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SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA OCTOBER 28: Relatives and friends welcome Talent Mahlangu and Nondumiso Mahlangu to a reception as they arrive from a church after their wedding October 28, 2006 in Diepkloof section of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Locals like lavish weddings and they are usually a long affair, with a traditional wedding and visits to both the man and woman’s parents, and many also have a typical western wedding. Soweto is South Africa’s largest township and it was founded about one hundred years to make housing available for black people south west of downtown Johannesburg. The estimated population is between 2-3 million. Many key events during the Apartheid struggle unfolded here, and the most known is the student uprisings in June 1976, where thousands of students took to the streets to protest after being forced to study the Afrikaans language at school. Soweto today is a mix of old housing and newly constructed townhouses. A new hungry black middle-class is growing steadily. Many residents work in Johannesburg but the last years many shopping malls have been built, and people are starting to spend their money in Soweto.  <br />
(Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)