Less in more? Certainly not in Sandton. When people refer to Johannesburg as the country’s business capital, they are actually talking about this affluent area in the city centre. Here, bigger is always better – and nowhere is this more visible than Sandton’s high-rise buildings that extend skywards, creating a Manhattan-style atmosphere.
The game is business and pleasure, and it’s the traveller’s choice in which to indulge. Not only is Sandton the seat of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and several top companies, but it’s also home to one of the largest shopping centres in Africa: Sandton City. Covering about 215,000m², this shopping centre is home to high-end shops, offices, and even the Sandton Sun hotel. Right next-door you’ll find Nelson Mandela Square, where a six-metre bronze statue of the late Nelson Mandela overlooks up-market shops, sidewalk cafes, and premier restaurants serving up both local and international flavours.
Stretching across 156 km², Sandton has been dubbed Africa’s richest square mile with every step estimated to be worth R1-million. The fast-growing suburb is well connected with O.R. Tambo International Airport thanks to the swift and nifty Gautrain, Johannesburg’s rapid-transit railway system.
- Sandton City (one of the largest shopping centres in Africa) and Nelson Mandela Square make it a mecca for shopping
- South Africa’s business capital and home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)
- Luxury hotels the Sandton Sun and the DaVinci Hotel are situated in Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square respectively
- The Michelangelo Towers is the highest hotel in Sandton, towering at an impressive 34 metres