We spent our one full day in Johannesburg on a day tour of Soweto offered by Themba Safaris and Day Tours. Soweto (short for Southwest Township) is a symbol of all that was wrong with apartheid in South Africa and was a hot bed of unrest and protest during the fight to overturn the racist policies of the national government. Under apartheid, many Africans were forcibly removed from their homes and relocated to remote townships such as this. Today, Soweto is a peaceful, predominantly black community.
A large mall nearby was packed with shoppers.
Kliptown Youth Program led us on our tour. He was 25 years old and had lived in this community all his life. He and others had created the Youth Program to eradicate poverty through education.