UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg at a glance

Johannesburg

Johannesburg has all the modern amenities of a large metropolitan region (population over 7 million), including fascinating cultural attractions, art galleries, museums, shopping, and restaurants. The city's vibrancy is a reflection of the diversity of its people and its often turbulent history. South Africa has 11 official national languages and many cultures; visitors to Johannesburg can see influences of the African Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Khoi and San, as well as Dutch Afrikaners, English, Indian, Portuguese, Malay and other immigrant cultures.

  • Population: Officially 3,175,759 (Statistic 2007) Unofficially 8,000,000
  • Names: Johannesburg, Egoli, Jozi, Joburg, Joey’s, City of Gold (Gold discovered in 1886)
  • Johannesburg is the only designated global city in Africa
  • It is the largest and most populous city in South Africa
  • Johannesburg is the provincial capital of the Gauteng Province
  • It is the seat of the Constitutional Court
  • Johannesburg is the financial, economic and cultural centre of South Africa. Generates 17% of South Africa’s wealth
  • Major industries: Mining, Banking, ICT, Retail
  • South African Rand is the currency used. One Rand=100 cents. All major credit cards are accepted
  • City is divided into seven regions
  • There are 7 public hospitals and 32 private hospitals and clinics
  • Tap water is safe in SA and Johannesburg water is rated amongst the best in the world but if you prefer bottled water it is widely available
  • Johannesburg is the only metropolitan city in the world that is not located on a major waterway
  • Gauteng has 5,600 km of tarred roads and highways
  • The city is 1,753 m above sea level and is second only to Mexico City in height above sea
  • Average temperature is 16.2 C (62 F)
  • There are on average 3,182 hours of sunshine annually
  • There is an average range of hours of sunshine in JHB of between 7.4 hours per day in March and 9.7 hours per day in August
  • 604 mm of rain is the average for the year with January being the wettest month and July the driest
  • Hillbrow tower is the highest structure in Johannesburg at 269 m
  • There are 25 museums across the city
  • 104 recreation centres
  • 1 main library and 82 regional and suburban libraries
  • 21 golf courses
  • 58 swimming pools of which 4 are permanently closed
  • Johannesburg has approximately 6 million trees making it the largest man made forest in the world
  • Johannesburg is twinned with Birmingham (UK) and New York (USA)