History of the Centre

This metropolis was proudly developed from the ground up almost half a century ago, in 1973. It has been a mesmerising and awe-inspiring journey as Sandton City was the first development in the area, surrounded by sandy horse trails and grassy estates.

From a world-class super regional shopping destination, to prime-grade office buildings, world-class hotels and vibrant hang-outs, Sandton City has inspired urban creativity and community and set the benchmark for what the Sandton District has become today.

Sandton City was constructed and developed by Rapp and Maister on behalf of the Liberty Group, and following its official opening, the centre soon became one of the most prestigious shopping centres in Africa – and paved the way for Sandton to become what is now known as ‘Africa’s Richest Square Mile’.

Since its inception, spanning just 50 000m2, Sandton City has gone on to enjoy much growth and development. In 2011, Sandton City embarked on a monumental R1.77 billion expansion, and introduced additional retail space, known as The Protea Court, that took the centre to a 146 803m2 of retail, leisure, and dining space.

Following the Protea expansion, Sandton City’s owners continued to invest in the centre and from 2015, hundreds of millions was spent on the redevelopment of  The Diamond Walk, The Fun District, The Food District, The Checkers Court as well as continuous investments into the centre’s facilities and office components, The Atrium on 5th and The Sandton City Office Tower.

Sandton City is quite simply an unparalleled shopping destination, and has successfully maintained its reputation as being ‘Africa’s most iconic shopping centre’ since 1973.