Infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and abuzz with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto has so much to offer the visitor with it's world-class museums, historical attractions, struggle sites, fun restaurants, shebeens, budget accommodation options and the fantastic option of adventure activities at the Orlando Towers.
Soweto, a cluster of townships sprawling across a vast area, is the most populous bantu urban residential area in the country, with a population around the one million mark. It is the most metropolitan township in the country setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and languages.
A township was created in 1904 to house mainly black workers, who laboured in the mines and other industries in the city, away from the Johannesburg city centre. In the 1950s, more bantu people were relocated there from bantu neighbourhoods which the apartheid government then reserved for whites.
Soweto's exceptional growth was unexpected and also unplanned as waves of migrant workers moved from the countryside and neighbouring countries to look for employment in the fast-growing city of gold.
Other problems that Soweto has had since its inception, includes poor housing, overcrowding, high unemployment and poor infrastructure. Settlements of shacks made of corrugated iron sheets fast became a familiar part of the Sowetan landscape. It is only in recent years that the democratic government has spearheaded moves to plant trees, develop parks, and provide electricity and running water to the township.
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