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Information on Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city as well as the provincial capital of the Gauteng province which is the wealthiest province in the country. It is also the largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. The city is the world's largest city not situated on a coastline river or lake and is also one of the top forty 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world.

While Johannesburg is not officially one of South Africa's three capital cities, it contains the Constitutional Court which is South Africa's highest court. Due to its location on the mineral rich Witwatersrand range of hills, Johannesburg is the centre of large scale diamond and gold trade. O.R. Tambo International Airport is a gateway for international air travel from and to the rest of southern Africa and the busiest and largest airport in Africa.

Johannesburg includes Soweto, which was a separate city from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. Soweto originated as a cluster of settlements on the outer reaches of Johannesburg and populated mostly by workers in the gold mining industry. It was eventually incorporated into Johannesburg, the apartheid government separated Soweto from the rest of Johannesburg to make it an entirely Black area. Lenasia is also now part of Johannesburg.

Gauteng is growing rapidly due to mass urbanisation which is an element of many developing countries. According to the State of the Cities Report, the urban portion of Gauteng comprised primarily of the cities of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni will be a polycentric metropolitan region with a projected population of some 14.6 million people by 2015

History of Johannesburg

Although Johannesburg was set up as a town as early as 1886, it only officially became a city in 1928. The town was set up on land that was formerly a farm called Randjieslaagte. The Government owned the land and auctioned off 980 stands which lead to the establishment of the town.

Johannesburg’s name is derived from the names of two commissioners, Christiaan Johannes Joubert and Johannes Rissik. They were the commissioners who had confirmed the discovery of gold by George Harrison in the area. Street names such as Commissioner, Rissik and Harrison in Johannesburg acknowledge the roles these individuals played in the establishment of the town.

By the time gold was discovered in the Johannesburg area the diamond rush in Kimberley had already reached its end. Many left Kimberley for Johannesburg when the prospectors heard of the discovery of gold in the north. They arrived in the region in their droves, and new houses and shops made out of corrugated iron was erected almost overnight. It soon became a bustling town with canteens, pubs and shops opening all the time.

Within three years Johannesburg became the largest city in South Africa. The business sector in Johannesburg was growing rapidly, and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was founded.

The city experienced its fair share of growing pains. In 1889, the first strike by mine workers for more pay and fewer hours was seen. Water was also a problem with the private company supplying water to the town being unable to keep with the demand.

Johannesburg has grown rapidly since then and has become a large town with a charm of its own. The city is currently undergoing a transformation with efforts of cleaning up the city and attracting business.

Johannesburg Golf Tours

You will find many excellent golf courses in and around Johannesburg. For the golf lover, playing golf is the best way to experience the Johannesburg area. Go on a golf tour and play on the best courses in the Johannesburg area while at the same time visiting some of the best tourist attractions the area has to offer. For more information on golf tours in Johannesburg visit the South African Golf Tours website.

Johannesburg Geography

Johannesburg is located in the eastern plateau area of South Africa known as the Highveld, at a height of 1,753 metres. The first city centre is located on the south side of the prominent ridge called the Witwatersrand and the landscape falls to the north and south. By and large the Witwatersrand marks the watershed between the Vaal and Limpopo rivers. The west and north of the city has undulating hills while the eastern parts are flatter.

Johannesburg Climate

Johannesburg features a Subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny, dry climate, with the exception of occasional late afternoon showers in the summer months of October to April. Despite the relatively dry climate, Johannesburg has over ten million trees, and it is now the biggest man made forest in the world.

Towns and Suburbs of the Gauteng province of South Africa

Alberton , Arcadia , Auckland Park , Bardene , Bartlett , Bedfordview , Benoni , Boekenhoutskloof , Boksburg , Bonaero Park , Bredell , Bronkhorstspruit , Brooklyn , Bruma , Brummeria , Bryanston , Centurion , Chartwell , Club View , Constantia Park , Cradle of Humankind , Cullinan , De Wagensdrift , Die Wilgers , Dinokeng , Donkerhoek , Edenvale , Elandsdrift , Eldoraigne , Erasmuskloof , Erasmusrand , Fairland , Farrarmere , Ferndale , Fourways , Gallo Manor , Garsfontein ,Germiston , Glen Austin , Glen Marais , Glenvista , Groenkloof , Halfway House , Hartbeespoort , Hatfield , Heidelberg , Hennopspark , Honeydew , Houghton , Hyde Park , Illovo , Irene , Isando , Jet Park , Johannesburg , Kameeldrift , Kempton Park , Klippoortjie , Knoppieslaagte , Kromdraai , Krugersdorp , Kyalami , Lakefield , Lanseria , Linden , Little Falls , Lonehill , Lynnwood , Lyttelton , Magaliesburg , Melrose , Melville , Menlo Park , Menlyn , Meyersdal , Meyerspark , Midrand , Mnandi , Modderfontein , Mondeor , Monrick , Montana , Morningside , Muldersdrift , Murrayfield , New Redruth , Newmarket , Nigel, Noordheuwel , Northcliff , North Riding , OR Tambo Airport , Ormonde , Parktown , Pretoria , Pretoria East , Pomona , Randburg , Randfontein , Randhart , Raslouw , Ravenswood , Riviera, Rivonia , Roodepoort , Rosebank , Rosherville , Ruimsig , Rust de Winter , Samrand , Sandown , Sandton , Sandhurst , Selection Park , Silver Lakes , Solheim , Springs , Sunninghill , The Reeds , Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark , Walkerville , Wapadrand , Waterkloof , Waverley , Weltevredenpark , Westcliff , Woodmead

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