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Johannesburg. City of Gold, Central Gauteng.

Johannesburg seems to exist solely to make money. The mines, the Stock Exchange, and even the most informal entrepreneur on the sidewalk are all there for one reason – money. A walk down Diagonal Street will give you a good idea of the range of economic activities in the city of gold. Street traders ply their wares on the sidewalks while “muti” (traditional medicine) shops do trade in tiny darkened doorways just a block or two from the Stock Exchange.

With all this energy it is not surprising that there are numbers of talented and creative people living and working here – near the source. Many venues offer local music or innovative theatre. The Civic Theatre in Braamfontein is Johannesburg’s most prestigious for classical works such as ballet and opera. For bigger, more popular concerts the MTM Sundome can accommodate thousands. Bigger is however not always better and the best known is the Market Theatre.

Museum Africa, also in the Newtown Cultural Complex, chronicles the habitation of Africa from the very first humans to the present day and is well worth a visit. Other museums of interest include the South African Transport Museum in the old concourse of Johannesburg Station, the Adler Museum of Medicine and the Bernberg Museum, which chronicles the history of women’s fashion. If you plan to spend any time here, you should certainly want to visit Gold Reef City. This is a turn of the century gold mining village, complete with rides, dancing girls, pubs and eateries. Alternatively, descend into the bowels of the earth in an authentic gold mine. AIJohan

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