Despite its small size, Gauteng is the powerhouse of South Africa. The high population and ethnic diversity make it a melting pot of cultures. It also boasts some sophisticated first world infrastructure and is a gateway city.
What to see and do
Cradle of Humankind at the Sterkfontein CavesFossil remains of Homo Habilis, or Handy Man, were found at the Sterkfontein Caves. His tools are the earliest indication of human culture.
Gold miningWander around the remnants of Joburg's first gold mine. Gold Reef City offers underground mine tours and gold pouring demonstrations.
Apartheid MuseumProvocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts that tell stories of the apartheid era. You can get more insight at Museum Afrika in Newtown and the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West in Soweto.
With roots in mining dating back to 1886 when gold was discovered, Johannesburg exploded from a dusty, crowded mining camp into the modern economic hub of South Africa. Jo’burg maintains some of its untamed ways, although flash cars have replaced the wildlife. Jo’burgs’ got a character that is loud, fast, brash, sophisticated and unapologetic. It attracts hopefuls seeking fame and fortune from other parts of Africa as well. Today, it is not uncommon to hear French, Portuguese, Swahili and countless other languages in addition to the 11 official languages of South Africa
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Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. It was the heartland of the Afrikaner Volk, evident in many monuments around the city. Today, it is the academic capital too, with a student population of 76 000. In spring time it becomes decorated with purple blossoms everywhere, these come from the jacaranda trees, which have it nicknamed “The Jacaranda City”. Various galleries and museums include the Pioneer Museum, the Union buildings and the voortrekker monument and outdoor activities include the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, The Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary and even a steam train ride around Pretoria. Pretoria is only 30 minutes away from OR Tambo International Airport.
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Soweto is an amalgamation of townships originally known as South Western Townships. Back in the day when the government was suffering from a bad case of low IQ’s, Africans were relocated to these areas in Johannesburg. As a result Soweto is closely associated with the struggle against apartheid. Today Sowetans have an urban culture and set trends in fashion and music, the brand loxion kulca was started by Sowetan teens and many of the famous and influential people in South Africa come from Soweto.
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