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Soweto

South Western Township
Orlando Towers in the Orlando suburb of Soweto
Orlando Towers in the Orlando suburb of Soweto
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Area
 • Total 200.03 km2 (77.23 sq mi)
Elevation
1,600 m (5,200 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total 1,271,628
 • Density 6,357.19/km2 (16,465.0/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African 98.5%
 • Coloured 1.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu 37.1%
 • Sotho 15.5%
 • Tswana 12.9%
 • Tsonga 8.9%
 • Other 25.7%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
1808
Area code 011
Website www.Soweto.gov.za

Soweto is a township of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, South Africa, bordering the city's mining belt in the south. Its name is an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships. Formerly a separate municipality, it is now incorporated in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Suburbs of Johannesburg.

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