Gentrification is bound to follow of course, with a "peaceaccino" coffee soon to be launched at the local Starbucks, no doubt.
There are many townships or locations. One of the most well known is Soweto, which stands for "Southwest Township,"
When Graça Machel married Nelson Mandela on 18 July 1998, she became the first woman in the world to have married the heads of state of two different countries.
She was previously married to Samora Machel, the first president of Mozambique. Talk about picky!!
Diamond mining is one of the mainstays of the South African economy. The world famous DeBeers mining company last year turned over a sparkling US$15 billion.
A far cry from its humble origins in 1860, when two penniless Dutch migrant brothers paid just £50 for a smallholding near modern day Kimberley.
The largest diamond ever found was dug up in South Africa in 1905. It weighed a staggering 3,106.75 carats uncut.
But it wasn't to be a diamond forever because it soon became three diamonds instead.
Cut into The Great Star of Africa, The Lesser Star of Africa and 194 smaller diamonds, it now forms part of the British crown jewels.
The slogan "A Diamond is Forever", most famously appropriated by Ian Fleming, was dreamed up for DeBeers by a US advertising agency in 1952. In 1999, it was voted Slogan of the Century by Advertising Age Magazine.
The British Empire met its match in the Zulu warriors of South Africa. At Isandlwana in South Africa in 1879, 1,400 British soldiers fought 30,000 Zulu armed only with spears.
The British lost, with casualties of more than 1,000. It was the biggest ever defeat of a modern army at the hands of a native force.