Gavin picked us up for the run into Johannesburg for a day of touring to gain a better appreciation of the cultural context in our host country. We began with a bus tour of Soweto, an accumulation of many townships that under the apartheid laws were the designated homes for black South Africans. The aggregated Soweto township is now home to well over a million South Africans representing a range of economic circumstances. We saw the homes formerly occupied by Nelson Mandela and, just around the corner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, both Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
After a brief lunch break, we boarded another bus for a tour of Johannesburg, a city born from the discovery of gold in the 1880s. We concluded the day at the Apartheid Museum, which provided valuable background for appreciating the challenges facing those we had come to South Africa to help.