List of tallest buildings and structures in South Africa

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South Africa is one of the most structurally and economically developed nation on the African continent. As such, its major cities have experienced construction booms that most other cities of similar size in Africa have not. Advanced development is significantly localised around five areas: Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Sandton. Beyond these five economic centres, development is marginal and poverty is still prevalent despite government efforts. Consequently, the vast majority of South Africans are poor. However, key marginal areas have experienced rapid growth recently. Such areas include Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay; Rustenburg area; Nelspruit area; Bloemfontein; Cape West Coast; and the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

There are currently 2 buildings over 150 m under construction. The tallest building under construction in South Africa is planned to be completed in 2017. It will be called The Leonardo and will the tallest building in Sandton and possibly South Africa. This building is poised to be over 223 m, 50 floors. It will be Africa's tallest residential building. The other construction is "Pearl Sky" which will also be a residential building. It will reach 180 metres.

There are also many other buildings that are proposed which are proposed or visions such as the "'Durban Point Development Tower"', which, if built will reach 300 meters and will be the 118th tallest in the world and the tallest in South Africa.

Many buildings in some cities are more beautiful than they are tall, as with the Edwardian and Victorian-styled buildings in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town (surrounded by the taller and more modern buildings).

Tallest buildings[edit]

The Southern Life Centre.
Michelangelo Tower
Sandton City Office Tower
Sandton skyline

This list ranks South African skyscrapers that stand at least 150 m (492 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details. There are currently 5 buildings in this list.

Rank Name Height (architectural) Floors Built City Use Notes Source
1 Carlton Centre 223 m (732 ft) 50 1973 Johannesburg Office Tallest building in South Africa and on the Continent of Africa [1][2]
2 Ponte City Apartments 173 m (568 ft) 54 1975 Johannesburg Residential Tallest residential building in Africa. [3][4]
3 Marble Towers 152 m (499 ft) 32 1973 Johannesburg Office [5][6]
Pearl Dawn 152 m (499 ft) 31 2010 Durban Residential Tallest building outside a downtown CBD and tallest in Durban. Part of the Pearls of Umhlanga Development. [7][8]
5 South African Reserve Bank Building 150 m (490 ft) 38 1988 Pretoria Office Tallest building in Pretoria [9][10]

Tallest structures[edit]

Tallest structures in South Africa over or equal to 250 m (820 ft). Excludes all buildings and demolished or destroyed structures. There are currently 15 structures in this list.

Rank Type Name Pinnacle Height Floors Built City
1 Smoke stack SASOL III Synthetic Fuel Production Plant 301 m (988 ft) N/A 1979 Secunda
2 Smoke stack Duvha Power Station 300 m (984 ft) N/A 1980 Duvha
Smoke Stack Komati Power Station 300 m (984 ft) N/A 1979 Komati
4 Smoke Stack Lethabo Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1988 Vereeniging
Smoke Stack Tutuka Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1988 Standerton
Smoke Stack Kendal Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1991 Kendal
Smoke Stack Matla Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1984 Kriel
Smoke stack Lethabo Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1985 Lethabo
9 Transmission Tower Hillbrow Tower 269 m (883 ft) 6 1971 Johannesburg
10 Mast Mpumalanga TV Mast 265 m (870 ft) N/A Bethal
Mast Piet Retief TV Mast 265 m (870 ft) N/A Piet Retief
Mast Theunissen TV Mast 265 m (870 ft) N/A Virginia
13 Mast Hartbeesfontein TV Mast 265 m (870 ft) N/A Klerksdorp
14 Smoke stack Majuba Power Station 250 m (820 ft) N/A 2000 Volksrust
Smoke stack Matimba Power Station 250 m (820 ft) N/A 1990 Ellisras

Timeline of tallest building and structures in South Africa[edit]

Timeline of tallest structures over 150 m (492 ft). Includes all structures and buildings. Excludes all demolished or destroyed structures.

Name Type City Years as tallest Meters Feet Floors Photo
SASOL III Synthetic Fuel Production Plant Smoke Stack Secunda 1979–Present 301 988 N/A Secunda-sasol.jpg
Hillbrow Tower Transmission Tower Johannesburg 1971–1979 269 883 6 Hillbrow Tower (4612443934).jpg

Timeline of tallest buildings in South Africa[edit]

Timeline of tallest buildings over 150 m (492 ft). Includes all buildings.

Name City Years as tallest Meters Feet Floors Photo
Carlton Centre Johannesburg 1973–Present 223 732 50 Carlton Centre 2.jpg
Marble Towers Johannesburg 1973-1973 152 499 32 Johannesburg view topofCC 03.jpg

Timeline of tallest structures in South Africa[edit]

Timeline of tallest structures (that are not buildings) over 250 m (820 ft) and buildings over 150 m (492 ft). Includes all structures.

Name Type City Years as tallest Meters Feet Floors Photo
SASOL III Synthetic Fuel Production Plant Smoke Stack Secunda 1979–Present 301 988 N/A Secundasasol.jpg
Hillbrow Tower Transmission Tower Johannesburg 1971–1979 269 883 6 Hillbrow Tower (4612443934).jpg

Tallest buildings under construction or proposed[edit]

This lists skyscrapers that are under construction, approved or proposed in South Africa and planned to rise over 150 m (492 ft) tall, but are not yet completed structures.

Status:
Topped Out Under Construction Approved Proposed Vision
Name Height Floors Use City Completion
Symbio-City 447 metres (1,467 ft) 110 Mixed-use Centurion TBA
Durban Iconic Tower 370 metres (1,210 ft) 88 Mixed-use Durban 2021
The Leonardo 188 metres (617 ft) 48 Residential Sandton 2020
Pearl Sky ~150 metres (490 ft) 32 Residential Durban 2018

Tallest destroyed or demolished structures[edit]

This lists buildings that were over 150 m (492 ft) tall or other structures over 250 m (820 ft) and were destroyed or demolished.

Name Type City Height Floors
Matla Power Station Chimney Kriel 276 m (906 ft) N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Carlton Centre". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Ponte's fourth coming: An urban icon reborn". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Ponte Tower". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  5. ^ "3. MARBLE TOWERS | SA9.co.za". Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Marble Towers". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  7. ^ "4. PEARL DAWN | SA9.co.za". Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  8. ^ "Pearl Dawn". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  9. ^ "5. SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK BUILDING | SA9.co.za". Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  10. ^ "Reserve Bank Building". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 2015-11-23.