Johannesburg lies in Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South
Africa, and forms part of the City of Johannesburg municipality. Locals
have nicknamed the most populous city in South Africa “Joburg” and
“Jozi” or the “City of Gold”.
The City of Johannesburg is one of the largest metropolitan
areas in the world with a population of just over three million people.
Johannesburg has a multi-cultural cosmopolitan vibe and an attitude
that says 'let's party' - which makes it the ideal city to get the
celebrations started when it hosts the opening match of the Orange
Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2013 between hosts South Africa and Cape
Verde on 19 January 2013.
The stadium: National Stadium
The National Stadium is the largest stadium on the African
it will host the opening and final matches of Orange AFCON 2013. It
seats 95 000 spectators.
The Stadium hosted the opening and final match of the 2010
Fifa World Cup, including the opening and closing ceremonies. In 1996
Bafana Bafana (South Africa’s national football team) won the African
Cup of Nations final at the stadium.
The famous 'Soweto Derbies', the soccer matches between bitter
rival local soccer teams, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, are often
played here to sellout crowds.
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The Africa Cup of Nations 2013 takes place during the months
of January and February 2013. The weather will be sunny and hot, ideal
for sightseeing and enjoying leisure activities in and around the city.
Remember to pack your floppy sun-hats, plenty of sunscreen,
flip flops and light clothes.
Johannesburg has a wide range of accommodation offerings, from
star-graded B&B’s and guesthouses to luxury hotels.
To get a list of star -graded accommodation in Johannesburg
please visit the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa www.tourismgrading.co.za.
Things to do in Johannesburg
There’s a variety of entertainment and leisure activities in
store for visitors to the city. You have a choice of wonderful and
diverse restaurants, gargantuan shopping malls, tranquil parks,
museums, bars, galleries, and funky nightclubs. Take your pick.
Johannesburg is known for its incredible nightlife. From the
funky clubs and pubs of Rosebank to the laid-back jazzy groove of
Newtown and the stylish venues of the Northern suburbs, Jozi (as locals
refer to the city) caters for all tastes. If stepping it up is more
your style, classy venues for sundowners are plentiful, with the
luxurious five-star hotels taking the lead as gathering spots for the
city’s beautiful people, among the favourites being Radisson Blu, the
Hilton and Sandton Sun hotels.
If you're looking for a comedy club, a jazz lounge or a venue
that plays live music - from jazz to pop to kwaito to house – it's
here. The Bassline in Newtown has become a local jazz club legend and
is one of the first places music lovers should visit when in
Johannesburg. The art galleries on Johannesburg's renowned Art Strip on
Jan Smuts Avenue give visitors easy access to the city’s vibrant
contemporary art scene.
Shopping is a favourite pastime for Johannesburg’s
fashionistas, who flock to Sandton City, one of the largest shopping
malls in the Southern Hemisphere to buy high-end international
lifestyle brands, jewellery, art, antiques, and African couture.
Tourists can also shop up a storm at many other designer malls such
Nelson Mandela Square (you will find a six metre tall statue of Nelson
Mandela), Rosebank Mall and Soweto's Maponya Mall; and as a fitting end
to all the fun, a visit to one of many health and beauty spas.
A great addition to the Orange AFCON 2013 is the ‘End of Season’
will be taking place during the months of January and February, which
fans and fashionistas should certainly take advantage of while in South
This dynamic city has a range of restaurants for virtually
every type of cuisine – from fast foods to fine dining,
African-inspired eateries to cocktail bars and cigar bars.
In Johannesburg the most vibrant restaurant hubs are in
Sandton, Fourways, Rosebank, Greenside, Melville, Soweto or Newtown in
the city centre. For an eclectic range of true African menus, try Moyo
at Melrose Arch or Zoo Lake, or Gramadoelas at the Market Theatre
square in Newtown in the city centre.
In Soweto you will find well-known local eateries (along the
famous Vilakazi Street), like Wandies Place and Nambitha restaurant,
serving traditional local fare, as well as many established restaurant
chains like Primi Piatti, News Café and Nando’s. A great way to get to
know your fellow AFCON fans locally is to join a shisa nyama (a
township barbeque or braai).
And if you like your meals paired with fine wine, South Africa
famously offers the best, sourced primarily from the Western Cape’s
How to get here
The city is serviced by OR Tambo International Airport
(formerly Johannesburg International Airport), the largest and busiest
airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and
from the rest of southern Africa.
Once in Johannesburg the city is serviced by the Guatrain and
a bus and taxi service.
To find out more contact:
The City of Johannesburg
P.O. Box 30733, Johannesburg, 2017
Tel: +27 11 407-7478