Johannesburg overview

Johannesburg (/dʒoʊˈhænɪsbɜːrɡ/; Afrikaans: [jʊəˈɦanəsbœrχ]; also known as Jozi, Joburg, and eGoli)[1] is the largest city in South Africa and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world.[9] It is the provincial capital and largest city of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa.[10] While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa's three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court. The city is located in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills and is the centre of large-scale gold and diamond trade.[citation needed]

The metropolis is an alpha global city as listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. In 2011, the population of the city of Johannesburg was 4,434,827, making it the most populous city in South Africa.[11] In the same year, the population of Johannesburg's urban agglomeration was put at 7,860,781.[5] The land area of the municipal city (1,645 km2 (635 sq mi)) is large in comparison with those of other major cities, resulting in a moderate population density of 2,364/km2 (6,120/sq mi).

The city was established in 1886 following the discovery of gold on what had been a farm. The city is commonly interpreted as the modern day El Dorado[by whom?] due to the extremely large gold deposit found along the Witwatersrand.[12] The name is attributed to one or all of three men involved in the establishment of the city. In ten years, the population grew to 100,000 inhabitants.

A separate city from the late 1970s until 1994, Soweto is now part of Johannesburg. Originally an acronym for "South-Western Townships", Soweto originated as a collection of settlements on the outskirts of Johannesburg, populated mostly by native African workers from the gold mining industry. Soweto, although eventually incorporated into Johannesburg, had been separated as a residential area for Blacks, who were not permitted to live in Johannesburg proper. Lenasia is predominantly populated by English-speaking South Africans of Indian descent. These areas were designated as non-white areas in accordance with the segregationist policies of the South African government known as Apartheid.[citation needed]

Best ZAR exchange rates at Bidvest Bank in Johannesburg

Exchange ZAR Bidvest Bank Buy Bidvest Bank Sell
Euro 15.305 16.066
British Pound 17.358 18.203
US Dollar 0.075 0.071
Emirati Dirham 3.505 4.090
Australian Dollar 9.597 10.121
Botswana Pula 1.226 1.390
Canadian Dollar 10.010 10.672
Swiss Franc 13.405 14.286
Chinese Yuan Renminbi 1.898 2.185
Danish Krone 2.026 2.166
Hong Kong Dollar 1.698 1.810
Israeli Shekel 3.487 4.024
Indian Rupee 0.171 0.211
Japanese Yen 0.122 0.130
Mauritian Rupee 0.370 0.439
Mozambican Metical 0.191 0.250
Norwegian Krone 1.552 1.659
New Zealand Dollar 8.969 9.560
Swedish Krona 1.471 1.573
Singapore Dollar 9.747 10.471
Thai Baht 0.389 0.473
Brazilian Real 3.186 3.894
Saudi Arabian Riyal 3.192 3.964
Bidvest Bank
Bidvest Bank
Johannesburg

We’re a leading second tier bank and a subsidiary of The Bidvest Group Limited. Our strategy includes diversifying a historically forex- and fleet-focused customer base to one of business and personal banking services. This diversification strategy, combined with a prudent lending philosophy resulted in the recent upgrade, by Moody’s Financial Services, of Bidvest Bank’s long-term national scale rating from A1 to Aa2, an increase of two notches. About Us Bidvest Bank is an entrepreneurial...

Bidvest Bank Buy rate – this is the rate at which Bidvest Bank buy foreign currency back from travellers to exchange into local currency. For example, if you were returning from America, we would exchange your dollars back into euros at the buy rate.

Bidvest Bank Sell rate – this is the rate at which Bidvest Bank sell foreign currency in exchange for local currency. For example, if you were heading to Canada, you would exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at the sell rate.

Best ZAR exchange rates at American Express Forex in Johannesburg

Exchange ZAR American Express Forex Buy American Express Forex Sell
Australian Dollar 10.163 9.506
Canadian Dollar 10.616 9.950
Swiss Franc 14.225 13.369
Chinese Yuan Renminbi 2.133 1.914
Danish Krone 2.153 1.983
Euro 16.030 15.409
British Pound 18.037 17.361
Hong Kong Dollar 1.805 1.655
Israeli Shekel 3.899 3.419
Japanese Yen 0.130 0.122
Mauritian Rupee 0.433 0.370
Malaysian Ringgit 3.452 2.952
Norwegian Krone 1.649 1.518
New Zealand Dollar 9.606 8.842
Saudi Arabian Riyal 3.769 3.329
Swedish Krona 1.571 1.447
Singapore Dollar 10.449 9.579
Thai Baht 0.461 0.375
US Dollar 14.029 13.583
Botswana Pula 1.384 1.204
Basotho Loti 1.000 0.917
Namibian Dollar 1.000 0.917
Swazi Lilangeni 1.000 0.917
American Express Forex
American Express Forex
Johannesburg

American Express Foreign Exchange, operates under license by Tourvest Financial Services (Pty) Ltd. Tourvest is Southern Africa’s number one tourism group, offering a range of products and services that encompass the needs of all visitors to Southern Africa. American Express foreign exchange South Africa is operated under franchise from American Express globally. We have 3 branches in Botswana and operates in a Joint Venture with Bank Windhoek in Namibia. We are the market leaders in foreign...

American Express Forex Buy rate – this is the rate at which American Express Forex buy foreign currency back from travellers to exchange into local currency. For example, if you were returning from America, we would exchange your dollars back into euros at the buy rate.

American Express Forex Sell rate – this is the rate at which American Express Forex sell foreign currency in exchange for local currency. For example, if you were heading to Canada, you would exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at the sell rate.

Best ZAR exchange rates at Standard Bank in Johannesburg

Exchange ZAR Standard Bank Buy Standard Bank Sell
British Pound 17.367 18.072
Euro 15.325 15.913
US Dollar 13.578 13.903
Emirati Dirham 3.552 3.848
Australian Dollar 9.398 10.384
Botswana Pula 1.211 1.419
Canadian Dollar 9.398 11.148
Swiss Franc 11.587 14.749
Chinese Yuan Renminbi 1.973 2.134
Czech Koruna
Danish Krone 1.961 2.338
Egyptian Pound
Fijian Dollar
Ghanaian Cedi
Hong Kong Dollar 1.547 1.837
Hungarian Forint
Israeli Shekel 2.786 4.223
Indian Rupee
Japanese Yen 0.119 0.132
Kenyan Shilling
Sri Lankan Rupee
Basotho Loti 1.000 1.000
Moroccan Dirham
Malagasy Ariary
Mauritian Rupee 0.376 0.431
Malawian Kwacha
Mexican Peso
Mozambican Metical 0.244
Namibian Dollar 1.000 1.000
Nigerian Naira
Norwegian Krone 1.542 1.736
New Zealand Dollar 8.460 10.010
Pakistani Rupee
Polish Zloty
Qatari Riyal
Romanian Leu
Russian Ruble
Rwandan Franc
Saudi Arabian Riyal 3.531 4.144
Swedish Krona 1.406 1.662
Singapore Dollar 8.780 10.917
Swazi Lilangeni 1.000 1.000
Thai Baht 0.374 0.497
Tunisian Dinar
Turkish Lira
Tanzanian Shilling
Ugandan Shilling
Central African CFA Franc BEAC
CFA Franc
Zambian Kwacha
Standard Bank
Standard Bank
Johannesburg

The bank now known as Standard Bank was formed in 1862 as a South African subsidiary of the British overseas bank Standard Bank, under the name The Standard Bank of South Africa. The bank's origins can be traced to 1862, when a group of businessmen led by the prominent right-wing South African politician John Paterson[3][4] formed a bank in London, initially under the name Standard Bank of British South Africa. The bank started operations in 1863 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and soon...

Standard Bank Buy rate – this is the rate at which Standard Bank buy foreign currency back from travellers to exchange into local currency. For example, if you were returning from America, we would exchange your dollars back into euros at the buy rate.

Standard Bank Sell rate – this is the rate at which Standard Bank sell foreign currency in exchange for local currency. For example, if you were heading to Canada, you would exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at the sell rate.

Johannesburg news

Pitch Black Afro's murdered wife to be buried in Soweto

Thulani Ngcobo, also known as Pitch Black Afro, appeared on Thursday in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on charges of premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice.

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Zambian president swears in new army chief

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zambian President...

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AMD, ZamaZamas and the imminent collapse of Johannesburg
AMD, ZamaZamas and the imminent collapse of Johannesburg

Years ago the mainstream media made a meal of how acid mine drainage was going to be the undoing of the Johannesburg CBD - the new fear is now ZamaZamas.

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Digging to disaster: how illegal mining is putting Johannesburg at risk
Digging to disaster: how illegal mining is putting Johannesburg at risk

Experts have sounded the alarm that illegal miners are blasting to within metres of highly flammable gas and fuel lines under Johannesburg.

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A view of Johannesburg through lenses from a different era

Johannesburg Then and Now is an important book about what ought to be appreciated and "saved".

2 months indicative neutral
The ten best breakfast places in Johannesburg
The ten best breakfast places in Johannesburg

A selection of the best Jozi has to offer.

2 months indicative positive
Johannesburg weather: Severe thunderstorms and hail expected
Johannesburg weather: Severe thunderstorms and hail expected

Downpours, damaging winds and the possibility of localised flooding reported over large parts of Gauteng, according to Johannesburg weather forecast.

2 months indicative positive
Man shot and killed in apparent Johannesburg hijacking | IOL News

A man was shot dead during an apparent hijacking on Mint Street in Fordsburg, Johannesburg, paramedics said.

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