Soweto – the South-Western Townships – is the largest black residential area in South Africa, but it is NOT just a teeming slum on the outskirts of Johannesburg. It has a full range of housing, commerce, and services and was home to two noble laureates.

The township began as a segregated settlement in 1903 to house black laborers. Over time it expanded as other settlements were established in and around the original town, but it wasn’t until 1963 that the area became officially known as Soweto.

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Some of the pivotal events of the struggle for human rights occurred in Soweto, including the student protests of 1976, which are part of the story told at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum

Part of the feeling of hopefulness comes from recognizing that brave, caring, compassionate and thoughtful people really can change the world.

In South Africa, the most famous among them are former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Both are recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize and both once lived in Soweto