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Soweto is a township of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. It is located in Gauteng (sharing Johannesburg’s subtropical highland climate) and is the largest black township of its kind in South Africa. The meaning of Soweto is short for South Western Townships, and it is made up of 32 different ones. These clusters all contribute to the vibrant mix of cultures and tribes living in Soweto. A population census from late 2020 states Soweto’s population to be about 1,695.
Soweto is a tourist attraction in itself thanks to its rich history. Today, it is visited by locals and international tourists for everything from adrenaline-rushing activities to savouring traditional cuisine. One of the more popular options for visitors is to walk down Vilakazi Street, Soweto’s most renowned street. It used to be home to former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmon Tutu and is also known for its public art displays, memorials, plus the Nelson Mandela House.
For musical performances and fashion shows, and everything in-between, head over to the Soweto Theatre. A range of productions, including musical performances by famous playwrights, are enjoyed here. Plus, the theatre’s striking design is also known as one of South Africa’s most beautiful architectural pieces.
Of course if you prefer your architecture to be shopping malls and centres, Soweto also has various options to consider...
Such as Maponya Mall, a first-class mall that opened its doors back in 2007. Located right in the heart of Soweto, Klipspruit, the 70,000 m² mall is central for the surrounding townships. Providing more than 170 shopping options, including local and international brands, expect to relish in the likes of Timberland, Rochester, and Mr Price Home at Maponya Mall.
With over 100 stores to tickle your shopping muscle, Jabulani Mall is another strong contender. Located in the Jabulani suburb, the mall is committed to fulfilling the unique shopping needs of the entire community. Drop by the 4,500 m² layout, anchored by Shoprite Supermarket, and see what special offers are up for grabs at Daniel Hechter, Bradlows, Sportscene, and others.
Over in Protea South, Protea Gardens Mall has been awaiting you and your love for shopping since 2005. Thanks to its 85 stores, top-notch convenience is guaranteed for all shoppers, from those seeking grocery discounts to those on the hunt for the latest fashions. Cashbuild, Jumbo Clothing, and Liquor City are some of the shops to be discovered here.
Dobsonville Mall has the unique distinction of being the first township centre in Soweto. Located in Mmesi Park, the centre offers 70+ stores, plus an office park, to the residents of Jabulani, Roodepoort, West Gate, Braamfisher, Leratong and Tshepisong. Come meet your shopping needs at well-known brands like Shoprite, Cash Crusaders, and Pep Home.
And right in the centre of Kliptown is where the country’s first township entertainment explosion centre lies: the Walter Sisulu Square. Offering a one-of-its-kind experience, those seeking retail therapy will also find a few reasons to smile with the centre’s 10+ retail shops, 6 commercial offices, banks, plus various service providers. Come see what specials you’re currently missing out on at Unique Fashions, Kliptown Sweet Market, JB Curio, and others!
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