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2007 Fast Cities

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

Population > 3.3 million

Leading indicator > Foreign visitors to South Africa have more than doubled since 1994

Fast companies > Dimension Data; MTN; Investec

South Africa has long been the economic engine of sub-Saharan Africa. Now, Jo-burg is the political and cultural nexus, too, attracting business execs and tourists from across the continent. The attractions: good infrastructure, the world's largest container terminal, and an airport with global connections. The dark side: crime, government bureaucracy, and troubling xenophobia.

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