Soweto City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 17, 2007

Soweto is an urban community in Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province of South Africa. Drawing its name from the abbreviation of “South Western Townships”, Soweto has played a prominent role in the country’s troubled history, having been the center of operations of many anti-apartheid activists including former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Following the dismantling of apartheid in the early 90s, Soweto enjoyed a period of renewed growth and development, and has become a center for culture and entertainment in the country, as well as a popular tourist destination for travelers from all over the world.

Today, some of the most visited attractions in the area are the museums that bear witness to the country’s tumultuous history, among them The Mandela Museum and the newly opened Apartheid Museum. [click to continue…]