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SOWETO is a city of contrasts: from luxurious villas to shanties, green fields and streams around the corner from piles of garbage, the biggest public hospital in the world with the world's highest HIV infection rate, and a friendliness and cheerfulness that disguises a high unemployment rate.
Soweto, an acronym for South Western Township, was built in 1904 and from the 1950s, it became the government's dumping ground for unwanted black settlements in white suburbs. Its first houses were made of tin and wood, the township only getting brick houses in 1933, built by Edwin Orlando, who gave his name to the first suburb of Orlando. Soweto is huge, stretching across a vast area 20 kilometres south west of the city. Its people speak nine of the country's 11 languages. The tour covers only the eastern suburbs of the township, namely Diepkloof, Orlando, Dube and Pimville. Baragwanath Hospital takes its name from a Welshman, John Albert Baragwanath (`bara` means bread, `gwanath` means wheat), who started a refreshment post and hostel for wagon drivers travelling to Kimberley, soon after the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand. He called it the Wayside Inn, but it became known as Baragwanath's Place. Orlando East and to the famous Regina Mundi Catholic Church, built in 1962. This church played a significant role in the South Africa of the 60s, 70s and 80s, when political parties and gatherings were banned. The church became a meeting place of people fighting to overthrow the apartheid government. Orlando West, and a drive past Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's mansion, with security cameras at the gate and each corner of the high walls and bullet-proof windows. Around the corner is Vilakazi Street, the street of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Tutu's house has blue-grey walls and electric fencing with a white house peeping over the walls. It has a neat pavement garden with shrubs and trees. Up the hill is the Mandela home from the 1960s, now a museum It's a matchbox house comprising four interleading rooms, containing memorabilia from the short time they had together before Mandela went into hiding, was arrested and eventually imprisoned for 27 years. Hector Pieterson Museum Hector, 12, was one of the first casualties of the Soweto uprising of 16 June, 1976, when over 500 people were killed as they protested over the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools. A news photograph of the dying Hector being carried by a fellow student, was published around the world. Shortly afterwards journalists approached the Pieterson family for pictures of Hector.
Price includes: Professional Guide, Air-conditioned mini bus (seats 5 plus driver), public insurance, toll fees, and fuel. Excludes: Enterance fees to all sites, Portage, Meals and Refreshments Available; Monday ~ Sunday: 09.00 AM ~ 17.00 PM