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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Vilakazi Street is located in Orlando West, situated in Soweto.
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I've been to Vilakazi Street a few times now and it just doesn't get old. Yes there are streams of tourists all the time but I think that's just part of the package. The array of restaurants to...
Paula R Says:
Vilakazi street is Famous for being the Only street in the world to have residents who won the Nobel Prize. Nelson Mandela and Reverend Desmond Tutu. We had a guide who drove us here. The...
This street is not what it used to be when the inhabitants still lived there. The houses have been turned into high priced eateries.