A "Sophiatown treasure hunt" was launched by the Trevor Huddleston Centre in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Human Rights Day, in the hopes of creating a unique collection of historic artefacts for Sophiatown's new heritage museum, said Jerry Masoleng, the centre's heritage officer.
South Africans of all colours this weekend celebrated the return to its original name of Johannesburg's most famous suburb, once blighted by apartheid bulldozers more than half-a-century ago. The working-class area in western Johannesburg was renamed Sophiatown on Saturday as it was once known by the 65 000 black residents who lived there before being forcibly removed by the white minority government in 1955.
The reclaiming and renaming of Sophiatown, which has had two names for far too long, is a past we dare not forget, said Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo on Saturday. Masondo was speaking at a ceremony to rename Triomf back to Sophiatown, west of Johannesburg.