Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Tip: You definitely want a car and driver for this. It's an easy half-day trip from Johannesburg with steps limited to a curb or two.
Our driver, Letle, grew up in Soweto and was from a tribe of clickers, like the natives of The Gods Must Be Crazy, so his name sounded like Let-click-la.
We asked the inevitable: Are things better for you now?
Life has been changed but we have a long way to go, said Letle. "Sixteen to 17 years of democracy is very short."
The huge kalabash-shaped stadium which hosted the World Cup is a source of pride. It's known as Ukhamba, a Zulu word for the clay pot used to brew beer; the white on top is the foam of fermentation.
Dust and pollution from gold and uranium mines thickens the air. "This is the territory of the good, the bad and the ugly, the poor, the rich and the people in between," said our guide.
The day we were there several classes from the Khula Sizwe Primary School and our unspoken thoughts turned to their futures, better than their parents' yes, but will that be enough?