Let’s go and visit….SOWETO! Soweto is a township of the city of Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa, bordering the city’s mining belt in the south Its name is an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships. Welcome to Soweto! FNB Stadium It is a sprawling township located at the edge of Johannesburg, and it was the site of a violent uprising in 1976 that helped to bring international attention to the struggle against apartheid. Soweto has a fascinating history and is home to a diverse array of people of all income levels and ethnicities It started as a temporary settlement for gold field workers. When black South Africans migrated to Gauteng to work in gold mines in the late 1880s, they initially settled in the center of Johannesburg. However they were soon evicted by city and state authorities and transplanted to hostels and other accommodations in the outskirts of town. Soweto was one. It became known as Soweto in 1963, an acronym that represents the first two letters of the words, then used to designate the sprawling area known as the South Western Townships. Soweto is credited as the birthplace of Kwaito and Kasi Rap Kwaito and Kasi Rap are styles of hip-hop music unique to South Africa, blending different elements of house, American hip-hop and rap, and traditional African styles of music. Soweto has become Johannesburg’s No. 1 tourist attraction Thanks to its many important landmarks and key historical sites, many tourists have flocked to the township over the years. Nelson Mandela’s former home, transformed into the Mandela House Museum is a big draw, along with the Hector Pietersen Museum, the Orlando Stadium (home of the Kaizer Chiefs football club) and lots of nightlife opportunities. While many media outlets in the greater Johannesburg area cover Soweto, the township has several home-grown media enterprises that are dedicated to township coverage. Soweto TV, a community TV channel, offers local news to residents, while the township’s newspaper, “The Sowetan,” has a readership of more than 1.6 million. Shebeens played an essential role in South Africa’s pre-democratic social and political history. During apartheid, shebeens came to be associated with the townships, where they served as meeting places for political dissidents, but they have since crossed over from makeshift taverns to mainstream venues for relaxing and socialising. Shebeens were township bars and taverns, places where mostly working class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life in a segregated society. Despite their illegal status, shebeens played a unifying role in the community, A taxi ride from Soweto to the inner city can be quite an experience for first timers. There is never a dull moment in a kasi taxi, Thank you for watching! Please subscribe.