Soweto

My first stop in South Africa was Johannesburg, the second largest city is Africa.  It is a modern metropolitan city.   Home to 3 million people Johannesburg is affectionately called Joburg.  The black and white images here are from Soweto, a suburb, if you will of Johannesburg.

Soweto, an acronym for South Western Townships, is really a cluster of townships south west of bustling Johannesburg.  A township is a community formerly officially designated for black occupation by apartheid legislation. Twenty years post apartheid due to socioeconomic reasons little has changed.  People are living in abject poverty, deplorable living conditions.   Despite the situation I found a deep rooted pride among the people I met and real sense of community – the African word for it is “unbuntu “.

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