Photo mirrors Soccer City stadium, which resembles an African food preparation pot, in Soweto just external of Johannesburg ~ above December 13, 2009. Football City stadion is the key venue for The FIFA 2010 people Cup, organized for the very first time in Africa, and also the stadion will organize the opened match between South Africa and Mexico as well as the human being Cup last match. AFP photograph / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

1. Traffic lights are referred to as "robots."

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Saying "turn left in ~ the robot" is an impressively futuristic-sounding direction.

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2. The name "Johannesburg" is too long, and so the city has actually a plethora of nicknames: Joburg, Jozi, eGoli ("City of Gold").

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3. The city was developed on yellow mines. Literally.

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The southern component of Johannesburg is dotted v "slag heaps" — odd yellow hills revealing the background of mines past. Some of them are good because that sandboarding.


4. Nelson Mandela leg is beautiful through night.

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5. In Yeoville, friend can try food from anywhere Africa.

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6. In ~ an hour and also a half of Johannesburg, you can be ~ above safari, watching lions and elephants and also rhinos, oh my...

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7. Woolworths still exist here, and it is the ideal thing ever.

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South Africans contact it "Woolies," and also it is a much cry native the five-and-dime stores of America"s past. In south Africa, Woolworths is an upscale grocery save chain v convenient, posh food.


8. Southern African hipsters. However not in a bad way.

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9. Highveld storms.

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Stunning thunder and also lightning storms fury over Johannesburg throughout the summer merganser season, sometimes for one hour a day. The best view is from the Ponte tower downtown.


10. Roadside feather duster vendors.

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11. Going out for a nice dinner and also several party of south African wine with friends won"t cost you an arm or a leg.

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12. The Gautrain bring away you come the airplane in 15 minutes.

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13. Johannesburg is sporty, in a post-colonial way.

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There"s soccer at football City, cricket at Wanderers and also rugby at Loftus in Pretoria just down the road.


14. Weekend industries in Braamfontein and also the Maboneng district revitalized areas of downtown.

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15. The newspaper sector is properly old school.

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With morning and evening editions! Newspaper hawkers in the street! Posters with the day"s many salacious headlines plastered in street lights!


16. Johannesburg is an African melt pot — a mix of human being from south Africa, the african continent, and around the world.

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17. Johannesburg"s most famous former resident.

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18. Metropolitan wildlife: spotted eagle owls, bushbabies, and also the ubiquitous hadeda ibis (no city lions, sorry).

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19. Johannesburg is a fashion capital, a hub for African designers, with motivating street styles.

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20. The sunset end the city skyline.

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21. And every November, Johannesburg transforms purple.

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Erin Conway-Smith is GlobalPost"s senior Correspondent for south Africa, based in Johannesburg. Follow her on Twitter:

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