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Johannesburg, because it is a major tourist attraction in South Africa, naturally abounds in a wide variety of accommodation, from affordable B&B accommodation, to Giest Houses, Self Catering accommodation, Hotels, Backpackers and lodges

 

Johannesburg, 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 South Africa.

 

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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JOBURG FIRSTS

THE GAUTRAIN

The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network planned in Gauteng.

 

The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Tshwane (Pretoria) and Johannesburg and a link between Johannesburg International Airport and Sandton.

 

Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail along the proposed route.

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The three anchor stations will be located at:

 

  • Johannesburg International Airport
  • Tshwane
  • Johannesburg

 

The seven other stations will be located at:

  • Rosebank
  • Sandton
  • Marlboro
  • Midrand
  • Centurion
  • Hatfield
  • Rhodesfield (Kempton Park)

 

This modern train will offer international standards of public transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort.

 

Travelling at maximum speeds of 160 to 180 kilometres per hour it will reach Tshwane from Johannesburg in less than 40 minutes.

 

The minimum frequency between Johannesburg and Tshwane will initially be six trains per hour per direction and it will operate approximately 18 hours per day.

 

This public transport service will include dedicated, exclusive bus services to transport passengers to and from stations.

 

The Gautrain rail system has two major corridors: South-North and West-East.

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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 and undistinguished.

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 of Johannesburg.

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.

TRANSPORT

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, and Rosebank, 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 International Airport.

JOBURG TRANSFORMED

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 ENTERTAINMENT

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.

 

WHAT'S ON IN JOBURG

5th Annual Magical Medieval Fayre

 

Date: Saturday 3 September 2106

Time: 12 noon til late

Venue: Inanda Country Base, Rose Rd, Kyalami Tickets:

 

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Kids under 12 and pets on leashes FREE

 

We're seeking minstrels, strolling players, stilt walkers, fire dancers and all manner of buskers and barons, knights, dragons, unicorns, fair maidens and their steeds!
The Stocks, Mead, Ale, Unicorn Rides as well as food & drink, dancers and all the stalls will run all day ... then stay with us into the night as sprites and fire dancers entertain us, while the circles open to allow friendship and cameraderie in!

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- Fight a Knight with Battle Heritage SA
- The Troll Bow Project Archery
- Game of Kings
- Blade & weaponsmithing
- Fancydress Contest 
- Fantastic stalls!
- Chikara unicorn rides for kids of all ages
- Eoin's Tankard Mead & White Dog Taproom Ale
- Juggling & firedancing from TORUS 
- Vegetable Justice medieval games
... and more!

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