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also known as eGoli (place of gold), is the largest and
most populous city in South
Africa. The city is affectionately known as "Joburg",
"Jozi" and "JHB" by South Africans.
Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng
Province, the wealthiest province in South Africa, and fourth
largest economy in Sub-Sahara Africa. The city is one of the
40 largest metropolitan areas in the world, and Africa's only
officially designated global city (classified as a gamma world
city). Whilst sometimes mistakenly assumed to be South Africa's
capital city, Johannesburg does not form one of South Africa's
three official capital cities. Johannesburg does however house
the South African Constitutional Court, the highest court of
Johannesburg has 17 nature reserves, 12 rivers and the largest urban forest in the world. There are over 6,000,000 trees to be found in the parks, on pavements and in residential areas. There are several bird sanctuaries, nature trails, public sport facilities and swimming pools in the city. Emmerentia Dam is a favourite venue for boating and taking the dogs for long walks.
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The City of Johannesburg has had numerous "firsts" in South Africa over the last 120 years, some of the earlier ones being: First Chemist - the "Golden Mortar Dispensary", founded by Mr Heymann in 1886, and situated on Commissioner Street.
First Brewery - The Wilshire Brewery - situated north of Booysens, in 1887. First Concert - Staged in Thompsons Store on President Street ( the offices of the "Star" newspaper house is now situated there) to celebrate Queen Victorias' Golden Jubilee, on 21 June 1887. First Roller Skating Rink - on Kerk Street, in 1891. First Ice-Skating Rink - named "Niagara, near Park Station, in 1910 First Cafe - Cafe Francoies, on the corners of Market & Joubert Streets.
Cradle of Humankind - World Heritage site and surrounding areas, including:
Muldersdrift, Lanseria, Sterkfontein etc. where fossils over 4 million years old have been discovered. The "Crocodile Ramble" is a highly recommended tour.
The population of Johannesburg is in the region of 3,2 million, and the city provides in excess of 800,000 employment opportunities. The JDA - city wide economic development - stimulates and supports economic development throughout the city.
SUBURBS OF JOBURG
The different suburbs of Johannesburg are generally categorised by compass direction, as different areas
of the city have greatly different personalities. Since Johannesburg
is such a large city, there is great variety in the suburbs that
comprise it. While the Central
Business District and the surrounding areas were formerly
highly desired wealthy areas, they have lost their former reputation
after migrants took over abandoned buildings, and the crime level
rose accordingly. The suburbs to the south of the city are mainly
lower-class residential suburbs along with some townships,
although most suburbs in the South tend to be extremely large
The northern and northwestern suburbs like Sandton have become the centre
for the wealthy, containing the high-end retail shops and well
as several upper-class residential areas. To the southwest of
the City Centre is Soweto,
a mostly black urban area constructed during the apartheid regime
specifically for housing African people who were then living
in areas designated by the government for white settlement.
Today, Soweto is among the poorest parts of Johannesburg.
The northern and northwestern suburbs have become the centre for the wealthy, containing the
high-end retail shops and well as several upper-class residential
areas including Houghton, where Nelson Mandela makes his home.
The northwestern area in particular is vibrant and lively, with
the mostly-black suburb of Sophiatown a hotbed of political activity
and the Bohemian-flavoured Melville featuring lively gathering
places and nightlife. Auckland Park is home to the headquarters
of the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the University
To the southwest of the City Centre is Soweto,
a mostly black urban area constructed during the apartheid regime
specifically for housing African people who were then living in
areas designated by the government for white settlement. Today,
Soweto is among the poorest parts of Johannesburg. The eastern
suburbs include Yeoville, a hot spot for black nightlife despite
its otherwise poor reputation, and several residential areas that
are slowly gaining respectability.
Johannesburg, much like Los Angeles, is a young and sprawling city
geared towards private motorists, and lacks a convenient public
transportation system. A significant number of the city's residents
are dependent on the city's informal minibus taxis.
Johannesburg's metro railway system connects central
Johannesburg to Soweto, Pretoria,
and most of the satellite towns along the Witwatersrand. The railways
transport huge numbers of workers every day. However, the railway
infrastructure was built in Johannesburg's infancy and covers
only the older areas in the city's south. In the past half century
Johannesburg has grown largely northwards, and none of the northern
areas, including the key business districts of Sandton, Midrand, Randburg,
have any rail infrastructure.
The Gauteng Provincial Government's Blue IQ Project, Gautrain,
however, has made provisions for the creation of a rapid rail
link, running north to south, between Johannesburg and Pretoria,
and east-west between Sandton and Johannesburg
The city is currently undergoing a transformation in an effort to attract business back into the city centre.
The city of Johannesburg is also known as "Egoli", meaning City of gold - appropriately - as 40% of the worlds gold has been produced by the gold mines in and around the city!
Johannesburg has a large variety of vibrant cultural entertainment - theatre, dance, music and clubs. For those who prefer to go to the Cinema, there are several comfortable, air-conditioned houses, which screen the latest releases. The Coca-Cola Dome, in North Riding, caters for multi-purpose indoor entertainment - exhibitions, concerts, conventions and indoor sporting events. Another of the many venues is the Expo Centre in Nasrec - the largest Expo Centre in Southern Africa - which caters for music festivals and event staging, in addition to exhibitions and conferences. There are also several casinos, for those who feel lucky!
NAMING OF JOBURG
Johannesburg was named after two commissioners - Johannes Rissik and Christiaan Johannes Joubert who had confirmed the discovery of gold by George Harrison in the area. Street names such as Rissik, Harrison and Commissioner in Johannesburg are named after these individuals.
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