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Overview Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, by population and the the wealthiest province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. 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 the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. Shopping is often popular with tourists, as the city offers a range of venues and experiences, from numerous upmarket shopping malls such as Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square, to various markets and flea markets, such as the Oriental Plaza and the Rosebank Flea Market; the latter are popular for souvenirs and African Art. Johannesburg has a well-developed higher system of both private and public universities. Johannesburg is served by the public universities University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg.
Population Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area was 7,151,447
Airport O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of Southern Africa. Lanseria International Airport has started international flights, and is situated conveniently on the opposite side of the metropolis.
Climate Subtropical highland climate
Best Season The best time to travel to Johannesburg is over the Festive season (December/January) when South African schools are on their summer break and the city tends to empty out as residents head to the coast for their holidays. Winter days are beautiful and sunny, but nights can be very cold.
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To avoid The average summer temperatures below 30 degrees Celsius. In winter, for the same reason, night-time temperatures can drop to freezing point, in some places lower.
Pros Johannesburg is one of the world's leading financial centers and it is the economic and financial hub of South Africa. Most mining companies still have their headquarters in Johannesburg. The city's manufacturing industries extend across a range of areas and there is still a reliance on heavy industries including steel and cement plants. The service and other industries include banking, IT, real estate, transport, broadcast and print media, private health care, transport and a vibrant leisure and consumer retail market.
Cons High incidence of crimes. Water problems. Traffic and road problems.
Tips There are hotels in the city that offers special deals and promos that are within your traveling budget.
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