Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa.

Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa!
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
A tower in Freedom Square

Introduction:

Soweto South Africa is located in the city area of Johannesburg in the Gauteng district. Soweto stands for “South Western Townships”. FYI: the term “township” in South Africa refers to the poor, underdeveloped living areas that are usually on the outskirts of major cities. These townships were built during apartheid to separate blacks, coloureds and Indians from whites. Soweto was developed as a township for black people. 99% of its current inhabitants are black. Soweto South Africa is well known for fighting against and resisting apartheid. It is home to many historic sites.

I spent my first full day in South Africa touring Soweto. I walked through the streets of the Soweto uprising, pass the former home of Nelson Mandela and ont to the Hector Pieterson Museum. We spent time in the Kliptown area, the Orlando area and also walked through the townships. The feeling you get walking through the streets of Soweto South Africa is really indescribable. Therefore, I have decided to take you on a visual tour of what I experienced.

Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Freedom Square in Kliptown Soweto. In 1955 the Congress of the people drafted the Freedom Charter. It demanded equal rights for all people.
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Soweto township
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Children running through the Soweto township
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
The image of this baby behind this gate will always stay with me.
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Porta Potties in the township
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Little boys playing in the street
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
It’s a dog’s life
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Arriving in the Orlando area
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
The Nelson Mandela National Museum aka “Mandela House”. Nelson Mandela lived here between 1946-1962.
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Taking a breather outside of Mandela House. It is a beautiful area.
Street Scenes from Soweto!
Graffiti on the streets of Soweto
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
The streets outside of Mandela House where filled with vendors selling clothes, jewelry and souvenirs
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Beautiful jewelry in Soweto

Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa

Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
In the distance you can see the Orlando Cooling Towers. They are a well known landmark in Soweto. One of the towers has the largest mural painting in South Africa. You can also go bungee jumping there!
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
A symbol of youth protestors in the streets during the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. Hundreds of high school students were killed by police officers that day including 13 year old Hector Pieterson.
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Symbol of a police officer and a dog during the Soweto uprising
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
A picture of 13 year old Hector Pieterson being carried by a high school student after being shot by police officers during the Soweto uprising. Hector’s sister is running beside them in despair. This picture is located at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum.
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
Visiting the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum. His sister shown in the previous picture works here!
Street Scenes from Soweto South Africa
We ended the night at a black owned restaurant in the Orlando area of Soweto. It is called “Sakhumzi Restaurant. An authentic Soweto experience”. It has a lively atmosphere with a large outdoor patio and serves traditional South African foods and wines.

Conclusion:

I hope you have enjoyed this tour through Soweto South Africa! I traveled to Soweto courtesy of the YMCA but for those interested in touring the area I did find this website. Have you been to Soweto? If so share your thoughts with us! Before you leave be sure to check out my other “street scenes” blog post on Sorrento Italy.

 

 

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