Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa

🇿🇦 The City of Pretoria, or Tshwane, is located in the province of Gauteng. Also known as the ‘Jacaranda City’, it prides itself on the thousands of Jacaranda trees which line its streets, turning it into a purple wonderland every spring. Pretoria is one of South Africa’s three capital cities, serving as the seat of the executive branch of government, and as the host to all foreign embassies to South Africa. Pretoria straddles the Apies River and extends eastward into the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains. It has a reputation as an academic city and centre of research, being home to the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the University of Pretoria (UP), the University of South Africa (UNISA), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and the Human Sciences Research Council. It also hosts the National Research Foundation and the South African Bureau of Standards. Pretoria was one of the host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Pretoria is the central part of the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality which was formed by the amalgamation of several former local authorities, including Bronkhorstspruit, Centurion, Cullinan, Hammanskraal and Soshanguve.

Central business district Despite the many corporate offices, small businesses, shops, and government departments that are situated in Pretoria's sprawling suburbs, its Central Business District still retains its status as the traditional centre of government and commerce. Many banks, businesses, large corporations, shops, shopping centres, and other businesses are situated in the city centre which is towered by several large skyscrapers, the tallest of which is the Poyntons Building (110 m or 360 ft tall), the ABSA Building (132 m or 433 ft tall) and the Reserve Bank of South Africa building (150 m or 490 ft tall).

The area contains a large amount of historical buildings, monuments, and museums that include the Pretoria City Hall, Pretorius Square, Church Square along with its many historical buildings and statues, and the Ou Raadsaal. There is also the Transvaal Museum, the country's leading natural history museum, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, known as the Pretoria Zoo, Melrose House Museum in Jacob Maré Street, the Pretoria Art Museum and the African Window Cultural History Museum.

Several National Departments also have Head Offices in the Central Business district such as the Department of Health, Basic Education, Transport, Higher Education and Training, Sport and Recreation, Justice and Constitutional Development, Public Service and Administration, Water and Environmental Affairs and the National Treasury. The district also has a high number of residential buildings which house people who primarily work in the district.

Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa 
<b>Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa</b>
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Pretoria is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.

Pretoria was ranked #199 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Pretoria has a population of over 1,736,336 people. Pretoria also forms part of the wider Tshwane metropolitan area which has a population of over 2,921,000 people. Pretoria is ranked #490 for startups with a score of 0.376.

Twin Towns – Sister Cities Pretoria is twinned with: 🇯🇴 Amman, Jordan; 🇦🇿 Baku, Azerbaijan; 🇷🇴 Bucharest, Romania; 🇿🇼 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; 🇬🇭 Kumasi, Ghana; 🇺🇦 Kiev, Ukraine; 🇲🇺 Port Louis, Mauritius; 🇹🇼 Taipei, Taiwan; 🇮🇷 Tehran, Iran; 🇺🇸 Washington D.C., United States.

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