Towards the end of World War II there was an acute shortage of housing for Blacks in Johannesburg. , In 1971 Parliament passed the Black Affairs Administration Act, No. There have been signs recently indicating economic improvement. Soweto is mentioned in the song "Burden of Shame" by the British band UB40, on their album Signing off (1980). In 1994 Sowetans earned on average almost six and a half times less than their counterparts in wealthier areas of Johannesburg (1994 estimates). Chronological list of events Although the name sounds African it is in fact an acronym of “South Western Township” established in the early days of Johannesburg to house the labour supply for the mining industry. da Silva, M & Pirie, G.H. The presence of Blacks with freehold title to land among Johannesburg's White suburbs irked them. 45 of 1971. Many parts of Soweto rank among the poorest in Johannesburg, although individual townships tend to have a mix of wealthier and poorer residents. Unknown, Nguni family name. Bonner, Philip & Segal, Lauren, Soweto – A History, Maskew Miller Longman, 1998, p.27. 1970s The city of Johannesburg booms. He called for a competition to give a collective name to townships dotted around the South-west of Johannesburg. John R Shorten, The Saga of Johannesburg, John R Shorten (Pty) Limited, Johannesburg, 1970, p. 240. 8 and the first houses in what was to become Orlando Location were built there in the latter half of 1930. Juni 1976 in Soweto in Südafrika. Stals (editor), Afrikaners in die Goudstad, Hollandsche Afrikaansche Uitgevers, Pretoria, 1978, p. 51. Blacks were moved away from Johannesburg, to an area separated from White suburbs by a so-called cordon sanitaire (or sanitary corridor) this was usually a river, a railway track, an industrial area or a highway etc., they did this by using the infamous 'Urban Areas Act' in 1923. Sandton City is also built, in an area largely comprised of farmland. David Grinker, Inside Soweto: Memoir of an Official 1960s to 80s, Eastern Enterprises, 2014, p. xii. Depart from the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West and begin your cycling tour of Soweto. The National Party won the general election of 1948 and formed a new government. A cluster of townships sprawling across a vast area 20 kilometres south-west of Johannesburg, Soweto was, from the start, a product of segregationist planning. It is called, Youth Day, and it was created to be a day they would remember all of the teachers and children that lost their lives, or lost everything that they had trying to fight for their right to a better education. Hear about the good, bad, ugly, and sad aspects of Soweto's history as you see some important places in the township. The N12 forms the southern border of Soweto. Soweto is rich in history and, while it enjoys the spoils of modern development, the residents of the city pay homage to its roots; safeguarding its historical heritage with museums and statues that honour the great struggle veterans who fought for freedom and equality. A major thoroughfare through Soweto is the Golden Highway. There is efficient road access for many parts of the region along busy highways to the CBD and Roodepoort, but commuters are largely reliant on trains and taxis.  The fledgling town of Johannesburg was laid out on a triangular wedge of "uitvalgrond" (area excluded when the farms were surveyed) named Randjeslaagte, situated between the farms Doornfontein to the east, Braamfontein to the west and Turffontein to the south. People responded to this competition with great enthusiasm. This was an historic occasion and the service was attended by such prominent people as Archbishop Tutu, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Harry, The Lord Mayor of London, the Mandela family and many more. , The suburb was not historically allowed to create employment centres within the area, so almost all of its residents are commuters to other parts of the city. By the end of 1943 the Sofasonke Party advised its members to put up their own squatters' shacks on municipal property. The subsequent Natives Land Act of 1913 did not change the situation because it did not apply to land situated within municipal boundaries. The Soweto uprising riots provided Stander's breaking point in the film.  Moroka became Johannesburg's worst slum area. French, Kevin John, James Mpanza and the Sofasonke Party in the development of local politics in Soweto, unpublished M.A. Apartheid Soweto didn’t have a formal brewery, and home brews such as umqombothi were illegal, but today we have the Ubuntu Kraal Brewery, home of Soweto … From the onset the Apartheid government purposed Soweto to house the bulk of the labour force which was needed by Johannesburg (1998:58). The Soweto Awards, which will become an annual event, honours those who have their roots in Soweto. Construction of high-rises includes the Carlton Centre, Hillbrow Tower and residential block Ponte City. Sowetans contribute less than 2% to Johannesburg's rates Some Sowetans remain impoverished, and others live in shanty towns with little or no services.  On Saturday 25 March 1944 the squat began. 40 years ago, a protest in the South African town of Soweto was violently put down by police—and one photograph captured the tragedy The UK music duo Mattafix have a song called "Memories Of Soweto" on their album Rhythm & Hymns (2007). The total number also depends on whether the various "extensions" and "zones" are counted separately, or as part of one main suburb. Black-White relationships at present are as healthy as can be. The establishment of Soweto is, like Johannesburg, linked directly to the discovery of Gold in 1885. It bought 1 300 morgen of land on the farm Klipspruit No. Reforms followed, but riots flared up again in 1985 and continued until the first multiracial elections were held in April 1994. It is the … Soweto's famous 'Orlando Towers' Image source. Street committees were formed, and civic organizations were established as alternatives to state-imposed structures. The consequence of this promising wealth was that a great number of people left their farms, rural homes and other towns in South Africa to make a quick buck on the Rand. The township was named after the chairman of the Native Affairs committee, Mr. Edwin Orlando Leake. Blacks were moved away from Johannesburg, to an area separated from White suburbs by a so-called cordon sanitaire (or sanitary corridor) which was usually a river, railway track, industrial area or highway. Roads remained unpaved, and many residents had to share one tap between four houses, for example. Soweto, the melting pot of different cultures offers insight into South Africa's history and politics. The following article, adapted from James Ball's 2012 masters dissertation, looks at the practical compromise made by the apartheid government and the Johannesburg City Council not to 'relocate' black communities living in Pimville in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The party's policy was called apartheid, the Afrikaans word meaning separateness. The list below provides the dates when some of Soweto's townships were established, along with the probable origins or meanings of their names, where available: Other Soweto townships include Phomolong and Snake Park. A series of bomb explosions rocked Soweto in October 2002. dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1983, p. 28. , In 1959 the City Council launched a competition to find a collective name for all the townships south-west of the city's centre. 1963 Soweto (South Western Townships) is formally named as a settlement for black South Africans. , Estimates of how many residential areas make up Soweto itself vary widely. By 1960 the removals were more-or-less complete. The name Soweto was first used in 1963 and within a short period of time, following the 1976 uprising of students in the township, the name became internationally known.. The government decided that more money was to be made from issuing brick maker's licences at five shillings per month.  In October 1887 the government of the South African Republic (ZAR) bought the south-eastern portion of the farm Braamfontein. Overpopulation and lack of infrastr…  The plot involves a species of aliens who arrive on Earth in a starving and helpless condition, seeking aid. Dr. Alban's song "Free Up Soweto" was included in the album Look Who's Talking (1994). Between 1956 and 1960 they built 23,695 houses in Meadowlands and Diepkloof to accommodate the evicted persons. Letters, words, worlds: the naming of Soweto. The committee believes that the South African government's privatization drives will worsen the situation. The film District 9 (2009) was shot in Tshiawelo, Soweto. The aliens are housed in shacks in a slum-like concentration camp called "District 9", which is in fact modern-day Soweto; an attempt to relocate the aliens to another camp leads to violence and a wholesale slaughter by South African mercenary security forces (a reference to historical events in "District Six", Cape Town, a mostly Coloured neighborhood subjected to forced segregation during the apartheid years). Singer–songwriter Joe Strummer, formerly of The Clash, referenced Soweto in his solo album Streetcore (song: "Arms Aloft"), as well as in The Clash's track, "Where You Gonna Go (Soweto)", found on the album London Calling (Legacy Edition).. Klipspruit, the first suburb of Soweto was established in 1904 as part of the plan to segregate the population on racial grounds and to keep Johannesburg “white”. In 1885, the gold rush was in full swing, prospectors from all over flocked to the newly found gold fields in search of their fortune, either to stake a claim directly or to offer their labour.  Stands, varying in size from fifty by hundred feet to forty by 70 feet, were made available on a thirty-year leasehold tenure. 6. In the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek and the subsequent Transvaal Colony it was lawful for people of colour to own fixed property. Tenants could erect their own dwellings in conformity with approved plans. Former president Nelson Mandela received the Life Time Award from the first Soweto Awards in Johannesburg on 25 February 2001. Africans used to live in areas surrounding the city, so the authorities felt it would be more expedient to concentrate black workers in one district that could be easily controlled (1998:58). Manie Mulder's most famous quote was given to the Rand Daily Mail in May 1976: "The broad masses of Soweto are perfectly content, perfectly happy. George Harrison and George Walker are today credited as the men who discovered an outcrop of the Main Reef of gold on the farm Langlaagte in February 1886. Soweto is home to football clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows. The city of Soweto is closely linked to the recent history of South Africa and for several decades has been the symbol of the struggle against apartheid and resilience; today it is one of the most known townships and visited by travelers but not everyone knows its history.. "Soweto" is the title of the opening track of the album Joined at the Hip, by Bob James and Kirk Whalum. Firstly the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research came up with a standard design for low-cost, four-roomed, forty-square-metre houses. This was the single largest valuation ever undertaken in Africa.. 10,000 sites were made available immediately. Pursuant to this Act the Johannesburg town council formed a Municipal Native Affairs Department in 1927. History. In 2010, South Africa's oldest township hosted the FIFA Soccer World Cup final and the attention of more than a billion soccer spectators from all over the world was focused on Soweto. It experienced civil unrest during the Apartheid regime. Soweto was created in the 1930s when the White government started seperating Blacks from Whites. About 85% of Kliptown comprises informal housing. William Carr, chair of non-European affairs, initiated the naming of Soweto in 1959.  A series of bomb explosions rocked Soweto in October 2002. Cammack, supra, p. 9. There were serious riots in 1976, sparked by a ruling that Afrikaans be used in African schools there; the riots were violently suppressed, with 176 striking students killed and more than 1,000 injured. Apartheid governments’ intention was for Soweto to house the accommodate black people that were working for Johannesburg PUTCO has for many years provided bus commuter services to Soweto residents. Soweto: History, Geography, Society Introduction: Soweto—Founding of a Township The stories were set in Soweto, althou gh they neither began nor ended there. Well-known artists from Soweto, besides those mentioned above, include: The Soweto Wine Festival was started in 2004.  Previously the townships were governed by the Johannesburg council, but from the 1970s the state took control.. (eds.) Soweto Gospel Choir was invited to perform at the Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey on 3 March. Soweto has also become a Centre for nightlife and culture..  As chairman of the board it appointed Manie Mulder, a political appointment of a person who had no experience of the administration of native affairs. The purpose of the Act was to provide for improved conditions of residence for natives in urban areas, to control their ingress into such areas and to restrict their access to intoxicating liquor. , Metrorail operates commuter trains between Soweto and central Johannesburg. Kwaito and Kasi Rap, a form of hip-hop, originated in Soweto.  Soon other working poor, Coloureds, Indians and Africans also settled there. Soweto 1976: An Audio History Thirty years ago, the uprising of a group of schoolchildren forever changed South Africa's history. Pimville's 7) separately. Er forderte zahlreiche Todesopfer und führte zu lange andauernden, landesweiten Protestaktionen gegen die rassistische Bildungspolitik und das gesamte Apartheidsregime des Landes. . It was called Moroka. Originally set aside by the South African white government for residence by Blacks, it adjoins the city of Johannesburg on the southwest; its name is an acronym derived from So uth- We stern To wnships. Township residents opposed the black councilors as puppet collaborators who personally benefited financially from an oppressive regime. The line, "While every mother in a black Soweto fears the killing of another son", refers to police brutality during apartheid. , The restrictions on economic activities were lifted in 1977, spurring the growth of the taxi industry as an alternative to Soweto's inadequate bus and train transport systems. A new section of the N17 road (South Africa) is under construction that will provide Soweto with a 4 lane highway link to Nasrec.. It is divided in two main areas: Orlando West and Orlando East . Soweto is mentioned in the anti-apartheid song "Gimme Hope Jo'anna" by Eddy Grant. It also has a gospel choir and a string quartet. More than half the population was black, most living in multi racial shanty towns near the gold mines in the centre of the town. The fledgling town of Johannesburg was laid out on a triangular wedge of "uitvalgrond" (area excluded when the farms were surveyed) named Randjeslaagte, situated between the farms Doornfontein to the east, Braamfontein to the west and Turffontein to the south. Soweto is also mentioned in Sheila Gordon's novel, Waiting for the Rain. Miriam Makeba has the song: "Soweto Blues". The name Soweto was first used in 1963 and within a short period of time, following the 1976 uprising of students in the township, the name became internationally known. Further popular resistance: incorporation into the City. There were large quantities of clay, suitable for brickmaking, along the stream. Hundreds of homeless people from Orlando and elsewhere joined Mpanza in marching to a vacant lot in Orlando West and starting a squatters camp. In 1952 there was a breakthrough. Soweto and other townships became the stage for violent state repression. 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