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My photograph of Johannesburg is not the "usual" areal shot of the city of Jhb. I never venture into it. Here is a caption of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, seen from a "Balloon" 120 metres high.
Firstly, if you are going to be visiting South Africa - here are some Zulu words you might like to learn.
Hello - Sawubona
How are you? - Unjani
What is your name - Ngubani igama lakho
Can you please help me - Ungangisiza
Thank you - Ngiyabonga
Yes - Yebo
No - Cha
Goodbye -( to one going )- Hamba Kahle
Goodbye -(to one staying)- Sala kahle
Please dont steal my car - Ungayintshontshi /Ngicela ungayebi imoto yami
No - I dont use drugs - Cha angizisebenzisi izidakamizwa
Are Bafana Bafana going to win the world cup --- NO!!!!
Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa, and while it has never been the capital, since the beginning of the 20th century, it has been the principal city in terms of the economy.
Most visitors to South Africa want to do the following;
The best way to visit a township is on an official tour with recognised operators. Visit www.saweb.co.za/townships
The most well known and celebrated of South Africa's townships is Soweto, the sprawling mix of shanty town and formal housing estates that lies approximately 30km outside of Johannesburg in Gauteng. Established in 1932, the region was first known as Orlando East. More than 3.5 million people live ther now.
Other larger townships
Others worth visiting with a tour guide;
Alexandra adjoining Sandton. Atteridgeville outside Pretoria, KwaMashu outside Durban, and Khayelitsha and Guguletu outside Cape Town.
Every country town also has a township, and these are more often than not worth visiting.
I am going to list a few things to do on this page;
APARTHEID MUSEUM; Opened in 2001, this multidisciplinary museum covers the rise and fall of the apartheid era and the atrocities commited over that time.
JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY; Impressive collection of works spanning 5 centuries and covering artists, both early and contemporary from Europe and Africa.
OLD FORT AND CONSTITUTIONAL HILL; This focuses on South Africa's path to democracy. It includes the new Constitutional Court, built alongside the notorius Old Fort prison complex, which housed many od apartheid's opponents.
CRADLE OF HUMANKIND; Located outside Johannesburg, this world heritage site contains a number of important sites, which have yielded more than 950 hominid fossils, making this one of the richest concentrations in the world. Some of the finds are estimated to be 3 and 3.5 million years old. The site includes a number of complexes eg; The Sterkfontein Caves and the Wonder Caves.
GOLD MINES; The Chamber of Mines organises extemely informative tours down working gold mines situated just outside Johannesburg. www.bullion.org.za
Also taken from the Balloon.
- Pros:Beautiful weather, friendly people.
- Cons:Crime - more in the cities than in the suburbs.
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