Johannesburg Metro

July 20, 2012 Colin Top 10 Destinations

Gauteng is one of the nine provinces of South Africa, and the Johannesburg Metro lies at the very center of the Gauteng province. The Metro is further divided into smaller regions like The Inner City, Soweto and its environs, Randburg, Diepsloot, the Roodepoort area, Sandton, and Orange Farm.

Johannesburg attracted attention when gold was discovered in the region in the year 1886. This led to a war between the Afrikaners and the British. Johannes Meyer and Johannes Rissik are said to be the land surveyors during the gold rush in South Africa and the city is believed to be named in their honor.

Johannesburg began to develop rapidly into an important economic center, and according to the 2007 census, Johannesburg has a population of over 7.15 million. The Johannesburg Metro is comprised of the new Sandton development node and the busy CBD. The metro is therefore more distributed and spacious when compared to most other metros that are much more congested. Traffic planners have also been able to design for more spatial development of the region due to the two-pronged nature of the metro. The headquarters of local as well as multi-national companies are located in the Metro.

While most of the other major cities in South Africa lie on a waterway, Johannesburg does not. Therefore it relies on water from the Vaal Dam, which in turn receives its inflow from a number of other sources like the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

The Johannesburg Metro is well-linked by a network of freeways. The N1 and N3 ring roads as well as the M1 which links the CBD with Sandton make it easy to get around the metro. The Rea Vaya rapid bus system and the high-speed Gautrain train service make commuting easy within the metro. It takes just 20 minutes to reach the OR Tambo International Airport from Sandston’s CBD. Links to Parktown and Rosebank are still under construction.

Since South Africa lies in the Southern Hemisphere, it has a sunny winter with thundershowers in the afternoon during summer. The city is located at an altitude of 1753m on the highveld, which is the eastern plateau of the country. It has an overall dry climate, even though the city has over 10 million trees, making it the largest man-made forest on the planet.

Major universities like The University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witwatersrand attract a large number of youngsters from all over the country and beyond to Johannesburg. Some of the big global auditing firms and banks are also situated in the city. Huge manufacturing companies, insurance companies, and financial institutions have their various needs met by the diversified ITC sector in Johannesburg. Other light industries like industrial fabrication and cement production are also done in the metro. The government officially supports the growth of local traders in the informal sector.

Located close to the city is the Apartheid Museum, which throws light on the history of apartheid in South Africa. The Johannesburg Zoo and the Zoo Lake that is close by are cherished meeting places for locals and tourists alike.

A favorite picnic spot for the people of Johannesburg, often referred to as Jo’burgers is the Botanical Garden located in the suburb of Emmarentia. The Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden is another popular site in Roodepoort which often holds concerts in summer.

The opening and closing games of the 2010 Soccer World Cup were held at the FNB Stadium. The stadium is often filled to capacity when it hosts several local and international events. The Newtown district is home to other attractions like the Bassline Jazz Club, Museum Afrika, and the Market Theatre. It is one of the major centers for art and design.

The Hector Pieterson Museum is located in Soweto, which has a special place in the culture and history of South Africa. Some of the great heroes of the struggle against apartheid, like Nelson Mandela and others lived and worked in this region. Visitors to Soweto can visit the museum and also indulge their taste buds in the traditional meals served at various restaurants in the region. Visitors to the metro can find accommodation in a wide variety of international hotels, guesthouses and B&B places throughout the city.

 

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