- a group of townships in NE South Africa, SW 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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Contemporary Examples of soweto
So I went to Soweto, and within an hour and a half, I was photographing a guy being killed right in front of me.Tribeca's Harrowing Film About War Photographers
April 22, 2011
Take two, for instance, new volumes of Next Stop . . . Soweto, a compilation series on Strut Records.South African Music Vies for the World Stage
July 23, 2010
- 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
black African community outside Johannesburg, South Africa, formed from first letters of South Western Townships. Related: Sowetan.