Johannesburg – fast facts

  • Johannesburg’s aliases: Egoli, Jozi, Joburg, City of Gold
  • Location: In the province of Gauteng, one of nine South African provinces
  • Economic clout: The financial heart of South Africa and the economic powerhouse of sub-Saharan Africa. Gauteng contributes 34.7% of the country’s gross domestic product
  • Stock exchange: The Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton is the largest stock exchange on the continent and one of the world’s 20 largest exchanges by market capitalisation
  • Financial heart: Home to the headquarters of more than 70% of South African companies
  • Population: More than four million people live in and around the city, and 42% of them are younger than 24
  • Diversity: The 2011 census recorded that 76.4% of Joburg’s population are black African, 12.3% are white people, 5.6% are coloured people, and 4.9% are Indian/Asian. Of those, 19.2% have some form of higher education, and 2.9% of those aged 20 and older have no form of schooling
  • Inland port: Has one of the larger inland ports in the world – the City Deep freight terminal
  • Green city: Joburg has one of the world’s largest urban forests, with around six million trees

Johannesburg – top facts

  • The city is home to 60% of South Africa’s information communication technology enterprises. Johannesburg hosted the International Broadcast Centre during the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • There are over 12 400 graded hotel rooms in Johannesburg, all catering for a variety of budgets
  • With over 130 world-class venues of varying capacity, fabulous hotels and infrastructure – supported by a sophisticated and competitive service industry – you will be spoilt for choice
  • Johannesburg enjoys plenty of sunshine (an average of 12 hours per day) and very little wind