Sophiatown Heritage Tours
Sophiatown Heritage Tours (Johannesburg) – Sophiatown was a multi-ethnic and culturally rich area of Johannesburg that was a target of the South African government’s “forced removal” policies during the 1950s (which resulted in the bulldozing of this area, including its schools, shops, cinemas and swimming pools). Nowadays, the Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre (in partnership with the City of Johannesburg) conducts tours of what’s left of that area.
These walking tours take participants back to the times of Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Stompie Manana, Don Mattera, Can Themba and many more. Four buildings survived the removals, including the house of Dr A.B. Xuma, which is now the base of the Sophiatown Heritage and cultural Centre. The tours connect these four surviving buildings, cover sites of significant buildings that were demolished, and give a glimpse of the current life of Sophiatown. Encounter the stories of removal and re-birth, listen to the street life tales immortalized in books, film and song. The 2004 internationally-produced film ‘Drum” (starring Hollywood actor Taye Diggs) highlighted the days that led to the last days of Sophiatown. Pricing: R75 (adult), R25 (children under 16). See the Sophiatown website for more details: https://sophiatown.net