Gauteng - South Africa
Area: 18 760 km² (1,6% of South Africa)
Population: 11 191 700
Density: 367,1/ km² ; 99,7% urban
Annual Population Growth: 1,5%
Age Dependency Ratio: 0,9
Life Expectancy: 55,5 years
GGP: R90 970 million (32,4% GDP)
Human Development Index: 0,71
Gauteng is South Africa's smallest but most urbanized and economically powerful province
- Johannesburg is one of the youngest major cities in the world. It is 123 years old, and was founded on October 4 1886.
- In the space of a century , it has been rebuilt four times. It was first tented camp; then a town of tin shanties; then the town of four storey Edwardian brick buildings; then a city of modern sky-scrapers.
- Joburg houses the tallest office block in Africa, the Carlton Centre (50 Stories) and the tallest tower, the Hillbrow Tower (270 meters, or 90 stories).
- The city's nickname is Egoli, which means "place of gold". Forty percent of the world's gold has been found here.
- The city's altitude is 2000m above sea level. The air is thinner and eggs take an extra minute to boil.
- The population of Joburg is 3,2 million.
- Joburg contributes R117 billion - about 16% of the national economy (GDP) and 40% of Gauteng economy.
- Joburg has the most highly skilled work force in South Africa and provides 12% of national employment, approximately 840 000jobs.
- 40% of all the world's human ancestor fossils have been found in areas adjoining the city.
- 7% of South Africa's population and about 38% of Gauteng's population reside in the city of Joburg.
- On the Human Development index (HDI) scale residents exhibit the highest HDI, at a level commensurate with high income developed countries. It is better to live in Joburg than anywhere else in South Africa or sub-Saharan Africa.
- Average annual income per household is R131 048. This is 57% higher than the rest of South Africa.
- Joburg is the largest urban forest in the world. There are six million trees across the city - 1.2 million in parks and pavements and 4.8 million in private homes.
- The city enjoys an average of twelve hours of sunlight a day.
- There are 1 789 traffic lights.
- Joburg has 9500km of water mains, 9000km of sewers, 6 wastewater treatment works and over 100 reservoirs and water towers (South Africa is one of three countries in the world where you can drink the tap water).
- There are 17 nature reserves in the city.
Gauteng facts in brief
Johannesburg, Joburg, Jozi, Egoli
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