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SSoweto origins go back to 1905, when using an outbreak of disease in part of town now known as Newtown, and then the Johannesburg City Council took the opportunity of moving the black residents to an area 20km south west of Johannesburg. After the National Party took power in 1948, its institute the Group Areas Act and forcibly moved black population groups out of inner Johannesburg areas, one being Sophiatown, to Soweto, a name derived in 1963 from the acronym South West Township. Today the city of Soweto has more than 2 million inhabitants. Previously under-resourced, it still has large areas of dire poverty but it also now has shopping malls, parks and recreation facilities, restaurants B&Bs, Soweto Theatre and University of Johannesburg.A shorter tour of Soweto that will take you to some of the most interesting historical sites around Soweto. Visit the formal migrant workers’ hostel and be introduced to conditions of male mine workers and meet the families that live here
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