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City Soweto

Soweto is a neighbourhood within the city of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province. The word is actually a combination of the words South Western Townships, a residential area for black people who worked in the gold mines, which occurred after 1886. It is a neighbourhood that grew rapidly during Apartheid in South Africa and it is still recalled to this day.

The Hector Pietersen statue and museum are a reminder and remembrance of the revolt of the black population of Soweto. It was fought for the English language at school, instead of Afrikaans education which was established by the Afrikaans government. The march ended in a bloodbath when police opened fire and besides killing many students, the 13-year-old Hector Pietersen was also shot here.

Social unrest was the result and the government gave in response electricity to the homes of Soweto, but stopped building homes, letting the slums arise with houses made of corrugated iron and wood waste.

Soweto is the birthplace of Nelson Mandela and the place where he lived is now a small museum and a tourist attraction. Archbishop Desmond Tutu (and activist against apartheid) was also born in Soweto. A trip in Soweto is therefore often characterized by, or is a reference to the politics of South Africa.

All the official languages ​​(11) of South Africa are spoken here of which the main ones are Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Venda and Tsonga. Other languages ​​are Ndebele, Swazi, Venda, Xhosa, English and Afrikaans. With the melting pot of cultures a mix emergence of the different languages ​​and the youth speaks Tsotsitaal, a language that is still in development.

Inside Soweto you will find many areas.  There are small shops that meet every day needs but also two major Shopping Malls, a Holiday Inn hotel, and an entertainment area with famous clubs and two hospitals. There are hardly any jobs in Soweto, so most people use minibus taxis to leave the township each day to work in the city.

It may sound strange to make an excursion here, but it gives a beautiful and colourful picture of the life of the proud, black population of South Africa. We encourage you to organize a tour with a guide and explore Soweto because in addition to safe travel, you learn and see most of it ... not to mention you can get lost, because all streets look hugely alike.

The local churches, traditional healers, pubs, the Apartheid Museum, the Hector Pietersen Statue, the Open Air Museum in Klipton district, the Mandela family museum, the Oppenheimer Gardens in the centre of Soweto, the football stadium and Vilakazi Street where two South African greats were born which are the attractions of Soweto.  

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