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Soweto is an urban area in Johannesburg, in Gauteng province South Africa. In 1950 during the apartheid regime, Soweto was constructed to be self-sufficent for the specific purpose of housing African people who were then living in areas designated by the government for white settlement (such as the multi-racial area called Sophiatown). It began as a grouping of the farms Doornkop, Klipriviersoog, Diepkloof, Klipspruit and Vogelstruisfontein. Today's Soweto, incorporating Orlando, Dobsonville, Diepkloof and Dube, remains an overwhelmingly black-dominated city with over three million people.
The name Soweto is a contraction of "South Western Townships" and does not mean anything besides this in any South African language.
- "Soweto Uplifting" Travel story by Roderick Eime
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