Johannesburg & Sandton

Interesting facts about Johannesburg:

  • It’s the biggest city in South Africa
    According to 2016 estimates, Johannesburg has a population of +/- 4.4 million people. It’s one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world. It’s also the biggest city in Sub-Saharan Africa and 2nd biggest city in Africa.
  • The city was rebuilt four times in the span of one century
    First, Johannesburg was a tented camp. Then it was a town of tin shanties. Next it was a town filled with four-storey Edwardian brick buildings and finally, it became a city of modern skyscrapers.
  • OR Tambo International Airport is the busiest airport in Africa
    It’s estimated that more than 28 million people pass through this airport’s terminals every single year. OR Tambo International has also been around for more than 60 years – it was opened in 1952.
  • 40% of all the world’s human ancestor fossils have been discovered in and around Johannesburg
    Most of the fossils were found in the area which is now known as the Cradle of Humankind. It was declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The site currently occupies 47,000 hectares and contains a complex of limestone caves.
  • It’s the home of Africa’s fastest and tallest rollercoaster
    This title is held by Gold Reef City’s Tower of Terror. This vertical-drop coaster has a 47-metre drop and generates a G-force of over 6 Gs.
  • The city is very leafy
    According to the City of Johannesburg website, there are 1.2 million trees within parks and on pavements and an estimated 4.8 million trees in private gardens. Many regard the city as the world’s biggest man-made forest, but this fact is disputed. Unofficial claims say that Johannesburg has 10 million trees.
  • Johannesburg has over 60 hospital and clinics.
  • Vilakazi Street in Soweto is famous for having 2 Nobel Prize winning residents
    Former South African president Nelson Mandela and former Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived on this street.
  • The city has hosted the finals for the FIFA World Cup, Cricket World Cup and IRB Rugby World Cup.

Interesting facts about Sandton:

  • The 12-storey Sandton Convention Centre is one of the largest in Africa.
  • Sandton is also home to one of Africa’s largest shopping malls – Sandton City boasts close on 300 shops, with a whopping 128 000 m2 of retail space.
  • Apparently, Sandton City was nearly named the Knoppieslaagte City Shopping Centre.
  • The bronze statue of Mandela in Sandton’s Nelson Mandela Square weighs 2.5 tonnes.
  • Among the guests who’ve stayed at Sandton’s Michelangelo Hotel are US president Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Gayle King, J. Cole, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Justin Bieber.
  • Among the companies that have head offices in Sandton are IBM, Sasol, Massmart, Nedbank, Investec and Ster-Kinekor.
  • The patterns on pottery fragments at Lone Hill suggest that the area was inhabited by Sotho and Tswana-speaking people, between 300 and 400 years ago.
  • Sandton is a short drive from the richest gold field ever discovered, in the Witwatersrand Basin; it’s estimated that up to 40 percent of the world’s gold originated there.
  • 33 years before gold was found in the Witwatersrand, it was found in Sandton! – in 1853, prospector Pieter Jacobus Marais panned for and found gold in the Braamfontein Spruit, the river now crossed by the William Nicol Bridge.
  • The name Sandton resulted from combining the names of two suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston.


Garden Court
Sandton City

Cnr West and Maude Street, Sandton
(Distance from SCC: Adjacent)

Sandton Sun

Cnr Fifth and Alice Streets, Sandton
(Distance from SCC: Adjacent)

InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

Cnr Fifth and Maude Streets, Sandton
(Distance from SCC: Adjacent)

Holiday Inn Sandton

123 Rivonia Road, Sandton
(Distance from SCC: 1km)

Southern Sun
Katherine Street Sandton

155 Katherine Street Sandton
(Distance from SCC: 1.5km)

Garden Court
Morning Side Sandton

Cnr Rivonia Road & Cullinan Close, Morningside
(Distance from SCC: 2.5km)

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