Ramotswa

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Ramotswa
Village
Ramotswa is located in Botswana
Ramotswa
Ramotswa
Coordinates: 25°13′S 25°40′E / 25.217°S 25.667°E / -25.217; 25.667
Country Botswana
District South-East District
Elevation 1,009 m (3,310 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 27,760
Time zone GMT +2
Climate BSh

Ramotswa is a village in South-East District of Botswana, southwest of the capital of Gaborone. The population was 27,760 in 2011 census.[2] It is the tribal capital of the BaLete, an ethnic majority springing from the Nguni tribe.

Ramotswa's main industry is a wheat flour mill. The village also manufactures metal products.

Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Ramotswa is the first woman to serve as a paramount chief in Botswana. Seboko took on her role as a village leader and representative to the House of Chiefs after her brother Kgosi Seboko II died in 2000. Her presence in the house of chiefs was hailed as a victory for women's rights in southern Africa.

The nearby hamlet of Otse is the site for Moeding College, originally a colonial secondary school and a school for the disabled run by the Campbill Rankoromane Community educational center. Police XI, Botswana Premier League champions for 2006, are also based in Otse.

The climate is semi-arid, vegetation is a tree and shrub savanna. Only a fifth of the area is farmed but the density of cattle and goats and sheep is high.

Otse is overlooked by cliffs from which a colony of vultures are easily visible on most days.

Notable natives and residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 census". Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2011 Census". Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. 
  • "Botswana: First female paramount chief welcomed" (September 3, 2003), IRINnews.org

Coordinates: 24°52′S 25°49′E / 24.867°S 25.817°E / -24.867; 25.817