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 – it 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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Jacob_Joburg Says:

8115 VIlakazi Street is one of the world famous addresses. Owned by Nelson Mandela at his prime as an attorney practicing in Johannesburg with Oliver Tambo. Many raids by the apartheid regime police...

ROBINONorwich Says:

After all the hype surrounding Vilakazi Street I expected more from this area. Smaller , quieter , meeker than you would think.

John C Says:

Get in touch with reality of the past as you listen and hear how the nationalists dealt with apartheid system. Events of 1950s upwards leading to the youths uprising and ultimate building of rainbow...

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