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Johannesburg Quality of Life


When you compare with many other African cities, quality of life in Johannesburg is one of the best. Here are some parameters which indicate the quality of life in the city.

Johannesburg is the commercial, financial, and industrial centre of South Africa, and the country's major contributor to GDP (16 percent).


Johannesburg has major banks, and the major mining, insurance, construction, and retail companies. Johannesburg had one of the largest informal economies in the world, mostly run by street vendors, and traders.

As per a survey by Mastercard of the top 50 worldwide centers of commerce, Johannesburg was the only African city on Mastercard's list, ranking at 47.

Multinational companies in Johannesburg

Most of the major international companies like Google, IBM, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, have their headquarters in Johannesburg. This makes it attractive for those people that not only want to move to South Africa, but also work for one of the big multinationals.

Unemployment and other key parameters

The unemployment rate in Johannesburg is around 40 percent, according to the Gauteng Planning Commission.

The quality of life survey, which was conducted in 2012, found that 93% of households had access to piped water, and 91% of households had access to either a flush toilet or waterborne toilets. It found that 82% of Johannesburg residents were satisfied with water services, 79% were satisfied with sanitation, and 85% were satisfied with waste removal.


The survey shows that access to public transport in Johannesburg - where more than 75% of households live within a 10-minute walk of a public transport service - is "reasonably good". Although 81.1% of bus users are either "satisfied" or "very satisfied", the number of people making use of the service remains low.

The expansion of Rea Vaya, the City's Bus Rapid Transit system, will increase the popularity of public transport in years to come, says Fowler. The Quality of Life Survey shows some positive results in relation to billing. Fifty-one percent of Johannesburg residents were satisfied with the cost of municipal services, whereas 32% were dissatisfied. The rest were undecided.

Fifty percent of residents were satisfied with the quality of billing and 31% dissatisfied. These results were better for white residents (with 64% satisfied) than for African residents (with only 47% satisfied with their bills) and were better than for most other municipalities in Gauteng.

Standing in World Affairs

Johannesburg is widely recognized for its global leadership role on the issues of sustainable development and climate change. In 2014 the City will host the C40 Summit which brings together the leadership of the world's 59 largest cities to discuss progress and announce new initiatives to reduce dependency on carbon-based energy and promote the use of sustainable energy sources.

Future transport planning in Johannesburg will contribute to the broader objective of providing a sustainable urban environment. This can be achieved through:

- a shift to alternative fuels and new vehicle technologies;

- increase efficiencies and pricing strategies that will reduce traffic congestion and emissions;

- the restructuring of the urban form to get people out of their private cars; reduce trip numbers and encourage them to use safe, convenient and affordable public transport alternatives.

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