Monday, June 17, 2013

Johannesburg, the economic heartbeat of South Africa

Johannesburg is the provincial headquarters of the Gauteng province of South Africa. It’s the most populated and wealthiest metropolis in South Africa, and also in the entire region of Sub-Saharan Africa. It’s amongst the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world; and it’s also the planet’s largest metropolis not situated on a river, lake or coastline. Johannesburg is nestled on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand chain of hills; and thus, it’s the venue for large-scale trading in gold. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why it’s the richest province in South Africa; and the largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

As per 2007 community survey, the city of Johannesburg had a population of 4,434,827, and the population of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan area was 7,151,447. A wider depiction of Greater Johannesburg encompasses the areas of Ekurhuleni, West Rand, Soweto and Lenasia. This scaled up the population of Greater Johannesburg to 10,267,700.

The Johannesburg international airport is the busiest and largest airport in the African continent; and a major gateway for air transport to the rest of Africa. Each day, a large volume of international flights arrive to, and depart from the Johannesburg international airport. Johannesburg is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa.
Johannesburg is a comparatively younger city, if juxtaposed with an older settlement such as Cape Town. Following the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand chain of hills, a mining community was established, to enable the harnessing of these precious stones. As time elapsed, the settlement attracted more fortune-hunters from around the planet, ultimately evolving into a metropolis with the most powerful economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Though money-making is the conventional mantra of Johannesburg, the city also abounds in a commendable number of compelling recreational venues, prominent amongst which are the following:

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