A little over 100 years old, Joburg (as it is known by locals) still retains its gold rush roots, attracting people from across Africa and the world to its streets. A wise local summed it up neatly: 'If cities had profiles on a dating website, Joburg would be the one with the really great personality. That’s opposed to Cape Town - the gorgeous blonde in the bikini.'
The contrasts are everywhere: of shiny shopping malls and roadside craft; designer-label junkies and fast-talking car guards; old money and the flashy, minted-yesterday kind; hipsters and hustlers. One minute it’s all shiny elegance and, the next, rough grittiness.
Joburg can give you the warmest smile or flip you the bird.
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