I had an amazing time in Soweto on the Cultural Tour. We took a long bus ride to Regina Mundi Church where we saw wonderful stained glass windows, and where we learnt much. We went to the Hector Pieterson Museum. It was very sad and touching, but also very educational. After the museum, we walked to Nelson Mandela’s house, where we saw his old room and some of his possessions left exactly how they were when he lived there. We went to Sakhumzi’s Restaurant where we ate delicious, traditional food and watched traditional dancing! It was a fascinating trip.
On 17 May 2017 we went to Soweto, the largest township in Gauteng, to learn about our South African history. We first went to South Africa’s biggest Catholic Church, Regina Mundi, where we learnt about the days leading up to 16 June. From there, we moved on to the Hector Pieterson Museum in Dube, Orlando West. There we learnt about the Soweto Uprising and more about the history of the South African youth. To conclude our educational tour, we went to Nelson Mandela’s old house on Vilakazi Street. This wonderful day ended at Sakhumzi’s Restaurant, where we were spoiled with amazing food, exceptional hospitality and a traditional Koi San dance performance. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn more about our African culture.
The Grade 6 and 7 girls enjoyed this trip a lot. We learnt so much from the Regina Mundi Church, the Hector Pieterson Museum and Nelson Mandela’s house. After many laughs, stories, pictures and information from all the amazing places, we stopped for lunch at Sakhumzi. Sakhumzi was an incredible experience with delicious food. I enjoyed this trip so much. Thank you to Mama Ndaba, Mrs Spanos and Mrs Melland for taking us.
This tour showed me the beautiful and historical place Soweto is. We started off the exciting day by going to the biggest church in Soweto, called the Regina Mundi, where I learnt a lot about the various paintings in it and the carnage that took place with all the old bullet holes in the ceiling.
I’ve learnt about the protest Hector Pieterson was in but hadn’t realized that it took place in Soweto. I walked on the very street where Hector Pieterson was shot, visualizing the terrified children running for their lives, on this now neighbourly, suburban street. I learnt so much about Apartheid and the protest at the Hector Pieterson museum, which was very sad and shocking. I was so privileged to walk into and witness the petite home of Nelson Mandela, reading the interesting quotes and words said by him and his family members on the walls, and going from room to room, admiring the quaint, old fashioned furniture.
The educational and fun tour came to an end with a delicious and traditional lunch where I tried inyama yangaphakuthi (this definitely had an acquired taste!) followed by an entertaining Zulu dance.