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Mafikeng and Mmabatho
are two towns located around 250km west of Johannesburg
in the Northern Region
of South Africa
Mafikeng is a small city at the junction of the R49 and R503 which acts primarily as a hub for the surrounding farmlands.
The city is best known for a siege during the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1899, when Colonel Baden Powell managed to hold off generals Snyman and Cronje for 217 days, after which reinforcements arrived. This was greeted as a great victory by the British and earned the colonel the repute that enabled him to found the Boy Scouts movement some years later.
Mmabatho is effectively a suburb of the town, but one which was created with lofty ambitions in 1977 as capital of the independent homeland of Bophuthatswana, but which soon became synonymous with gambling, corruption and excess.
Most international visitors find little reason to stay in either.