Gauteng: Soweto and Apartheid Museum: 1 Day Tour

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R1,850.00


Soweto was originally an acronym for South Western Townships, and comprises a number of townships, which developed into a city as a result of policy of territorial and political segregation. It now consists of about 28 townships, and a population of more than 7 million people. One such mushrooming Township, Orlando produced new leaders during the 1940’s, including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu


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Places that will be visited in SOWETO include:
• The Regina Mundi church is the largest Roman Catholic church in South Africa. Regina Mundi means Queen of the world and refers to the Virgin Mary. The church was built in 1961, and officially opened on 24 July 1962. The church wrote its name in the history books in the apartheid era, and specific during the June 16 riots when students fled from the Orlando stadium and looked for shelter from the police shooting in the church. Police followed them in, and fired shots in the church, some of the damage and bullet holes can still be seen in the church.
• Kliptown and Freedom square, where the freedom charter for the democratic South Africa of the future was adopted in 1955, by this new ANC leadership.
• The Morris Isaacson school, from where students marched down Vilakazi street to protest against the use of Afrikaans at schools on 16 June 1976, leading to the killing of Hector Peterson and Hastings Ndlovu. The photo taken by Sam Nzima, of the fatally wounded Peterson being carried from the scene, appeared throughout the world, and he became the symbol of the massacre and in a sense of the struggle for freedom.
• Mandela Family home in Vilakazi street SOWETO, where Nelson and his wife Winnie spent some of the short time they were able to live together as a family.
• Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home, Vilakazi street SOWETO, only 3 houses from that of Nelson Mandela. This make it the only street in the world where 2 Nobel prize winners stayed. Bishop Tutu is internationally known as a stalwart anti-apartheid cleric and played a roll in some of the toughest events around communication and reconciliation.
• The Hector Peterson Memorial. The 1976 Soweto Students uprising, which was specific against the law of governing schooling and education and lead to the shooting of Hector Peterson, created an indelible image worldwide and turned the tide of South African history