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Soweto, South Africa -- Shoppers relax during an opening of the Jabulani shopping mall on Oct. 26, 2006 in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Thousands of people attended the opening and many shops ran out of goods as the people came to support the mall. Soweto is South Africa�s largest township and was founded about 100 years ago to make housing available for black people southwest of downtown Johannesburg. The estimated population today is between 2-3 million. Many key events during the Apartheid struggle unfolded here; the most known is the student uprisings in June 1976, when 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. Many residents work in Johannesburg but in the past years many shopping malls have been built, and people are starting to spend their money in Soweto.