GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT JOHANNESBURG
Johannesburg, undoubtedly one of the world’s most diverse and vibrant cities, is the economic powerhouse of South Africa. Jo’burg also known as Jozi or Egoli, is the largest city in South Africa and also one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world. The city has its roots in gold and diamond mining which began in the late 19th Century when millions descended on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand hills.
Much of its infrastructure and economy has developed around gold and diamond mining. While in recent years much of the money and commercial business has moved out of the city into the suburbs, the city is starting to see renewal. Originally serving as a starting point for travel to other parts of SA and Africa, Johannesburg has become one of the region’s most visited and well-run tourism and business centres. The city is home to a number of good museums, galleries, sports stadiums, wildlife conservancies, memorials and other attractions which are scattered throughout.
Johannesburg is also serviced by the largest and busiest airport in Africa which provides the gateway to international air travel for much of the region. The recent launch of the rapid bus system is intended to provide convenient transport for both South Africans and international visitors. The Gautrain has improved the transport infrastructure of Gauteng and provides safe and efficient transport. The Gautrain runs from the O R Tambo International Airport to various parts of Johannesburg including Sandton, Rosebank and the Johannesburg City Centre. With its cool winters and fantastic sunshine-filled summers, Johannesburg is an ideal destination to visit throughout the year.