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Joburg urges travelers to rediscover the City of Gold

May 15, 2011

“From a destination perspective, we encourage locals and visitors to rediscover Joburg, see and experience the 'City of Gold' in a new light!" said Lindiwe Kwele, CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC), “This itinerary covers recent developments in Joburg’s CBD and surrounds, showing off the incredible strides being made in changing the geo-political face of our incomparable city, while discovering special places, spaces, and hidden gems along the way.”

Initiated by Cllr. Amos Masondo, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, members of the Mayoral Committee and city officials thought leaders and the media would enjoy an extraordinary tour of Johannesburg today - showcasing the strides and investments made by various players (public and private) in the city of Johannesburg over the past 5 years. The itinerary comprises infrastructure developments, rejuvenation and regeneration projects, public realm management, extreme makeover parks, outdoor art, art, lifestyle, and cultural precincts.


“There’s always something to get excited about and celebrate in Joburg,” continued Kwele, “The phenomenal range of development projects, initiatives, and public realm management - not forgetting the continuous tourism product development - is awe-inspiring and serving to change the geo-political face of our city in a positive way. With excellent infrastructure, unique transport features (like the high-speed Gautrain and the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system), increased hotel inventory, spectacular stadiums, and magnificent architecture, it’s no wonder that Johannesburg was voted the world’s 3rd best city in Wallpaper Magazine’s Wallpaper Design Awards in early 2011.”


o The World Cup might have come and gone, but the action never stops in Joburg - and the Johannesburg Tourism Company’s colorful seasonal campaigns are designed to package the plethora of events taking place across the spectrum of music, arts, culture, food, fashion, entertainment, sport, and business throughout the year. The City of Gold is more than just the economic hub of the continent, Jozi is a leading, global, year-round, lifestyle destination.

o “Very significantly, we’re also celebrating the honor of hosting the SA Music Awards (SAMA) in Joburg this year, on May 20-21 at Montecasino,” said CEO Lindiwe Kwele. Now in its 17th year, the annual SAMA’s are dubbed “the biggest night in SA music, a celebration and a coming together of celebrity, industry, media and fans.” The level of access and engagement opportunities for the public with the stars will be unprecedented in SAMA history. A host of exciting after parties and events promises to bring the SAMA’s to life on a whole new level this year.

o Some of the forthcoming attractions across a broad spectrum of lifestyle events, which residents and visitors to Jozi can look forward to, include:

• The SA Music Awards (SAMA) [May 20-21, 2011]
• The Script Concert [June 24, 2011]
• Inanda Africa Cup Polo [July 29-31, 2011]
• BMW Polo Tournament [August 2011]
• Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival [August 2011]
• Joburg Luxury Fair [August 2011]
• Soweto Festival Expo [September 23-25, 2011]
• Joburg Shopping Festival [September 2011]
• Arts Alive International Festival [September 2011]
• Taste of Joburg [September 2011]
• Kings of Leon Concert [October 29]
• RMB Winex [October 2011]
• Africa Fashion Week [October 19-23, 2011]
• Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge [November 20]
• Sansui Summer Cup [November 26, 2011
• FNB Whisky Live Festival [November 2011]


o JHB was voted the World’s 3rd Best City in Wallpaper Magazine’s Wallpaper Design Awards – January 2011.

Johannesburg was voted the world’s 3rd best city in Wallpaper Magazine’s Wallpaper Design Awards in early 2011 – after Chicago (1), Hong Kong (2), and ahead of Oslo (4), and Rio de Janeiro (5). An acclaimed UK-based publication, Wallpaper magazine covers design, fashion, architecture, travel, and lifestyle. These prestigious annual international awards are made for great design, bright ideas, game-changing, and life-enhancing innovations. The international judging panel includes high-profile thought leaders from the world of architecture, fashion, design, visual and performing arts, and include Natalie Massenet (UK), Marc Quinn (UK), Mario Bellini (Italy), Raf Simons (Belgium), Pharell Williams (US), and Michael Nyman (UK).

o O.R. Tambo Airport Voted Africa’s Best Airport – March 2011
Airports Company South Africa's (ACSA) O.R. Tambo International Airport has been named the best Airport in Africa at this year's prestigious World Airport Awards in Denmark. The awards, which were held in Copenhagen on March 30, 2011, are based on 11.38 million survey questionnaires completed by over 100 different nationalities of airline passengers in 2010/2011, covering more than 240 airports across the globe.

• The InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo is the recipient of the Worlds' Best luxury Airport Hotel Award (March 2011), voted by World Luxury Hotels Awards.

The hotel is also the proud recipient of this year’s Skytrax award in the Best Airport Hotel for Africa category. This award was handed out in Copenhagen on March 30, 2011.


o Home to some 10 million trees, Johannesburg is one of the world’s greenest cities, boasting the largest man-made urban forest. Satellite images of the city show a vast forest of trees and greenery, comprising some 2.5 million trees in parks and 7.5 million in private properties.

o In 2010, the city’s proactive Parks Department planted 200,000 street trees – and received gold at the Liveable Communities Awards for their Bridging the Green Divide Project. During 2011, they are committed to planting an additional 20,000 street trees, while also ensuring that corporates offset their carbon footprint by planting trees.

o The 10 million trees that keep Johannesburg green, shady, and attractive also help to clean the air of carbon monoxide emissions from cars and trucks, industrial gases, and dust from mine dumps.

o Joburg has a strong culture of environmental conservation that goes back to the early 1900s and the then parks and estates department.

o Today the city council is stretching this ethos to preserving the environment and planting trees in previously disadvantaged areas, such as Soweto and Alexandra. It is estimated that there are a million street trees across the city, with a total value of R65 billion.

o To create favorable surroundings for living, business, and recreation, the city's environmental planning and management department manages air, water, land, and noise pollution and implements measures to moderate pollutants.

Joburg urges travelers to rediscover the City of Gold
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