Lubumbashi celebrated her 100th birthday in 2010.

The settlement was originally known at Elisabethville after Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, later to become Queen Elisabeth when her husband Prince Albert acceded to the throne following the death of his father King Leopold II.

It was decided to establish the settlement on the banks of the river Lubumbashi which provided power for the nearby mines which included the copper mine, Mine d’Etoile which continues to operate close to Ruashi on the outskirts of Lubumbashi.

The arrival of the railway on 27th September 1910 from Cape Town in South Africa via Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) to this northern part of the copper belt was also an influencing factor in the choice of location for this city.  The copper and other minerals being transported more easily out of the country by rail.  In 1931 the railway between Elisabethville and Angola via Dilolo was opened.  The high altitude also made it a more pleasant climate in which to live and work.  In 1910 there were 300 Europeans and 1000 living in the settlement. In 1966, the city’s name was changed to Lubumbashi, after it’s river, by President Mobutu who came to power in 1965.

Mobutu also changed the name of other cities as well as the country, which became Zaire in his programme of Africanisation. Mobutu fled the country in 1997 when Laurent Kabila marched on the city of Kinshasa seizing control of the capital and the country. The country was renamed Congo once again.

The city is the regional capital of Katanga Province and in 1997 President Laurent Kabila made the decision to change the theatre in the Batiment de 30 Juin (June 30th being the date Congo celebrates independence from Belgium) into the regional parliament building. Laurent Kabila’s son Joseph Kabila came to power in when his father was assassinated. He is currently serving his 2nd mandate following Presidential elections in 2006 and 2011. The current Governor of Katanga Province is Moise Katumbi Chapwe and  is also the owner of one of the city’s acclaimed football teams T.P. Mazembe.

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