Soweto Township Tour
A guided tour of the famous Soweto township in Johannesburg South Africa, the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history.Soweto was the centre of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state.
South Africa's Soweto
Soweto is a cluster of townships, on the south western flank of Johannesburg City and was created in the 1930's. It is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. Soweto is a sprawling township, or more accurately, a cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. Soweto was created in the 1930s, with Orlando the first township established. In the 1950s, more black people were relocated there from 'black spots' in the inner city - black neighbourhoods which the apartheid government had reserved for whites.
With a population of over 2 million, the township is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. Soweto was the centre of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state. The 1976 student uprising started in Soweto and spread to the rest of the country. Many of the sights on this route therefore have political significance. From the footbridge of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the largest on the continent, one can get a panoramic view of Soweto.
Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, built in memory of the people who died that day, 16 June 1976. Nelson Mandela's humble little house in Orlando West, Soweto, now called the Mandela Family Museum, is an interesting stopover for those keen to imbibe a slice of authentic history on the world's most famous former prisoner. The museum, a house comprising four inter-leading rooms, contains a rather eclectic assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family, as well as a collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities and institutions around the world.
One can also have a glimpse of the mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, in an affluent part of Orlando West. Archbishop Desmond Tutu'as house and the Sisulu residences are in the same neighbourhood.
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