This township, also known as "e-kasi" which means Township - in township slang amongst the youth of Soweto is vibrant and alive with cultural diversity and interaction. It will offer you the opportunity to see historical places such as Nelson Mandela's former Orlando West home, where he stayed when he was a lawyer in Johannesburg. The Hector Peterson Memorial, named after 13 year old Hector Peterson, who died of gunshot wounds during 1976 Soweto uprising in Vilakazi Street, The Tutu House and the Regina Mundi Church. Other interesting places are the Baragwaneth complex where you can stop at the huge taxi rank for a walk about. Soak up the sounds, tastes and "smells" of Africa through your visit to an informal open-air butcher shop, herbalists, barbers and markets. Enjoy a "Smilies" breakfast (the meat of a cow or sheep's head) and sip on an Omqombothi (traditional beer) at one of their local shebeens.
This city of surprises and contrast takes you from corporate business to pavement hawkers and from affluent mansions to people living in shacks made from tin and card board.
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