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Johannesburg, is the largest city in South Africa. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. Johannesburg is not one of South Africa's three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa's new post-Apartheid constitution. The city is rich full of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its place on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. Johannesburg includes Soweto, which was a separate city from the late 1970s until the 1990s. Originally an phrase for "South-Western Townships", Soweto originated as a collection of settlements on the outskirts of Johannesburg populated mostly by native African workers in the gold mining industry.

The region surrounding Johannesburg was originally inhabited by San tribes. By the 13th century, groups of Bantu-speaking people started moving southwards from central Africa and encroached on the resources San population. By the middle of the 18th century, the broader region was largely settled by various Sotho-Tswana communities, whose villages, towns, chiefdoms and kingdoms.
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History of Johannesburg

During the war, many African mineworkers left Johannesburg creating a labor shortage, which the mines ameliorated by bringing in laborers from China, especially southern China. After the war, they were replaced by black workers, but many Chinese stayed on, creating Johannesburg's Chinese community, which during the apartheid era, was not legally classified as "Asian," but as "Coloured."Architecture Johannesburg is home to some of Africa's tallest structures, such as the Sentech Tower, Hillbrow Tower and the Carlton Centre. The Johannesburg has most of the tallest buildings and contains most international organisations such as IBM, Absa, BHP Billiton, Willis Group, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank.

Popular tourist destinations in Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Bridge is a bridge in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the fourth of five bridges which cross the railway lines and sidings located just west of Johannesburg Park Station, the first being the Johan Rissik Bridge adjacent to the station.


planetarium owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, located on the University's East Campus in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. It was the first full-sized planetarium in Africa, and the second in the southern hemisphere.

Hillbrow tower

The Hillbrow Tower is a tall tower located in the suburb of Hillbrow in Johannesburg, South Africa. At 269 m, it has been the tallest structure and tower in Africa for 45 years.

Art gallery

Art gallery in Joubert Park in the central business district of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the largest gallery on the continent with a collection that is larger than that of the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town.


  • Nelson Mandela Square: This Shopping center ranges from designer boutiques and world-class cuisine to local curios and cozy coffee shops, this square encapsulates a lifestyle that takes good taste to new levels. It also has the Liberty Theatre on the Square, Art galleries or sit back and enjoy a meal at one of many renowned restaurants. Sandton City is one of those malls where one just cannot resist spending. It's absolutely superb, beautifully decorated, well designed and is one of Johannesburg's most upmarket malls. Grand mall is one of famous shopping mall in Johannesburg.
  • Fourways Mall: Here is a large retail shopping centre with cinema complex, supermarket, restaurants offering a unique and exciting shopping experience to the community and tourists alike.
  • Bruma Lake Flea Market: Bruma Lake Flea Market, very close to East gate shopping mall in the southern suburbs, is one of the biggest flea markets in South Africa, and you'll find almost anything you can think of here. Bruma is an array of West African wood crafts, designer clothing, wire art, homemade toys, plastic gadgets, arts and crafts, curios.
  • Clearwater Mall, and Westgate: Cresta Mall is one of Jo'burgs largest shopping complexes, boasting a diversity of stores ranging from supermarkets and clothing to breezy coffee shops and movie theatres. Situated in the heart of the northern suburbs, Hyde Park Corner boasts 130 top-quality speciality stores, many of which are international brands.

Places to visit

  • Cape Town & Cape Peninsula: Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula up to Cape Point, are famous for scenic beauty, celebrity beaches, Table Mountain's, Marvelous whale-watching, world-class shopping, nightlife, food & wine, and a laid-back atmosphere.
  • The Winelands: The Winelands Discover the joys of SA's award-winning wines and cuisine, restaurants along any of the beautiful Cape wine routes, taking you through the dreams of green valleys and historic towns.
  • Garden Route:Garden Route Known as South Africa's Eden, the famous Garden Route traverses an area rich in natural beauty and charm, attracting adventure-seekers and outside tourists.
  • Robben Island:The Island's most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela, has turned this institute of brutality into a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship.
  • Wild Coast:Uneven surface and uncultivated, the Wild Coast offers deserted beaches, dolphins, horseback and hiking trails, cosy hotels, golf, gambling, mystical history, Xhosa heritage and the Hole-in-the-Wall.


Buses: Johannesburg is served by a bus operated by Metro bus, a corporate unit of the City of Johannesburg. It has a fleet consisting of approximately 550 single and double-decker buses, plying 84 different routes in the city. This total includes 200 modern buses, made by Volvo and Marcopolo in 2002.
Train: A part of the Gauteng Provincial Government's Blue IQ Project, Gautrain has made provision for a rail link, running north to south, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, and west to east between Sandton and the OR Tambo International Airport.
Airports: Johannesburg is served principally by OR Tambo International Airport for both domestic and international flights. Lanseria Airport, located to the north-west of the city and closer to the business hub of Sandton, is used for commercial flights to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Botswana, and Sun City.

Visa Information

Indian Embassy at Johannesburg
Consulate General of India Eton Road Corner Jan Smuts Avenue & Eton Road Parktown 2193 P. O. Box 6805 Johannesburg 2000 South Africa
Telephone (+27) 11 4828484 - 86
Fax (+27) 11-482 4648 / 8492
Timings Office hours :8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Receiving of applications-9:00AM to 12:00 AM
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