Soweto Saturdays July 24
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About the Event
#SowetoSaturdays is where we as Sowetans come together to change the way we think about ourselves, our community and our collective future. As an activity, we come together to 'fix' a something that represents 'broken' in our society, but as an experience its about healing our insides.
When the looting started, many of us were upset, offended, disappointed. As the next day of looting continued, we were confronted with the reality that even people we knew were looting. We also had the rude awakening hat key business nodes were the targets of the attacks. We chose to act.
It was encouraging and inspiring to see how many of us got up to clean our community, how many of us came to defend this place we call home.
Living in Soweto can be traumatic. Every second week we are confronted with service delivery protests, we have rolling black outs at a higher rate than the rest of the country due to historic debt, the social construct of our community and urban migration of the working class, means we have a dwindling middle class and lower numbers of tax/levy paying citizens. Unfortunately this has also resulted in poor service delivery in general.
Walking out of your house in Soweto, it is likely that you will have to manoever your walking around streams of domestic effluent and human excriment. Whether you pay your taxes or you don't, repairs to broken pipes, upgrades to infrastructure are rarely attended to and most certainly, you are confronted with the filth of mushrooming dumping sites. The assault on your esteem does not end there. When walking into any of the Soweto Malls to do your groceries, upon your departure, after having paid for all the goods you have purchased, you will not be rewarded with tranquil sountracks as one would in a mall in the Northern suberbs, instead you are searched like a criminal. This inspite of your contribution to the Johannesburg retail economy being the highest not only in Johannesburg but in the country.
It's been constant turmoil between believing in the dream of possibility while being confronted with the reality of abandonment. Neither the private nor the public sector see you as much more than an 'x' at election time and a mere transaction at the till.
We have been systematically dehumanised and when the looting started, our outside finally looked like our inside... conflicted.
At Soweto Saturdays we do the healing work of fixing our community, while connecting, collaborating and working with eachother to ensure that the future of our community is different.
Tomorrow, in our Soweto, we walk down clean streets and thriving small businesses. We walk into malls and we are treated with the respect and dignity we deserve. Our goverment delivers and through a thriving small business environemnt we empower eachother to ensure that our community is financially sustainable.
The Phoenix of Soweto went up in smoke and from its ashes a new Soweto is born. #SowetoSaturdays