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Quick facts about Gauteng Province Print E-mail
05 November 2003

JOHANNESBURG is the provincial capital of Gauteng Province. The provincial government is one of the largest landowners in the CBD, occupying a number of office blocks that were once the domain of the private sector. The provincial legislature presides inside what was previously the City Hall building.

Gauteng (Sesotho for "place of gold") is South Africa's smallest province (17 000 square kilometres), but also the wealthiest and most densely populated. It includes most of the towns strung east to west along the gold reef, from Springs in the far East Rand to Randfontein in the west. It runs down to the Vaal River in the South, and just beyond South Africa's capital, Pretoria, in the north.

A fifth of the nation's population (8.8 million people) live in Gauteng. The province generates 34% of South Africa's GDP, and 9% of the GDP of the entire African continent. The manufacturing sector employs 600 000 people in 9 300 enterprises. Most of the country's major state, academic, research, mining, financial and commercial institutions have their headquarters here. The provincial economy is increasingly shifting away from heavy industrial products towards information technology and communications. Some 60% of South Africa's research and development takes place in Gauteng. Half the tourists who visit South Africa arrive via Gauteng, and spend at least three days in the province.

One of the provincial government's most important projects is called BlueIQ, which raises development money to encourage economic growth. Some R2 billion has already been allocated to development projects, including R300 million on inner city renewal projects in Johannesburg. Another ambitious provincial project is to create the country's first underground railway system, a high-speed rail connecting Johannesburg to Pretoria, to be completed by 2010.

Although the province is almost entirely urban (97% urbanised), it offers fertile land for agriculture, with South Africa's farming heartland, the "maize triangle", crossing into the province. Most of Gauteng's agricultural produce is consumed inside the province.

 


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