SOWETO HERITAGE TOUR
The June 16 1976 Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa. Events that triggered the uprising can be traced back to policies of the Apartheid government that resulted in the introduction of the Bantu Education Act in 1953.
Soweto is an urban settlement or ‘township’ in South Africa, southwest of Johannesburg, with a population of approximately 1.3 million (2008, Joburg archive).
Soweto was created in the 1930s when the White government started seperating Blacks from Whites. Blacks were moved away from Johannesburg, to an area separated from White suburbs by a so-called cordon sanitaire (or sanitary corridor) this was usually a river, a railway track, an industrial area or a highway etc., they did this by using the infamous ‘Urban Areas Act’ in 1923.
Soweto became the largest Black city in South Africa, but until 1976 its population could have status only as temporary residents, serving as a workforce for Johannesburg. It experienced civil unrest during the Apartheid regime. There were serious riots in 1976, sparked by a ruling that Afrikaans be used in African schools there; the riots were violently suppressed, with 176 striking students killed and more than 1,000 injured. Reforms followed, but riots flared up again in 1985 and continued until the first multiracial elections were held in April 1994.
In 2010, South Africa’s oldest township hosted the FIFA Soccer World Cup final and the attention of more than a billion soccer spectators from all over the world was focused on Soweto.
Departure: On request (min 2 people)
Soweto: South Western Townships of Johannesburg, a city of its own. Your guide will take you to see the “Mandela Museum”, Hector Pietersen Memorial Square and Regina Mundi Church. Hear the history of this fascinating black township. This was home to Hector Pietersen who was the first casualty in the 1976 youth uprising
You will see the “Beverley Hills” of Soweto as well as the informal settlements within the borders. This gives you a very good insight into the city called “Soweto”. Youth day commemorates the 1976 uprising every year on 16 June.
You will have lunch at Sakhumzi’s shebeen (illegal drinking house) and experience a mixture of African and Western cuisine. (included)
Min 2 persons
Excludes: All refreshments, tips and gratuities to driver and guide and any items of a personal nature