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Johannesburg

Otherwise known as Joburg

The city of  Johannesburg is otherwise known as Joburg by locals, it is the capital of the most affluent South African Province, Gauteng and the largest city in South Africa. Its  history began in 1886 after gold was discovered. Johannesburg rapidly flourished and is now South Africa’s financial, industrial, commercial and cultural centre.

The flights from Auckland to Johannesburg take over 18 hours and 40 minutes, depending on the airline and transit points chosen. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.

Some important places to visit are as follows:

The Apartheid Museum, established in 2001 it displays the rise and fall of Apartheid: a previous system of social segregation and economic and political discrimination that began in South Africa in 1948 and spanned until the early 1990’s. The collection demonstrates controversial film footage, text, photographs and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of this ill-fated regime.

Constitution Hill, continues the journey to learn about South Africa’s path to democracy. It was a former prison and military fort. Over its 100 year past, it incarcerated tens of thousands of women and men of all ages, races, social status and political agendas. Some examples of these people comprise of, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Winnie Madikizela Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

Soweto, which was a detached city area from the late 1970’s right until 1994. It was initially home to manly African native workers from the gold mining industry. Once the apartheid regime began it became a designated area for non-white people. Soweto was the heart of numerous conflicts between the black community and the government. including the  conflict on 16th June 1976, the insurgence that started in Soweto escalated countrywide and concluded with the death of numerous students. These days Soweto has attractions such as, the unique Nobel Laureate Walk, which is the only street in the world that was home to two Nobel prize winners, the Mandela Museum, Orlando Towers and the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum.

Maboneng is a bustling urban area with a thriving art and culinary scene.

Markets, there are lots of outdoor and indoor markets in Johannesburg, the most sought after markets are: Market on Main in Maboneng, Neighbourhoods in Braamfontein and Rosebank Sunday Market in Rosebank.

Lastly be vigilant when visiting Johannesburg as it has an extremely high crime rate, partially due to the extensive poverty and inequality.

 

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