Johannesburg

Mining Boys on the Rand, Johannesburg. C1903-1920. Source: Franco Frescura Collection

It is the biggest major city in the country, and Johannesburg, also known as Jozi and Egoli, lives up to its latter name as the Place of Gold, not only because of the gold deposits found in the surrounding areas and the fact that it is where gold was first discovered, but also because it is a sparkling, golden city, with a lifestyle that has a wealth of different cultures, thriving businesses, places to play, shopaholics’s paradises – Sandton is the place to flaunt the cash – and venues for the die-hard party starters. It’s trendy, it’s exciting, and it’s Africa’s powerhouse. With over 9 million people roaming trendy suburbs with restaurant lined streets, flocking to exhibitions, concerts, gigs, theatres, casinos and more, Jozi is the playground for the rich and famous, and those who like to live a little dangerously.

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Egoli, or the "City of Gold" is South Africa's most populated city, and the cosmopolitan business centre of the country. The hub of South Africa's most densely populated province, Gauteng, Johannesburg, or Jozi, was built along the gold-bearing reefs of the Witwatersrand, and is the home of South Africa's Constitutional Court.


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”“ Mr Bila Singh
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Last updated : 23-Jan-2018

This article was produced for South African History Online on 29-Mar-2011