In the seSotho languages 'Gauteng' means 'Place of Gold', which is appropriate as the province has its economic and historic roots in the thriving gold industry that was sparked off by the discovery of gold in Johannesburg in 1886.
The province has a highly developed transport and communications infrastructure, excellent financial institutions and a well-serviced urban environment. Although it is highly urbanised, there are also several natural tourist attractions. A significant portion of South Africa's past is manifested in the province where sites such as the Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument and more recently, the Newton Cultural Precinct in Johannesburg, document the country's rich cultural and historic heritage.
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