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Soweto's history: Nobel Peace Prizes to the World Cup

Interviewing tourists and FIFA Vice President, Lennart Johansson

Young journalists, whose school is on the same street as two of South Africa's Noble Peace Price winners, report on the preparations for the World Cup in their home town of Soweto. They even manage to speak to former FIFA Vice President Lennart Johansson.

Phefeni Secondary High School is on Vilakazi Street, where former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu once lived, and learners there have been reporting for BBC News as part of the School Report initiative.

Million dollar history of Vilakazi Street
By Matshidiso, Barbara, Thabang and Tholakele, School Reporters
Reporting from Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa

Historic Vilakazi Street is set to make new history as tourists and residents gather to celebrate the coming of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in old-school style.

Vilakazi Street was named after a great poet, Dr Vilakazi. It has now become a popular street in Soweto.

The government has invested millions of rands in the development of the area in the past few years.

Now that Africa are hosting the World Cup, what better place can we do it than Orlando West. It's where much of South African history was made and where our visitors can be welcomed in proper Sowetan style.

The 20-day countdown to the World Cup was held in this street with many of our South African celebrities, including HHp, Mandoza, Kwaku Abeka and the legendary PJ Powers. The singers of the old hot Jabulani were there, mainly to welcome our visitors and cheer the residents for the World Cup.

Thanks to uTata Nelson Mandela, the likes of Desmond Tutu and other legends, Vilakazi Street has become a popular and historic street in the history of Soweto.

Human Trafficking: A Threat to Society?
By Kgomotso, Numbulelo and Nomaswazi, School Reporters
Reporting from Soweto, South Africa

Phefani Secondary High School

Human trafficking involves selling people and using them as slaves. It is actually an exploitation of people and forces them to do illegal work. Human trafficking is an obstacle that is experienced by every country in the world but many people are not aware of it.

Learners are told that teenagers are especially at risk because they are easily attracted.

Human trafficking can be relevant to the 2010 World Cup, as many different people from different countries with different values will be coming to South Africa. Parents are being urged to look after their children and alert them to this issue.

The students from Phefeni Senior Secondary School, who are reporting for the BBC, asked residents of Orlando West what they think about human trafficking. One citizen, Mrs Precious Mbalula said: "I am not happy about this situation because I have a child, so I'm afraid and worried too."

World Cup fever
By Gonhse, Tshepiso, Bennett and Lesego, School Reporters
Reporting from Soweto, South Africa

Phefani Secondary High School

With just a few hours until the start of the World Cup, South Africans are feeling the fever, especially in Soweto High schools.

Our group spoke to some tourists. Some were optimistic about the economic growth. They thought everyone would benefit from the biggest soccer event coming to South Africa.

South Africa is really keen to host the World Cup successfully, where people throughout the world will be gathered for one cause, no matter what the colour.

Launching of the 2010 World Cup
By Diektso, Nkwenkwezi, Thato, Lerato and Nthabiseng, School Reporters
Reporting from Soweto, South Africa

Phefani Secondary High School

The 2010 soccer World Cup was launched in different cities including Soweto, where our school is located.

As well as benefitting our school, the tournament is also benefitting other residents.

One citizen told us that he really appreciates being able to showcase his talent in arts and craft, from which he makes a living. It's a great honour for him to play a part in making this World Cup a reality. This is history in the making and as South Africans, we are very happy to organise this for the world.

We interviewed the deputy president of FIFA who said it was an honour for him to be here and that he was enjoying the company of people in Africa and the cultural food. Reporter Nkewenkwezi commented: "It was nice meeting him. He is happy and welcomes the soccer match of the world."


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