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 (sə-wĕt′ō, -wā′tō)
A former district of segregated townships on the southwestern outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. Soweto was the scene of violent anti-apartheid rioting in 1976, when a student protest led to clashes with police. In 2000, the district was officially incorporated into Johannesburg.


(səˈwɛtəʊ; -ˈweɪtəʊ)
(Placename) 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)
[C20: from so(uth) we(st) to(wnship)]


(səˈwɛt oʊ, -ˈweɪ toʊ)

a group of townships housing black South Africans SW of Johannesburg in NE South Africa. ab. 2,000,000; 26 sq. mi. (67 sq. km).
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Noun1.Soweto - a large collection of African townships to the southwest of Johannesburg in South Africa; inhabited solely by Black Africans
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
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The Chairperson of the Committee, Ms Ruth Bhengu, said this was crucial in view of the on-going Committee s interaction with local business owners in Soweto.
He lived in Soweto for many years and maintains a house in the vicinity.
The identification with oppression and resistance to change has ironically made Soweto a perfect candidate for tourism, and to that end the place is on its way to becoming a living museum for visitors.
She trades from 5-30 am until 8-30 pm behind a massive grill which acts as a permanent reminder of the problems still facing anyone opening a business in Soweto.
The choir usually rehearses three days a week in a community hall in the heart of Soweto.
In Soweto, South Africa, the delegation saw, firsthand, the operation of a free feeding program which serves 18,000 children per day, supported by DeBeers.
Parliament, government and all peace loving South Africans should unanimously condemn the criminal acts (by locals) in Soweto as well as those foreign nationals perpetuate.
With Jay will be Shane Forbes on drums, Mark Lewandowski on bass and Rick Simpson on piano and the special guest is Soweto Kinch.
Soweto had always envisaged his most recent CD transformed into staged work, but it still took considerable adjustment to move it from an audial, repeatable, experience to a live performance which must convey its meaning in one go.
More than 70 young women leaders from across the continent were brought to Soweto to hear the speech and to meet with Obama, who was set to spend the day visiting landmarks of the anti-apartheid struggle with her mother and her two daughters.
US-singer Fergie performs with her band Black Eyed Pea''s at the opening concert for the soccer World Cup at Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa
Top-level rugby, traditionally the bastion of conservative white Afrikaners, came to Soweto on Saturday as one of South Africa's top teams, Northern Bulls, took on Canterbury Crusaders of New Zealand in a Super 14 championship semi-final.