List of tallest buildings and structures in South Africa

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Pearl Dawn

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 100 m under construction. The tallest building under construction in South Africa is planned to be completed in 2017. It will be called Pearl Sky and will be part of the Pearls of Umhlanga Development. This building is poised to be 180 m, 32 floors. It will be South Africa's 2nd tallest building. The other construction is "The Leonardo" which will be a residential building. It will reach 150 meters. The Leonardo will be the 4th tallest in South Africa and the tallest in Sandton.

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]

Johannesburg, the economic capital of South Africa.
The Southern Life Centre.
Michelangelo Tower
Sandton City Office Tower
Sandton skyline

This list ranks South African skyscrapers that stand at least 100 m (328 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details. There are currently 49 buildings in this list.

Rank Type Name Height (architectural) Floors Built City Notes
1 Building Carlton Centre 223 m (732 ft) 50 1973 Johannesburg Tallest building in South Africa and on the Continent of Africa
2 Building Ponte City Apartments 173 m (568 ft) 54 1975 Johannesburg Tallest residential building in Africa.
3 Building Marble Towers 152 m (499 ft) 32 1973 Johannesburg
3 Building Pearl Dawn 152 m (499 ft) 31 2010 Durban [1] Tallest building outside a downtown CBD and tallest in Durban. Part of the Pearls of Umhlanga Development.
4 Building South African Reserve Bank Building 150 m (490 ft) 38 1988 Pretoria [2] Tallest building in Pretoria
5 Building 88 on Field 146 m (479 ft) 26 1985 Durban [3]
6 Building Michelangelo Towers 143 m (469 ft) 34 2005 Sandton
7 Building KwaDukuza eGoli Hotel Tower 1 140 m (460 ft) 40 1970 Johannesburg [4] Mothballed since 1998
7 Building Trust Bank Building 140 m (460 ft) 34 1970 Johannesburg [5]
8 Building Sandton City Office Tower 139 m (456 ft) 22 1973 Sandton Topped out in 2014.
8 Building Portside Tower 139 m (456 ft) 32 2014 Cape Town [6] Tallest building in Cape Town.[7]
8 Building Standard Bank Centre 139 m (456 ft) 34 1968 Johannesburg [8]
9 Building Southern Life Center 138 m (453 ft) 30 1973 Johannesburg [9]
10 Building Monte Blanc 133 m (436 ft) 40 1985 Durban [10]
11 Building ABSA Tower Pretoria 132 m (433 ft) 38 1976 Pretoria [11]
12 Building Old Mutual Centre 130 m (430 ft) 33 1995 Durban [12]
13 Building UCS Building 128 m (420 ft) 29 1976 Johannesburg [13]
14 Building 1 Thibault Square 127 m (417 ft) 31 1972 Cape Town [14]
15 Building Kine Center 123 m (404 ft) 27 1974 Johannesburg [15]
16 Building The Spinnaker 124 m (407 ft) 27 2007 Durban [16]
17 Building Embassy Building 120 m (390 ft) 28 1991 Durban [17]
18 Building Metlife Centre 119 m (390 ft) 28 1993 Cape Town [18]
19 Building Atterbury House 119 m (390 ft) 29 1976 Cape Town [19]
19 Building Carlton Hotel 119 m (390 ft) 30 1973 Johannesburg [20] Mothballed since 1997
20 Building Pearl Breeze 118 m (387 ft) 25 2010 Durban [21] Part of the Pearls of Umhlanga Development.
20 Building Southern Sun Garden Court Marine Parade 118 m (387 ft) 28 1985 Durban [22] The tallest hotel in South Africa.
20 Building Southern Sun Garden Court North Beach 118 m (387 ft) 33 1978 Durban [23]
21 Building ABSA Centre Cape Town 117 m (384 ft) 34 1970 Cape Town [24]
22 Building Civitas Building 112 m (367 ft) 31 1973 Pretoria [25]
23 Building 320 West Street 111 m (364 ft) 30 1973 Durban [26]
24 Building Poyntons Centre 110 m (360 ft) 30 1968 Pretoria [27]
24 Building Schlesinger Building 110 m (360 ft) 21 1965 Johannesburg [28]
24 Building Golden Acre 110 m (360 ft) 28 1979 Cape Town [29]
24 Building Protea Hotel Landmark Lodge 110 m (360 ft) 31 1976 Durban [30]
24 Building The Palace 110 m (360 ft) 26 1986 Durban [31]
24 Building Agricultural Union Centre 110 m (360 ft) 30 1968 Pretoria [32]
25 Building John Ross House 109 m (358 ft) 33 1973 Durban
26 Building Durban Bay House 106 m (348 ft) 32 1986 Durban
27 Building Southern Sun Cape Sun 105 m (344 ft) 32 1982 Cape Town [33]
27 Building Highpoint Hillbrow 105 m (344 ft) 25 1972 Johannesburg [34]
28 Building Triangle House 104 m (341 ft) 26 1993 Cape Town
28 Building Maluti 104 m (341 ft) 33 1984 Durban
29 Building Transnet Tower 103 m (338 ft) 27 1973 Durban
30 Building 101 Victoria Embankment 102 m (335 ft) 38 1981 Durban
30 Building Servamus House 102 m (335 ft) 25 1973 Durban
30 Building Saambou Building 102 m (335 ft) 30 1951 Pretoria
31 Building Western Cape Provincial Administration Building 101 m (331 ft) 26 1976 Cape Town
32 Building Deneys Reitz 100 m (330 ft) 24 2010 Sandton [35]
32 Building Loch Logan Park 100 m (330 ft) 27 1983 Bloemfontein

Tallest Structures[edit]

Tallest structures in South Africa over 100 m (330 ft). Excludes all buildings and demolished or destroyed structures. There are currently 36 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
2 Smoke Stack Komati Power Station 300 m (984 ft) N/A 1961 Komati
3 Smoke Stack Lethabo Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1988 Vereeniging
3 Smoke Stack Tutuka Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1988 Standerton
3 Smoke Stack Kendal Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1991 Kendal
3 Smoke Stack Matla Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1984 Kriel
3 Smoke stack Lethabo Power Station 275 m (902 ft) N/A 1985 Lethabo
4 Transmission Tower Hillbrow Tower 269 m (883 ft) 6 1971 Johannesburg
5 Mast Mpumalanga TV Mast 265 m (870 ft) N/A Bethal
5 Mast Piet Retief TV Mast 265 m (870 ft) N/A Piet Retief
5 Mast Theunissen TV Mast 265 m (870 ft) N/A Virginia
5 Mast Hartbeesfontein TV Mast 265 m (870 ft) N/A Klerksdorp
6 Smoke stack Majuba Power Station 250 m (820 ft) N/A 2000 Volksrust
6 Smoke stack Matimba Power Station 250 m (820 ft) N/A 1990 Ellisras
7 Mast Alverstone Radio Mast 247 m (810 ft) N/A Durban
8 Mast Middelburg TV Mast 244 m (800 ft) N/A Middelburg
8 Mast Prieska TV Mast 244 m (800 ft) N/A Prieska
8 Mast Carnarvon TV Mast 244 m (800 ft) N/A Carnarvon
9 Mast Douglas TV Mast 242 m (795 ft) N/A Douglas
10 Transmission Tower Sentech Tower 239 m (784 ft) 3 1962 Johannesburg
11 Mast Petrus Steyn TV Mast 235 m (770 ft) N/A Heilbron
11 Mast Boesmanskop TV Mast 235 m (770 ft) N/A Zastron
11 Mast Mthatha TV Mast 235 m (770 ft) N/A Umtata
11 Mast Senekal TV Mast 235 m (770 ft) N/A Senekal
11 Mast Kimberley TV Mast 235 m (770 ft) N/A Kimberley
12 Mast Jan Kempdorp TV Mast 233 m (765 ft) N/A Jan Kempdorp
13 Mast Carolina TV Mast 213.5 m (700 ft) N/A Barberton
13 Mast Matatiele TV Mast 213.5 m (700 ft) N/A Kokstad
13 Mast Garies TV Mast 213.5 m (700 ft) N/A Garies
13 Mast Calvinia TV Mast 213.5 m (700 ft) N/A Calvinia
13 Smoke stack Matla Power Station 213.5 m (700 ft) N/A 1979 Kriel
14 Mast Bloemfontein TV Mast 204 m (670 ft) N/A Bloemfontein
14 Mast Port Shepstone TV Mast 204 m (670 ft) N/A Port Shepstone
14 Mast De Aar TV Mast 204 m (670 ft) N/A De Aar
15 Transmission Tower Lukasrand Tower 198 m (650 ft) 8 1978 Pretoria

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

Timeline of tallest structures over 100 m (330 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
Komati Power Station Smoke Stack Komati 1961-1979 300 984 N/A

Timeline of tallest buildings in South Africa[edit]

Timeline of tallest buildings over 100 m (330 ft). Includes all buildings. Excludes all demolished or destroyed buildings.

Name Type City Years as tallest Meters Feet Floors Photo
Carlton Centre Building Johannesburg 1973–Present 223 732 50 CarltonCentreExterior.jpg
Marble Towers Building Johannesburg 1973-1973 152 499 32 Sanlam01.jpg
KwaDukuza eGoli Hotel Tower 1 Building Johannesburg 1970-1973 140 460 40 KwaDukuza2.jpg
Trust Bank Building Building Johannesburg 1970-1970 140 460 40 Trust3.jpg
Standard Bank Centre Building Johannesburg 1968-1970 139 456 34 JHFMARS Standard Bank Centre, cnr Fox, Hollard, Main and Simmonds str Johannesburg St no 1116010 - Copy.jpg
Poytons Centre Building Pretoria 1968-1968 110 360 30 Poytons centre.JPG
Schesinger Building Building Johannesburg 1965-1968 110 360 21 Schlesinger2.jpg
Saambou Building Building Pretoria 1951-1965 102 335 30 Prétoria-skyline cropped.jpg

Timeline of tallest structures in South Africa[edit]

Timeline of tallest structures over 100 m (330 ft). Includes all structures. 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
Komati Power Station Smoke Stack Komati 1961-1979 300 984 N/A

Tallest under construction, approved and proposed[edit]

This lists skyscrapers that are under construction, approved or proposed in South Africa and planned to rise over 100 m (328 ft) tall, but are not yet completed structures. As of July 2015 there is 2 under construction and 1 high-rise planned.

Under construction, approved, and proposed

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year City Status
Durban Point Development Tower ~300 m+ (984 ft) 55 2025 Durban Proposed
The Leonardo ~223 m+ (492 ft) 50 2017 Sandton Approved
Pearl Sky ~180 m

(591 ft)

32 2018 Durban Under construction
Alice Lane Offices ~100 m

(330 ft)

18 2015 Sandton Under construction

Tallest buildings that are visions that have not been canceled[edit]

This lists visions that are over 100 m (328 ft) tall and are not canceled.

Name Height Year City
Symbio city ~447 m (1,467 ft) 2018 Centurion
Kgoro Central ~150 m (492 ft) TBA Johannesburg
Goldies ~150 m (492 ft) TBA Cape Town
The Modern ~124 m (407 ft) TBA Cape Town

Tallest Destroyed or Demolished Structures[edit]

This lists structure that were over 100 m (328 ft) tall and were destroyed or demolished.

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

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