Gauteng Province, the place of gold is the industrial and financial hub, with many tourist attractions. Ideas of what to see and do.
What to See and Do in Gauteng Province
Gauteng, in the Sotho language translates as the place of gold. It is the smallest province of South Africa, but the most densely populated. It stretches from towns and cities around the city of Johannesburg including Soweto, to Pretoria in the north. The province is the industrial and financial heartland of South Africa. Johannesburg is where life is rushed, traffic jams are frequent on the spaghetti of concrete and tarmac motorways.It is a cosmopolitan city, from its origins in 1886, when gold was discovered, precipitating the world's biggest gold rush. Many nationalities, from abroad and African cultures were drawn there, some seeking their fortune and some for employment opportunities. The gold rush turned out different to what had been expected or previously been known. The real wealth lay deeper and special mining techniques and chemical processes had to be developed to extract the gold, resulting in some of the world's deepest mines. The unmistakable mine dumps from the past form the landscape of Johannesburg.According to the 2001 South African National Census, the population of Johannesburg is 3,225,812 people, though including the East Rand and other suburban areas it is around 7 million.
A Johannesburg Scene
Although estimates vary, about 10% of sub-Saharan Africa's GDP is generated in Johannesburg. Yet the city is also one of the most unequal in the world and is an interesting contrast between the 1st. and 3rd. World. The contrast has led to one of the highest crime rates in the world, but it should not avoided because of its crime, since it is possible to have a safe and enjoyable stay if precautions are taken. With around 6 million trees, Johannesburg is the world's largest man-made urban forest. The city is certainly one of the greenest in the world, considering that the natural landscape is Savannah. Johannesburg has numerous shopping malls, theatres, golf courses and estates.
Cullinan is 30 minutes’ drive from Tshwane (Pretoria) and less than an hour from Johannesburg. Clusters of original stone miner's cottages, a turn-of-the-century railway station and authentic buildings flank the jacaranda and oak tree lined avenue. The semi-detached houses in Oak Avenue are built of local stone in 1904 to provide housing for the mine employees. The Edwardian setting of the Cullinan mining town has a proud involvement in heritage and conservation matters. The Second World War POW's left behind amazing art works and architectural reminders of their stay in Cullinan and the surrounding areas. The graves of 264 Italian prisoners are still preserved.
Pretoria was named after Andries Pretorius, the boer leader at the Battle of Blood River where the Voortrekkers defeated the Zulus under King Dingane. Pretoria is a tranquil floral city, well known for its purple flowered Jacaranda trees which line the streets. It is the administrative capital of South Africa and has the highest number of foreign consulates in the world, second only to Washington DC. The Union Buildings, designed by the British architect, Sir Herbert Baker completed in 1913, for the newly constituted Union of South Africa was the original offices of the prime minister. Today these are the offices of the President.
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