Nelson Mandela cut a ribbon today to mark the opening of a massive shopping mall in Soweto, the Johannesburg township that was the center of the struggle against apartheid, and his own home before he went to prison. The Maponya Mall, with 200 shops and an eight-screen theater, is the largest in southern Africa, the BBC reports.
The once-impoverished Soweto is seeing a surge in both property values and new developments ."Today I deliver to you my dream of 28 years," said Richard Maponya, for whom the mall is the capstone of 50 years as a Soweto entrepreneur. Last year, Soweto commemorated the 30th anniversary of the 1976 student uprising there against apartheid.