The Hopeful Future of Soweto, South Africa

Soweto, South Africa has long been the symbol of the heart-wrenching, poverty-defined lifestyle of Black South Africans. Simultaneously, the township is a source of price as home to legendary South Africans like Nelson Mandela, his wife Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela, and legendary activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Others like Steve Biko died during the apartheid era.

The South African Sunday Monitor paints a more vibrant story of Soweto’s Rainbow nation years.

Poverty remains rampant in Soweto, where affluent people desire not to distance themselves from the general population. Two white families have moved in, and the new Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is the largest medical facility in Africa.

The lack of wall building between rich and poor is unusual in the world’s cities.

Hope springs eternal, not only in South Africa and for Westeners who believe that South Africa MUST succeed politically and economically, but also in Soweto.