The city of Johannesburg which is popularly known as ‘Joburg’ or ‘Jozi’ or ‘eGoli’(the
city of gold) is the largest city of the Republic of South Africa and its commercial
and financial capital. Johannesburg which was established on the largest gold reserves
in the world is located in one of the wealthiest provinces in South Africa, the
Gauteng province. The city over the years has evolved into an important center for
business from its humble beginning as a gold mining boomtown though the gold and
diamond mining industry continues to be of utmost importance in this city which
is often referred to ‘the economic motor’ of the South African Economy.
There is an enormous concentration on business in Johannesburg and the city is also
home to The Johannesburg Stock Exchange which was founded in 1887. The JSE is the
16th largest stock exchange in the world in terms of market capitalization and it
functions as the centre of the capital markets for the whole of southern Africa.
Further Johannesburg produces one fifth of South Africa’s gross domestic product
and it hosts nearly 74 percent of national corporate headquarters in its various
business districts as well as numerous mining and big banking and investment companies.
Several international concerns in the fields of finance, telecommunications and
media like Barclays, Telekom, Vodacom, MTN, IBM , PQ Holdings and Dimension Date
also have a presence in Johannesburg which is considered to be extremely conducive
for business as it is well equipped with some of the world’s most sophisticated
banking and IT systems .
Tourism is yet another important industry in Johannesburg as the city is largely
considered to be the gateway to the famous game parks of South Africa. Johannesburg
is a lively metropolis which offers a wide spectrum of cultures that display European
and African influences and the city is well served by its modern O. R. Tambo International
Airport which receives almost all the major airlines of the world.
However in spite of its predominant position in the South African economy, Johannesburg
continues to be plagued by high crime rates. After the end of apartheid in the early
1990’s, the crime rate in Johannesburg rose dramatically, and earned the city the
title of the "world's crime capital". The city’s Central Business District (CBD)
was especially hit badly and many retail outlets, offices and even the Stock Exchange
moved out to the city’s suburbs like Rosebank, Sandton and Benoni. As a result of
this most business travelers who visit Johannesburg today tend to stay within its
northern residential neighborhoods. Some of the most popular business hotels located
here include the famous old-world establishment, The Westcliff which is located
atop a hill in one of Johannesburg’s most exclusive neighborhoods, the Johannesburg
Park Hyatt which is located in Rosebank and the Melrose Arch Hotel, the Michelangelo
and the Peech Hotel all of which are located in Sandton, the suburban-style business
district which is situated north of downtown Johannesburg.
Apart from these fine hotels, the global city of Johannesburg also offers many fine
dining and trendy restaurants like Sides at the Ten Bompas Hotel, Moyo at the Melrose
Arch Hotel, as well as several stand alone establishments like Pomegranate in Melville
and Bite, Addictions and Café Flo all of which are located in the neighborhood of
Greenside. These restaurants offer the business traveler the chance to unwind and
relax after a long work day.
Additionally Johannesburg also offers a wealth of cultural attractions for those
travelers who learn about the history of the city. Some of Johannesburg’s most popular
sites include the Gold Reef City which catalogues the city’s evolution from a gold
mining boom town, the Apartheid Museum and the historic suburb of Soweto and The
Cradle of Humankind which is fascinating site that is located on the outskirts of
Johannesburg that traces the origin of human kind through its large collection of
For someone who is based in the US, a trip to Johannesburg may seem like a journey
to the end of the earth for the flight time from the east coast of the USA to this
South African city easily extends over twenty hours. If you or your colleagues need
to travel to Johannesburg for business routinely then the only way you can hope
to arrive at your destination in meeting-ready shape is to travel in the business
class cabin of an airline that flies to Johannesburg though business class tickets
to South Africa from the US cost a pretty penny as they are often priced over $5000.
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