Robert Baden-Powell into a national hero. In September 1904, Lord Roberts unveiled an obelisk at Mafeking bearing the names of those who fell in defence of the town. In all, 212 people were killed during the siege, with more than 600 wounded. Boer losses were significantly higher.
Incorporation into Bophuthatswana
Although it was outside the protectorate’s borders, Mafeking served as capital of the Bechuanaland Protectorate from 1894 until 1965, when Gaborone was made the capital of what was to become Botswana. Mafeking also briefly served as capital of the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana in the 1970s, before the adjoining town of Mmabatho was established as capital when Bophuthatswana became nominally independent in 1977.
Following a local referendum, Mafeking joined Bophuthatswana in 1980 and was renamed Mafikeng. The town was treated as a suburb of Mmabatho.
Capital of North-West Province
Following the end of apartheid in 1994, Bophuthatswana was formally reincorporated into South Africa. With that, the merged Mafikeng and Mmabatho became capital of the new North-West Province under the name Mafikeng. In February 2010, Lulu Xingwana, the Minister of Arts and Culture changed the town’s name to Mahikeng.
Mafikeng railway station
Mafikeng Game Reserve (4800 Ha)
Botsalano Game Reserve (5800 Ha)
Molemane Eye Nature Reserve
Mmabatho Convention Centre
Cookes Lake Resort
Scout Centre,Cookes Lake Resort
Mmabatho Palms Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort
The name Mahikeng means “the place of rocks” in the classic Setswana language of the people of the North West province of South Africa and the surrounding country of Botswana. However, the city is commonly pronounced as Mafikeng, in the vernacular of the Batswana people of Mmabatho. Historically it was also known as Mafeking, and is still referred to as such historiographically in the context of the Siege of Mafeking and Relief of Mafeking during the Boer War.
In February 2010, Lulu Xingwana, the Minister of Arts and Culture, approved the town’s name to be changed again to Mahikeng. Despite this the town’s ANC-run local government and most local residents still refer to the town as Mafikeng both informally and formally.
Notable people from Mahikeng
Kabelo Kehalotse: Alexfm 89.1 Presenter- 2014 Mdda-Sanlam Award Winner.
Mogoeng Mogoeng:Chief Justice of South Africa
Rapulana Seiphemo: popular actor
Presley Chweneyagae: Actor and Oscar Award-winner
Vuyo Dabula: popular actor
Katlego Danke: popular actress
Bonang Matheba: media personality and businesswoman
Cassper Nyovest: South African recording artist and producer.
Tuks Senganga: popular Motswako musician
Hip Hop Pantsula aka HHP: popular artist
Khuli Chana: popular artist
Stoan Seate: media personality and musician
Brown Matsime: former Selimathunzi presenter
Judge Yvonne Mokgoro: Former justice at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Cebo Manyaapelo: Motsweding FM presenter and sports commentator
Marius Gabriel Cipolla, author writing as Marius Gabriel
Tom Gouws, Afrikaans poet and academic
hideClimate data for Mafikeng
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 40
Average high °C (°F) 31
Average low °C (°F) 18
Record low °C (°F) 8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 117
Average precipitation days 13 10 10 7 3 1 1 1 2 6 9 9 72
Source: South African Weather Service
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
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Nearby Suburbs Of Mahikeng
List of nearest suburbs within 30 km of the central business district (CBD) of Mahikeng
- Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality
- Barolong Boo Ratshidi
- Modimola Morwamarapo