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So today was the day to go off to the "dangerous area" called Soweto which should just be shanty shacks, crime and pure evil(according to guide books,etc). We had seen tours to see Mandelas house and the like, for a small fortune. No way did we want to join the herds of people headed down there in tour buses. We also heard somewhere (I think a uber driver) that it's ok if you stick to the touristy areas. So we called up ...
... of the quick charging stations. JP kept walking with me, after I couldn't get a taxi, I gave him R20 because none of the drivers would take me. JP told me I should just walk which I was about to, but he chased after me to persuade me from leaving while it was still dark. We were in Joburg city center and it can be rather dangerous at night.
We waited just a tad and then I started walking, he offered to show me the way and walk with me so I wouldn't be alone ...
... the township of Soweto (standing for South West Township) as our offsite in Johannesburg with YPO prior to the safari. We visited the famous Vilikazi Street, touted for being the only street on the planet that housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners (Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu). Also in Soweto is the Hector Pieterson museum and memorial. Hector Pieterson was a 13 year old student who was gunned down in 1976 during a peaceful protest by black students, ...
... dominance in the society of those times.
In the museum we managed to read a story of how someone could be reinvented as a “native”:
Willie Vickerman grew up “colored”, the son of a white father and African mother. He worked on the railways in a job given to “coloreds” and earned “colored” wages. His five children were all classified as “coloreds”. He owned land in a “colored” area ...
... so fingers crossed. In case you didn't know, the big 5 consist of: - Lion - Leopard - Buffalo - Elephant - Rhino They should make it the big 6 and add cheetah. Our last day in the park so we got up early again ........... Still no lions but we did get to see some cute little hyena puppies, they were too quick for our camera skills and unfortunately we did not get a picture of them. No amazing animal finds but it was a nice slow drive out of the park, towards the airport and Durban ...