Thursday, February 24, 2005
The City of Gold (Egoli/Johannesburg)
This picture was taken from the Carlton Centre in the CBD, looking towards the northern suburbs. In the background, you see the Hillbrow Tower and Ponte City, a round block of flats 90 storeys high with Africa's largest neon sign on the top of it.
Johannesburg only erected itself in 1886, when someone accidentally found one massive gold reef here. So its not an old city at all, yet in twenty years, had boomed so quickly, it overtook Cape Town in size by 600 000 people. Second to Lagos, it's Africa's biggest city. It's certainly Africa's powerhouse, and is filled with illegal immigrants looking for wealth and health. It lies on the richest gold reef in the world. It is the largest man-made forest in the world, as Joburg consists of 10-million trees. It is also one of the only sities of its kind that doesn't lie on a natural water resource like a river.
Bet you didn't know that!