Soweto
Close to the ground.

Credo Mutwa Cultural Village

cnr Ntsane St & Majoeng St, Jabavu admission free

S 26 14.639 E 027 52.968

Credo Mutwa Cultural Village was built by the somewhat influential artists and healer, Credo Mutwa in 1974, but later vandalized after Mutwa made controversial statements about the 1976 Soweto uprising. Although afterward renovated, it is currently in a dilapidated state. The cultural village contains a previously used traditional healing clinic, four-headed statues and displays on traditional burial practices. Some of Mutwa's followers (including those who give the village tours) believe that one of his statues from 1979 proves that he predicted the coming of HIV in Africa and that another one of his paintings (of the same year) represents his prediction of the planes crashing into the New York World Trade Center on 9/11. Right next to the cultural village is the Oppenheimer Tower. In 1957, Sir Earnest Oppenheimer, chairman of the Anglo-American Corporation, helped organize a loan to build 14,000 houses for Sowetans. To show their thanks to Mr. Oppenheimer they built the Oppenheimer Tower, partially from the remains of the nearby power station. The tower has 49 steps which represent Soweto's then 49 districts.

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