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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system of racial segregation peculiar to the Republic of South Africa, the legal basis of which was largely repealed in 1991–92.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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This feeling of freedom remained later as Pumla Gqola and Eusebius McKaiser had a frank discussion about their works and still later in Soweto Theatre as Zuko Collective sang their reimagined version of Nkosi Sikelel'iAfrika, and as Gcina Mhlope gave her keynote speech.
The festival continues to grow from strength to strength, attracting big brands, influential media and aspirational people in their thousands from in and around Soweto, Johannesburg and internationally.
Soweto, que es el acronimo de South Western Township, fue levantado por el regimen del apartheid para alojar a los africanos negros "relocalizados" fuera de las zonas de los blancos.
The lesson of Egypt, unlike that of Libya next door but like that of Soweto over three decades before, is the moral force of non-violence.
Suddenly there came these very large themes like drug abuse, oppression, poverty, aspiration and they started to resonate more and more into Soweto township life.
Wembley to Soweto (W2S) was created by English actor and founder of Wilton Pictures, David Westhead, against the backdrop of the FIFA 2010 South African World Cup.
The city choir of 10 to 16 year olds will be singing in the arts centre foyer before the Soweto Gospel Choir's concert.
And they should have got on the board in a more meaningful way last Saturday than the losing bonus for being beaten 29-22 by New Zealand in Soweto.
The Soweto uprising of 1976 erupted because the apartheid regime denied people the right to learn in their own language.
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