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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.
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(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)]
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(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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Within the 30 branches across Soweto many concerned residents become variously more or less involved, so that at any one time the number of people who call themselves SECC members is unclear.
On Wednesday night, some residents in Soweto ransacked, trashed and looted foreign owned shops in Zola, Emdeni, Moletsane, White City, Zondi as well as Rockville.
He faulted Soweto police for failing to inform them of his arrest until he passed on.
"In Soweto all we could see were miles of houses made out of boxes and tin.
Winfrey hailed Mandela's "goodness and integrity", describing him as her "favourite mentor" as she spoke at a public debate at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg.
Lungie Mnyamana, SASKO brand manager, says: 'We are all overjoyed at the success of the 2018 Soweto Kota Festival, it is such an honour for the SASKO brand to be part of such a vibrant event in the heart of Soweto.
In interviews, Mhlongo describes wanting to celebrate Soweto's stories while remaining careful not to add to its romanti-cization.
The central province of Gauteng, which includes Soweto, has witnessed several land grab attempts this year.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Soweto Comedy Festival is part of the Maitisong festivities as a tour with nine comedians from Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
As Julius Malema, the opposition leader, put it as he mourned Winnie, living in Soweto among the poor and the fact that she never looked down on fellow African people, rightly earned her the title, "Mother of the Nation".Viva Winnie Madikizela-Mandela!
Raina's account of the Soweto Uprising is compelling, and both the real and fictional elements of this superb debut provide a wealth of opportunities for classroom discussion, as well as packing a poignant emotional and educational punch.