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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Gauteng?

Gauteng lies in the northeast of South Africa. A landlocked province, it southern border follows the Vaal River, which separates it from the Free State. Its other provincial neighbours are North West to the Wets, Limpopo to the north and Mpumalanga to the east. The major cities include Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of South Africa and the provincial capital, South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria, Vereeniging, Vanderbijl Park, Germiston and Krugersdorp.

How do I get to Gauteng?

You can fly in to OR Tambo International Airport, or to the smaller airports of Lanseria, Rand, Grand Central and Wonderboom. Alternatively, you can travel by bus, train or hired car.

How do I get around Gauteng?

Public transport systems in Gauteng are established in the form of bus services, trains and taxis, but these are not always formalised, as in the case of minibus taxi transport. Most tourists use private taxis and tour companies that are known to be safe, reasonable and reliable. Transport can generally be arranged through your hotel or guest house.

What is the time zone in Gauteng?

South African Standard Time, the time zone used by the whole country, is two hours ahead of co-ordinated universal time (UTC/GMT +2). Daylight saving time is not observed.

What are the phone dialling codes?

The international dialling code for South Africa is +27. The metropolitan municipalities of the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni (East Rand) use the 011 code, while the City of Tshwane (Greater Pretoria) and its surrounding towns can be reached by using the 012 prefix. For other codes, consult Telkom's list of dialling codes in South Africa.

What languages are spoken in Gauteng?

English is South Africa's lingua franca and most people in Gauteng speak it. The country's other official languages are Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga.

How large is Gauteng?

Its land area is 17 010 square kilometres (6 568 square miles)

What is its altitude?

1 500 metres (4 900 feet)

What's the weather like?

In summer, Johannesburg's maximum temperature is 26°C (79°F) and minimum 15°C (60°F); Pretoria's maximum is 29°C (84°F) and minimum 18°C (64°F). In winter, Johannesburg's maximum is 16°C (61°F) and minimum 4°C (39°F); Pretoria's maximum is 19°C (66°F) and minimum 5°C (41°F).

How many people live in Gauteng?

11.2-million

What currency is used?

The rand (sign R, code ZAR), made up of 100 cents (c)

On what side of the road do I drive?

On the left side of the road.

How much do I tip?

A service charge is not usually included in restaurants; a tip of 10% of the bill is standard, with exceptional service qualifying for 15%. Tipping of porters, taxi drivers and petrol attendants is common, but not obligatory.

What does "Gauteng" mean?

Gauteng is Sesotho for "place of gold".

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