White people in Botswana
|Regions with significant populations|
|Gaborone, Francistown, Ghanzi, Serowe, Lobatse|
|English, Greek, Serbian, Afrikaans|
|Related ethnic groups|
|White people in Zambia, White people in Zimbabwe, White South Africans|
Currently, White Africans are a minority ethnic group in Botswana, accounting for a little more than 3% of the country's population. The White population usually speak Afrikaans as well as other European languages, most notably English.
European people began to immigrate into what is today the nation of Botswana in the 19th century, starting with the Boer people. The Dorsland Trek in the late 19th and early 20th centuries saw thousands of Boer families migrate from South Africa to present-day Namibia by way of Botswana. Many families stayed, especially in Ghanzi, which is in the Kalahari Desert. White Tswana people come from a variety of backgrounds, including families of British, Boer, German and Greek descent.
Additionally, there is a fairly significant Serbian community in the country, mainly families of immigrants from Yugoslavia who came beginning in the 1950s. There is a Serbian Society in Gaborone, which regularly hosts a variety of cultural events. In 2016 construction began on the first Serbian Orthodox church in Botswana, the St. Nicholas Church. The St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church also operates in Gaborone.
- Hendrik van Zyl, famed trader and politician in Ghanzi
- Christian de Graaff, MP, Minister of Agriculture
- Roy Blackbeard, MP, High Commissioner from Botswana to the United Kingdom
- Derek Jones, Mayor of Gaborone
- Ruth Williams Khama, First Lady of Botswana
- Samantha Paxinos, Olympic swimmer for Botswana
- Benjamin Steinberg, MP, first Treasurer of the Botswana Democratic Party
References and footnotes
- "CIA - The World Factbook -- Botswana". CIA. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
- “Corner-Stone for a new Orthodox Church in Botswana.” Regular Session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church Begins | Serbian Orthodox Church [Official Web Site], Serbian Orthodox Church, 25 Nov. 2016, www.spc.rs/eng/cornerstone_first_orthodox_church_botswana.In-text Citation
- “History of Serbs in Botswana.” Saint Sava Botswana, Saint Sava Serbian Ortodox Church in Gaborone, Botswana, www.saintsavabotswana.org/history-of-serbs-in-botswana.