Sandton Area Info

The name "Sandton" has become synonymous with affluence, opulence and industry. A combination of the names of two suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston, Sandton has taken its place as South Africa's ultimate entertainment and business destination.

Before the indigenous Tswana people called the area home, the southern ape-man, or Australopithicus Africanus wandered through Sandton. Years later the Zulu warrior chief Mzilikazi reigned supreme and later still the Voortrekkers started to settle in the area.

The discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886 was a turning point in South Africa, changing it from a largely agricultural society to the largest gold producer in the world. Sandton was equally influenced, seeing the rise of wealthy estates and earning Sandtonians the nickname 'the mink and manure set'.

It was during the 1960's that the African National Congress chose the farm of Liliesleaf in Rivonia as its seat of power. The nerve centre of the liberation movement, Liliesleaf was also a place of refuge for the ANC's leaders who were taking up the struggle against Apartheid. Today the farm is one of the country's leading heritage sites and serves as an interactive exhibition and a reminder of the resilience of the people of South Africa.

Boasting world class accommodation and shopping malls, state of the art business and conferencing facilities, a variety of theatres, art galleries, sporting facilities, golf courses, restaurants and bars, Sandton is also the financial centre of Southern Africa, well deserved of its reputation as "the richest square mile in Africa".

With a comfortable climate and friendly people, Sandton takes place of pride as South Africa's premier business and entertainment destination.