About the City of Johannesburg

johannesburgJohannesburg in South Africa is the second largest city in Africa, with more than 3 million people calling this bustling metropolis home. Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself. The city of Johannesburg has everything you’re looking for and more!



At http://www.joburgtourism.com/ you will find everything you need to know about the city. Browse through the multitude of attractions and things to do in Johannesburg as well as a dazzling array of options for everything from accommodation to car rental, restaurants, shopping and casinos.

Brief History
Johannesburg is a young city that has grown from a small mining town into a bustling metropolis where people from all over the globe come to work and play. The settlement sprang up in 1886 when prospectors found gold in the area now known as the Witwatersrand. When the discovery became public, thousands flocked here in search of fortune and new opportunities. Today, Johannesburg still attracts those who want to realize their dreams and achieve success.

The new city was named after two officials of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR); Johannes Meyer and Johannes Rissik. Johannesburg quickly transformed into a bustling metropolis that offers visitors and locals alike everything they could ever need.

Through the years, Johannesburg has been the site of many iconic events. It was where the Springboks beat the All Blacks to take the Rugby World Cup in 1995, and, most recently, it was where South Africa showed the world that it can host an event as large as the FIFA Soccer World Cup with style and grace.


Joburg Tourism has zoned Johannesburg into 3 tourism nodes. Should your establishment fall within one of these nodes, and you wish to list your establishment, please contact the Joburg Tourism office for more details.

  • Central
  • Northern
  • Southern

More information at: http://www.joburgtourism.com/tourist-information/about-johannesburg/suburbs

Population & People (Census 2001 report compiled by Stats SA)

The City of Johannesburg Local Municipality has a total population of 4,4 million of which 76,4% are black African, 12,3% are white people, 5,6% are colored people, and 4,9% are Indian/Asian

Economic Data

Johannesburg is the largest single metropolitan contributor to the national economic product. National average growth in gross domestic product (GDP) has been 1,8% over the past 10 years, with Johannesburg marginally outpacing that growth with an average growth per annum of 2%.

The city’s economy is dominated by four sectors, three of which are service sectors:

  • Financial and business services
  • Retail and wholesale trade
  • Community and social services
  • Manufacturing sector