A township of Johannesburg, Soweto was traditionally home to workers who were employed in the region’s gold mines. The city’s name is derived from an abbreviation of “South Western Townships.” Soweto was a multi-racial city that become predominantly black under South Africa’s apartheid system in the 20th century. Notable former residents of Soweto include late South African president Nelson Mandela and apartheid freedom activist Bishop Desmond Tutu. Tutu’s former home is now a museum. Several local companies offer tours of Soweto and its historic sites.
Flights to Soweto are available via O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).
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