This virtual tour looks at the history of Soweto, starting in Sophiatown and looking at the lives of people such as Gerald Sekoto, Don Matera, Hugh Masekela, Father Trevor Huddleston and others who lived there. Then we will explore the “so-called” coloured Townships - Newclare, Coronationville and Noordgesig. We will enter Soweto through the oldest Township, Orlando East and focus on the June 16, 1976, “circle” looking at the lives of Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, Dr Vilakazi’s house, Winnie Mandela's house and more. We will continue to Meadowlands, Soweto Theater, Kliptown and explore the Freedom Charter but also the poverty and shacks. We will also visit Baragwanath Hospital, the third largest hospital in the world, Orlando Power Station, Diepkloof hostel and lastly the FNB World Cup Stadium. Much more will be explored on this virtual tour. Come and join us!
Tumi was born in Zone 9, Meadowlands, Soweto, as the fifth son of a family of nine boys and one girl. Finishing his schooling in Soweto, he has witnessed the 1976 Soweto uprising and the 1984-1990 unrest. Tumi was detained, shot by the police, stabbed and survived necklacing during Apartheid.
Tumi became a dancer, trained in ballet, contemporary, and Jazz dance at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation and the Johannesburg Youth Ballet. He danced for many Dance Companies in Johannesburg, Durban, London, Koln and Egypt. Tumi also danced with PACT Ballet, and the South African Ballet and later, working as a volunteer for SA Ballet, he taught in Mamelodi, Soweto and Katlehong. Tumi won the Michell Tesson Scholarship, The FNB Vita Award for the Best Contemporary Dancer - Durban. Today, Tumi is a project manager for the Sylt Foundation and still teaches ballet in Soweto. He is also a celebrated tour guide in Johannesburg.