Johannesburg named world’s second most inspiring city

Following Hong Kong, Johannesburg received high scores based on its City Engagement, Street Life, Defining Moments, Connectivity, Green Life, Diversity, Hub of Progress and Work Life Balance.

“This is a humbling accolade particularly because it comes in less than a month after the 2014 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index announced us, the City of Johannesburg, as the most popular destination city in Africa for a second consecutive year,” said Executive Mayor Parks Tau in a statement.

“This shows that our efforts as a city at work to promote socio-economic transformation are making an impact, not only locally, but also internationally.”

Good Magazine, who conducted the study, described it as “a celebration of the 50 cities around the world that best capture the elusive quality of possibility.”

According to The Times, judges were persuaded by Johannesburg’s mixed-use development in the once-rundown area of Newtown; bike lanes in Soweto; the Joburg Art Fair; Diepsloot Mountain Biking Academy; Dlala Nje, a space encouraging children from three in the inner city to come together; and the vibey Maboneng precinct.

The city surpassed Mexico City which came in third place, New Orleans in the United States (seventh), Montreal in Canada (12th), and Paris in France (22nd) on the basis of creativity and inspiration.

Portugal was named the world’s best destination for golfing, while Muizenberg beach in Cape Town scored the title for one of the world’s best surf spots.

Cape Town ranked 25th on the list, despite recent reports of it featuring on the 50 most violent cities on Earth together with Durban, which appeared in 48th place.

Johannesburg did not feature in the top 50 most violent cities on Earth list despite its infamous reputation as the most violent city in South Africa.

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