Photographs from Soweto

During my time in Johannesburg, I visited the vast township of Soweto on two occasions. Soweto is located south west of the centre of Johannesburg (Soweto is in fact an abbreviation of South Western Townships). Notable landmarks include Desmond Tutu’s house, Nelson Mandela’s house where he lived from 1946 – 62, and the Orlando Towers.

The famous Soweto Uprising of 16th June 1976 began as a result of the government trying to enforce education in Afrikaans as opposed to in the native langauge of the people of Soweto. The death of a 13 year old boy called Hector Pieterson, who was shot by police aiming fire at protesting students, is seen as a symbol of struggle against the brutality of the Apartheid Regime. In many ways the Soweto Uprising was the catalyst for the eventual dismantling of apartheid.

Soweto is also home to South Africa’s largest stadium, the FNB Stadium, which is the homeground of both South Africa’s national football team and one of South Africa’s top football teams, the Kaizer Chiefs.

Below I am featuring some photographs I took during my time there.




Visiting a Soweto learning centre



Soweto children 1



Soweto children 2



Soweto children 3



Soweto residencies photo 1



Soweto residences photo 2



At the Hector Pieterson memorial and museum



Political party posters



On the side of a carton of Joburg beer



Necking some of that Joburg Beer which is very similar in taste to the traditional Zulu beer sorghumΒ 



Shebeen scene



Outside Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s house



Fans of Deliciously Ella rejoice! This is the choice of snack of many people who live in the townships in the Gauteng area. A Kota is a quarter loaf of white bread hollowed out and filled with chips and cheap processed meats like salami slices and Vienna sausages. For R12 it is all yours.



One of the Orlando towers



Outside the Apartheid Museum



by Nicholas Peart

20th July 2016

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10 thoughts on “Photographs from Soweto

  1. Must have been a fabulous experience! The pictures of the residences could easily be mistaken for the slums in parts of India – so similar. I always enjoy sampling local favourite foods when I travel and your posts have introduced me to some foods I have never heard of before πŸ™‚ Those kids are just adorable! πŸ™‚

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    1. It was a unique experience and those kids are indeed very adorable πŸ™‚ The bunny chow is a must! I am very much looking forward to sampling the street food in India when I head over there later this year!


  2. I was looking for a travel blog and I stumbled on yours. Great photos and very interesting posts. Although I never visited South Africa I have always been interested in their history and cultures. I will be following your adventures.

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