Serbs in Botswana

Serbs in Botswana constitute one of the nation's larger immigrant communities, and are primarily found in and around the city of Gaborone.

Serbs in Botswana
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Total population
>1,000
Regions with significant populations
Gaborone
Languages
Serbian, English
Religion
Serbian Orthodox Church
Related ethnic groups
Serbs in South Africa

The first Serbs to come to southern Africa was during the colonialization of Africa, when Botswana was under the British Empire as the Bechuanaland Protectorate. The migration of the Serb population took place in four waves: the first in the 19th century, when they came to work in the mines. The second wave began in 1945 with politically-motivated emigration against Tito's Socialist regime, the third occurred during the 1960s and 1970s as guest workers. After the independence of most African countries and joining the Non-Aligned Movement, factories from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia came with their workers to these countries. while the fourth wave occurred in the 1990s when the Serbian population fled from their homes during the Yugoslav Wars.

At the end of the 1960s, Serbian architects, spatial planners, doctors, health workers, professors, builders, technologists began to settle in Botswana, and today about 350 Serbs make up the Serbian community in Botswana.

The Serbian community in Botswana was founded in 2010 with the aim of maintaining their culture, tradition and language, and since September 2011, a Serbian school has been active in Gaborone.

The Serbian architect Konstantin Mandić, who worked in Zimbabwe before coming to Botswana in 1979 as the architect of Energoprojekt, became notorious in Botswana. He is remembered for projects in the capital of Botswana, such as the post office building, a residential complex near the university, and the national football stadium.

Serbian Botswanans also have two Serbian Orthodox churches in Gaborone, the church of Saint Sava and the church of Saint Nicholas, construction of which began in 2016. The Saint Sava Orthodox Church operates a school for Serbian Botswanans to teach children the Serbian language and culture.[1]

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  1. ^ “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.

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