JohannesburgFebruary 11 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C
Passed across to South Africa from Mozambique on a very comfortable bus (who knew they could be easy?) and arrived into Johannesburg early evening. We were a little nervous about arriving so late, especially with the stories about Joburg’s violence, but we were welcomed into a city on the rise- a gentrifying, hipster place with craft beer, street art, galleries and great restaurants. It is almost culture shock coming here, which is almost like a western city’s trendy neighbourhood.
We head out on a tour of Soweto, a township which was incredibly important in the development of the anti-apartheid struggle. We visit the Apartheid museum which lays bare the systemic racism that tore the country apart- the wounds that inflicted upon South Africa’s society still have not fully healed, but there is the sense of optimism. The arguments made by radical, racist South Africans bring to mind some of the claptrap that our South African tour guide through Botswana spouted. People agree that it will take a few generations before it disappears, but there is hope.Read more