The Busi­ness End

Gauteng Business Travel Guide - - GAUTENG -

GAUT­ENG IS CON­SID­ERED by South Africans as the eco­nomic hub of the coun­try, mas­sively contributing to many sec­tors in the in­dus­try such as fi­nan­cial, man­u­fac­tur­ing, tech­nol­ogy, trans­port, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions as well as a wide va­ri­ety of oth­ers; while also host­ing nu­mer­ous large overseas com­pa­nies that are in need of a com­mer­cial base and a gate­way into African busi­ness.

Not only is Gaut­eng the eco­nomic hub of Africa, it is also home to the Johannesburg Stock Ex­change, the largest of its kind in Africa, mak­ing the prov­ince a par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive area to large busi­nesses and sim­i­larly ap­peal­ing as a busi­ness travel des­ti­na­tion. Min­ing was ac­tu­ally the foun­da­tion from which a large amount of eco­nomic prow­ess was formed, how­ever, in re­cent years the min­ing sec­tor’s im­por­tance has grad­u­ally be­gan to dwin­dle with other sec­tors tak­ing the lead to be­come the most sig­nif­i­cant to the econ­omy of the prov­ince. Johannesburg in par­tic­u­lar is a grow­ing hub for the me­dia, hous­ing sev­eral me­dia groups that own a num­ber of news­pa­per and magazine pub­li­ca­tions, with two of these pub­li­ca­tions be­ing In­de­pen­dent News­pa­pers and Naspers (Me­dia24). Along­side its bustling busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, Gaut­eng is be­com­ing a renowned cen­tre for learn­ing in South Africa, hous­ing many uni­ver­si­ties as well as a va­ri­ety of other higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

The prov­ince is not tra­di­tion­ally known as a tourist favourite - more of­ten than not it acts as a pass through point - which in many ways makes it the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for busi­ness travel. It is well con­nected and has just enough sights to see to keep you en­ter­tained in your free time.

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