On the 27-28 October 2017, “The City of all things Precious” came to a halt as its residents were on a jubilant mood to mark the city’s 120 years of existence. Statistics Botswana found it fit to grace the event by participating in the Carnival (Walk) and setting up a branded stall.
The Carnival which was held on the 27 October 2017 started at 09:00 hours until 13:00 hours, from the traffic lights by the Central Police station – along Blue jacket Street – Spaghetti road – the Bus rank and ended at the Central Park. On the day of the celebrations which was on the 28 October 2017, all roads headed to the Francistown Sports Complex where various activities took place. Statistics Botswana took part by setting up a stall to showcase its achievements, products and services.
Also present at the celebrations was His Excellency, The President of Botswana Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama who implored that Francistown should continuously review its strategies and roadmap to keep abreast with the latest developments. The President also noted that the nation must be appreciative of the strides that Francistown has accomplished in its 120 years of existence as a commercial center of repute since the discovery of gold and minerals in the 19th century.
The city of Francistown which is the only one with an English name in Botswana was founded in 1897 and proclaimed a city in 1997. The 2011 Population and Housing Census 2017 population projection for the city stands at 109, 986, while the city’s literacy rate is at 95.4% (National Literacy survey 2014).