Johannesburg – Sandtown Mall
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Johannesburg is a very diverse and renowned city. It is the largest city in South Africa and is the capital of the Gauteng provinces, the wealthiest province in the country. Johannesburg became developed after the African gold rush came to be. In 1886, gold was discovered in Langlaagte, Johannesburg. This even drove countless European and American hopefuls to venture to the continent and look for gold, this prompting the city’s immediate development. Johannesburg is one of the richest cities in South Africa and the whole African continent today.

The climate in Johannesburg is sub-tropical highland. This means that the weather is relatively sunny with mild to moderate rain showers in the winter months. The city has warm days and cold nights. Snow isn’t common, but frost does occur, especially on winter evenings. The air the city is very fresh and clean. That is because Johannesburg is home of the world’s largest man-made forest. Thanks to these trees, the air and pollution are regularly cleaned up.

Johannesburg is a very metropolitan city because it is a business hub for South Africa. Most of the sights here are man-made, but all of them will surely impress you. One very important place to go to in Johannesburg is the Apartheid Museum. Here, you will learn about the hardships and trials the indigenous South Africans went through at the time of the Apartheid. The Apartheid is an important part of South African history. This was a time when indigenous Black South Africans’ rights were curtailed and undermined by the government itself. You will surely appreciate South Africa more after going here.

Here, you will also find South Africa’s version of “The Two Towers.” The Sentech and the Hillbrow Towers dominate the Johannesburg skyline day and night. They are utilitarian telecommunications towers, but do add much to the overall aesthetic of Johannesburg.

There are so many places to go to in Johannesburg. There are so many museums and other educational institutions. After visiting Johannesburg, surely your knowledge of South African culture will be as rich as the city itself.

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