Vilakazi Street

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Vilakazi Street is the most visited street in Soweto. Home to the late former present, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who still resides there with his wife Leah. The street also has a a few museums – The Mandela House Museum and The Hector Peterson Museum attract a lot of locals and tourists interested in the history of South Africa.

The street itself is named after Dr. BW Vilakazi who was a poet, novelist, intellectual and the first black man to teach at the University of Witwatersrand. He had a PhD in literature which helped him compile an isiZulu dictionary. He also wrote in several indigenous languages.

Vilakazi Street’s popularity has grown over the years. Restaurants such as Nambitha and Sakhumzi serve local cuisine, which is great for tourists and locals looking to experience authentic South African food. The street is also home to Soweto TV – the only community television in the city of Soweto.

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cherylyosh Says:

Our Globus group had time to shop after our delicious lunch at Vuyo's. The little open air shops sold various African souveniours such as clothing, wooden animal carvings, bowls made out of recycled...

716sachink Says:

Vilakazi Street is a unique street as it is the only street in the world to have produced 2 Nobel prize winners - Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. At the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets, one...

Sharon R Says:

This street has the houses of two Nobel Prize winners for peace. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The street is buzzing with dancers, places to eat, tour groups, and things to buy. Giving money to...

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