Mafeking Avenue, IG2

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Named in commemoration of the 217-day Siege, and Relief, of Mafeking which ran from October 13, 1899 – May 17, 1900, during the Second Boer War. The defence of the town was led by British commander, Colonel Robert Baden-Powell, who had been sent to the region as hostilities mounted. Despite being heavily outnumbered Baden-Powell defied expectations by holding off the sieging forces. He introduced a number of clever deceptions including the laying of fake landmines and ordered his soldiers to move as if avoiding barbed wire, among other improvisions. The Boers believing that the town was more heavily defended than it actually was, eventually retreated. This is one of a quartet of streets remembering the war, namely: Ladysmith Avenue, Colenso Road, Kimberley Avenue and Mafeking Avenue.

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