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Sandton is an affluent area situated within the metro of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. It is well known for being the richest square mile in Africa. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston. In 1969 Sandton was promulgated as a municipality in its own right, but lost its status as an independent town after the re-organisation of South African local governments.
The Sandton area is one of the most opulent in Johannesburg and South Africa, and therefore in Africa.
Due to the shortage of available land, the trend in new developments is to go skyward. This is evidenced by the 140-metre-tall Michelangelo Towers, which purports to offer Manhattan-style living in Johannesburg. The apartment block will be the fourth-tallest building in Johannesburg.
Another 42 floor mixed use building, the Leonardo, has also started construction, with the final height being between 150 and 200 meters tall. It will become the tallest building in Sandton following its topping out in 2018.
Concerns have been raised as to whether Sandton has the necessary road and water infrastructure to sustain the massive development that is characteristic of Johannesburg in the 21st century (since the demise of Apartheid and the Group Areas Act).