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Information on Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa

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Sandton is an affluent area in the City of Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province. The name comes from the combination of two suburbs, Bryanston and Sandown, both of which were named after places in the United Kingdom. In 1969, Sandton was promulgated as a municipality in its own right but lost its status as an independent town after the reorganisation of South African local governments following the collapse of apartheid.

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Sandton City is one of the main attractions in Sandton, and it ranks among the largest shopping centres in Africa. Together with Nelson Mandela Square, is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Much of Johannesburg's business tourism is centred on Sandton, which has a series of 5-star hotels.

Nelson Mandela Square, formerly known as Sandton Square, was renamed in March 2004, after the unveiling of a bronze statue of the former president, one of South Africa's greatest statesmen. Perhaps ironically, Liliesleaf Farm, where Nelson Mandela lived in the early 1960s and where many leading political activists were arrested in 1963 and tried as part of the now infamous Rivonia Trial, is just north of Nelson Mandela Square, off Rivonia Road.

The Sandton area is one of the most populist in Johannesburg and South Africa and therefore in Africa but not far away from Alexandra, one of the poorest former black townships. It is estimated that the population of Alexandra is the same as that of Sandton itself.

Due to the shortage of available land, the trend in new developments is to develop skyward. This is evidenced by the new Michelangelo Towers, which purports to offer Manhattan style living in Johannesburg. The new apartment building is the fourth tallest building in Johannesburg.

History of Sandton

The municipality was established as an extension of the city in 1969, after Johannesburg began to develop northwards. Its initially was very much a residential area consisting mostly of small holdings. This rural  lifestyle of Sandton gave it the notion of being a smart address.

After the demise of apartheid and the manifestation of the new political dispensation, Sandton became part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality following new demarcations put forward by the government, and it no longer has a separate municipal government.

It has become the new commercial centre of South Africa and Johannesburg's leading business centre. Much of the financial focus of Johannesburg has shifted from the Central Business District to Sandton, especially in the last 15 years.

A considerable amount of the city's A-grade office space is to be found in Sandton. The JSE Securities Exchange, Johannesburg's stock exchange, relocated its offices to Sandton from the Central Business District in the late 1990s. Sandton's gain was the central business district's loss, it resulted from urban blight of the downtown Johannesburg area.

Sandton is home to the Sandton Convention Centre, one of the largest convention centres on the continent.

Towns and Suburbs of the Gauteng province of South Africa

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