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History Of Soweto


The Soweto Street Cookout (SSC) is an instructive social affair of culinary show downs, where vendors grandstand diverse cooking styles. This social event celebrates social cohesion through food, beverages and fashion. It is an occasion where the general public may appreciate exhibitions, fairs, festivals and entertainment.

SSC is not only about leisure but also tends to genuine issues which are cause related and may from time to time be involved in fundraising for important causes.

The purpose of the social event is to give upcoming cookery entrepreneurs a platform to expose their talents and skills, to help them grow their business with the involvement and contribution of the community. This event is a haven for family time and mingling but also a perfect podium for business networking.

SSC is a uniquely outstanding concept inspired by Soweto. The event takes a literal stance by superimposing streets, areas, landmarks, culture, history and all things and people connoted to a place of choice (Soweto being the place of choice in this instance), recreating a city / town / suburb etc. onto any venue (Mofolo Park in this case).

This event thus promulgates the 3 elements; “Soweto”, the “Street”, and the “Cookout” entirely and manifests the mission of literally, “Bringing Soweto to You”.

The History of Soweto

Soweto is a vast place with a little over 1.3 million people, it also forms a third of Johannesburg’s population. Soweto also boasts some well-known iconic land marks such as the ever popular Vilakazi Street, this is the only street in the world to hold the homes of two former Nobel Peace Prize winners; Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Soweto is a place rich with culture and history, with a common sense of togetherness amidst the hardships of daily life of Soweteans. Soweto has been the place to be for years, as it also known for its Music and it’s rich cultural food – music has been the lifeline for the youth of Soweto , it is renowned as the founding place for popular genres such as Kwaito and of course, the Pantsula culture. Soweto is riddled with various streets, museums and other landmarks throughout the township that pay homage to Soweto’s explosive history and tell the nail biting tales of tragedy, suffering and bravery.


Zola is one of the most popular townships in Soweto and the whole of South Africa famous for its Musicians that have come from there such as the late Margaret Singana and her husband Mongezi Mandoza, Mshoza, Mzambiya, Mapaputsi were all born in Zola.

PROTEA - 1990's

Protea was established in the 1990s for middle-class working residents. Did you know the first shopping mall in the area, Protea Glen Mall, opened in October 2012.


Diepkloof was established in 1959 for people being removed from Alexandra, it was also referred to as the Diepmeadow. Baragwaneth Hospital which is the biggest hospital in the southern hemisphere, is found in DiepKloof.

MOFOLO – 1954

Mofolo is the centre of arts and culture with the The Mofolo Arts Centre is a hub of cultural and artistic exploration in Soweto.
Mofolo was named after Thomas Mofolo who was also a Sotho author, a translator, and educator from Lesotho. Mofolo was also the writer of the famous Chaka/Shaka


Meadowlands was founded during the Apartheid era for black residents who were moved from Sophiatown.
It also goes by the nickname - "Ndofaya"

ROCKVILLE –  1950's

Regina Mundi Church is the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa, the church is found in Rockville, right in the centre of Soweto. Its claim to fame is that it had opened its doors to protesting school children of the Soweto uprising in 1976.

GEORGE GOCH –  1950's

A male only Hostel built in the apartheid era which housed Zulu miners who came from all over South Africa to work in the mines of Gauteng. George Goch Hostel was after the Mayor of Johannesburg at the time from 1904 to 1905. George Goch informal Settlement is found in Dube.

DUBE - 1948

Dube Township was named after John Langalibalele Dube who was an educator, founder of a local newspaper and the first ANC president between the years 1912 - 1917

MOROKA – 1946

Moraka was named after Dr James Sebe Moroka who later became ANC President between the years of 1945 – 1952 during the Defiance Campaign. Named for Dr James Sebe Moroka (1891–1985),[54] later ANC president (1949–52) during the 1952 Defiance Campaign


Pimville was originally part of Klipspruit which means rocky stream in Afrikaans. Pimville was named after councillor and philanthropist James Howard Pim.

ORLANDO – 1932

Orlando was the first Settlement established in Soweto – Orlando was then name after Chairman of the Non-European Affairs Department and Johannesburg Mayor Edwin Orlando Leake. The now famous Orlando Towers were originally the site of a coal fired power station, the Orlando the bright and beautifully decorated towers have become one of the most standout landmarks in the township of Soweto and the site of the world's first bungee jump between two cooling towers.

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