Johannesburg is the biggest city in Gauteng, South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Almost 4 million people live in this city. There’s a lot of things people don’t know about this vibrant metropolis. We hope this post containing 10 things you did not know about Johannesburg will be informative.
- Johannesburg is one of the youngest global cities, it was established in October 1886 (making it 124 years old this year)
- Johannesburg has been rebuilt four times in the span of one century. First, it was a tented camp, then a town of tin shanties, then of four-storey Edwardian brick buildings and finally, a city of modern skyscrapers.
- The average travel time in Johannesburg for commuters is 48 minutes (although some locals will not agree with this figure).
- Johannesburg is laced with over 10 million trees and is therefore also known as the largest man made forest in the world.
- 40% percent of all the world’s human ancestor fossils have been discovered in and around the city.
- Johannesburg is also referred to as “Egoli” (meaning “The place of gold”. 40% of the world’s gold is found in the greater Johannesburg region.
- Johannesburg is 1 of the world’s leading financial centers and it is the economic and financial hub of South Africa, producing 16% of South Africa’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and can be held accountable for 40% of the Gauteng province’s economic activity.
- The 50 storey Carlton Centre building in the Johannesburg CBD is the tallest skyscraper on the African continent.
- The 270m Hillbrow Tower is the tallest tower in Africa.
- Johannesburg houses the only 2 polar bears in Africa at the Johannesburg Zoo.
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