Maseru


Maseru
/mah'seuh rooh", maz"euh rooh'/, n.
a town in and the capital of Lesotho, in the NW part. 29,000.

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City (pop., 1999 est.: metro. area, 373,000), capital of Lesotho.

It lies on the Caledon River near the border with Free State province, Republic of South Africa. In 1869 the chief of the Basotho (Sotho) nation, Moshoeshoe I, founded the town near his mountain stronghold of Thaba Bosiu. Diamond mining is important economically. The country's only urban centre, Maseru is the site of government buildings as well as a technical school and Lesotho Agricultural College. Roma, to the southeast, is the seat of the National University of Lesotho (1945).

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 capital and largest urban centre of Lesotho. It is on the left bank of the Caledon River near the border with Free State province, South Africa. In 1869 the chief of the Sotho (Basotho) nation, Moshoeshoe (Mshweshwe), founded the town near his mountain stronghold of Thaba Bosiu; few of the 19th-century buildings remain. Lesotho is linked with the South African railway system by a short line from Maseru to Marseilles on the Bloemfontein–KwaZulu-Natal main line, thus providing an outlet for farm produce, trade, and the transport of labourers. Maseru, in turn, is linked by road and airstrips to other areas of mountainous Lesotho and by scheduled air service to Johannesburg. The National Assembly chamber buildings and the High Court buildings of Lesotho are in Maseru, as are Radio Lesotho, a technical school, and the Lesotho Agricultural College, founded in 1955. The town of Roma, 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Maseru, is the site of the National University of Lesotho (established 1975). Pop. (1996) urban centre, 137,837; (1999 est.) Maseru urban agglomeration, 373,000.

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