Gauteng, South Africa’s smallest yet most populated province, is known as The Place of Gold. Historically, this would have referred to the rich goldfields, but these days when the mines are almost exhausted it is commerce and business that glitters. Home to the largest stock exchange in Africa and many of the continent’s largest companies a well as Africa’s busiest airport, Gauteng is the nave in South Africa’s economy. Unfortunately, visitors rarely take enough time to explore this province. Fear of crime in Johannesburg, and the misconception that once you have seen Soweto and Sandton (and perhaps Union Buildings in Pretoria), you have seen all there is are notions that are much too common.
I have had a particularly quiet period right now (a full 2 months at home!), and used the time to explore further close to home. Daytrips and weekends away have filled up my diary. Would you believe me if I said that I have experienced culture and history, luxury accommodation and five star dining, adventure and the great outdoors? I have met people from all over the world, who have made Gauteng their home; tried their food and listened to their stories. I have soared high in the sky, and gone deep underground in caves and mines. I have stayed at quirky hostels and sumptuous five star hotels. And I have learned more about this adopted home country of mine through exploring art on the streets and in the galleries. Need I add that I had a mighty good time doing it?
Going forward, I am going to share many stories and places in Gauteng with you. Some you knew of, and some that you probably didn’t. Watch this space!