Gauteng is South Africa’s exhibition capital, hosting numerous international conventions year round. Its status as Africa’s business hub is, undoubtedly, one of the major reasons for its popularity among delegates.
Johannesburg, in particular, has international appeal because it is the centre of so many of the country’s industries, such as the insurance, banking, information and communications technology, automotive, and mining industries.
The growing local film industry has also taken hold in Gauteng. Moreover, many multinationals and industry associations have elected to make Gauteng their home base.
These organisations are drawn to the province by a number of factors, key of which is Gauteng’s accessibility. The province has a number of airports (OR Tambo International Airport, Lanseria, Rand, Grand Central and Wonderboom), which are serviced by domestic and international airlines, several of which provide direct flights to and from other African countries, as well as to and from Europe and the United States. Added to this are the province’s excellent road networks and rail services, as well as the magnificent Gautrain, which all ensure ease of travel around and through cities and suburbs.
This infrastructure sets the pace for South Africa’s most vibrant province. Gauteng may be the country’s business gateway, but if Gautengers work hard, they also play hard. Visitors can therefore expect a wide variety of entertainment, from outstanding restaurants catering to global tastes, to interesting museums, art galleries and theatres.
Malls are, of course, another huge attraction: Gauteng boasts some of the country’s largest shopping centres. From designer labels to home-grown fare, there’s little you can’t buy at retail havens like Melyn Park Shopping Centre, Maponya Mall, Sandton City, Eastgate, Cresta, The Zone and Hyde Park.
“Gautengers” are said to be some of the friendliest people in the country, and they also tend to be efficient, creative, hardworking and driven – the perfect hosts for any conference.
Would you expect any less from South Africa’s economic engine?