"SOuth WEst TOwnship ~ Soweto" Top 5 Page for this destination Soweto by Jenniflower

Soweto Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 136 photos

Two great men

As the world's most famous prisoner (held in captivity for 27 years) and, then becoming South Africa's president, Nelson Mandela exemplifies a moral integrity that shines far beyond South Africa. Much of what occurred in his political history took place in a sprawling township just outside of Johannesburg... called Soweto, which has over 3,000,000 inhabitants.

In the revolution led by Mandela to transform a country based on cruel and unfair apartheid laws and division, into an open democracy, he alone has achieved a miracle. A miracle of human nature ~ more often that not people go to war in cases like this, but he opted for the peaceful and forgiving route. He did this together with the then President, F.W de Klerk. Both are good men in my opinion.

This is one of the reasons I am so proud to be an African :)

This photo is from Madame Tussauds, where Mandela, F.W. and I had a strategic meeting ;)i

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great community feel generally
  • Cons:Millions of people, poverty
  • In a nutshell:Integral part of South African history
  • Intro Updated Jun 28, 2007
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  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2009 at 6:10 AM

    Hi Jenni Wonderfully moving page on Soweto- Madiba would be proud. Excellent recollections and photos. Maybe you could write a tip about the amazing music that originates from here!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Very captivating and powerful page on Soweto. Love your little personal stories and your passion for SA certainly comes shining through.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2009 at 4:19 AM

    Exceptional and interesting Soweto page with lovely photographs! Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:26 AM

    nostalgia, riding those Zola Budds from anywhere was the most convenient mode of public transport ;-)))

  • alucas's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Great page, with plenty of personal experiences to make it come alive.

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Hi Jen, this is a fantastic page, written with such sensitivity and experience - great! Tou have many nice new pages - thanx, Pierre

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2007 at 8:06 AM

    what a great, knowledgeable and very personal page - a fantastic read

  • aaaarrgh's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Four rooms!! I didn't realise Nelson live in a palace ;o) Interesting page, Jen.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Among the special joys of VT are the more personal pages like this, sharing stories you don't come across elsewhere like the one about your childhood visit to the church and of course Nkosi. A great page Jen :)

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Thanks for the personal look at Soweto Jen.


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