Vilakazi Street is a legend in its own right. Based in the world’s most famous township Soweto, Vilakazi Street’s accolades run the length of the street. It is home to TWO Nobel Peace Prize Laureates – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Mandela House Museum welcomes visitors from all around the world, while Archbishop Tutu still has a home here and is said to take a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood when he is around. The street also memorialises Hector Pietersen who was killed by police in the 1976 student uprising. The image captured by Sam Nzima made 12-year old Hector an international icon in the fight against the Apartheid government.
Vilakazi Street is named after Dr BW Vilakazi, an intellectual, poet and novelist who was the first black man to teach at the University of Witwatersrand (WITS).