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Touch Down in Jozy Town: Visiting Johannesburg, South Africa

“So, how do Sowetans feel about their community becoming a tourist attraction?”

We were standing by the Hector Peterson memorial in the Orlando West township of Soweto near Johannesburg. My only context before we got here was that Soweto was considered poor and was a hotbed of revolution during apartheid. Soweto was certainly not my idea of a popular tourist attraction, especially one with walking tours, biking tours, and bus tours! Yet, there we stood among local and foreign tourists taking pictures of houses made of corrugated metal like we were in a museum.

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