South Africa, home to a very special street

Here is an interesting South Africa fact – it has the only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prize winners.

fun facts of  south africaThe street? Vilakazi Street, which is located in Soweto, South Africa, just outside Johannesburg.

The Nobel Peace prize winners? President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both lived on Vilakazi Street!

In 1984, the Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime. The Archbishop was saluted for his clear views and his fearless stance, characteristics which made him a unifying symbol for all African freedom fighters.

In 1993, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Nelson Mandela, jointly with Frederik Willem de Klerk, “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”.

Today Vilakazi Street might be well known for its fame brought by these two outstanding individuals, but the neighborhood is still a simple one where people live, work, and play every day.  And perhaps it is from the simplicity of Vilakazi Street that we can take inspiration. Out of the most ordinary circumstances can come true greatness and it is only ourselves who set our limitations. So don’t set any …. just go for it!

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