Thokoza Park

Thokoza Park, a park covering 4.5 hectares, is a popular outdoor recreational area in Rockville, Soweto. Within the park’s lush grounds, you’ll find Soweto’s first fountain and the Moroka Dam, named after apartheid struggle icon Dr James Moroka. The paved pathways gently guide visitors alongside streams that lead to the dam.

The park is a favoured spot for family picnics and braais (barbeques). On weekends, it’s a vibrant setting: people jostle for space around their braais or lounge in the shade, children have great fun feeding the ducks on the dam or enjoying the playground, and basketball and netball courts are well-kept to ensure a regular crowd of sport enthusiasts. The scenic surrounds also make the park a popular backdrop for wedding photos, and wedding parties are a familiar sight on weekends.

Thokoza Park is situated in the heart of Soweto – it’s just down the road from the busy Maponya Mall and near the renowned Regina Mundi Church, a site of resistance during apartheid and a place of shelter during the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

Thokoza Park regularly hosts public events, including exhibitions and jazz concerts. During big sporting events, visitors can enjoy the action on the big-screen television in the middle of the park. It’s an ideal space for those looking to spend an afternoon soaking up the sun and township beat.

Facilities include: secure parking, toilets, seating areas, picnic spots and play equipment. The

Admission

Free

Visiting hours

Daily from 10:00 until late

Thokoza Park, Soweto. Photo courtesy <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/31745401@N05/2972195248/sizes/z/in/photostream/'>zondi.ntsikelelo</a>

Thokoza Park, Soweto. Photo courtesy zondi.ntsikelelo

Thokoza Park, Soweto.  Photo courtesy <a href='http://joburg.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=75&limitstart=1'>City of Johannesburg</a>

Thokoza Park, Soweto. Photo courtesy City of Johannesburg