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Soweto at a glance

Soweto

This lively suburb or Johannesburg, whose name is derived from South Western Township, is rich in history. Established in 1886 around the time that George Harrison discovered an outcrop of Main Reef of gold on the farm Langlaagte. Since its establishment racial segregation and supremacy of whites was widely accepted but it was in 1948 with the election of Danial F. Malan that the policy of Apartheid was officially included in the Afrikaner Nationalist Party. Soweto became a key focus area for the world after protests erupted on 16 June 1976 which played a key role in the ending of the Apartheid policy in 1994 ushering in the Democracy that we enjoy today. Although Soweto still bears the scars of Apartheid it has risen to form one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan areas of South Africa.

Soweto spans just over 200 square kilometers and accounts for a third of the Johannesburg population.  Formerly a separate municipality, it is now incorporated into the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. Soweto has been greatly developed and is now a bustling city of locals and tourists alike. With landmarks such as Walter Sisulu Square, Mandela House, Orlando Towers and Vilakazi Street to name but a few, this city is a popular tourist attraction.

Located southwest of Johannesburg with easy accessibility to the N1 and N12. The M70, also known as the Soweto Highway, provides a direct link to central Johannesburg. Soweto is home to the world’s third largest hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which has approximately 3,200 beds and 6,760 staff members. This world class hospital sees approximately 650,000 patients per year.

There are 34 townships in Soweto and housing consists mainly of “four room” houses built during the Apartheid era but smaller areas have been built up and now form affluent areas of Soweto. The City of Jo’burg has embarked on uplifting the area and community by planting trees and developing parks and green spaces.

Like a phoenix, Soweto has risen from the ashes and has grown into a world class city achieving major economic success with a population abundant in diversity and greatness!

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Protea Glen is one of the largest initiated urban lifestyle developments of its kind in South Africa located North of Lenasia and West of Soweto it is only a short 30 min drive from Johannesburg CBD. This mini-suburb was developed in the 1990s with the aim of housing middle-class residents in Gauteng. Protea Glen is a sustainable and integrated town developed with all the necessary amenities that undoubtedly offer a quality lifestyle for South African home owners.

The first shopping mall in the town was opened in October 2012, Protea Glen Mall, built at a cost of approximately R360-380 million (http://www.proteaglenmall.co.za/ ). The town has grown since that time and is now home to four shopping centres, two garages, a private hospital, clinic, day care centre, crèches, churches, five primary schools, one high school have been added during the last 25 years.  A new private high school of more than 1 000 secondary school children is also currently under construction.

On 5 December 1996 the late President Nelson Mandela opened Protea Glen Extension 11 with ten thousand people in attendance. This opening is believed to be the only housing development opened by the late President in Gauteng where he also handed over a brand-new house to a lady who had waited 11 years to own her own home.

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