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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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While on the periphery, it is certainly the heart of Soweto's health needs and in the heart of Sowetans respectively.
Caption: 1) President Fidel Castro greets Angola's President dos Santos in Havana, 1983; 2) with Samora Machel in 1977; 3) Castro's funeral cortege in December 2016; 4) Fidel with Namibia's Sam Nujoma in 2004; 5) Two titans meet in 1998--Fidel and Madiba; 6) Castro with Cuban troops returning home from Angola in 1998 7) Castro (c), flanked by Zimbabwean PM Robert Mugabe (I) and President Caanan Banana in 1986; 8) speaking with Sierra Leone's Siaka Stevens; 9) Sowetans demonstrate their gratitude during a 1998 visit to SA; and 10) A Sudanese refugee in Cuba holds a portrait of the former Cuban president during a mourning march
One of them was temporarily not working but it was already reported and processes for procurement of a new one were at an advanced stage at the point of Sowetans report.
Some Sowetans vote ANC simply because they are proud to have a black government.
The facility, set in a park among tiny two-bedroom homes, has caught on with many Sowetans who are determined to lose the flab without signing expensive gym contracts.
5 million Sowetans and accepts referrals from local primary health care clinics, regional hospitals in Gauteng and neighbouring provinces of South Africa.
Reporters and other Sowetans pressed me so aggressively into one of the room's corners that a careless cigarette burned a hole in my jacket.
Many Sowetans use the term stabane derogatorily-intending to insult, demean, and intimidate lesbians and gays.
South Africans who are well-known internationally include Bryan Ashe and Lianne Greef of the South African Water Caucus, Dale McKinley of the national Campaign Against Water Privatisation, researchers Ebrahim Harvey and Anil Naidoo (based in Ottawa), trade unionist Roger Ronnie, and Sowetans Trevor Ngwane and Virginia Setshedi.
The Sowetans who illegally reconnected electricity beginning in 2000 were rewarded in April 2003 by having their accumulated debts written off, as the minister responsible for privatization unsuccessfully attempted to undercut township militancy.
Hughes' camera appears to be everywhere--in the copters overhead, inside the huge but disciplined group of Sowetans and peering right into the eyes of the nervous soldiers, Stander above all.