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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system of racial segregation peculiar to the Republic of South Africa, the legal basis of which was largely repealed in 1991–92.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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One in five people in Soweto, South Africa, who tested positive for HIV declined free anti-retroviral therapy, most commonly because they felt healthy at the time.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Kwaje said that, the history of the day of African Child dates back to 1976 where thousands of black African school children in Soweto, South Africa protested against the inferior quality of education they received.
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In this reprint from 2004, Schuster recounts the story of the family of Tsietsi Mashini, who led demonstrations in 1976 against making Afrikaans the language used in schools in Soweto, South Africa, which then led to an uprising.
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I am very pleased to announce Keep A Child Alive's donation to the Ithembalabantu clinic," said Leigh Blake, President and CEO of Keep a Child Alive, which also funds treatment clinics in Mombasa, Kenya, Soweto, South Africa and Kampala, Uganda.