Gauteng - The city of Gold
Gauteng was built on the wealth of gold found deep underground and derives its name from a Sesotho term referring to “the place of gold”.
Gauteng is the smallest province but home to the biggest and most populated city in South Africa, Johannesburg. This city, with its magnificent highways and skyscrapers, provides the most discerning tourist with world class service, dining and shopping. It also presents tourists with an exciting blend of ethnic and western art and culture, such as its Indian bazaars, African cafes and local vendors.
South of Johannesburg is Soweto, a politically famous township which derives its name from the acronym SOuth WEstern TOwnship The city is characterised by a vibrant African culture that has, in recent years, become popular to explore.
Besides bustling city life, world class shopping and every “kind” of dining experience, Gauteng is also home to the Cradle of Humankind, one of South Africa's eight Unesco World Heritage sites. The region around Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai has one of the world's richest concentrations of human fossils.
Languages: 19.8% isiZulu, 12.4% Afrikaans, 11.6% Sesotho, 13.3% English
Population: 12 272 263
Share of total SA population: 23.7%
Area: 16 548km2
Share of total SA area: 1.4%
Population density: 675 people per km2