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Francistown

Administration
Full nameFrancistown
Official nameFrancistown
CountryBotswana
DistrictFrancistown
Founded1897
Government
MayorShadrack Nyeku
Geography
Elevation3284.1 ft (1001 m)
Demography
Total Population85363 (2006)
Other information
Time zoneCentral Africa Time (UTC+2)
- Summer (DST)not observed (UTC+2)
Area code2XX

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Francistown or Nyangabgwe is the second largest city in Botswana, with a population of about 85,363, and often described as the "Capital of the North". It is located in eastern Botswana, about 400 km (248.5 mi) north-northeast from the capital, Gaborone. Francistown is located at the confluence of the Tati and Inchwe rivers, and near the Shashe River (tributary to the Limpopo) and 90 kilometres from the international border with Zimbabwe. Francistown was the centre of southern Africa's first gold rush, and is still surrounded by old and abandoned mines.

The City of Francistown is an administrative district, separated from North-East District. It is administered by Francistown City Council.


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