MAFEKING, a town in the British Bechuanaland division of the Cape, 870 m.
Mafeking is thus an important trading and distributing centre for Bechuanaland and the western Transvaal.
Mafeking was originally the headquarters of the Barolong tribe of Bechuana and is still their largest station, the native location (pop. 2860) being about a mile distant from the town.
north of Mafeking, that Dr Jameson started, on the 29th of December 1895, on his raid into the Transvaal.
On the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war in 1899 Mafeking was invested by a Boer force.