The unassuming-looking Soweto drag of Vilakazi Street is one of Johannesburg's best-known corners. It's a superlative piece of real estate, given not one but TWO Nobel Prize winners have called it home: Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Their homes are both heritage sites, the Mandela House a museum open to the public. (The Tutu House isn't.) Vilakazi Street also saw the tragic death of Hector Pieterson, the 13-year-old student killed by police during the Soweto uprising in 1976. A memorial marks the spot, while June 16, the day of the protests and Pieterson's death, is now the public South African holiday of Youth Day.
The Mandela House was home for the great South African anti-apartheid activist and president Nelson... Read more