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Soweto, originally an abbreviation for South Western Townships, came into being as a suburb that housed miners and black workers. This city district southwest of Johannesburg grew to symbolise the struggle against apartheid. Nowadays, Soweto is a lively reflection of the new South Africa, where a number of noteworthy monuments serve as reminders of an illustrious past.
From shabby slums and open sewers to extravagant villas and BMW showrooms, Soweto is a neighbourhood of contrasts. This melting pot of cultures is home to a mix of local languages, street slang and Afrikaans. It is a cheerful neighbourhood filled with music. A vibrant combination of rich and poor, young and old and past and future is what makes Soweto so unique.