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Only twenty years ago, Sandton, north of Johannesburg, was an open strip of highveld inhabited by estate owners and used largely for horse riding. It is now the Gauteng property of choice, a sophisticated, upmarket suburb featuring expensive shops, world-class hotels and Johannesburg's most illustrious corporate adresses.
Sandton is situated in the northern part of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area of South Africa's Gauteng Province. Seen as the new financial centre of South Africa, Sandton has become Johannesburg's premier business centre. Over especially the last 15 years, much of the financial focus of Johannesburg has shifted from the Central Business District to Sandton. A considerable amount of the johannesburg's A-grade office space is now 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.
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Sandton is a prosperous business, commercial and residential district with its own sophisticated appeal. A cosmopolitan atmosphere permeates its international hotels, conference venues and shopping malls. Upmarket recreational facilities including theatres, restaurants and business centres combine to make Sandton a distinctive business and leisure destination.
History of Sandton
When established on the 1st of July 1969 Sandton was very much a residential area made up of a few suburbs of mainly small holdings. Little did the first town clerk , Bob Louttit, and first mayor, Alec Tweedale, know that Sandton would arguably become the economic hub of South Africa by the turn of the century. Much has changed since those early days. Today the Municipality of Sandton no longer exists in it's old form - after South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 all of the municipalities in greater Johannesburg were combined to form the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council (GJMC). This meant that the municipalities of Johannesburg, Randburg, Roodepoort and Sandton were all amalgamated to form one single, centrally administrated municipal area. Having completed the transition phase, from 2001 the GJMC became one official "mega-city" and is now known as the City of Johannesburg ...more on the history of Sandton
Attractions of Sandton
There are many things to do in Sandton, some of the major attractions in Sandton include: Montecasino, Liliesleaf Farm, Nelson Mandela Square, Rosebank African Craft Market, Roof-Top Market @ Rosebank Mall, Sandton City, Wanderers Cricket Stadium, Wanderers Golf Club, Everard Read Gallery, Theatre on the Square in Sandton, Village Walk African Cultural Market, Feast at Mayo, Sandton Library.
Suburbs of Sandton
Atholl, Bryanston, Buccleuch, Chartwell, Craighall, Douglasdale, Dunkeld, Duxberry, Elton Hill, Gallo Manor, Glenadrienne, Houghton, Hurlingham, Hyde Park, Illovo, Inanda, Kelvin, Killarney, Lonehill, Melrose, Melrose Arch, Melrose North, Morningside, Orchards, Parkmore, Parktown North, Paulshof, Petervale, River Club, Rivonia, Rosebank, Sandhurst, Sandown, Sandton Central, Saxonwold, Sunninghill, Wendywood, Winston Ridge, Woodmead.
Street Map of Sandton