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20 December 2009

THE 2010 FIFA World Cup provided the impetus for Government investment in infrastructure but ensures a lasting legacy, with a much improved inter-modal transport network as well as communications and power generation and supply capabilities.

Potential investors will be able to take advantage of the infrastructure developments, with Joburg playing a trend-setting role in developments and benefiting from Gauteng Province’s R40-billion boost for infrastructure.

Investment in infrastructure is not only building a world-class City and region, but also provides substantial investment opportunities, creates a more conducive business environment and promotes SA’s role in Africa and the global economy.

Developments include:
  • R1.2-billion Bus Rapid Transit system (Rea Vaya – ‘We are Going’ in Sesotho), for more info, go to Rea Vaya
  • High-speed rail transport system, the Gautrain, providing rapid transport between Johannesburg and Tshwane (Pretoria); Sandton CBD and the OR Tambo International Airport, for more info, go to Gautrain
  • R20-billion Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, involving upgrading of existing roads and building of new roads to improve accessibility and reduce congestion, for more info, go to the National Roads Agency, under Major Projects
  • Communications and bandwidth infrastructure projects, including:
    - the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), for more info, go to the EASSy site
    - SAT-3/WASC (West Africa Cable System), for more info, go to safe-sat3
    - Joburg’s public-private broadband network project to ensure Joburg is a digital smart City, for more info, click here
  • City’s plans to ensure sufficient power capability beyond 2010, catering for the City’s continued growth and power demands, for more info, go to city or

The Connected City

In addition to the above, Joburg’s rail and road network connects it to all the main cities and ports in the sub-continent. Click here  to see a larger map of main roads, rail and ports/terminals to the City.

The City’s air network includes Africa’s biggest and busiest freight and passenger hub, the OR Tambo International Airport, as well as Lanseria International Airportand Grand Central Airport.

The largest inland port in Africa and the largest container depot in SA, the City Deep Transport Logistics Hub, are found in Joburg.

Joburg is also home to the largest fresh produce market in Africa. The Joburg Market is located in City Deep, just 5km from the City’s central business district and 26km away from OR Tambo International Airport. The impressive 63-hectare property can be accessed from all the main freeways, drawing buyers from all over SA as well as from neighbouring countries, such as Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.


Joburg is the telecoms hub of South Africa, which ranks 23rd in telecommunications development in the world. The city hosts the headquarters of numerous local and international operations, and serves as the base for multi-nationals operating in the rest of the continent.

SA is the 4th fastest growing GSM (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) market globally and is growing at a rate of 50% per annum. SA has 83% penetration of mobile phones, with 34 million active handsets and 70% of these being data capable.

SA is also the continent’s dominant Internet centre, with a quarter of Africa’s users. Joburg-based companies are central to the Internet industry, with nine of the 12 major Internet Service Providers listed by the ISP Association based in Joburg.

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Last Updated on 18 January 2013