[ suh-wee-toh, -wey- ]
/ səˈwi toʊ, -ˈweɪ- /
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a group of townships in northeastern South Africa, southwest of and administered by Johannesburg: constructed in the 1950s and early 1960s to provide housing and services for Black Africans. 26 sq. mi. (67 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for Soweto
/ (səˈwɛtəʊ, -ˈweɪtəʊ) /
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)
Word Origin for Soweto
C20: from so (uth) we (st) to (wnship)
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Cultural definitions for Soweto
[ (suh-wet-oh, suh-way-toh) ]
notes for Soweto
Soweto was the site of severe racial violence before the dismantling of apartheid.
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