What is Johannesburg, South Africa Known For?

Johannesburg, the financial capital of South Africa, is home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), one of the top 20 exchanges in the world. Located in the province of Gauteng, it is the main industrial and financial metropolis of the country. For a unique shopping experience, head to Oriental Plaza where you can buy anything from hot samosas to Kashmiri furniture and gold. Fordsburg is also known for its endless variety of textiles and expert tailors.

Affectionately known as Jo'burg, Jozi and JHB by South Africans, Johannesburg is the most populous city in South Africa and one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world. It is also classified as a gamma world city and is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the richest province in South Africa. The city is home to many attractions such as Lesedi Cultural Village, Magaliesburg and Hartbeespoort Dam. It is also a transit point connecting flights to Cape Town, Durban and Kruger National Park.

The Apartheid Museum in Soweto offers an indelible journey into the soul of the fight for freedom. Other attractions include Market Theatre and Museum Africa in Newtown which exhibits reproductions of huts, tools, handicrafts, clothing and toys of South African tribes. Johannesburg has a subtropical highland climate (Köppen Cwb) and is home to the National Institute of Biodiversity of South Africa's botanical garden. The most popular sports in Johannesburg by participation are association football, cricket, rugby and running.

Tambo International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of southern Africa. The suburbs to the south of the city are mainly blue-collar neighborhoods and are located closer to some municipalities.

Esther Woodcock
Esther Woodcock

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