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 15.599 16.375
British Pound 17.609 18.466
US Dollar 0.073 0.070
Emirati Dirham 3.570 4.167
Australian Dollar 9.980 10.526
Botswana Pula 1.235 1.401
Canadian Dollar 10.320 11.001
Swiss Franc 13.532 14.430
Chinese Yuan Renminbi 1.889 2.174
Danish Krone 2.067 2.209
Hong Kong Dollar 1.733 1.847
Israeli Shekel 3.542 4.087
Indian Rupee 0.172 0.213
Japanese Yen 0.120 0.128
Mauritian Rupee 0.370 0.439
Mozambican Metical 0.197 0.258
Norwegian Krone 1.604 1.715
New Zealand Dollar 9.294 9.911
Swedish Krona 1.502 1.606
Singapore Dollar 9.804 10.537
Thai Baht 0.382 0.465
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 9.911 10.604
Canadian Dollar 10.373 11.062
Swiss Franc 13.550 14.430
Chinese Yuan Renminbi 1.929 2.150
Danish Krone 2.038 2.214
Euro 15.832 16.469
British Pound 17.866 18.563
Hong Kong Dollar 1.714 1.868
Israeli Shekel 3.505 3.997
Japanese Yen 0.120 0.128
Mauritian Rupee 0.376 0.441
Malaysian Ringgit 2.992 3.499
Norwegian Krone 1.584 1.720
New Zealand Dollar 9.149 9.940
Saudi Arabian Riyal 3.440 3.894
Swedish Krona 1.481 1.608
Singapore Dollar 9.756 10.638
Thai Baht 0.374 0.460
US Dollar 14.039 14.500
Botswana Pula 1.226 1.410
Basotho Loti 0.917 1.000
Namibian Dollar 0.917 1.000
Swazi Lilangeni 0.917 1.000
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 17.703 18.407
Euro 15.683 16.270
US Dollar 13.891 14.216
Emirati Dirham 3.630 3.937
Australian Dollar 9.766 10.834
Botswana Pula 1.212 1.426
Canadian Dollar 9.690 11.561
Swiss Franc 11.696 14.948
Chinese Yuan Renminbi 1.976 2.138
Czech Koruna
Danish Krone 1.934 2.301
Egyptian Pound
Fijian Dollar
Ghanaian Cedi
Hong Kong Dollar 1.580 1.883
Hungarian Forint
Israeli Shekel 2.824 4.310
Indian Rupee
Japanese Yen 0.117 0.130
Kenyan Shilling
Sri Lankan Rupee
Basotho Loti 1.000 1.000
Moroccan Dirham
Malagasy Ariary
Mauritian Rupee 0.378 0.435
Malawian Kwacha
Mexican Peso
Mozambican Metical 0.244
Namibian Dollar 1.000 1.000
Nigerian Naira
Norwegian Krone 1.558 1.756
New Zealand Dollar 8.757 10.428
Pakistani Rupee
Polish Zloty
Qatari Riyal
Romanian Leu
Russian Ruble
Rwandan Franc
Saudi Arabian Riyal 3.481 4.077
Swedish Krona 1.384 1.633
Singapore Dollar 8.857 11.025
Swazi Lilangeni 1.000 1.000
Thai Baht 0.370 0.489
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.

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