Sandton

South Africa’s place of gold, and the economic powerhouse of Southern Africa.

Welcome to Sandton which is the thriving district at the hub of this region’s commercial activity, and home to South Africa’s largest and most prestigious multi-purpose exhibition and convention centre. In the heart of Sandton’s business district, is a central hub identified as the vibrant, high energy cluster of global trade and thought.

This hub, is this commercial centre of South Africa.

The Sandton Central Management District operates within the boundaries of Sandton Drive, Katherine Street into Wierda Road East and West, up West Street, along Rivonia Road and including the Grayston Drive boundary. The services undertaken by Sandton Central are based on an international place-making hierarchy that looks at how cities move from an unpleasant to an exceptional experience.

Sandton Central is the thinking, enterprising, socialising centre of Africa. It is South Africa’s cosmopolitan centre of trade and ideas. It is central to finance, fashion, smart new global idea and smart new global people. It is central to Gauteng, central to South Africa and central to the southern hemisphere.

SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED CONVENTION CENTRE

The Sandton Convention Center is Southern Africa’s international leading and most prestigious, multi-purposes exhibition and convention centre. Situated in northern Johannesburg, in the heart of Sandton’s business, hotel and entertainment district, Sandton Convention Centre offers easy access to over 5 000 hotel rooms, is adjacent to the country’s top shopping and entertainment complexes and provides nearly 11 000 secure parking bays.

There are over 22 000 m² of convention, exhibition and special event space. The Pavilion can seat 4 500 patrons. The Ballroom can seat 2 000 banquet guests and the 13 other meeting rooms can accommodate up to 350 delegates. The two exhibition levels have a combined floor space of 11 000 m². This twelve-storey structure is designed and built to provide convention, exhibition and special event space over five main levels.

If you are an exhibitor or attending a convention and want to stay close enough to travel there within a half an hour but want to enjoy the peaceful advantages of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs then Moonflower Cottages offers a fantastic self catering experience as a ‘home from home’ base providing comfort, security and a quick commute.

Shopping Sandton offers its visitors a unique shopping experience.

The Sandton Convention Centre is linked by sky walk to Sandton City and is adjacent to Nelson Mandela Square, two of the most prestigious and sophisticated shopping complexes in Africa. Their spacious mall environs are ideal for walking, browsing, and sitting over coffee, eating or shopping.

They offer over 50 restaurants, ranging from the relaxed and casual to the elegantly formal. The more than 200 shops are renowned for local and international fashion, specialist diamond and jewellery stores, and an abundance of African art, crafts and curios.

Links to Shopping Malls

• Sandton City

Nelson Mandela Square

Michelangelo Towers

The name ‘Sandton’ is taken from SANDown and BryansTON. Sandton is currently Africa’s richest square mile – however the journey has been interesting…

• 10 000 years ago, the plains of Sandton were traversed by Stone Age hunters;

• 1 000 years ago, tribesmen watered their herds at Sandton’s many streams and springs;

• 400 years ago, the tribesmen ran an iron smelting economy;

• 120 years ago, the richest gold field on earth was discovered;

• 100 years ago, Sandton comprised Johannesburg’s lush market garden;

• 50 years ago, Sandton was home to the ‘mink and manure’ set, a world of rich estates and sandy horse trails.

• 30 years ago, the country’s premier shopping centre – Sandton City – was built.

From that moment, Sandton, the sleepy village never looked back as it became Johannesburg’s premier commercial expansion point. The Construction Crane became the town’s symbolic bird. Today, Sandton is a monument not to the past, but to a glittering future. It is home to 300 000 residents and 10 000 businesses.

The Gautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng.

The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail along the route.

This modern train will offer international standards of public transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort. Travelling at maximum speeds of 160 to 180 kilometers per hour it will reach Pretoria from Johannesburg in less than 40 minutes. The minimum frequency between Johannesburg and Pretoria will initially be six trains per hour per direction and it will operate approximately 18 hours per day.

This public transport service will include dedicated, exclusive bus services to transport passengers to and from stations. Besides the commuter service, air passengers will have a dedicated service between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. This purpose-designed service brings Gauteng in line with global practice which links cities by rail to international airports. The trip between the airport and Sandton station will take less than 15 minutes.

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