Johannesburg

The City of Gold

The City of Gold (Image: Gauteng Tourism Authority)

Johannesburg is growing at an unprecedented rate – constantly and continuously transforming itself. It is the financial and industrial capital of South Africa, the economic powerhouse of Africa, and was founded in the heyday of one of the world’s biggest and richest gold rushes – earning it the name of Egoli, meaning "place of gold".

Johannesburg offers a plethora of cultural, leisure, sporting, fashion and lifestyle activities. The city’s legendary shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife are complemented by fabulous weather as well as an astonishing array of facilities that add to its appeal as a destination.

South Africa’s only stock exchange, the JSE, rates as one of the top 20 stock exchanges in the world by market capitalisation.

Johannesburg is the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline.

The Johannesburg Convention Bureau (JCB) is responsible for promoting Joburg as a business events destination, providing diverse innovative options and ensuring that patrons leave with memorable experiences that last a lifetime.

The JCB bids with partners for major international business events to be hosted in Johannesburg, providing all the necessary support services to attract these events and ensuring their superb execution. A versatile business and events destination, Johannesburg is capable of handling a vast array of events – from small meetings to massive international gatherings, conventions, concerts, sports tournaments and mega-events.

Elements of interest

  • 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