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The new Library

The new Library, 27KB

LONG DESCRIPTION:
In the background, the new addition to the Library under construction, a white faced tower with blue tinted glass. The existing part of the Library, a three-storey yellow building, is obscured by the green tree. In the foreground, the Old Library Building, the single-storey structure which served as library when UB first began as a part of the federal University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. The Old Library now contains offices, the Archaeology Lab, and the Periodicals Library.


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UB cloisters

UB cloisters,28KB

LONG DESCRIPTION:
A fairly typical view of the older parts of UB - single-storey buildings linked by shaded paths. The paths are of concrete, shaded (and sheltered from rain) by sheets of roofing material on poles.)


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The Main Mall

The Main Mall, 43 KB

The main shopping mall in the centre of Gaborone. This was one of the more successful features of the original city design. This picture was taken on a holiday and is thus uncharacteristically empty.
LONG DESCRIPTION:
The picture shows a view down the long axis of the mall. It is paved with paving stones, with buildings of a few storeys each side. Trees and some unattended stalls are visible.


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The African mall

The African Mall, 40KB

The African Mall is an another shopping centre in the original 1960s part of the city. A more modest place than the main mall but a centre of many practical necessities: resataurants and fast food shops, electronics shops, fresh produce, etc.
LONG DESCRIPTION:
The picture shows three women psoing in front of their fruit-and-vegatable stall, which is located in the carpark in the middle of the mall. Behind the stall is the road that runs round the mall. Behind this can be seen shops, including a Nando's chicken outlet with flags flying from the roof.


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Kgale Hill

Kgale Hill, 24KB

LONG DESCRIPTION:
A Gaborone landmark, located where the main road from the south enters the city. Kgale Hill is seen across an expanse of grass and low bush.


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Sua Pan

Sua Pan, 33KB

LONG DESCRIPTION:
Normally the Makgadikgadi Pans are dry. But in wet years, like this one, water enters them. This picture of Sua Pan, taken around the end of June 2000, shows the Pan transformed into a huge lake stretching to the horizon. Pelicans and other waterbirds have arrived.


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Approaching Shoshong

Approaching Shoshong, 27KB

Approaching the hills of Shoshong. Shoshong, in the Central District, was once the capital of the BaNgwato under King Sekgoma I in the mid 19th century. Shoshong was a defensible position, which was a prime consideration in Sekgoma's time as he faced a series of threats. It was here that David Livingstone visited Sekgoma, and here that the power struggle between the traditionalist King and his Christian son Khama (later Khama III/the Great) was played out. Khama later moved the capital to Phalatswe and then Serowe, the present seat of the BaNgwato. (See The Abandonment of Phalatswe, 1901-1916 by Prof. Neil Parsons.

This is perhaps a typical view of road travel in Botswana - good roads, huge spaces of bush and flat or rolling country, with sudden hills.

LONG DESCRIPTION:
In the background, the hills of Shoshong seen in the far distance. In the foreground,an expanse of red soil and some bush next to the black tarred road. The sky is blue with small white clouds.


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Sunset over the Gaborone Dam

Sunset over the Gaborone Dam

The Gaborone Dam, the water source for Gaborone, is in a sense the foundation of Gaborone itself. In a dry region water is of crucial importance, and the fact that a large dam could be successfully created here was a necessary precondition for the growth of the city. The dam has a yacht club, and also the splendidly named Kalahari Fishing Club. Fishers can be seen by the Old Lobatse Road, where it passes the dam, selling fresh fish to passers-by.


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