What’s the word? Johannesburg

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Soweto: the townships, which are home to four million people, have become a tourism hotspot

Isabel Conway visits South Africa’s largest city to be met by fabulous food, friendly locals, some harrowing history and idyllic out-of-town rural landscapes

Inside a Soweto shebeen, four young boys appear from nowhere, their eyes bright with pleasure and their small hands reaching out to scoop up chunks of boiled beef cheek, a favourite food of mineworker forefathers and served at special celebrations.

The European visitors exit the corrugated roofed shack after a ‘tasting’ of the grizzle-edged meat and accompanying fiery condiments, served on a large platter, with the (genuine) excuse of our recent all-inclusive lunch before setting...

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