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Christians are in the majority in South Africa, but there is a great deal of religious tolerance and diversity. Johannesburg has many places of worship and spiritual sites. Some are made of bricks and mortar while others are public spaces that on weekends are commissioned as 'houses' of worship. In suburbs like Yeoville and Hillbrow you can follow the sounds of the charismatic preachers from Nigeria and Cameroon who set up in backyards and under makeshift tarpaulins. The city also has many public parks that on weekends are commandeered by followers of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC), one of the largest African initiated churches in Southern Africa. You will see groups of people dressed in matching blue and white, green and white or khaki suits, a trademark silver star identifying their allegiance to the church. The Shembe Church, whose followers dress in white robes also commands millions of followers. Atop Yeoville Ridge different preachers mark out territory for worship as this is the highest green space in the inner city, believed to bring followers closer to their God.

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Chabad of Sandton

Chabad Place (off Hampton Court Rd), Gallo Manor
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Chabad Synagogue hosting Shabbat dinners.
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