Sandton at a glance
Sandton conjures up thoughts about thriving business and high-rise residential apartments that ooze fast-paced cosmopolitan living. But the suburb is also known for immaculate facilities that deliver the finest service to South Africa’s most elite.
The suburb is witnessing a surge in urban populations who want to immerse themselves in the business savvy and technologically advanced environment that is effortlessly balanced with a thriving nightlife.
Sandton is the hub of all financial activity in South Africa and was established as an autonomous Johannesburg metro in 1969. Surprisingly, it was initially a dominantly residential area made-up of predominantly small holdings in a rural farm-style backdrop, attracting many elites and upper-middle classes.
The city today
During 1980-1990 the construction of Sandton City began and thus, a new era began defined by accelerated commercialization and industrialisation. Today, an estimated 10 000 business practice their trade in the economic hub and it is home to Africa’s largest stock exchange, The Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Founded in 1887 after the discovery of Gold, it is responsible for hundreds of listed companies with a net worth in the Billions. In addition many leading company headquarters operate in the area including, Coca-Cola, Ernst and Young, McDonalds and Toyota. Sandton has been dubbed “The engine room” of the nation’s economy with a total contribution of 17% to the local GDP.
A playground for professionals
The local economy of Sandton is significantly grown by the banking and corporate sectors. A trend now witnessed is technological advancements in modern information and communication technology. The trend is placing the economic hub as a global competitor in the outsourcing industry which is currently thriving with high profit yielding call centres.
Its impressive rise as South Africa’s engine room is owed to it ability to effectively accommodate business people through various commercial buildings, towering executive apartments in the heart of the CBD and exclusive hotels- all surrounded by world-class amenities to cater to the unique needs of its business people.
World-class accommodation at Dynasty Property Group
To fully accommodate the needs of its population across a variety of services the right facilities are needed and the “Golden Mile” delivers in style. Located in 19 Westbrook Drive in Sandown sits the prestigious Dynasty Property Group that expertly delivers to the demands of its populace by delivering a conference venue for personal or business needs, luxury accommodation, estate units to rent or buy and superior services including design, construction and property management and health and beauty facilities including a, Chinese chiropractor, gym, hair salon, Pilates, dance studio and a free access swimming pool.
Dynasty Property Group is an example of the suburb’s ability of deliver on class and quality, and has mastered the ability to morph into a multi-dimensional business that adequately caters to a range of client needs.
The Group’s multi-tenanted services have cleverly scoped out Sandton’s marketplace to deduct exactly what its clients’ will be attracted to when it comes to unique residential, hotel, and travel solutions.
To accommodate your business and leisure needs, it represents a perfect balance as the venue houses a conference centre and a four star hotel that delivers different types of rooms. These include: A four-bedroom penthouse, standard apartments and luxury and executive units.
If visiting is not what you are looking for, we in addition rent and sell a number of executive units found in Forest Sandown, Ocean Terrace (Cape Town), River Sandown, Royal Sandown, Sandown Castle and Sandton Country Club. The units sit on the banks of the Jukskei River.
The Jukskei River
The River flows northerly from Johannesburg and crosses over into Bedfordview, Ekuruleni and back to Johannesburg. It is one of the largest rivers in the city and forms part of the southernmost river in the larger Crocodile River.
As one of the fastest growing cities on the continent, many businesses are choosing Sandton as a destination of choice and this has resulted in a major growth in urban population. This has resulted in Sandton transform its transport system to ensure easy commute without the hassle of traffic jams. This is done in two ways, namely, the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) and the revolutionary, Gautrain. BRT began construction in 2015 under the principles of the city’s Corridors of Freedom Initiative, which seeks to bridge the economic divide.
The plan is to streamline commute between Alexandra (South Africa’s oldest township) and Sandton by 2017. BRT will connect various modes of transport to mixed-used development nodes. The city will dedicate bus lanes in central Johannesburg to Alexandra and from Alexandra to Sandton. In addition, it will be accompanied by improved and wider pathways for pedestrians and cyclists. The development will create safe and quick access to approximately 10 000 people who walk or cycle on the route daily, thus aiming to bridge the economic divide by bringing people closer to the areas of work.
BRT in conjunction with The Gautrain aims to provide a convenient commute for both locals and tourists. The luxury railway fleet runs from 10 stations through Johannesburg and Pretoria, including Johannesburg Park Station, OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria Station. It passes through the busiest parts of the metropolis, providing effortless access to the commercial, retail and entertainment hubs. To accommodate the increasing number of the elite urban populace, alternative modes of transport will be available and this includes, private motorised transport, mainly due to dedicated safe routes which include cycling and bus lanes and pedestrian walkways.
Most Sandton residents and tourists will agree that one of the main attraction in the area is Sandton City. The shopping mall is one of the largest shopping malls in Africa and contains approximately, 144 000sqm of retail space. Sandton City is due for an upgrade worth R1.77 billion under the construction of Liberty Properties. Under the aim to make the precinct, “South Africa’s very own Wall Street”. The redevelopment will include the construction of a 60-storey office tower, a new hotel and residential apartments and new retail and office space. Adjacent to Sandton City lies the Nelson Mandela Square which is also due for an upgrade for the first time in 20 years. Its piazza and dining area will be refurbished and Forever 21 will become the Square’s new anchor tenant. The Nelson Mandela Sqaure was formerly known as Sandton Square but was renamed in 2004 proceeding the unveiling of a 6-metre bronze statue of the former President.