Soweto (South Western Townships) borders Jo’burgs mining belt in the south. Soweto came to the world’s attention on 16 June 1976 with the Soweto Uprising, when mass protests erupted over the government’s policy to enforce education in Afrikaans rather than their native language.
Police opened fire in Orlando West on 10,000 students marching from Naledi High School to Orlando Stadium. The rioting continued and 23 people died on the first day in Soweto, 21 of whom were black, including the minor Hector Pieterson.
Over the years Soweto has grown into a huge city of well over a million people with upmarket suburbs, quiet neighbourhoods, shopping malls, theatres, sports stadiums, cinemas and entertainment complexes, surrounded by poverty-stricken informal settlements.
The best way to discover Soweto is to take a guided tour where you can choose to walk, cycle, quad bike or take a tuk-tuk – and along with the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come here each year you’ll find Soweto is exhilarating, exciting and unique.
Top things to do in Soweto:
– Discover the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the world’s third biggest hospital
– Bungee jump from the iconic brightly painted Orlando cooling towers from which you can bungee jump; –
– Visit Vizakali street, the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners once lived (Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu)
– The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum is a poignant reminder of 16 June 1976, with its understated displays of photographs, historical documents and oral histories.
– Walter Sisulu Square is the site where the 1955 Congress of the People drafted the Freedom Charter.
– Go for a tasting to the Soweto Beer Brewery.
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