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JOHANNESBURG

CITY OF GOLD, GOOD OL' JOSIE, IN SOUTH AFRICA

 
 
Johannesburg is large, sprawling and poorly planned, with few conventional sights and a bewildering number of districts. The central business district (CBD) is the Manhattan of Africa with tall crowded office blocks crowded together and lively street life. Nearby, the Newtown Cultural Precinct is the place to head for jazz bars, theatre and the highly informative Museum Africa. The inner-city districts of Berea and Hillbrow are packed with migrants from all over the continent, and are generally no-go areas for visitors.

The city's seemingly endless northern suburbs , the preserve of white, middle-class Johannesburg, dominate the northern half of the city. Despite the lack of real sights, they do offer a few pleasant surprises, notably Parktown, the original home of Johannesburg's richest residents, leafy Melville, with its trendy street cafés and lively nightlife, and Rosebank , an easy-going suburb with some decent galleries and craft markets. The archetypal northern suburb is opulent Sandton , full of brand new offices and mind-boggling shopping malls. Strangely enough, only the highway separates Sandton from one of Jo'burg's poorest areas, the vibrant but risky Alexandra township. Southwest of the centre lies the city's most famous township, Soweto , the single most popular tourist destination in Johannesburg.

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