Welcome to the capital of the Rainbow Nation

Joburg, Jozi, Jo’burg, Joeys or eGoli (Zulu for ‘City of Gold’) – Johannesburg has many names. The city looks back on an eventful history: founded by gold miners, through the Boer Wars and the times of racial segregation, today the metropolis is a melting pot of cultures and, as the capital of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ and a symbol of the lively and passionate African way of life, a magnet for visitors and tourists from all over the world.

Golden beginnings for a metropolis

The ‘City of Gold’ is a name of Johannesburg that refers to the founding history of what is now South Africa’s largest city with eight million inhabitants. The first settlers discovered one of the world’s largest gold deposits in the Witwatersrand, west of Johannesburg, in 1886. Today, two of the eight largest gold mines in the world are still located within a 50-kilometre radius of the city.

Some Johannesburg residents say you can ‘walk on gold’ in their city – there is some truth to this: the overburden from the mines was used to build the roads and pavements. This still contained gold particles that were so small that they could not be extracted with the prevailing mining technology in the early 1900s. So parts of Johannesburg’s pavement actually contain the valuable precious metal.

But it is not only the gold that makes Johannesburg a magnet for people. The climate with an average of 265 days of sunshine (3,182 hours) a year creates an attractive environment for all those who enjoy good weather. The favourable climatic conditions are also a reason why visitors are always surprised at how green Johannesburg actually is. With over ten million trees, the city is one of the largest urban man-made forests in the world. A real insider tip here is to visit Northcliff Hill, one of the best viewpoints in Johannesburg – especially worthwhile in October, when the jacaranda trees wrap the city in a beautiful purple cloud.

Economic centre with diverse opportunities

Johannesburg is the economic capital of Southern Africa and, with the headquarters of Africa's largest stock market, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton, an important economic centre. Together with the neighbouring metropolitan municipality of Tshwane, which is also home to South Africa's capital, Pretoria, Johannesburg forms one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world.

With OR Tambo International Airport, the metropolis has an important air cargo hub and gateway for sub-Saharan Africa with a capacity of 650,000 cargo tonnes and 28 million passengers per year. Many shipments are transported across borders to southern Africa. Johannesburg thus offers optimal conditions for the settlement of national and international companies, also from the logistics sector.

With over 20 years of experience in the region and 50,000 square metres of warehousing space in all major centres, Rhenus offers a one-stop-shop solution including freight forwarding, express and supply chain management solutions to customers. The headquarters of Rhenus Middle East & Africa are in close proximity to the airport and recently opened a high-value airside facility that allows the team to draw cargo directly from the carrier at OR Tambo International.

Culinary South Africa – The best restaurants in the metropolis of Johannesburg: enjoy fresh produce, exceptional steak cuts and sophisticated barbequed dishes

Located in the middle of the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Johannesburg, this family-friendly restaurant offers culinary adventures for local, national as well as international guests.

Enjoy the view from the roof terrace paired with fine food - prepared over an open flame.

Africa meets Asia - a hot liaison, as the tasty dishes are prepared over an open fire!

Sun deck and live music set the tone for an authentic Pan-African menu. Be sure to get your make-up done the traditional way while you enjoy the atmosphere. 

Pub and steak house in one with – no doubt – the best ribs in Johannesburg!

Markets in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is home to many great flea and street markets. Here you can experience the tastes, moods and sounds of the city like nowhere else.

The best markets are:

  • Neighbourhood’s Market in Braamfontain
  • Arts of Main in Maboneng Precinct
  • Foruways Farmers’ Market in Modderfontain

Sound of Johannesburg

There are few songs about Johannesburg, but many artists come from there and their compositions shape the typical sound of the city.

If you want to listen to Johannesburg, the following songs are recommended:

Lady Zamar – Collide

TiMO ODV Dancing Again

Sho Madjozi John Cena

Die Antwoord Babys on Fire

Black Coffee Feat. Shekhinah Your Eyes

Johannesburg’s ‘most famous exports’

Quite a few famous personalities hail from Johannesburg, the most famous being:

  • Charlize Theron, one of the highest paid actresses in the world, was born in East Johannesburg.
  • Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, grew up in Tshwane and Johannesburg.
  • Garry Player, born in central Johannesburg, is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time.
  • Trevor Noah, a mixed-race child during apartheid: the comedian shows all facets of South Africa like no other. He is the host of The Daily Show.
  • Last but not least: the prestigious, the legendary, Tata Madiba, better known as Nelson Mandela, who spent most of his life in Johannesburg. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and Father of the Rainbow Nation, he was South Africa's first democratically elected president.

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13/08/2021 - 12:11

Ein sehr interessanter Beitrag!


05/07/2021 - 18:29

A very interesting article with great insights and facts!

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