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SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA MARCH 11: Zulu maidens wash themselves in a river on March 11, 2005 in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. About fifty girls celebrated their virginity by marching trough the streets of the township. 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. Most residents work in Johannesburg but the last years many shopping malls has been built, and people are starting to spend their money in Soweto. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)