Interesting facts about South Africa

Interesting facts about South Africa




National Research Centres

7 of SA's 8 national research councils are in Tshwane: The Scientific & Industrial Research; Human Sciences Research; Agricultural Research; National Research Foundation; Medical Research Institute; Veterinary Research Institute & SA Bureau of Standards



Historical attractions

Gauteng pays tribute to the heroes of the struggle for democracy in South Africa: These include the Apartheid Museum, Constitutional Hill, Lilliesleaf Farm, the Hector Peterson Memorial, Nelson Mandela House, Freedom Park and the Origins Centre.




The high speed Gautrain connects OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton and will get you there in 15 minutes, as well as to Pretoria, South Africa’s administration capital.


Tourism and Leisure


The Owl House

The Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda, created by the reclusive artist Helen Martins, is a fascinating world of concrete sculptures, fantastic figures and mythical beasts set around a house decorated with luminous paint and multi-coloured panes of glass.



World Design Capital

Cape Town holds the prestigious honour of having been chosen to be the World Design Capital of 2014, thus Cape Town will showcase how it has used design to reinvent itself and improve the economic, social and cultural lives of its residents.



Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau

The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau is a certified member of the BestCities Global Alliance, a partnership amongst top convention cities and happy to introduce you to highly qualified service providers that will ensure your event’s success.


Tourism and Leisure



Dinokeng is Gauteng’s only Big Five game reserve.




There are more than 130 foreign embassies based in the city of Tshwane.

Tourism and Leisure


Johannesburg/Cape Town flying time

The flight time between Johannesburg and Cape Town is about two hours.

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