Mafeking, South Africa

Mafeking is the capital city of the North-West Province of South Africa and located close to the border with Botswana. The city is known for the Siege of Mafeking during the Second Boer War. The Siege lasted from October 1899 to May 1900 and 212 people were killed and more than 600 wounded. In 1904, Lord Roberts unveiled an obelisk at Mafeking to commemorate those who had died.


Latitude: -25.863770755968
Longitude: 25.658483505249

Timeline of Events Associated with Mafeking, South Africa

Date Event Manage
17 May 1900

Siege of Mafeking lifted

Crane, Stop the WarOn 17 May 1900, after 217 days, the siege of the town of Mafeking, occupied by British forces, was lifted (as part of the Second Boer War). When news of the relief of the town reached London the following day, street celebrations lasted through the night. This event is often seen as marking the height of jingoism in Britain. Image: Walter Crane, “Stop the War,” page 297, The War Against War in South Africa, 23 February 1900, wood engraving, courtesy of Yale University.


Jo Briggs, “The Second Boer War, 1899-1902: Anti-Imperialism and European Visual Culture”