Hillbrow Tower

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Telkom Joburg Tower
Hillbrow Tower
Hillbrow Tower.jpg
Hillbrow Tower (right) with the Ponte Apartment building and the skyline of Hillbrow.
General information
TypeRadio tower
LocationHillbrow, Johannesburg,  South Africa
Coordinates26°11′13″S 28°2′57″E / 26.18694°S 28.04917°E / -26.18694; 28.04917Coordinates: 26°11′13″S 28°2′57″E / 26.18694°S 28.04917°E / -26.18694; 28.04917
Construction started1968[1]
OwnerTelkom (South Africa)[2]
Antenna spire269 m (883 ft)
Top floor204 m (669 ft)
Technical details

The Hillbrow Tower (formerly JG Strijdom Tower) is a tall tower located in the suburb of Hillbrow in Johannesburg, South Africa. At 269 m (883 ft), it has been the tallest structure and tower in Africa for 50 years, and it was also the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere until 1978, when surpassed by the 270 m Mount Isa Chimney in Queensland, Australia. Construction of the tower began in June 1968 and was completed three years later, in April 1971. Construction cost 2 million Rand[1] (at the time, US$2.8 million). The tower was initially known as the JG Strijdom Tower, after JG (Hans) Strijdom, South African Prime Minister from 1954 to 1958. On 31 May 2005 it was renamed the Telkom Jo'burg Tower.[3]

The tower was constructed for South African Posts & Telecommunications, which later became Telkom,[4] South Africa's government run and the country's largest telecommunications company. As the general height of buildings rose in the central business district, it became necessary that the height of the new telecom tower stayed above the height of the buildings surrounding it.[1][2]

Tourist attraction[edit]

The Hillbrow Tower has been closed to visitors since 1981, primarily due to security reasons. Before the closure, the Hillbrow tower was one of the largest tourist draws in Johannesburg. The public was able to enter six public floors at the top of the tower. One of the floors housed a popular revolving restaurant named Heinrich's Restaurant, as well as another non-rotating restaurant known as the Grill Room and the observation floor which was at 197 m height.[5]

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a huge football was fitted to the tower to celebrate the event. In 2013, television programme Carte Blanche broadcast from what used to be the revolving restaurant.

The Hillbrow Tower is one of two iconic towers that are often used to identify the Johannesburg skyline. The second tower, the Sentech Tower (old Albert Hertzog Tower), is used for television and radio transmissions.[1][2][3][4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Davie, Lucille (6 January 2004). "Hillbrow Tower – symbol of Joburg". Archived from the original on 6 March 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Telkom lights up Jozi's night skyline". Telkom. 31 May 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Hillbrow Tower renamed". City of Johannesburg. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b c James Barber, Angela Fung, Sandeep Toshniwal, Becky Voorheis, and Campbell R. Harvey, Telkom, South Africa", Winter (1999). Retrieved 2011/03/17.
  5. ^ "Hillbrow Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 31 December 2014.

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