Johannesburg is South Africa's only officially designated global city and one of the top forty largest metropolitan areas in the world. The O.R. Tambo International Airport, a gateway for international air travel from and to the rest of southern Africa and the busiest and largest airport in Africa is situated in the region. The South African Constitutional Court is also located in the Johannesburg Metro Region.
The area is believed to have been inhabited by Bushmen around 100 000 years ago. They lived in this area until the Bantu speaking people migrated to the area about AD 1060 when. The first significant European settlement happened was in the 1880's when gold was discovered here. Starting off as a little prospecting village the town grew rapidly with people from all over the world came to the small town and grew into modern day Johannesburg, the country’s largest city.
The Greater Johannesburg area is the financial and commercial centre of South Africa. It accounts for 40% of Gauteng's economic activity and produces over 15% of South Africa's gross domestic product. The area has a variety of manufacturing industries and various commercial and banking companies are located in the region. JSE Securities Exchange, Africa's largest stock exchange, is located in Johannesburg. It is also home to some of the best public and private universities in South Africa like the University of Witwatersrand as well as University of Johannesburg. Monash University is a private university in this region which has campuses in Australia and Malaysia.
The Greater Johannesburg area is filled with fascinating attractions and activities. You can view the dancing Lipizzaner stallions at Kyalami, or you could take a scenic flight in a vintage aircraft, ride in a hot air balloon, or even do a quick paddle on the Crocodile River. There are plenty of museums to visit, the most notable of which are the Apartheid Museum and Museum Africa. The adventurous could try their hand at skydiving, rapp-jump a skyscraper or sandboard down a mine dump. The area also abounds with plenty of shopping centres, and there are various top class casinos in the area.
The Johannesburg area enjoys a temperate climate with sunny, dry conditions throughout the year with the exception of occasional late afternoon showers in the summer. Temperatures do sometimes drop to freezing point or below during the night in winters
Information on Towns inthe Greater Johannesburg Region
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Conference Venues / Conference Centres in Sandton, Johannesburg
Sandton is the economic hub of Gauteng as well as South Africa. Many major financial institutions have set up headquarters in Sandton, and it is also home to most of the big names in Information Technologyas well as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Formed on the 1 July 1969, Sandton is a relatively young city. It lies on the northern edge of Johannesburg, and the name was derived from the two suburbs of Bryanston and Sandown. A new exclusive suburban centre was established, while at the same time maintaining the parklike residential areas of the two surrounding suburbs. One of the largest malls in the southern hemisphere, The Sandton City shopping complex, is located in Sandton....Click here for conference venues in Sandton