Lifestyle and Shopping in Johannesburg

Expats relocating to the The ‘City of Gold’ will find plenty of attractions and activities to enjoy, it may just come as a surprise that the majority of what’s on is behind high walls and heavy gates.

Though what the city lacks in open, outdoor activity it makes up for with fabulous shopping opportunities, a vibrant nightlife and an eclectic mix of restaurants and eateries; Johannesburg also features good entertainment venues, unforgettable annual events, world-class sports facilities and luxurious spas.

With everything from designer boutiques and haute couture to bargain buys at local markets and department stores, Johannesburg has it all. The trendy Sandton City is a good place to start where everything can be found under one roof while the adjacent Mandela Square makes a fabulous refuelling centre to stop and people watch. On Sundays and public holidays head to the Rosebank Rooftop Market where just about everything can be found, or head to Northgate or Fourways Mall if shopping malls are your thing, while the Bruma Flea Market specialises in African souvenirs and crafts – perfect for decking out your new home.

Johannesburg has a lot of money with the nightlife to match so there’s no shortage of world-class clubs, discos, bars, cocktail lounges and theatres. For theatre and shows head to the Civic Theatre for a cultured night out, while those looking to shake a tail feather should spend a night out in the city centre round Orange Grove or Melville, while the posh suburbs of Hyde Park, Sandton and Melrose Arch ooze with plush clubs and expats shouldn’t be surprised if they bump into some local celebrities at these hangouts.

See and Do in Johannesburg

Expats relocating to Johannesburg are unlikely to be overwhelmed by the number of cultural and historical attractions on offer. Although there are some world-class sights – detailed below – an expat is more likely to visit malls than museums, and nurseries rather than nature reserves. All the more reason not to miss these essential Joburg attractions:

Start with a trip to the fascinating Apartheid Museum to learn more about South Africa’s troubled past and to shed some light on their new democratic home. Then step back even further in time to The Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO

World Heritage Site, where the first ancient fossil of human remains were found in 1947 in the Sterkfontein Caves.

Take a trip to Gold Reef City, especially for expats with children, where the history of the ‘gold-rush’ can be enjoyed in the park full of thrilling rides. Those looking to escape the hum drum of the city should pack a picnic and visit the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens for a day outdoors in truly beautiful surroundings. Visit the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in DeWildt for a closeup view of these endangered and fascinating animals, or venture a bit farther out and spend a day at Pilanesberg National Park, where you can see all of the Big Five from the comfort of your own car.

Newtown Cultural Precinct
The Newtown Cultural Precinct features a number of exciting attractions along its sidestreets and across its alleyways. The Market Theatre and the Museum Africa are both housed within a Victorian building in Bree Street. The South African Breweries Centre, which offers a tour detailing brewing history, is located on Presidents Street. Finally the Oriental Plaza, the commercial centre of the city’s Indian community, can be found on Jeppe Street.

Gold Reef City
An entertainment complex that will suit the whole
family, expats who have relocated to Johannesburg should be sure to pay Gold Reef City a visit to view what a Victorian version of the city would have looked like during the gold rush. Descend into a gold mine shaft, ride the amusement park theme rides, have fun in the casino or spend the night at the Victorian
Tel: 011 248 6800

Johannesburg Zoo
A great place to take a stroll, take the kids or just take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the city of gold. The Johannesburg Zoo is home to more than 3,000 species as well as the famed Big 5 for those who can’t always get out to the game reserves to view them in their natural habitats.
Tel: 011 646 2000

The Apartheid Museum
Take a glimpse into South Africa’s apartheid past to learn about the black oppression and the struggle that the native people went through. The heart-wrenching museum is not only disturbing, but also inspirational as it illustrates how far this unique and diverse country has come to reach democracy.
Tel: 011 309 4700

Hector Pieterson Memorial site and Museum
The iconic image of 12-year-old Hector Pieterson being carried through the streets of Soweto during the Soweto Uprising in 1976 is one that will be etched in the minds of many across the globe. The museum not only pays tribute to the little boy who died that day, but also fuses memorabilia, cultural history and modern technology – a must for any history buffs.
Tel: 011 536 0611

Cradle of Humankind and Maropeng Visitor Centre
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the place where the first fossil human remains were found in the Sterkfontein Caves back in 1947. ‘Mrs Ples’ is estimated to be between 2.6 and 2.8 million years old and the Maropeng Visitor Centre illustrates the evolution of humans, while others will enjoy a trip to the cave itself.
Tel: 011 956 6342 (Sterkfontein Cave); 011 957 0106 (Wonder Cave)

Constitution Hill
Expats will love taking a tour through the National Heritage Site of Constitution Hill where Old Fort Prison Complex tells the tortured tales of British soldiers in the Anglo Boer War, Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo and infamous murderess Daisy de Melker, and the Constitution Court makes a good ending to the story of the prisoners here who struggled to win basic rights and freedom.
Tel: 011 381 3100

Lion Park

The Lion Park, situated in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg, is a great place to get a close view of lions as well as cheetahs, wild dogs, and a range of antilopes. It offers good photo opportunities and you get a chance to feed giraffes and pet and play with lion cubs.

Tel: 011 691 9905

Soweto Tour

Soweto stands for SOuth WEstern TOwnships, another place rich with the history of South Africa’s struggle towards democracy. It is perfectly safe to visit Soweto attractions such as Mandela House or the Hector Pieterson Memorial on your own, but an official half-day or full-day Soweto tour will give you even fuller picture of Soweto’s past and present.

Tel: 011 463 3306

Montecasino Bird Gardens

After you’ve browsed the shops at Montecasino and perhaps enjoyed a nice lunch on the piazza, visit the Bird Gardens to see over 60 species of birds and take part in one of their educational activities for the whole family. And, to top it off, take the 15-minute balloon ride to soar over Johannesburg for some breathtaking views of the city and beyond.

Tel: 011 511 1864

Rosebank Rooftop Market

If it’s a Sunday, take your family and head to the hustle and bustle of Rosebank Rooftop Market, which, as the name suggests, is found on the roof of Rosebank Mall. Part flea market and part craft fair, you can buy everything there, from the hard-to-find spice for your kitchen cupboard to beautifully carved wooden masks, incense, or painted ostrich eggs.

Tel: 011 442 4488

Bryanston Organic Market

Similar to the Rosebank Rooftop Market, but on a much smaller scale and more relaxed, the Bryanston Organic Market features a wide variety of hand-crafted goods and organic food. A great place to take your visitors for African craft shopping, followed by a leisurely lunch with live music. Thursday and Saturday mornings.

Tel: 011 706 3671

Elephant Sanctuary

If you want to venture a bit outside of Johannesburg, take a day trip to Hartbeespoort Dam (one hour from Joburg) and visit the Elephant Sanctuary, where you get to touch, feed, and ride elephants that have been rescued and trained. Learn all about these amazing animals, and, if you dare, receive an elephant kiss!

Tel: 012 258 0423

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

Another attraction near Hartbeespoort Dam is the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre of De Wildt. During your

half-day tour you will learn a great deal about the challenges of breading cheetahs, wild dogs, and a variety of other endangered animals in captivity. You will also get to pet a cheetah, take a game drive to view the various animals, and watch the cheetahs run (morning tour only).

Tel: 012 504 9906

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg is only about two hours from Johannesburg (adjacent to Sun City) and a great way to view the Big Five if you don’t want to invest in a full-fledged safari (although there are also game lodges available). No bookings are necessary, day passes can be purchased at the gate (adults R45, children R20), and you drive though the game reserve in your own vehicle.

Tel: 014 555 1600

What’s on in Johannesburg

Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series

Enjoy a varied line-up of artists on a hot summer afternoon at the Botanic Garden. Each Encounters Concert showcases two or more artists from markedly different genres collaborating to create unique music performances. The open-air concerts cater for all music tastes, from jazz, folk, Afro-pop, to Hip Hop, rock, blues and choral encounters, and are a delightful way to absorb the beautiful surroundings and unwind. So grab your picnic basket, kids, friends or loved ones and come and join us. The concerts are very popular so we suggest you get there early to pick the best spot. See you there.
When: February (monthly thereafter)
Where: Emmarentia Dam, Botanic Gardens
Tel: +27 (0) 11 217 1738.


Saltimbanco by Cirque du Soleil

Ringmasters of circus entertainment, Cirque du Soleil will be visiting Johannesburg with their latest spectacle: Saltimbanco. This enthralling show blends incredible acts of athleticism and acrobatics with the troupe’s practised finesse and penchant for enchantment. Drawing inspiration from urban experience, the idiosyncrasies of city life are explored by an eclectic cast of trapeze artists, acrobats and contortionists, all drawing spectators into a fanciful, dreamlike world where diversity is a cause for hope.
When: March (only in 2011)
Where: Coca-Cola Dome
Tel: +27 (0) 11 794 5800

Jo’burg Art Fair

The Jo’burg Art Fair is exclusively devoted to African art and features pieces from local and international galleries, as well as photography, furniture, moving images and installations. Artists representing the galleries give free talks to ticket holders.
When: March
Where: Sandton Convention Centre
Tel: +27 (0) 11 779 0000

…and many other Things like The…

  • Inanda Club Family Fun Day and Polo Tournament

  • Rand Show

  • Sasol Bird Fair 2011

  • The Wine Show

  • International Fashion Sale

  • Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival

  • Getaway Show Johannesburg

  • more?


Restaurants in Johannesburg

With a plethora of restaurants suitable for business lunches, Johannesburg boasts plenty of upmarket eateries as well as plenty of others catering to the variety of different tastes this economic African hub demands.With everything from upmarket fancy restaurants to casual eateries and road-side food vendors, Joburg has it all. Rivonia, Sandton, Illovo and Melrose Arch are where the very swish and wealthy enjoy dining out, while more causal eateries can be found in Benoni and Parktown North.


Recommended restaurants in Johannesburg

An upmarket eatery specialising in local cuisine set in a trendy African theme.
Tel: 086 100 6696

One of Johannesburg’s most loved eatery, local and international celebrities and dignitaries have dined at Gramadoelas where authentic and delicious local cuisine is the order of the day.
Tel: 011 838 6960

A cosy family-run Italian restaurant serving delicious cuisine in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Tel: 011 268 1370

Al Dente
Serving authentic homemade Italian fare, Al Dente is popular with both locals and foreigners and never disappoints.
Tel: 011 783 9989

The stylish steakhouse is
the place to go in Johannesburg for a delicious and perfectly cooked steak served in a relaxed and romantic atmosphere.
Tel: 011 880 2470

Turtle Creek
This wine bar and restaurant is located in the trendy Sandton suburb and specialised in Mediterranean cuisine.
Tel: 011 884 0465

Browns of Rivonia
For exclusive fine dining look no further! Mouth-watering international cuisine served in stylish and sophisticated setting.

Tel: 011 803 7533

Montego Bay
A trendy eatery popular with locals serving delicious seafood and featuring an oyster and sushi bar.
Tel: 011 883 6407

Chic seafood eatery located near Rosebank Mall and serving some seriously good cocktails.
Tel: 011 447 9188


Cool Runnings
Jamaican-style eatery serving delicious Caribbean-inspired food in a seriously relaxed and irie atmosphere.
Tel: 011 482 4786

Accommodation in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is a big city and making the right decision regarding you living arrangement is crucial. The two main commercial areas for expats are the city centre, where mining, commerce and government are centred, and Sandton, where many industries, including financial services and media, are located.

Remember that public transport is not a viable option so getting from home to office entails driving yourself on Johannesburg’s congested roads. It is not uncommon for locals to spend up to 3 hours per day in rush hour traffic – hence expats choosing a residential area are well advised to find somewhere close to their place of work and/or the children’s school.

Many expats choose to live in townhouses within secure, cluster developments. Depending on area, you can expect to pay from R1 to 5 million for one of these. Initially, you may want to rent furnished accommodation and can expect to pay from R5,000 to R15,000 per month for a 3-bedroom apartment or house.

City Centre

Very few expats choose to live in the city centre, although there are some good areas worth considering. Newtown and Braamfontein are at the centre of the city’s urban regeneration and are close to a wealth of cultural attractions. Avoid the inner-city urban jungle of Hillbrow and Berea though, as these areas are not safe. To the east of the city centre Yeoville and Melville are home to hipsters and edgy urban dwellers, while Observatory is pleasant and leafy, offering large houses with good views over the city.

Northern Suburbs

Just to the north of the city centre are the historic suburbs of Parktown and Westcliff, home to some of the city’s best addresses and three of its best schools: King Edwards, Parktown High and St John’s College. Further north are the popular residential areas of Rosebank, Norwood and Melrose. Amidst these are Saxonwold and Houghton where some of Johannesburg’s most expensive and palatial properties are located, including Nelson Mandela’s residence.

Northwestern suburbs

Some of the city’s most attractive residential pockets can be found in and around Greenside, Parktown North and Parkhurst. There is plenty of greenery here, and an explosion of boutique stores, restaurants and chic little cafés.


Sandton and beyond

The far northern suburbs are headlined by Sandton, which is one of the most popular areas for expat relocations. Properties aren’t cheap, but they tend to be secure and close to the lifestyle amenities and business headquarters located around Sandton City. Nearby Hyde Park and Sandown are luxurious suburbs home to expansive mansions. Further north of the burgeoning Sandton metropol, and offering better value, are Fourways, Randburg and Midrand – the latter equidistant to Pretoria. These areas are largely composed of vast clusters of faux-Tuscan style housing.

Working in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the commercial centre of South Africa and home to its core industries, including mining, finance and telecommunications. The work environment is extremely competitive, aggressive and demanding.

If looking to advance your career or gain experience in reputable, well-managed organisations there’s no better South African city to settle in.

Johannesburg has an incredibly high rate of unemployment and many locals migrate to the centre in order to find jobs, although the majority of these individuals are unskilled and uneducated. Within the professional world, however, there is underemployment – and hence plenty of demand and opportunities for skilled workers.

Another aspect that expats will need to learn to negotiate is the government policy of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). This initiative was put into place to redress economic imbalances created by Apartheid policies. BEE ensures preferred treatment for businesses with black ownership, and rewards the recruitment of black employees. If you have been relocated to Johannesburg by your company, BEE will not affect you, but if you are seeking work here it may limit your prospects.

The best approach to finding a suitable position is to be resourceful and to tap into as many word-of-mouth networks as possible.

Contact the local Chamber of Commerce for a business directory and approach decision-makers within the listed companies with ways in which you can benefit their firm. Network with other members of the already established expat communities within the city; there is often a spirit of understood camaraderie here where foreign nationals are more than willing to assist each other whenever possible.

Alternatively, Gumtree and Bizcommunity are well-respected online job recruitment sites. While Gumtree is a general site, Bizcommunity focuses on public relations, marketing, advertising and media job opportunities.

The Mail and Guardian, the nation’s most reputable newspaper, also lists jobs opportunities as does the Sunday Times. The Mail and Guardian is released weekly on Fridays and the Sunday Times weekly on Sunday.

You are required to have a work visa to be valid for employment. This can be applied for at the South African consulate in your country or at the Department of Home Affairs in Johannesburg or Pretoria.

Hotels in Joburg:

The Westcliff by Orient-Express, Johannesburg, 5 Sterne

Travellers’ Choice™ 2012 Gewinner Luxus

“Eine Traumoase – mitten in der Stadt und doch unglaublich ruhig”

Das Westcliff bietet unglaublichen Komfort und großzügigkeit und ist dennoch sehr Zentral gelegen in Johannesburg.

Die Zimmer sind traditionell Oriental eingerichtet, passend zur Hotellkette Orient Express, zu der auch der Zug gehört. Wunderschöne Badezimmerarmaturen und Marmorfliesen im Bad stehen ebenso für ein Hotelerlebnis, wie das urgemütliche Bett, die 2 Ohrensessel im Zimmer und der ausfahrbare Fernsehtisch.

Das Hotel ist eher ein kleines Dorf als ein Hotel. Unten an der Rezeption wird man standesgemäß begrüßt und nach dem Checkin selbstverständlich in die bis zu 40 meter Höher gelegene Residenz (das eigene Zimmer) gefahren. Man kann auch laufen, aber das könnte anstrengender werden als man denkt, zumal Jo’Burg auf über 1000 Meter über dem Meer liegt.

Auf mittlerer Ebene (das Hotel liegt am Berghang) findet sich das Restaurant, bzw. die Restaurants und die Dachterrasse sowie der Infinity Pool mit Blick über den Johannesburg Zoo. Ein unglaubliches Erlebnis in diesem Pool zu Schwimmen, besonders bei Sonnenuntergang empfehlenswert.

Die Schlafqualität in diesen himmlischen Betten ist sehr gut. Ich habe selten besser geschlafen.

Dieses Hotel ist absolut empfehlenswert!

Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa, 5 Sterne


Ein Traum! Sicherlich eines der Top5-Boutique Hotels weltweit. Gelegen in Sandhurst, einem sehr sicheren Villen-Vorort in Johannesburg , auf einem von hohen Mauern umgebenen weitläufigen, parkähnlichen Grundstück. Sehr geschichtsträchtig-hier hat Nelson Mandela für ca 6 Monate gelebt nach seiner Freilassung aus dem Gefängnis-auf Einladung des Hauseigentümers- und hat hier sein berühmtes Buch “Der Lange Weg zur Freiheit” zuende geschrieben. Phantastische Suiten, in der kleinsten version ca 74 qm mit allem erdenklichen Luxus ausgestattet. Butlerservice, Molton Brown Bad-Serie, Flatsreen von Bang-Olufsen- wirklich alles vom feinsten. Das gesamte Haus ist mit unzähligen zeitgenössischen und afrikanischen Kunstwerken und Bildern dekoriert.Zur Begrüßung eine Flasche südafrikanischer Champagner. Kostenfreie Minibar. Frühstückbuffet mit Austern, die Wurst und Fischköstlichkeiten werden mit grünen Blättern abgedeckt, damit sie keine trockenen Ränder bekommen! Sehr umsichtig! Extrem leckere Kücke, sehr vernünftiges Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis und keinesfalls teurer als gehobene Hotel-Gastronomie in Europa, eher günstiger, vor allem Getränke!


African Pride Melrose Arch, 5 Sterne

Travellers’ Choice™ 2012 Gewinner Trend


Tolles Hotel in Johannesburg. Sehr gut und sicher gelegen in im neu erstellen Melrose Arch Quartier, nur ca. 10 Minuten von Sandton Mall entfernt. Neue Shopping Mall in walking distance. Hat gegen den Innenhof einen tollen Pool zum relaxen. Personal sehr freundlich, nicht immer top ausgebildet. Frühstückbuffet ist sehr reichhaltig. Am Abend schöne Terrasse zum chillen. Hier trifft sich “Top of Johannesburg”.Hatte eine Junior Suite, ideal für Meetings.


Lifestyle of South African People

South Africa is a breathtakingly beautiful country with a culturally diverse people and a wide variety of activities and attractions to enjoy. The lifestyle of South Africans changes according to their income, their geographical position and their preferences, but in general South Africans are fun-loving and laid back. This is a place where visitors almost always feel instantly at home as friendly faces welcome them and the ever burgeoning economy keeps expanding to meet their needs.

So what sort of lifestyle activities can you expect to enjoy in South Africa? During the day you can choose between a number of massive shopping malls complete with cinema complexes, excellent restaurants, delightful theme parks and a wonderful variety of natural and historical attractions. If you are near the coast, you can also enjoy the surf and sand – usually under the watchful eye of qualified life guards – as well as participate in a number of water activities. And because South Africa is a place where the weather is good and there is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, there are a wide variety of great activities to enjoy. Indeed, virtually every activity imaginable is available in various parts of the country. You can enjoy horseback riding, sand boarding, kite surfing, paragliding, hang gilding, skate boarding, surfing, 4×4 trails, snow skiing, rock climbing, abseiling, quad biking, mountain biking, shark cage diving and much, much more.

When the sun sets in a dazzling array of colors, you will find that there are literally hundreds of bars and clubs available which cater to all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a post-work drink on a Friday evening, or a casual Sunday afternoon cocktail, you’ll find exactly what you are looking for. Restaurants offer a variety of exotic dishes and traditional cuisine so that you can not only satisfy your appetite, but also your sense of taste. And after a relaxing drink and some fine food, you’ll find that the nightlife scene in South Africa doesn’t disappoint!

So come and experience the wonderfully relaxed atmosphere in South Africa. Hospitality is a part of the culture here and you will find that most of the people are friendly and the climate is welcoming. All of this makes for an unforgettable experience, so book now and enjoy your holiday is South Africa!

Immobilien in Johannesburg

Immobilienerwerb in Südafrika- eine hervorragende Investition!

Im Jahr 1999 lag der durchschnittliche Verkaufspreis für Einfamilienhäuser in Südafrika bei R218 000.
Nur fünf Jahre später ist dieser bereits auf R500 000 angestiegen und wird laut Voraussage der Absa Hausbank in den nächsten Jahren um weitere 22,3% pro Jahr ansteigen.

Liest man die hiesigen Fachzeitungen, so wird man mit vielen unterschiedlichen Expertenmeinungen über die Zukunft des südafrikanischen Immobilienmarktes konfrontiert. Es fällt schwer, die korrekten Informationen auszusondern. So gibt es beispielsweise einige, die Konspirationen vermuten und von gierigen Kapitalisten berichten, welche den Markt manipulieren. Andere begründen den Anstieg der Immobilienpreise mit der steigenden Nachfrage ausländischer Investoren, der es angeblich für Südafrikaner schwierig macht, Immobilieneigentum zu erwerben. Auf der anderen Seite gibt es viele Eigentümer, welche ihre Immobilien verkaufen, weil sie “gehört” haben, dass die Immobilienpreise
bereits den Höchststand erreicht haben und nach dem vorausgesagten Anstieg der Zinsen am Ende diesen Jahres rapide fallen werden. Aber gemäss grundlegenden fundierten lokalen und internationalen Daten sind diese Einschätzungen allesamt falsch.

Es wird erwartet, dass der durchschnittliche Verkaufspreis für Einfamilienhäuser in dem Zeitraum zwischen 2008 und 2010 R1 000 000 erreichen wird – und das wird noch nicht das Ende sein!

Die Immobilienpreise in Südafrika sind immernoch die Niedrigsten der Welt. Ein durchschnittliches 2-Zimmer Appartment in London kostete im letzten Jahr beispielsweise R6 Mio, in Toronto lag dieser Preis bei R2,4 Mio und in Madrid bei R2,7 Mio. Dagegen lag der Verkaufspreis in Johannesburg bei R360 000 (vgl. nachfolgende Graphik):

Einige mögen anmerken, dass dieser Vergleich unangemessen erscheint, bezieht man die lokalen
Kaufkraftunterschiede nicht mit ein. Aber wenn diese Daten mit einbezogen werden, erscheinen die
Ergebnisse umso überzeugender.

Die jüngste PE Corporate Services Studie zeigt, dass ein leitender Angestellter in Südafrika im Durchschnitt R670 000/Jahr verdient, verglichen mit einem Einkommen in Höhe von R1,05 Mio. in Belgien und R940 000 in Frankreich. Ein durchschnittliches 2-Zimmer-Appartment in Brüssel kostet den Belgier (US)$149 000 (R970 000), also 92% seines Jahreseinkommens. Einen Franzosen kostet das gleiche Apartment R3 Mio, also 320% seines Jahreseinkommens. Im Vergleich dazu zahlt der Südafrikaner für ein Appartment in Johannesburg nur R360 000, welches gerade 52% seines
Jahreseinkommens beträgt.

Diese Daten machen ebenfalls deutlich, dass Südafrika das einzige Land ist, in welchem einem leitenden Angestellten eine Summe in Höhe von 109% seiner Lebenshaltungskosten nach Abzug dieser verbleibt. Die Kaufkraft in den anderen Ländern liegt bei weniger als der Hälfte des Südafrikaners ausgenommen Australien (70%). Südafrikaner haben ebenfalls ein höheres Nettoeinkommen als Belgier, Franzosen, Niederländer und US-Amerikaner.

“Die Financial Mail ist nicht in der Lage einen einzigen Indikator zu finden, welcher belegen würde, dass die Immobilienpreise in absehbarer Zeit sinken werden. Im Gegenteil- aufgrund des vorhergesagten weiteren Wertanstieges können Immobilieneigentümer dem vorhergesagten Anstieg der Zinsraten im nächsten Frühjahr von derzeit 11,5% auf 13% gleichgültig gegenüber stehen.” (Financial Mail, April 16 2004, S. 48)

Seit den Warnungen über Zinssteigerungen im letzten Jahr, konnte kein Rückgang der Nachfrage verzeichnet werden. Diese Nachfragestabilität weist auf eine langfristig konstante Entwicklung des Immobilienmarktes hin.

Aber wie lange und wie weit werden die Preise ansteigen?

Expertenmeinungen zufolge liegt ein 8-Jahreszeitraum vor uns, in welchem der Immobilienmarkt nicht besonders von dem starken Rand oder dem Anstieg der Zinsen beeinflusst werden wird. Einige sehen sogar noch zusätzliche positive Effekte durch die im Jahr 2010 stattfindende Fussball-Weltmeisterschaft in Südafrika. Wenn die Immobilienpreise weiter um 20% pro Jahr ansteigen, wird der durchschnittliche Einfamilienhauspreis im Jahr 2008 bei R1 Mio. liegen – und dies wird immernoch der günstigste Immobilienpreis der Welt sein!

Villa in Eco Estate for sale

Preis: R 3.700.000

Adresse: Westkap, Südafrika

• Mossel Bay, along the Garden Route of South Africa, boasts with the most temperate climate in the country. The Garden Route is well-known for it’s natural beaty.

A 360 degree Virtual tour can be viewed at the following link s/Nautilus360/Nautilus360.html.

• Breath-taking sea view from just about anywhere in the house.

• 4 Double rooms – all have en-suite bathroom and sea view

• Study

• Open-plan kitchen and dining room, which leads out onto the balcony.

• Separate wash and laundry room

• Designer kitchen with high quality finishes (value ±R500 000)

• Lounge / TV Room

• Glass folding-and-stacking panels which open up between the dining/living room onto the balcony.

• Double garage with automated doors (has tiled floor with 2 sliding doors which lead to the garden – garage can be converted into a games room later)

• Gymnasium

• Heated swimming pool with automated cover and additional water feature

• Outdoor barbeque area

• Centralised vacuum system

• Air-con

• Solid wood floors

• Jacuzzi with a sea view

• Insect screens on all sliding doors and windows of bedrooms

• Automated irrigation system in garden

• Alarm system


Preis: R 3.661.186

Adresse: Westkap, Südafrika

Clanwilliam – Western Cape-
Expertly designed and masterfully built thatch roof residence adjacent to and overlooking Clanwilliam Dam with unobstructed views, this property is only three years old and close to the village. Quality finishes and fittings throughout, its immediate aesthetic appeal coupled with the skillful use of natural building materials and the low-maintenance characteristics of the entire property, make this in an ideal family home or an optimal peaceful holiday hideaway, particularly for the boating enthusiast, the nature lover and for those searching for peace and tranquility. This property is defined by beauty, charm,
1. Erf Size: 1118m2
2. Footprint area of House: 160.25m2
3. Footprint of verandahs: 42m2
4. Total Footprint of House: 222.28m2
5. Area of Ground Floor: 160.25m2
6. Area of First Floor: 94.90m2
Total Plan Area of House: 255.16m

Shopping in Johannesburg

Gute Einkaufscentern und erlesene Geschäfte gibt es in Johannesburg mehr als irgendwo anders in Südafrika, in den Sie fast alles fast alles finden was Ihr Herz wünscht.

Im folgenden möchten wir Ihnen einige interessante Einkaufsmöglichkeiten nennen:

African Herbalist’s Shop, Innenstadt, ständig überfüllter Laden für Heilmittel

– Charlton Centre, Innenstadt

– Hyde Park Corner, in Johannesburg

– Oriental Bazar, Innenstadt, an den etwa 250 Ständen bekommen Sie alle Waren des Orients

– Randburgs Waterfront, in Randburg nördlich von Johannesburg

– Rosebank Mall, in Rosebank nördlich von Johannesburg

– Nelson Mandela Square (vorm. Sandton City), in Sandton nördlich von Johannesburg

– Sandton Village Walk, in Sandton nördlich von Johannesburg

– Smal Street, Innenstadt

– The Firs, in Rosebank nördlich von Johannesburg

Randburg und Sandton bei Johannesburg


Die beiden beliebten, nördlichen Nobelvororte von Johannesburgs bieten – für den der es sich leisten kann – alle Annehmlichkeiten.

In den Villen – mit hohen Mauern – hat sich die Johannesburger wohlhabende Gesellschaft niedergelassen.

Randburg und auch Sandton bieten aber auch hervorragende Einkaufszentren und Vergnügungsviertel.

Sandton City / Nelson Mandela Square

Das schicke Sandton City zählt eleganteste Shopping-Center der südlichen Halbkugel und es beherbergt hervorragende Boutiquen, Juweliere, Geschäfte mit afrikanischer Kunst,  Lederwaren und für allgemeine Geschenkartikel. Aufgelockert wir das ganze durch einen riesigen Kinoplast mit 12 Kinos und 22 hervorragenden Restaurants und Cafes. Seit März 2004 trägt das Shopping-Center den Namen Nelson Mandela Square.

Village Walk

Dieses Einkauf-Center liegt ebenfalls in Sandton, unweit des Sandton City Center, und beherbergt ebenfalls einige Kinos, verschiedenste Spezialitätengeschäfte und einige Restaurants.

Randburg Waterfront

Johannesburg liegt nicht am Meer, aber die Sehnsucht dort hin ist groß und so hat man vor einigen Jahren, mit hohen Aufwand, den Juskei River zu einem kleinen See angestaut. An dessen Ufern errichtete man, ganz nach dem Vorbild von Kapstadt, eine kleines Hafenviertel und das Ergebnis ist gar nicht so schlecht. Hochseedampfer sind hier nicht in sichtweite, aber ein Ausflug mit einem Ruder- oder Tretboot bieten die anderen Waterfronten Südafrikas nicht!

In der Waterfront gibt es heute mehr als 350 Geschäfte und Stände, mehrere Kinos und 50 Restaurants, Cafes und Bars.

Johannesburg Shopping, Johannesburg

Johannesburg is any shoppers dream destination! There is something here for everyone. No matter what you looking for, you will always find it in a Johannesburg shopping mall. Johannesburg is well known for its superb shopping facilities and shopping is one thing that no other city in the country can offer like Johannesburg does.

From the upmarket Sandton Shopping Centre and Nelson Mandela Square to the fun Oriental Plaza and not to be missed Rosebank Flea Market, Johannesburg is definitely a shopper’s paradise. Johannesburg shopping malls offer superior quality merchandise, entertainment and are unique lifestyle destinations. Towards the South of the city you will find The Southgate Mall, The Glen and the Dobsonville Shopping Centre. The Southgate Mall is one of South Africa’s top 10 malls in terms of size and has long served the nearby city of Soweto. Southgate has the largest complement of furniture stores in the region. Dobsonville Shopping Centre is the first major shopping complex in Soweto and is seen as a symbol of economic development in the area.

Towards the East of the city you will find the Eastgate Mall. This mall is ideally situated within easy distance of the OR Tambo International Airport and the Johannesburg city centre. It houses over 250 stores full of exciting merchandise. Then we go North. Here you will find the Cresta, Fourways Crossing, Fourways Mall, Hyde Park Corner, Killarney Mall, Melrose Arch, Monte casino, Nelson Mandela Square, Northgate, Sandton City, The Mall of Rosebank and Village Walk.

Cresta Mall is one of Jo’burgs largest shopping complexes, boasting a diversity of stores ranging from supermarkets and clothing to cozy coffee shops and movie theatres. The Hyde Park Corner was completed in November 1969, and was one of the first fully enclosed decentralized shopping centres developed in South Africa. Situated in the heart of the northern suburbs, Hyde Park Corner boasts 130 top-quality speciality stores, many of which are international brands.

Killarney Mall is one of Johannesburg’s most established shopping centres and was the first shopping centre to be opened in the city in 1961. this fantastic mall is known as the city’s best-kept secrets. Its unpretentious yet posh, ultra-stylish yet under-stated and modern. For those who enjoy late night shopping then visit the Montecasino. Late-night shopping is a unique feature and clothing, jewellery and African curios are the most popular products. There is plenty of entertainment, including cinemas, a theatre as well as a casino.

Nelson Mandela Square is also truly spectacular. From designer boutiques and world-class cuisine to local curios and cozy coffee shops, this square encapsulates a lifestyle that takes good taste to new levels. One can take in a show at the Liberty Theatre on the Square, cast your eye across works of art in one of the galleries or simply sit back and enjoy a meal at one of many renowned restaurants. Sandton City is one of those malls where one just cannot resist spending. Its absolutely superb, beautifully decorated, well designed and is one of Johannesburg’s most upmarket malls. When you happen to visit Johannesburg, do not miss visiting this grand mall.

To the West of the city you will find the Clearwater Mall, and Westgate. Both offer a diverse shopping and entertainment experience. Lastly, we hit the city centre. Here you will find the Oriental Plaza and Carlton Centre. The Oriental Plaza is known for its exotic variety of fabrics sold at discount prices. Carlton Centre is in the city’s towering 50-storey skyscraper known as one of the most popular landmarks in Johannesburg.

In Johannesburg one can truly experience a fabulous shopping escapade. All malls are uniquely designed and beautifully decorated. With so many shops and malls to choose from, where will you go first?

Mandela Square, Sandton

Situated in the heart of Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Square is surrounded by world-class hotels and restaurants. The popular Sandton City Shopping Centre is adjacent to Mandela Square.

The Square made headlines when, commemorating South Africa’s first decade of democracy, a specially donated six metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela had been unveiled, and the square aptly renamed Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City. The statue was sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane and weighs over 2.5 tons measuring 2.3 metres from elbow to elbow. The shoulders of the statue are 1.7 metres in width and the shoes are 1 metre in length.

The intention of this statue is not only to honour the former president’s vision of a free and just South Africa, but also to create a focal point where local and foreign tourists can reflect over the events that led to the creation of the Rainbow Nation. Here, you will always see tourists desperately trying to get a photo of themselves standing next to this tall statue.

An already fashionable area with its sidewalk cafes, fine dining and some 93 exclusive shops, Nelson Mandela Square has become one of the most popular venues in South Africa. Its prime location in the heart of Sandton allows easy access to the financial district, the Sandton Convention Centre, superlative hotels and Sandton City’s 295 spectacular shops. The Square was designed to bring to life an Italian styled piazza under the African sky. For a shopping delight, a gastronomic experience at any one of the world class restaurants or just a historical learning experience, a trip to Nelson Mandela Square is an absolute must! Whatever your reason for visiting Johannesburg, experience Nelson Mandela Square.

Einkaufen in Johannesburg

Johannesburg ist ein Shopping-Paradies. Von Designer-Boutiquen, Weltklasse-Küche auf lokale Kuriositäten und gemütliche Cafés, Johannesburg Einkaufszentren bieten eine überragende Qualität Waren-, Unterhaltungs-und Lifestyle-Destinationen sind einzigartig.

Unten finden Sie eine Liste von einigen der Einkaufszentren, die sich rund um die Stadt:

  • Sandton City – befindet sich in Sandton der renommierten Central Business District.

  • Sandton Square – Rivonia Road, Sandton

  • Hyde Park Corner – Jan Smuts, Hyde Park

  • Mall of Rosebank – Cnr Cradock Baker und Strassen, Rosebank

  • Die Zone @ Rosebank – Oxford Road, Rosebank

  • Cresta – Beyers Naudé Drive, Northcliff

  • Northgate – Cnr Olievenhout und Northumberland Straßen, Northriding

  • Fourways Mall – Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Sandton

  • Fourways Crossing – Cnr William Nicol Drive und Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Sandton

  • Eastgate – Bradford Road, Bedfordview

  • Southgate Mall – Cnr Columbine und Rifle Range Straßen, Mondeor

  • The Glen – Cnr Letaba und Orpen Road, Oakdene

Johannesburg Handwerk Märkte mit afrikanischen Masken und Skulpturen aus Holz, sowie eine Vielzahl von anderen indigenen Objektevon überall in Afrika. Hier finden Sie auch Kleidung, Keramik, Sammlerstücke, Second-Hand-Bücher und Schmuck, und billig massenhaft produzierten Waren. Einige der bekannten Flohmärkte sind unten aufgeführt.

  • Bruma Lake Flohmarkt auf Bruma Lake

  • Bastler Markt auf Fourways Crossing, Fourways in Sandton

  • East Rand Flohmarkt am Rand North Road, Boksburg

  • Flohmarkt World 164 Louis Botha Ave in Houghton Estate

  • Hillfox Markt an der Hillfox Power Center, in Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort

  • Theater Markt Flohmarkt in Newtown Cultural Precinct, Bree St, Johannesburg zentralen

  • Rivonia Markt in Rivonia Blvrd, Rivonia, Sandton

  • Dach in der Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Ave, Rosebank, Sandton

Shopping Places

Sandton City Shopping Centre
befindet sich in Sandton der renommierten Central Business District.
Adresse: Fifth Street
Telefon: +27 11 217 6000
Fax: +27 11 883 0978
Website: http: / /

Hyde Park Corner
Hyde Park Corner ist das erste vollständig geschlossenen dezentralen Einkaufs-Zentrum in Südafrika. Das Hotel liegt im Herzen des nördlichen Vororten, es beherbergt 130 Top Spezialität Geschäfte sowie ein Supermarkt und ein Kino-Komplex
Adresse: Jan Smuts Avenue
Hyde Park
Telefon: 011 325 4340
Fax: 011 325 4966

Melrose Arch
Exklusive Geschäfte oder Produkte und verspricht High Street Shopping und eine Vielzahl von Cafés und Restaurants. Ein Favorit ist Kakao Diva, ein Geschenk-Shop spezialisiert in importierten Schokolade.
Adresse: Melrose Boulevard
(Eingang aus Corlett Drive und Athol Oaklands Road)
Telefon: 011 684 0000
Fax: 011 684 0001

Late-Night-Shopping ist ein einzigartiges Spiel-und Bekleidung, Schmuck und Kuriositäten in Afrika sind die beliebtesten Produkte. Unterhaltung, auch Kinos, ein Theater und ein Kasino.
Adresse: Cnr William Nicol Dr.ive und Witkoppen Road
Telefon: 011 510 7777
Fax: 011 510 7070

Nelson Mandela Square
Funktionen der Liberty Theater auf dem Platz, Kunstgalerien und einer Vielzahl von Restaurants.
Adresse: Rivonia Road
Telefon: 011 217 6045 / 6
Fax: 011 784 2733

Oriental Plaza
The Oriental Plaza ist ähnlich östlichen Märkten, ohne feste Preise. Lokale und internationale Marken sind auch zu reduzierten Preisen verkauft.
Adresse: Bree Street
Telefon: 011 838 6752 / 3
Fax: 011 836 4674

Die erste große Einkaufszentrum in Soweto, Dobsonville Einkaufszentrum Häuser großen Kaufhäusern und Einzelhandelsketten beliebt.
Adresse: 75 Mercy Park
Telefon: 011 988 9484
Fax: 011 988 9483

Ngwenya Glas Village
Es gibt 12 Geschäfte und das Restaurant, Zest.
Adresse: Shady Lane, aus Diepsloot R114
Telefon: 011 957 3180

Theater Markt Flohmarkt
Samstags 9 – 4pm Die “Original-Flohmarkt” am Newtown Cultural Precinct in der Innenstadt.
Adresse: Newtown Cultural Precinct
Bree St
Telefon: 011 832 1641

Michael Berg Organic Village Market
Donnerstag von 9 Uhr bis 1pm und Samstag von 9 Uhr bis 2pm Alle Produkte sind handgefertigt oder ökologisch erzeugt.
Adresse: Cnr Bryanston und Culross Rd
Telefon: 011 706 3671

Bruma Lake Flohmarkt
Dienstag-Sonntag von 9.30 bis 5pm Umfangreiche Markt, in der Nähe von the Eastgate Shopping-Mall und bietet alles, von Kleidung bis hin zu Kunsthandwerk.
Adresse: Cnr Ernest Oppenheimer und Marcia Ave
Telefon: 011 622 9648

Rooftop Market
Geöffnet: Sonn-und Feiertage 9.30 – 5pm dem Dach Markt wird von vielen als Südafrika die beste Flohmarkt, bevormundet von Einheimischen als auch Touristen.
Adresse: Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Ave
Telefon: 011 442 4488