Nicknamed Egoli (The City of Gold), Johannesburg or Jozi as it is affectionately known, is the commercial hub of South Africa.
Johannesburg was established in 1886 when gold was discovered, triggering a gold rush. Many rushed to populate the city and make their fortune something that hasn’t very much changed since, except that the promise is no longer gold but the fame and fortune.
It is for this reason that Jozi is the largest city in SA with a population of 10,267,700.
Johannesburg and Cape Town are the main rivals for the title of Top SA City and with good reasons, but the truth is, you can’t compare Jozi to Cape Town. They’re completely different.
Johannesburg is glitz and glam, it’s the concrete jungle, its where dreams are realized or crushed. It’s life in the fast lane. Joburg is like the New York of South Africa, except a lot friendlier.
Even though the divide between poor and rich is more like a trench, Joburgers or ‘Vaalies’ aren’t classist.
If you’re looking to experience African culture in a cosmopolitan setting, Johannesburg is your city.
With a predominantly black population, there is a thriving black middle class that has risen from the ashes of Apartheid. The black youth of the city, who make up the list of ‘Who to know’ and trendsetters are carving the way for SA’s future rainbow nation.
A trendy underground scene thrives in Jozi that only the celebs and elite know about.
Johannesburg is a clear example of modern Africa and the bright future African countries can look forward to.
Johannesburg is known as the economic hub of South Africa, but if you are visiting Jozi whether on business, relaxation, in search of a cultural encounter or in response to an adrenaline rush, your visit is not complete without a visit to the Apartheid museum which offers dramatic experience and enlightening glimpse into South Africa’s turbulent history.
Soweto is also a place to visit; Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived there. Mandela’s former home is maintained as it once was and visitors are allowed to visit. Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum is in Soweto too, it is named after a 13-year-old whose murder by police sparked an uprising in 1976. Visit the Market Theatre and see the three theatres, bar, art gallery and Moyo restaurant there. The new Nelson Mandela Bridge, the revamped Constitution Hill and the districts of Newtown and Braamfontein, home to museums, theatres, jazz clubs and restaurants are the main highlight of Johannesburg.
When you are in Johannesburg, don’t hesitate to eat as much as you like. The city is blessed with nice hotels, restaurants and bars with chefs who are at their best.
Joburg has a long list of food and drink to pick from whether foreign or local—trying local favourites menu won’t be a bad idea and they include: oxtail amox (ox-tail braised in red wine with butterbeans); lamb tagine (slow cooked lamb braised in coriander, turmeric, tomato, cumin and parsley sauce); flamed fillet (stuffed with mushrooms, peppadews, morogo, local wild spinach and mozzarella and served with a cream, peppadew and green peppercorn sauce and herbed potatos); fillet khuzayo (marrow bones topped with beef fillet mushrooms and served with a béarnaise sauce) and moyo medallions (South African springbok wrapped in a chicken breast marinated in brandy and served on mashed potato with baby spinach and a sherry-cream sauce) among others.