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Private Tour of Soweto in Johannesburg
"Soweto is a sprawling township or more accurately a cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. Soweto was created in the 1930s with Orlando the first township established. In the 1950s more black people were relocated there from 'black spots' in the inner city - black neighborhoods which the apartheid government had reserved for whites. With a population of over 2 million the township is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. Soweto was the centre of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state. The 1976 student uprising started in Soweto and spread to the rest of the largest on the continent
From ZAR1,680.00
 
Soweto Day Tour from Johannesburg
"Sophiatown-to-Soweto- back to Sophiatown the tour follows the history of Soweto taking a look at life of Sophiatown before the forced removal that led to the Soweto we know today.This tour goes through the Trevor Huddleston museum and Sophiatown museum.Follow the trail to Meadowlands be get an insight into the Mandela family and the icon's life at this address. Then take a lunch break at the restaurants in the area and get a taste of South African cuisine. Thereafter proceed to Maponya Mall the first major mall in the Soweto township then pass the famous Chris Hani hospital. The tour then exits Soweto and heads to the Apartheid Museum for a 2 hour tour of the history of all who lived during this era to the rainbow nation that is now. After a day of museum and history drive ththe city of gold to share some sun-downers while you share the ambiance lifestyle and culture of this famous city before heading back to your hotel."""
From $210.00
 
Private Tour: Cultural Soweto Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria
"You can budget about 5 hours for this half day tour from the time you leave your hotel till return. Enjoy sightseeing en-route to Soweto (especially Johannesburg's old gold mine belt). Pass through the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto (a hospita revolutionary and philanthropist Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) lived before he way jailed for 27 years for advocating for the rights of black people who were being oppressed by the Apartheid Government. Budget 45mins for this section of the tour.Jus the most popular being the 100m bungee jumping in between the two cooling towers (own expense). At the bottom of the towers is the vibey and trendy Chaf Pozi restaurant for some South African flavor where you will be spoiled with traditional foods such a get to view the slums and shanty towns that have become established over the years as a result of deep rooted poverty and high unemployment levels. You will even enjoy the privilege of chatting with some locals going on about their business from housewiv sculpture designers carpenters flea market stalls and the like."
From ZAR1,650.00

Ethnic / Cultural Diversity Tips (16)

Why Afrikaans forenames don't match their initials

For a long time after I moved to South Africa, I couldn't work out why so many Afrikaaners' forenames (Christian names) didn't match their initials, which was really confusing in a business context...
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Apr 12, 2011

Enjoy our brilliant advertising!

Unlikely though it might seem for a developing country, South Africa's advertising is world class and regularly wins international awards.It's interesting to speculate on the reasons why this might be...
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CatherineReichardt
Dec 15, 2011

African Dress

Hey guys , I just wanna show you the various traditional wear. I was walking in the parking lot of a park and I just had to take a photo of this lady.There is various tribes amongst the black people...
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cokes
Nov 18, 2004

Zulu People

He guys before I forget , the Heia Safari Ranch has this Zulu Village and you get can get a glimpse of the culture and customs of the Zulu people. You will see the village when you do the game...
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cokes
Nov 07, 2004

Xhosa People

The Xhosa people live in the Republic of South Africa. They have traditionally been known as cattle herders living in beehive shaped huts.Many of them move to JNB , hoping to find work. Attached is a...
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cokes
Apr 04, 2011

Compliment the locals on their trees

The early pioneers who settled on the almost treeless (a few thornbushes notwithstanding) gold bearing reef in the Highveld in 1886 experienced a fuel and timber shortage which compelled them to start...
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Moirads
Mar 12, 2010

Tortured history of our confusing national anthem

The selection and performance of national anthems must be one of the most emotive of cultural issues. To my mind, national anthems are meant to be rousing and inspirational pieces of music that...
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CatherineReichardt
Jul 10, 2012

Suppression of culture

South Africa'a artworld suffered greatly under Apartheid. Artwork and song lyrics were flooded with anti-apartheid themes, and were forced underground. To listen to one of these songs, or to own one...
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Jenniflower
May 23, 2006

New South African culture

One of the most exciting elements in South Africa is that it is in the continual process of reinventing itself, it's outlook and understanding of eachother. Peoples’ attitudes have changed across the...
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Jenniflower
May 18, 2006

Cultural Diversity

The Afrikaners have a very distinct culture of their own, from their dress to their art. Today's rural communities are still quite conservative in most ways. The majority of European (white) South...
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Jenniflower
May 23, 2006

Ndebele

The Ndebele are a related group, who live in the Northern Transvaal in strikingly painted houses. They have very traditional beliefs and culture, especially in the rural areas of South Africa. In the...
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Jenniflower
May 23, 2006

Zulu people

Zulu tribe is famous in South Africa, very interesting. Women dress with short skirts, and bare-breast, men wear short pants and children may go naked sometimes.You can interact with them in their...
Manyana
Apr 03, 2004
 
 
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Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum is, quite simply, brilliant. From the very start, where you are given a racial category that determines which entrance you use, to the thoughtful displays and fascinating...
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