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Soweto

[acronym for south-west townships], city, now part of City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality, Gauteng prov., NE South Africa. Located 10 mi (16 km) SW of JohannesburgJohannesburg
, city, now part and seat of City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality, Gauteng prov., NE South Africa, on the southern slopes of the Witwatersrand at an altitude of 5,750 ft (1,753 m).
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, Soweto grew as black workers came to the industrialized area after World War I; the name for the city was collective term for what was originally a group of segregated townships inhabited by blacks. In 1976, Soweto was the scene of a massive uprising that began as a student protest against the government's use of Afrikaans in black schools. The rebellion soon became a violent expression of outrage at blacks' inferior position under the South African policies of apartheidapartheid
[Afrik.,=apartness], system of racial segregation peculiar to the Republic of South Africa, the legal basis of which was largely repealed in 1991–92. History
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; it spread to other cities and more than 600 were killed as the revolt was put down. Needed improvements in infrastructure, electrification, and living standards have been made since the 1980s.

Soweto

a contiguous group of Black African townships southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa: the largest purely Black African urban settlement in southern Africa: scene of riots (1976) following protests against the use of Afrikaans in schools for Black African children. Area: 62 sq. km (24 sq. miles). Pop.: 858 649 (2001)
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The Sowetan has reported that organisers behind the biggest pre-season tournament in the whole of Africa were confident that Europa-League bound Newcastle would accept their offer.
Students from numerous Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in local schools.
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A few decades ago, a young Sowetan intellectual with something to say would have had plenty of people listening to his every word, Mokgata probably would've been dangerous.
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A less disturbing construction preserved the image of South African consensuality by isolating and demonising a "rogue minority of xenophobes"--"a few self-hating dunderheads and bigots" (Editorial, Sowetan, 14 May 2008)--who were positioned outside of the sanctioned nation.
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