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KLIPTOWN, a suburb of the former black township of Soweto in Gauteng, South Africa, located about 17km south-west of Johannesburg. The population of Kliptown is between 38,000 and 45,000 (City of Johannesburg official web site). Kliptown is the oldest residential district of Soweto, and was first laid out in 1891 on land which formed part of Klipspruit farm. The farm was named after the klipspruit (rocky stream) that runs nearby. From 1903 the area was home to informal settlements (squatter camps), and the area now contains a mixture of purpose-built housing and a large number of shacks and other informal homes which form the Chris Hani and Dlamini settlements.
In June 1955 Kliptown was the home of an unprecedented Congress of the People, organised by the African National Congress, the South African Indian Congress, the South African Congress of Democrats and the Coloured People's Congress. This Congress saw the declaration and adoption of the Freedom Charter, which set out the aims and aspirations of the opponents of apartheid.
In 2005 Johannesburg City Council announced plans for renewal of the Kliptown area, including a large-scale housing project.

"Zuma challenged to go on Kliptown walkabout"

Jacob Zuma

Kliptown Wikipedia in Soweto

"Zuma challenged to go on Kliptown walkabout"

Jacob Zuma

Kliptown Wikipedia in Soweto

An interview with Oom Bolo: "Life in Kliptown" who led me a couple of times through Kliptown

Interview: Fotografe Hanneke de Vries over foto's Kliptown 2012

Kliptown history on show

All photos: September / October 2008 edit

Estelle Bester (besterestelle@telkomsa.net) wrote about this gallery on Jan 25th
May I please advise you that the info on Sir Ernst Oppenheimer's 'donation' of R6 million is not correct. He negotiated a LOAN by the Mining Houses to the State to build houses. A total of almost 15 000 was built from this loan. Apart from having worked on housing in Soweto and therefore also with these houses, I also have other proof of the facts as stated.

Something else: the march on 16 June 1976 was from the Morris Isaacson School in Jabavu. The students from the Naledi School came to Morris Isaacson and they all marched from there.

I hope you note my humble contribution. Thanks. Estelle
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Keywords:antoni uni, jhb, joburg, johannesburg, kliptown, slum, slum kliptown, south africa, soweto, ton uni, toni uni