Like puzzle pieces, the suburbs of Johannesburg fit together to form the City Of Gold. Every area brings its own unique dynamic to the table, which is why Jozi is such a cosmopolitan city. To newcomers, this may all seem daunting, but don't fret! That's why we're here - to be your guide through the suburbs of Johannesburg. On that note, tighten those walking shoes and follow us as we introduce you to the different neighbourhoods in town.

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By far one of the coolest suburbs in Johannesburg, Melville is one of its oldest neighbourhoods, dating back to the mid-1890s, and was named for land surveyor, Edward Harker Vincent Melvill. Today, this area is known for its exciting bars, trendy restaurants and thriving student social scene due to its close proximity to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Melville is also well known for the picturesque Melville Koppies, an exciting archaeological and geological site with rolling hills overlooking the city of Johannesburg.

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Randburg is considered the central point of the northern suburbs. From here, everything is easily accessible via the main routes that traffic to and from this area. Other than it's ideal location from many neighbouring business, retail and entertainment hubs, it has its own gems you need to visit and explore for yourself. First stop, a well-deserved shopping spree, so why not pop into Cresta Shopping Centre, Randburg Square, or the brand-new Ferndale on Republic (AKA the Brightwater Commons). Tantalise your taste buds at one of the suburbs restaurants including Fusionista, Patisserie de Paris, The Fussy Vegan or Del Fornos. And for your entertainment, spend the afternoon racing around a track at Randburg Raceway Indoor Karting Track or getting lost at the Honeydew Mazes.

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The crown on top of the City Of Johannesburg's head, Sandton stands proud at 143.5 km² and offers a world of entertainment, commerce, and retail opportunities. The area comprises of a string affluent neighbourhoods such as Rivonia, Bryanston, and Morningside to name a few. In the centre, you will find the Sandton business centre, a city on its own, filled with commerce, busy nightlife and a string of world-class hotels and venues.

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Known as the trendy and cultural area in Joburg North, Rosebank is a vibrant, lively and diverse suburb that's jam-packed with plenty of must-visits, retail centres, sundowner spots and hip hotels. The area attracts plenty of businessmen and tourists alike with its exciting daytime excursions, divine dining hot spots and cool nightlife. Spend your Sundays exploring and shopping up a storm at the Rosebank Sunday Market on the rooftop of Rosebank Mall. For some of the best cocktails in the neighbourhood, be sure to visit Sin+Tax or Mix Cocktail Bar. And if you have a love for on-trend local and international art and design, artisan eateries, vibrant shops and spaces, and unique cafés, then the Keyes Art Mile is a definite must. Rosebank is by far one of the most versatile suburbs of Johannesburg with its suburban feel while stick to that city appeal thanks to its central business district.

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The small and dense northern suburb of Parkhurst is mainly residential, but is well known for its trendy street life and sidewalk cafés, exuding quite a similar feel and atmosphere as vibey Greenside and Melville. The area is also quite popular for its two main business roads – 4th Avenue, which offers visitors, residents and tourists a lovely collection of restaurants and cafés, décor and design, antiques and service shops; and 6th Street, which is quickly converting into a design and décor, art and small business hub. Let's take a look at this exciting suburb and see what it has to offer.

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Now, we move onto fabulous Fourways! Did you know that Fourways is known as the fastest developing commercial and residential hub in north? Other than attracting visitors from far and wide, for both business and leisure, the suburb also plays home to a wide selection of entertainment, restaurant and retail spots that you need to visit and explore for yourself. One of the big attractions in Fourways is the exciting entertainment hub of Montecasino. Bringing Italy to Joburg, Montecasino offers guests everything from amazing restaurants, interesting stores and incredible live shows, to cool events, family fun and even the chance to strike it lucky and win big! Other than Montecasino, there's the epic and recently renovated Fourways Mall, top-notch hotels, and let's not forget to mention the thrilling Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park.

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Bryanston is a beehive of activity and attractions, especially when it comes to some of the best restaurants in the north. Here, you can take your pick from dozens of incredible restaurants offering a wide selection of cuisines from authentic Italian to French fine dining. We highly recommend a visit to Casa Del Sol Botanico at Bryanston Shopping Centre; Gemelli at the Posthouse Link Centre; and Coachman's Inn at Coachman's Crossing. As for retail therapy, Bryanston Shopping Centre, Nicolway Bryanston and Hobart Grove Centre are sure to have everything you're looking for from on-trend fashion to your weekly groceries. And if you're looking for a little bit of fun in the area, spend a Saturday morning browsing through the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market,  get the adrenaline pumping at the Jozi X Adventure Centre, or even do a little skating at RollEgoli Roller Rink.

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The northern crown on top of the City Of Johannesburg's head, Midrand stands proud at 152,9 km² and offers a world of entertainment, commerce, and retail opportunities. The area comprises a string affluent neighbourhoods such as Waterfall, Kyalami, and Beaulieu to name a few. In the centre of this, you will find the commerce centre, a city on its own, filled with businesses, busy nightlife and a string of world-class hotels and venues.

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Most people only know a handful of facts about the township: it is a vibrant township located at the edge of Joburg, and it was the site of a student uprising in 1976 that helped to bring international attention to the struggle against the old regime. But there’s so much more to know — Soweto has a fascinating history and is home to a diverse array of people from all walks of life.

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One of the more "suburban" suburbs of Johannesburg, let's introduce you to the "Poorte". As one of Gauteng's oldest areas, Roodepoort has expanded dramatically over the years. Hosting a remarkable blend of residential and formerly-industrial areas, Roodepoort is a beautiful place to live and work. The suburbs are named to reflect their history, with suburbs such as Radiokop (for the radio mast) and Little Falls showcasing this tradition. Roodepoort is also home to our city's most famous botanical gardens - The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. There are so many open spaces, golf courses and boundless places to find entertainment.

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Germiston, named after the Glaswegian farm, was established shortly after the gold rush on the Witwatersrand. Declared a city in 1950, it is often overlooked for being an industrial hub rather than a must-visit Jozi suburb. However, there is much to be seen and done here, if one only looks close enough. Driving through the 'old' town offers a glimpse of history, as century-old buildings stand tall among new developments. With their brick facades and stained-glass panels, these national landmarks are a sight to behold amidst the vapid decay of the inner city.

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Kempton Park

Kempton Park is a city in Ekhuruleni, east of Johannesburg. Established in 1903, it is one of Gauteng's largest residential and industrial areas. At 149.05 square kilometres, Kempton Park is an expansive area of land. Let's take a closer look to find out all that the suburb has to offer. There are a number of exciting retail offerings in Kempton Park. Festival Mall is the largest shopping centre in the area, boasting a variety of stores, as well as the only ice rink on the East Rand! Though technically not one of the suburbs of Johannesburg, Kempton Park is considered part of Jozi.

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Would you like to meet one of our favourites suburbs of Johannesburg? For an inner-city adventure like no other, visit the bustling suburb of Braamfontein! Spend an evening taking in the beautiful views of this area of town while sipping on sundowners and listening to amazing music at the rooftop urban venue, The Living Room. Or why not do a little shopping and nibbling at the Neighbourgoods Market Johannesburg every Saturday. Also, stop by 44 Stanley for a sophisticated downtown shopping, eating, working, and living experience. There's so much to explore in Braamfontein, keep reading to find out what other hidden gems this suburb has to offer.

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On weekends, it filled to the brim with tourists and locals alike. The streets overflow with vendors selling everything from authentic artworks to super cool shades and everything in between. When the sun goes down, the rooftop bars fill up with cool kids who like to dance and have a good time. In between all of this excitement, you will find authentic African restaurants that cover everything from West to East Africa. Maboneng is also home to a handful of art galleries and an independent movie theatre. Recently rated among 12 coolest neighborhoods in the world by Forbes Magazine, Maboneng is a seriously cool place to be.

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Joburg CBD

The Joburg CBD has evolved over the past three decades into something resembling one of the most modern cities in the world. It has become a melting pot of people from across Africa, making it as cosmopolitan as can be. From top tier Fortune 500 companies to street vendors selling fresh produce, the Joburg CBD is filled to the brim with a wide variety of commerce. But that's not all, with a little inside information you will be able to dine like nowhere else, shop to your heart's content, and dance until the cows come home. Without further ado, we present you with the ultimate guide to the inner city of Johannesburg.

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What began as a gold-mining settlement in the 19 century, has become one of the most well-known and visited cities in South Africa. Johannesburg. Joburg. Jozi. Egoli. The City of Gold. A city with many names, many cultures, many unique features, and experiences. Literally, the epitome of a melting pot of diversity. This is the country's biggest city and capital of the Gauteng province. And in this vibrant city that never sleeps, there's plenty of things to do, see, explore, experience, and enjoy, whether you're a local, just visiting for the weekend, or an international traveler looking to make the most of your stay.

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Areas Of Johannesburg
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Getting Around Johannesburg
Outbound & Inbound Travel From Joburg
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Areas Of Johannesburg

Since Johannesburg is such a massive city, it has been split into many different areas, namely Joburg Central; Johannesburg North; Johannesburg East & Ekurhuleni; Johannesburg South; and Johannesburg West and the West Rand. To help you navigate your way through these areas in the city, we have compiled insightful guides to many of the various suburbs that make up each of the areas mentioned. Click on your preference Johannesburg area below and start exploring the city of Johannesburg:

Things To Do In Johannesburg

The city of Johannesburg is a beehive of activity when it comes to entertainment and thrills. Visitors and locals can spend their days, evenings, and weekends exploring bustling markets offering stunning handcrafted arts and delicious street food to delight the taste buds. Head to one of the city's exciting casinos and see if Lady Luck is on your side. Explore the buzzing nightlife at many various rooftop bars and pumping nightclubs. Or take a stroll through one of the city's many art galleries and be enchanted by their breathtaking and intriguing artworks. And let's not forget to mention the many theatres scattered throughout Johannesburg hosting productions, shows, and comedy skits that are sure to delight.

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No visit to Johannesburg is complete without delighting your taste buds with incredible dishes from a wide range of amazing restaurants! Each suburb in the city offers something special and unique and you're bound to find something delectable, no matter what you're craving. Visit Joburg Central or Soweto for authentic African cuisine, head to Sandton for some top-notch dining ideal for any special occasion, sip on refreshing and vibrant cocktails in trendy Rosebank, or make your way to Bryanston for some delizioso Italian. The options are endless.

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Need to do your weekly grocery haul? Or are you looking to give your wardrobe a makeover with a selection of brand-new clothing, footwear and accessories? Not a problem! The city of Johannesburg is full of exciting retail hubs that's sure to have everything you need, from on-trend fashion, health and beauty products and cool tech gadgets to all things kids, home and décor, stationery and more. Each suburb in the city has something unique, catering to all budgets, tastes and styles. From Maponya Mall in Soweto and Sandton City in the heart of the richest square mile in Africa, to Bedford Centre in Bedfordview and Ferndale on Republic in Ferndale, Randburg, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to retail therapy in Johannesburg.

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Getting Around Johannesburg

Getting around the city is far easier than you think! If you don't have your own mode of transport, there's many many options available to get you out and about in Johannesburg. For starters, we have the obvious Uber drivers and the many taxi ranks scattered all over the city. There's also the 80-kilometre commuter rail system, Gautrain, which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and O.R. Tambo International Airport together with one fast, convenient and efficient service. All you need is a Gautrain card and you're ready to go! There's also the option of car rentals from many reputable rental companies. Getting on the move has never been easier!

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Johannesburg is the ideal location for families due to its wide choice of educational facilities and schools. Whether you're looking to further your studies at a university or tertiary institute, or are looking for a top-notch private or public primary or high school for your children, there's sure to be a school that'll offer the perfect starting blocks in build your or your children's knowledge and pursue their dreams of becoming a lawyer, a doctor, an architect, or even a trendy fashionista designing fashion perfect for the catwalk. A few Johannesburg education institutes worth mentioning includes the well-known St Stithians College in Sandton, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg, King David Schools, St Mary's School in Waverley and St Andrews School for Girls.

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Outbound & Inbound Travel From Joburg

There are two airports that serve Johannesburg: the privately owned Lanseria International Airport (HLA) just north of Randburg and Sandton; and Africa's biggest and busiest airport situated in Kempton Park, O.R.Tambo International Airport (JNB). Both airports offer domestic and regional flights throughout the country, while O.R. Tambo International Airport caters to international flights across the global. Not only do these airports offer flights to any dream destination in the world, but they also provide travelers with car hire, hotels, restaurants, stores and much more. You can also explore the country by taking a scenic train ride with the Shosholoza Meyl or catching a Greyhound bus.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Johannesburg is always bustling with international travelers, tourists and businessmen from all over the world. And let's not forget our local visitors who are looking for a quick escape from the rush of everyday living. With this in mind, the city offers a wide selection of hotels and accommodation options that'll suit every need, occasion, and pocket. If you're looking to go all out when visiting trendy and vibrant Sandton, why not book a stay at the stunning five-star Michelangelo Hotel on West Street? Want to explore Johannesburg Central and experience inner city living? Visit the funky hostel, Curiocity Joburg in Jeppestown, and stay in one of their hip dorms or private rooms. There's also the contemporary Once In Joburg 'poshtel' right in the middle of town, surrounded by an eclectic selection of restaurants, shops, entertainment and much more.

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Conference Centres

Business makes the world go round, which is why Joburg is full of conferencing venues to ensure that you host productive meetings with your delegates, effortlessly and seamlessly. Looking for something in the middle of the richest square mile in Africa? The Sandton Convention Centre is just the place, not only offering the best in the business but also business breakfasts to treat your guests! And for a space that's not too close but not too far away from all the busy business hubs of the city, why not visit trendy Rosebank, bustling Bedfordview, or even central Randburg, all full of unique restaurants and hotels ideal for your next meeting.

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Municipal Services

To ensure that the city keeps running like a well-oiled machine, visitors and locals will be able to find municipal services scattered throughout Joburg and beyond to ensure that they can get all of their administrative concerns taken care of, as well as their well being, safety and health. From SARS offices and SAPS, to Traffic Departments, Home Affairs, public clinics and fire departments, Johannesburg has everything covered. You can find many various branches located in all major suburbs in the city, ensuring convenience and ease of access.

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Property In Johannesburg

Planning on making your stay in the city a little more permanent? As in moving to the the bustling and beautiful city of Johannesburg? If you're ready to take the plunge, the city offers a wide variety of property options for you to view, explore and perhaps even buy or rent. There are many homes, flats in complexes, and apartments and bachelor pads available in Joburg, you'll certainly feel spoilt for choice. All you have to do is research which areas you'd consider living in (keeping in mind where you work in the city, what you're willing to spend on petrol while commuting, and entertainment hubs), your budget and what you're looking for in a space to call your own.

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Looking for a new job? You've come to the right city! Joburg is full of exciting opportunities for those who want to start their career or are simply looking on broadening their horizons with a brand-new venture. Part time work, full time 8 to 5 jobs, and everything else in between, you're bound to find the perfect fit in the city of Joburg. So, get that CV ready and apply for amazing work opportunities in one of the busiest and fast-paced cities in South Africa.

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Modderfontein is an urban forest. Driving through from Edenvale into the mud fountain town, you travel along a road bordered with pine trees and giant oaks. However, once you reach the centre of town, the jacarandas take over the scenery. Covering the streets in purple confetti, these trees, which originate from Brazil, romantically hang over the Modderfontein surrounds. Take a trip down to the dam at the reserve to see them in full bloom, or take a hike up one of the trails for a better view.


Kensington spans 52 streets, making it one of Joburg's largest suburbs. This is also jacaranda central. Take a slow drive up Highland Road, travelling through a blanket of fallen flowers. There are a number of historical sites to visit here, too, including the Scottish War Horse Memorial and Jeppe High School for Boys. From these viewpoints, you can see the vast covering of the jacarandas and take a few snapshots of the Joburg skyline.


Melville Koppies

With rolling views, you’ll be able to see the purple blanket that adorns Joburg in summer. Though it’s not the highest location, it definitely does the job. The Koppies also offer a lot more, with the indigenous flora currently in bloom. Stop in at sunrise for an unforgettable experience. If you wish, you can even bring your dogs for a walk as there are a number of pathways to explore.

Observatory Ridge

Observatory Ridge is the highest point in Joburg, which looks out over Houghton, Orange Grove and beyond. At 1,808 metres above sea level, Observatory Ridge offers a view of the sprawling expanse of our beautiful city. For those of you who didn’t know, there is also a commemorative British Indian Army monument that was erected over 100 years ago. So, go on and get yourself that perfect eagle's eye view of the jacarandas in bloom, while also taking in some history. If you visit on a Sunday, you can stop by Sylvia's Market before heading home. Sip on craft cocktails or tuck into a gourmet burger under one of the old clubhouse's jacarandas.

Northcliff Hill

This is the second highest point in Joburg, at just one metre lower than Observatory Ridge. Northcliff Hill overlooks the CBD to the right and the northern suburbs to the left. Northcliff Water Tower has long been known as one of the top romantic spots in the city. Take your sweetheart to see the spring blossoms in all their glory. Northcliff Hill is also one of the best places to see the pink, burnt orange and amber Joburg sunset, so be sure to take a picnic blanket and some champers along on your date. You can drive up to the top of the hill or take a mammoth hike. Either way the view is sure to be stunning.

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

If hiking isn’t your scene, then why not opt for the posh view from the Westcliff? High tea at Four Seasons Hotel is an unforgettable experience offering a decadent sweet and savoury smorgasbord, plus stunning views from the Westcliff ridge. You’ll be able to take in the jacarandas from a position of complete luxury, with a plate of Petit Fours in hand. To walk off the calories, take your car around to the top of the Westcliff steps and give them a jog up and down!


Carlton Centre

Joburg is one of the world's largest man-made forests. But, you don't need to be out in nature to experience it. The inner city offers fantastic views of concrete meets greenery. Once the tallest building in the Southern hemisphere, Carlton Centre offers a 360 degree panoramic view from the 50th storey. Just R15 will get you to The Top of Africa viewing deck, from where you will be able to view all things purple and jacaranda.


Lastly, we recommend Tyrwhitt avenue in Rosebank. Swap your car for a stroll down this jacaranda lined street. The incredible purple canopy makes it feel as though you are in a magical world whilst you crack the oyster-shaped pods beneath the soles of your shoes. These jacaranda trees are recognised as being part of the history and heritage of the Rosebank area, giving it its characteristic atmosphere. While you are here, stop by the Keyes Art Mile to experience an array of world class galleries, restaurants and boutiques.

Despite the fact that they’re now considered invasive and can no longer be planted, Jacarandas do generally have a 200-year lifespan, meaning that we’ll be able to view them for a long time yet. So get your camera ready and head out for some violet adventures.

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Work has started on the first new residential building in Jewel City on Main Street and, in addition, the first residential conversion of an existing building on site is now underway. The Jewel City redevelopment initiative is a substantial investment in Joburg by Divercity, a new investment fund that is renewing and re-energising South Africa’s urban centres with unique inner-city precinct development.

Phase One Of Divercity's Project

The estimated time of occupation in the residential section is expected to be in November 2019 as the first floors of the development are completed. Upper floors will become available first, moving down the buildings until all floors are finished, with Phase 1 completion in April 2020.

Divercity combines commercial buildings with affordable residential accommodation to create inclusive and diverse neighbourhoods. Its key shareholders and stakeholders are Atterbury Property, Ithemba Property and Talis Property Fund, and its cornerstone investors are RMH Property and Nedbank Property Partners.

A Remodeled Jewel City

By remodelling Jewel City’s existing buildings and constructing new buildings of over 40 000sqm, Divercity is converting a formerly closed-off area of the city into a thriving, modern inner-city neighbourhood. Jewel City will reopen to the public in 2020 as a vibrant mixed-use precinct, including 1 200 new residential apartments in its first phase and up to 1 000 in its second phase.

Leading South African property developer and investor, Atterbury, is managing the development for Divercity and reports that Nomad Construction is the appointed contractor of the first residential redevelopment, Block One. WBHO/Matheo JV is the appointed contractor for the first new residential building, Block Six, and all other elements of the development.

The master programme for Jewel City has been orchestrated so the development of all six buildings of the first phase will be completed at the same time. “There will be a crescendo of activity as those buildings that require less time for completion are progressively added to the active construction programme,” explains Derrick Pautz, Atterbury Development Manager.

The amenity-rich mixed-use precinct also includes commercial space and parking. There is already good progress on leasing the development’s first 14 000sqm of commercial space, which includes a primary and high school, as well as medical facilities.

“Jewel City is enjoying excellent buy-in from major national retailers, which are showing keen interest and commitment,” reports Pautz.

The world-class "live, work, play" Jewel City will connect with two other Divercity projects, being the new Towers Main redevelopment in the ABSA precinct and its vibey Maboneng residential addresses. This link will be facilitated with a people-friendly walkway along Fox Street.

“We’re excited to break down the walls of Jewel City and open up great living opportunities and enhanced quality of life for people in the city,” says Pautz.

The development is a massive boost for the economy of Joburg. It will create an estimated 1 279 temporary jobs and 25 permanent jobs, and add to both the municipal and national tax base. Jewel City is expected to have a total development value of more than R1.2bn once complete.

What Is It?

For a unique and interesting night out, don't miss Burger King® SA & Yay Abe hosted by Sneaker LAB. It's an evening dedicated to art, sneakers, delicious food and just having a good time. This First Thursday event is in celebration of local illustrator, Russell Abrahams from YAY ABE, and his collaboration with Burger King South Africa. From 19:00, Russell and BK will be welcoming guests and offering a little insight into the collaboration and what to expect. You can also catch a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes with a video projected on the wall.

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This event will be taking place at Sneaker LAB in Braam. And there's an exciting lineup to look forward to, which includes everything from refreshing drinks and awesome music from DJ Khanya to sneaker cleaning for your beloved sneaks, as well as BIG KING™ burgers which will be delivered throughout the evening. It's going to be a night out you don't want to miss!

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When Is It?

Thursday, 06 December 2018 from 19:00 to 22:00

Where Is It?

Sneaker LAB, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

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How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE!

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook event listing.

Don't forget to visit Burger King South AfricaSneaker Lab and First Thursdays Johannesburg on Facebook.

Also, don't forget to follow Burger King South Africa on Instagram and Twitter.

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What The Red Bull Music Festival Is All About

The festival, is set to take over the city as it takes place at various venues around town. With over 80 artists expected to perform, Jozi will be spoiled for choice. More acts will be added to the massive lineup set to take over Johannesburg. The City’s iconic venues, which have become home to the most accomplished local performers will provide the best entertainment experience for music revelers. The Orbit, Bassline, AND Club, Kitcheners, Great Dane, Fox Junction and Zone 6 are some of the venues that will host the Red Bull Music Festival. Red Bull Music Festival Johannesburg is a global celebration of 20 years of the Red Bull Music Academy. The Academy is a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals. Festival goers of all ages visiting the city will undoubtedly celebrate Johannesburg in its legendary light. The festival has been held in various cities including Los Angeles, New York City and Paris and espouses the values of the RBMA: to create, collaborate and celebrate the SA music scene.


Who's Jamming At The Red Bull Music Festival?

The second night at Orbit will offer a different taste to the music lover’s pallet. The night will feature a musical arrangement fostering creativity in sound creation and collaboration in a never to be heard again Round Robin performance. Round Robin is a performance where a musician takes the stage for a five minute solo performance before being joined by other musicians from multifaceted backgrounds, who improvise together in segments of 5 minutes each. This will be a celebration of Jozi’s diverse, iconic sounds. Artists such as pianist, Luyanda Madope, drummer Tlale Makhene and vocalist Keorapetse Kolwane are amongst some of the artists who will perform this once off music experience.

The festival kicks off on Tuesday, 3 April, by paying homage some of the greats who have played a role in shaping the South African and the global music scenes. Friday, 6 April, will be the busiest night at the festival, with no less than four venues hosting individual party experiences. AND Club, which boasts one of the best sound systems in Jozi, will provide the best techno sounds. DJ Lag, Stiff Pap and Angel Ho will bring the house down at Kitcheners and Sean Munnik, Rouge and K-$ will show how millennials like to throw it down at Great Dane.

At the same time on Friday at Republic of 94, the legacy of Kwaito will be celebrated, going back to the mid-tempo mixture of house, hip-hop and pantsula culture of Trompies through to the sped up Afro-House sounds of Oskido and Afrontainment. Music enthusiasts will re-enact the the 90s style and edgy attitude inspired by icons such as Brenda Fassie, and Lebo Mathosa.

Saturday sees modern soul music trailblazers Shekhinah, Langa Mavuso, 340 Million, Gina Jeanz and legendary ghetto funk pioneer Egyptian Lover take over Fox Junction. The venue will have three captivating stages which will cater for diverse music tastes. Audiences will enjoy new genres such as trip hop, house future R&B and everything in between.

Closing the weekend on 8 April at Zone 6, Sjava and Shomadjozi will demonstrate their maverick styles and how they combine modern hip-hop with the traditional sounds of Maskandi and XiTsonga music respectively. South African deep-house royalty Da Capo and hip-hop chief AKA round off the night and festival to conclude the week’s celebrations.

When And Where Is It?

Tuesday, 3 April 2018 to Saturday, 8 April 2018.

Orbit (Tuesday and Wednesday), Republic Of 94 (Friday), Great Dane (Friday) Kitcheners (Friday), AND Club (Friday), Fox Junction (Saturday), Zone 6 (Sunday)

Tickets to the Red Bull Music Festival are available on, priced from R100 – R350.

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What Is It?

If you're in search of an evening complete with an exquisite meal, wonderful company and a rocking party that will take you through the night, then why not join the Forum Company for a special night out at one of the city's most impressive destinations – Turbine Hall. For two nights only (07 and 26 April 2017), indulge in an unmissable dining experience that includes a 5-course dinner as well as a party featuring DJ Abby Nurock. With good food, great music and a lot of fun at Jozi’s oldest power station, there's no better way to enjoy your weekend.

When Is It?

The dinners will take place on Friday, 07 April 2017 and again on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 from 19:00.

Where Is It?

Turbine Hall, 65 Ntemi Piliso Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R495 per person and are available at Webticket.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the Forum Company's Facebook page, email them on [email protected] or call them on 011 575 3888.

Carlton Centre

Also known as the roof of Africa, at 223 m the Carlton Centre has been rocking the record books as the tallest office building in Africa since 1973. With 50 floors, the foundations are 5 m in diameter and extend 15 m down to the bedrock with nearly 50% of the floor area existing below ground. It used to house the luxurious Carlton Hotel and one of its most prominent guests was no other than Hillary Clinton. It takes only 45 seconds to go from the ground floor to the 5th, which is known as the Roof Of Africa.

Address: 150 Commissioner St, Johannesburg, 2001.


11 Diagonal Street

Designed by German-American architect Helmut Jahn, 11 Diagonal Street was designed to look like a diamond reflecting in the Jozi sky. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the 80-meter high building stands out among the other skyscrapers. Construction was concluded in 1984 and... come to think of kind of looks 80s. Retro!

Address: 11 Diagonal St, Johannesburg, 2001.


The Anstey's Building

During the late 1930s, an art-deco styled building popped up in downtown Johannesburg. At the time, it was the tallest building in Africa and was owned by a guy called Norman Anstey. Anstey ran the Anstey's Department Store.

Address:  59 Joubert St, Johannesburg, 2001.


Hillbrow Tower

The most prominent structure in town is the Hillbrow Tower (no Jozi skyline tattoo is complete without it). Fun fact about this building is that it always needs to be higher than the tallest building in town so that the telecoms signals sent from it won't be interrupted. Pretty cool, eh? Unfortunately, it's closed to the public due to security reasons, though it used to host a revolving restaurant at the top.

Address: Hillbrow Tower, Banket St, Johannesburg, 2038.


Michelangelo Hotel

The most iconic feature of the Sandton skyline stands out like a spire on the horizon. The Michelangelo Hotel is where celebrities and world leaders stay when they visit the city, from Justin Bieber to Barack Obama and just about every other A-grade celebrity in between. At 140 m tall and between R30 000 and R60 000 per square meter per month, The Michelangelo Hotel is nothing but the most exclusive kind of real estate in Africa.

Address: 135 West St, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196.


Ponte City 

Last but not least, we have Ponte City. This high rise was almost turned into a vertical prison until developers snatched it from ruin. This once-upon-a-time slum of a skyscraper boasts a 100% upper-middle-class occupancy. Ponte is an iconic point of interest and acts as a beacon to the neighborhood of Hillbrow. Though the neighborhood itself has a bad reputation, it's seen an ample amount of upliftment since Ponte's redevelopment.

Address: Joe Slovo Dr, Johannesburg, 2198.


By Shawn Greyling

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Emmarentia Dam

Emmarentia Dam is always a picturesque location, whether it's summer, winter, autumn or spring. Not only is the dam itself calming and inviting, but the botanical garden next door is also something any photographer ought to take advantage of at least once or twice in their life. In autumn and winter, if you arrive before sunrise, you get the opportunity to take stunning dew and fog photographs. Sure, it's quite nippy, but the outcome is so worth it.

Munro Drive, Houghton

The top of Munro Drive in Houghton is the ideal spot to see the northern cityscape of Johannesburg. You won't be able to see the Johannesburg skyline from this point but you can definitely indulge your lens in some awesome shots of Sandton and Randburg. This is also a great spot for spring photography, so if you fear the cold make sure you go during the warmer months.

Delta Park

Delta Park is the perfect place to shoot if you're looking for a juxtaposition of the man-made city and mother nature in the city. On one hand you have the waterfall, small wildlife and birdlife and on the other is the Johannesburg buzz, views of the skyline and geographical contours that blend the two worlds quite seamlessly.

Melville Koppies

Here you can get some stunning shots of the autumn or winter sky that have a very noir effect to them. The rocky environment turns the whole experience into an adventure of its own, so not only will it be a photography excursion but also a mini hiking trip. From here you can also get a beautiful shot of the Johannesburg skyline. There's no getting over that beauty!

Inner-City Johannesburg

Inner City areas such as Newtown, Braamfontein and Maboneng always have awesome graffiti, street art and street style to photograph. If you don't want to capture an influx of people walking on the streets then autumn is the perfect time to snap in these areas. Plus, the grey weather will definitely enhance your photographs in a unique manner.

Northcliff Hill

Northcliff Hill will definitely be chilly in autumn and winter, however, you can also bask in the afternoon sun while snapping some cityscapes and winter flower stills on the hilltop. Round off the photographic afternoon with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of red wine, although we don't advise shooting and drinking – for your camera's sake.

Walter Sisulu Gardens

This is another scenic place in Johannesburg with a waterfall and stunning plant life. With its abundance of flora, we recommend you go early for the dew and sunrise images. Or you could go in the late afternoon for golden and sunset images, with the chance of catching its resident nesting eagles in full flight. Absolutely breathtaking.

Hartbeesport Dam

Hartbeesport Dam is a favourite for most photographers and photography students. It's perfect for a day's road trip to explore the dam, the partially deserted streets and the zoo to take in all the nature you can. You can even turn the venture into a weekend getaway!

Rietvlei Zoo Farm

This is another awesome spot to go to for the photography opportunities and the potential road trip and/or weekend getaway. The farm offers other fun activates, so you can really take full advantage of this and capture some great shots you would have otherwised missed on your own.

Zoo Lake

Although Zoo Lake is more popular for braais and socialising, when you go there to observe and appreciate nature, there are some hidden gems worth capturing and exhibiting. As with most of these venues, it's best to arrive before sunrise to capture the serenity of nature before the Johannesburg buzz begins.

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We are all aware of the fact that university fees are very high in South Africa, and that many varsity students – especially those who are not from Johannesburg – cannot afford accommodation while studying. From undergraduates living in homeless shelters to postgraduates working two jobs to keep a roof over their heads, finding a decent place to stay without breaking the bank is as important to the success of a degree as overpriced textbooks and attending lectures are. According to the City of Johannesburg, some 20% of Johannesburg residents live in abject poverty, and a big number of those are made up of varsity students.


This article is not about scholars without roofs over their heads but a rough guide to student accommodation in and around town. Joburg is a vibrant city with a rich and exciting nightlife, thanks to the two universities, UJ and WITS. A lot of businesses, such as the restaurants and coffee shops of Braamfontein and Melville, to name a few, rely on student occupancy. Because of such a high influx of students, which increases each year, accommodation is always in demand. After a quick search-engine investigation, one quickly notices that finding a place to stay is more daunting than one would expect. Reality is a bitter pill and a list of things should be taken into consideration, such as the distance needed to travel to and from varsity, general safety and the de facto tie breaker: price.


A student at UJ’s first choice would be one of the many residences situated around their Bunting Road, Doornfontein and Soweto Campuses. Monthly levies at these dormitories range from R1 000 to R5 000 per room which, in itself, is a staggering amount of money. Because on-campus accommodation prices are through the roof, many students turn to the private rental market. Rooms can be found on OLX from as little as R500 per month - the only problem is that many of these are shared rooms, leaving very little room for privacy and, in most cases, the cheaper the rent, the dodgier the area. One such example would be apartments and hostels situated in and around Brixton’s shopping district. Here, personal advertisements for student accommodation are taped to every other street lamp and electrical box. A more palatable option would be for students to look towards Westdene and Melville for a place to stay as the crime rate is lower, but the prices are higher. Everything from shared apartments above real estate agencies to beautiful garden cottages close to the dam can be found here and prices range from R1 350 to R4 600.


Those studying at WITS have it somewhat easier as rental properties within the city are cheaper, more spacious and, believe it or not, a lot safer. South Point, located on De Korte Street in Braamfontein, offers comfortable living within walking distance from WITS’ main campus. The only problem with this is, of course, that it’s fairly expensive. Alternatively, students have been known to live in communes in Hillbrow and surrounding areas ,which often works out very well. A two-bedroom flat can cost as little as R1 350 per month, and a top floor loft can be rented at around
R5 000, split between four people.


With the City of Johannesburg’s 20-year plan to link all neighbouring towns such as Roodepoort, Randburg and Sandton to the city with dedicated cycle lanes, student accommodation will become more accessible and readily available. But, until then, we’ll have to make use of the resources available such as contacting letting agents, scrounging around the web and searching through classifieds.

By Shawn Greyling

Are you a student? Where do you currently stay? Tell us in the comments section below.