South Africa’s largest city by population and a key hub for commerce and industry, Johannesburg is one of Africa’s most developed and prosperous cities – and it’s got the skyline to prove it. While not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, Johannesburg is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretations of South Africa’s constitution. It is also the capital of the wealthiest province in South Africa, Gauteng. The climate in Jo’burg (or ‘Jozi’) is generally moderate and pleasant year-round, and you’ll find all the facilities and activities you’d expect in a city this size – shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs, theater, music, galleries and museums, and an extensive portfolio of public art.
However, new arrivals should be prepared to find modern architecture and leafy suburbs coexisting with large areas of shanty towns and squatter settlements, reflecting major disparities in wealth and living conditions. Of course, as is the case anywhere in South Africa, nature is never too far away. There are plenty of nature reserves within the local area, such as the Lion Park nature reserve near Lanseria, the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve and Johannesburg Zoo, one of the largest in South Africa.
The highest-ranked university in Johannesburg is the University of the Witwatersrand (318th in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15). The city is also home to the University of Johannesburg (ranked in the 601-650 range), while Vaal University of Technology is about 70km from Johannesburg center. The University of Pretoria’s business school, the Gordon Institute of Business Science is located in the Illovo suburb of Johannesburg.