I will be traveling to Joburg in May and I will be working there for 3 months during which I plan to do a lot of sight seeing on the weekends (including a trip to Cape Town). Right now my biggest concern is where to stay during my stay. I need it to be relatively close to my work (Sci-Bono discovery cenrtre which is located in Newtown), I do not drive so any tips on transportation to/from work would also be helpful. Also the place where I stay needs to be furnished, since I dont plan on buying furniture or anything like that. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
Look up the Gumtree website (http://johannesburg.gumtree.com/), might be able to help you finding short term lets in Johannesburg.
Transport wise, it is pretty difficult - public transport isn't great and most people drive their own cars. You could look for companies which do long term rentals or those that sell you a car and buy it back after you are finished your assignment. Try having a look at http://www.drivesouthafrica.co.za/ - they might be able to help.
Hope that can help
I agree with Ian, public transport isn't too great, and I am not sure about you finding decent accomodation in Newtown. If you do, be aware that Newtown is quite near JHB CBD and any accomodation you find in that area or Braamfontein would be flats / apartments. Don't be fooled by very low rent, it is unlikely that they would be a "good deal".
For property to let, you can also try a property letting site: www.justletting.co.za they also let furnished apartments. Residential areas close to Newtown where you would find a good mix of houses and apartments / flats would be Rosebank, Parktown and Killarney. A bit further out is Auckland Park. All these areas would be very easily accessible by car. Should you not be able to get a car, those areas are also on some bus routes.
For bus information, try www.mbus.co.za
When you enquire about a property, be sure to ask them how far it is from the nearest bus stop as some roads may be a long walk from the nearest stop.
I have also included some names and details of reliable taxi cabs. Although they are more expensinsive than all other transport, it's always good to have their details should you need it.
Rose Radio Taxis
(tel: (011) 403 0000; fax: (011) 403 9896; website: www.rosetaxis.com)
Maxi Taxi Cabs
(tel: (011) 648 1212; fax: (011) 648 8581)
Hope this help.
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thanks for your assistance everyone!