- Joburg, the economic powerhouse of Africa, was founded in the heydays of one of the world's biggest and richest gold rushes - earning it the name of Egoli meaning 'place of gold'.
- As the most powerful commercial centre on the African continent, Johannesburg generates 16% of South Africa's GDP and employs 12% of the national workforce. Its infrastructure matches leading first world cities, yet the cost of living is far lower.
- The city is recognized as the financial capital of South Africa and is home to 74% of Corporate Headquarters. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) rates as one of the top 20 exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalization.
- Key industries and areas of innovation in Johannesburg include a multiplicity of commercial and creative activities – from banking and finance, gold mining, manufacturing and health sciences to transport, business services and outsourcing, information and communication technologies, automotive, television, film and creative industries, to mention but a few.
- Johannesburg is home to 4.9 million people - the majority of whom are aged between 19 and 39.
- According to the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, since 2014 it has been Africa’s Most Visited City.
- The city covers an area of 2300 square kilometres, making it larger than Sydney, London and New York – and similar in size to Los Angeles.
- Founded 1886, Joburg is one of the world’s youngest major cities – and the only one not founded on a major waterway (bay or large river).
- During this time, it has been rebuilt four times – starting out as a tented mining camp, it evolved into a town of tin shanties, followed by four-storey Edwardian brick buildings and then a city of modern skyscrapers.
- Johannesburg is home to the largest stock exchange in Africa. It is South Africa’s financial hub, and home to 74% of the African headquarters of large multi-national companies.
- There are 10 million trees in Joburg, making it the world’s largest man-made, urban forest.
- Johannesburg has approximately 150 heritage sites, half of which are national monuments.
- An amazing 40 percent of all the world’s human ancestor fossils have been found in areas close to Joburg.
- 55 airlines fly into Joburg, making the destination the most accessible on the African continent and the hub from which to access other destinations on the continent.
- Joburg has a wide variety of accommodation establishments ranging from one-star to five-stars. Of Gauteng’s 1532 accommodation establishments, 33% are in Johannesburg.
- Of Gauteng’s 536 conference venues, 37.9% are in Johannesburg. Many of Johannesburg’s three to five-star accommodation establishments have meeting facilities.
- The city was also named the 33rd most economically-powerful city globally, out of 84 leading financial cities in the 2015 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index.
- Johannesburg is home to the world’s largest man-made urban forest with more than10 million trees in the city.
- There are more than 2000 public parks in Johannesburg.
- Joburg is home to the iconic 94 736-seater FNB stadium, the largest venue in South Africa. It has hosted some of the biggest international and local events including Memorial Service for Tata Nelson Mandela, musical acts including U2, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. It also plays host to major sporting events such as the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™, the African Cup of Nations final in 2013, as well as major football matches like the popular Soweto Derby that involves two South African Premier Soccer League football giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
- According to the Restaurant Association of South Africa there are about 8000 restaurants in Johannesburg.
- Joburg has world class infrastructure from its international airports, high-speed trains (the first in Africa), excellent road infrastructure, good public transport network, a huge range of quality accommodation options and meeting venues.
- Of the total foreign business visitors who arrive in Gauteng province, by far the biggest percentage come to Joburg. Of these, 82.4% are business professionals while 73.8% attend conferences and conventions.
- Joburg attracts 60.4% of all domestic trips to Gauteng, accounting for 67% of all trips undertaken for entertainment, 72.7% of those undertaken for education purposes, 78.3% of trips for medical purposes, 75% of trips for sports participation, and 83% of trips taken to the province by sports spectators. Source: Joburg Tourism Business Plan, GTA Supply and Demand study 2014.
- Of the total number of foreign business visitors who arrive in Gauteng, Joburg’s market share is the greatest of all regions as it attracts 82.4% of all foreign business professionals and 73.8% of all business events delegates.
- By far the biggest percentage of all visitors to Gauteng come to Johannesburg. Of these, 67% visit the city for entertainment, 72.7% for medical purposes, 75% for sports participation and 83% as sports spectators.
- In 2014, 58.1% of African travellers visited Gauteng province to visit friends and relatives. 18.4% came to shop, 4.8% were business professionals, and 3.2% attended conferences.
- Of the 18.4% that came to shop, 97.1% came to shop in Johannesburg, with 68.3% visiting Johannesburg to be with friends and family.
- In 2015, Joburg hosted more than 28 293 lifestyle events in the city.
- Johannesburg hosts by far the greatest number of lifestyle expos in South Africa. In 2015, Johannesburg hosted 134 lifestyle expos up from 103 in 2014.
- Travellers attending business events in Joburg mostly stay in paid-for accommodation and undertake pre- or post-conference tours or day trips to explore Johannesburg and its surrounding areas.
- According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, business travellers spend up to three times more than leisure travellers when visiting a country.
- Since 2014 Johannesburg has ranked as Africa’s Most Visited City with the highest expenditure by foreign visitors – according to the annual Global Mastercard Cities’ Index [GDCI].
- In 2014, Joburg was rated the second most inspiring city in the world after Hong Kong, in the annual Good City Index, and for good reason. Joburgers are first and foremost entrepreneurs and its young entrepreneurs are driving development and in so doing forging a new identity for the city. You need only look at the cultural hubs of Maboneng District and Braamfontein to see this in action. These are the places where culture, style and youthful energy meet entrepreneurship.
- In the Good City Index, Joburg outclassed Mexico City (3rd), New Orleans (7th), Buenos Aires (11th), Montreal (12th), Melbourne (14th), Berlin (15th), Santiago (16th), Paris (22nd) Los Angeles (24th) and Cape Town (25th) when it comes to creating inspiration and possibility.
- Rough Guides voted Johannesburg the best place to visit in 2015, ahead of Malaga in Spain, New Orleans in the US, Hamburg in Germany and Nizwa in Oman.
- Johannesburg is considered to be one of the 12 Art Cities of the Future, by prominent art publisher Phaidon, as well as Four Emerging Art Cities You Should Know by the Wall Street Journal.
- Travel & Leisure.com named Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct one of the world’s coolest new tourist attractions in 2015.
- The 2015 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index ranked Johannesburg as the 33rd most economically powerful city in the world and number one city in Africa.
- Johannesburg was ranked 12th out of 25 African destinations in Tripadvisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards.
- Johannesburg has the most dollar millionaires in Africa. Of the approximately 163 000 millionaires in Africa, 23 400 live in Johannesburg.
- Europe: UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy
- North America
- Central & South America
- Middle East
- Africa Mainland
- 9300 hotel rooms.
- 8000 Restaurants
- Major Shopping Centres:
- East Rand Mall – 172 retailers
- Mall of Africa – 294 retailers
- Maponya Mall – 150 retailers
- Oriental Plaza – 320 retailers
- Rosebank Mall – 150 retailers
- Sandton City – 320 retailers
- Nelson Mandela Square – 80 retailers
- The Zone – 100 retailers
- 43 Art Galleries across the city - this includes private, university galleries and any other venues that run a regular programme.
- Joburg has around 20 lifestyle and destination markets - some only focus on food, others are broader and include everything from food and fashion to Art & Crafts; they range from daily to monthly in frequency.
- Accessibility by road, rail & air [including Gautrain, Africa’s first high speed rail network].
- 55 Airlines link Johannesburg to the rest of the country, continent and the world. Excellent business connectivity.
- 75% of all national and international corporate headquarters are located in Johannesburg.
- “Big Four” Convention Centres, capable of hosting 5000 delegates.
- Well developed leisure, tourism, hospitality & events sectors, supported by excellent service industries.
- Long track record of hosting international events.
- Founded in 1886 – Johannesburg is one of the world’s youngest major cities
- Within a century, the city has been rebuilt four times: from a tented camp, it evolved into a town of tin shanties, followed by four-storey Edwardian brick buildings, before morphing into a city of modern skyscrapers
- Johannesburg houses the tallest office block in Africa, the Carlton Centre (50 storeys) and the tallest tower, the Hillbrow Tower (270m, or 90 storeys)
- Johannesburg is nicknamed 'Egoli', which means 'place of gold'. Forty percent of the world's gold has been found in the Witwatersrand, the reef on which the city was built
- The altitude is 2 000m above sea level. Because Johannesburg's air is thinner than that at the coast, eggs take an extra minute to boil at this altitude.
- There are 10 million trees in Johannesburg
- The city enjoys an average of 12 hours of sunlight a day
- Forty percent of the population is under the age of 24
- There are 180 000 streetlights
- There are 1 780 traffic lights
- There are 35 cemeteries, which cover 626ha
- 7 519km of roads
- 550 buses, which operate on 80 routes and transport about 20-million passengers each year
- 100 water towers and reservoirs
- 8 000km of water pipes
- 8 149km of sewerage pipes and 106 dams
- 394 public sports facilities
- 98 public recreation centres
- 59 public swimming pools
- 126 community health clinics and 10 environmental health clinics
- The city has two active power stations, capable of generating 600mw (megawatts
- The average travel time for commuters is 72 minutes
- There are 17 nature reserves in the city
- There are 12 river systems running throughout the city
- An amazing 40% of the entire world's human ancestor fossils have been found in areas close to Johannesburg
- Johannesburg has about 150 heritage sites, half of which are national monuments
- There are 63ha of bird sanctuaries in and around Johannesburg
- There are 1 000ha of green spaces in and around Johannesburg. The Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia are 81ha in size
- The city collects 1.8-million tons of garbage each year. Of this, 244 200 tons is in the form of illegal dumping, and 1 779 tons is litter from the streets
- Ninety percent of the city's people have to walk less than 1km to access their modes of transport