Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and has the largest economy among all other metropolitan areas in Sub-Saharan Africa.Variously known as Jo’burg, Jozi or e Goli, Johannesburg is not only an important commercial center of the continent but in fact one of the best places to live and love in this part of the world.
Johannesburg includes Soweto, which was a separate city from the late 1970s until the 1990s.
Originally an acronym for "SOuth-WEstern TOwnships", Soweto originated as a collection of settlements on the outskirts of Johannesburg populated mostly by native African workers in the gold mining industry.
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While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa's three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa's constitution, and is the provincial capital of Gauteng.
The city is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of Southern Africa is to the east of the city and Lanseria International Airport to the west.
Eventually incorporated into Johannesburg, the apartheid government (in power 1948–1994) separated Soweto from the rest of Johannesburg to make it an entirely black-residents area.
The area called Lenasia has always been part of the City of Johannesburg.
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