Sandton Central, Sandton

Sandton Central in Johannesburg means different things to different people. Shopaholics know the mall and centres, and their endless boutiques, labels and chain stores. Foodies head here to visit some of the top restaurants in Gauteng and the country. Travellers love seeing the many tourist attractions, including a massive bronze statue of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.

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Businessmen and –women frequent Sandton, as it is the commercial epicentre of South Africa. It is multifaceted, vibrant, and always abuzz with the comings and goings of a cosmopolitan mix of locals and tourists. In the heart of all of this is the Sandton Central Management District.

More than being an administrative centre, Sandton Central is the meeting place of Louis Vuitton and traditional koeksisters. It is where you can dig into a flame-grilled steak while enjoying the plush opulence of genuine leather accessories; admire the cut and clarity of massive South African diamonds while admiring the beadwork of local crafters. There is a little of everything for everyone.

Hungry visitors have more than 50 restaurants and eateries from which to choose. These range from well-known family-friendly franchises to cosmopolitan treasures that offer top-notch cuisine and South African delicacies. Whether you’re after the finest nuts in Africa, the most indulgent chocolates, or just a really great cup of coffee, Sandton Central is the place to find it.

Sandton Central is also home to Sandton City – a bustling mall with almost 300 shops and restaurants. Glitz, glamour, and credit cards are the orders of the day at this shopping Mecca. Nelson Mandela Square, perched on the doorstep of Sandton City, also boasts dozens of boutiques and exclusive restaurants, and is home to the bronze statue of Nelson Mandela, which stands at an impressive six metres high.

In terms of entertainment, there is no shortage here. There are art galleries, health and beauty salons, theatres, cinemas, and fitness centres. For business-related travel, Sandton Central is also home to a number of world-class meeting and conference facilities, as well as a host of excellent hotels.

There is a Gautrain station at Sandton Central. From here, travellers can take this high-speed train to Centurion, Pretoria, Rosebank, and the OR Tambo International Airport. It is clean, efficient, safe and fast.

Sandton Central is made up of three improvement districts

1. The Sandton City and Convention Centre Improvement District (SCMD)
2. The Sandton Business Improvement District (SBID)
3. The Wierda Valley Management District

The goal of the management district is to create a clean, safe Sandton for everyone to enjoy; as well as to handle the branding and marketing of this hub of commercial and retail activity.

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