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Soweto, South Africa -- Boys relax next to a public pool during a hot day on Dec. 28, 2004 in the Orlando West section of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. 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 best known being the student uprisings in June 1976, when thousands of students took to the streets to protest the forced 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 last few years many shopping malls has been built, and people are starting to spend their money in Soweto.