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GGauteng is an urban playground – think large shopping malls, bars, hotels, casinos and a vibrant cultural and entertainment scene. It is South Africa’s economic powerhouse, and is fast-paced, high-tech and ever changing.
Gauteng is the smallest of South Africa’s nine provinces, but also the most densely populated and the fastest growing – not too surprising, really, as Gauteng means ‘place of gold’ (gold has been intertwined with the province’s history ever since its discovery in the Johannesburg area in 1886).
It is a province of contrasts – old and new, contemporary and traditional, dense cities and wide-open grasslands, all co-existing.
Although dominated by urban areas, there are a number of great natural attractions, like the Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng’s only Big Five nature reserve; the Pretoria National Botanical Garden; and the Magaliesberg mountains.
GGauteng is also home to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, which contains some of the most important palaeoanthropological sites in the world. Here, scientists have discovered important fossils that tell us much about the predecessors of modern humans.
Most of Gauteng is on the Highveld, a high-altitude grassland; its spectacular Highveld thunderstorms are legendary.
There’s plenty for you to do in Gauteng, whether you favour a night on the town, a game drive or some great shopping. Immerse yourself in Gauteng’s cultural scene – there are museums, galleries, theatres, historical sites, cultural hubs and a number of music festivals.
Gauteng boasts a world-class infrastructure and a large range of accommodation, from the ultra-luxurious to budget options.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is held in Johannesburg each year, and showcases 35 performances on four stages in three days. It’s an initiative that seeks to contribute to social cohesion, economic growth and cultural tourism. The Joy of Jazz Festival presents a diverse range of jazz styles inclusive of the giants of jazz and the upcoming young artists. There is something for everyone in the line-up every year, which is truly inspirational. The show promises to bring audiences some exciting and innovative collaborations this year.
The RMB WineX Festival is an annual event that is not to be missed be any wine connoisseur. It showcases a wide range of brands, boutique wines, crystal stemware and more. The undisputed festival of choice for the discerning wine consumer, the RMB WineX Wine Festival celebrates the “art of wine”. The show boasts the greatest selection of South Africa's top cellars under one roof, together with an exciting array of newcomers, boutique producers and garagistes – all who have one thing in common, they are all passionate about fermented grapes. RMB WineX is the wine happening of the year, where winemakers divulge expert knowledge to an attentive audience and Jozi wine lovers meet to socialise over a glass of good wine. Additionally, visitors can get handy tips and learn the latest in winemaking trends. There are also plenty of products that are available for purchasing – from gadgets, olives and oils, imported decanters, design coolers, artisanal cheeses and storage systems.
The Ndebele of South Africa constitute one group of people whose identity has survived precarious conditions and existential crisis under the weight of changing power dynamics of internal and external factors from pre-colonial to present times.
If calamity were to strike humanity, and archaeologists of a distant future were to enquire about how we lived, they would draw upon our architecture to paint a picture of who we were.
Apartheid Museum and the Cradle of Humankind
The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg documents South Africa’s Freedom Struggle during the days of apartheid. Set on 7ha of landscaped grounds, the museum has over 20 exhibition areas that include film footage, text panels and artefacts. About an hour’s drive from Johannesburg is the Cradle of Humankind, which is renowned for its extraordinary fossil record of early human ancestors.
The capital of Gauteng was built on the discovery of gold in 1886. It is now a vibrant megacity (the greater Johannesburg area is home to about 10-million people) that is the economic powerhouse of the country.