List of tallest buildings in South Africa
South Africa is 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 four areas: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Pretoria/Johannesburg. Beyond these four 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. Such areas include the Garden Route (Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay), Rustenburg area, Nelspruit area, Bloemfontein, Cape West Coast, and the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.
This list ranks South African buildings that stand at least 100 m (328 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details. There are currently 50 buildings in this list.
|1||Carlton Centre||223 m (732 ft)||50||1973||Johannesburg||Tallest building in South Africa and on the Continent of Africa|
|2||Ponte City Apartments||173 m (568 ft)||54||1975||Johannesburg||Tallest residential building in Africa.|
|3||Marble Towers||152 m (499 ft)||32||1973||Johannesburg|
|4||Pearl Dawn||152 m (499 ft)||31||2010||Durban|| Tallest building in KwaZulu-Natal and tallest in Umhlanga.|
|5||South African Reserve Bank Building||150 m (490 ft)||38||1988||Pretoria|| Tallest building in Pretoria|
|6||88 on Field||146 m (479 ft)||26||1985||Durban|| Tallest building in Durban Central.|
|7||Michelangelo Towers||143 m (469 ft)||34||2005||Sandton||The tallest hotel in South Africa.|
|8||KwaDukuza eGoli Hotel Tower 1||140 m (460 ft)||40||1970||Johannesburg|| Mothballed since 1998|
|9||Trust Bank Building||140 m (460 ft)||31||1970||Johannesburg|||
|10||Sandton City Office Tower||139 m (456 ft)||22||1973||Sandton||Topped out in 2014.|
|11||Portside Tower||139 m (456 ft)||32||2014||Cape Town|| Tallest building in Cape Town.|
|12||Standard Bank Centre||139 m (456 ft)||34||1968||Johannesburg|||
|13||Southern Life Centre||138 m (453 ft)||30||1973||Johannesburg|||
|14||Monte Blanc||133 m (436 ft)||40||1985||Durban|||
|15||ABSA Tower Pretoria||132 m (433 ft)||38||1976||Pretoria|||
|16||Old Mutual Centre||130 m (430 ft)||33||1995||Durban|||
|17||UCS Building||128 m (420 ft)||29||1976||Johannesburg|||
|18||1 Thibault Square||127 m (417 ft)||31||1972||Cape Town|||
|19||The Spinnaker||124 m (407 ft)||27||2007||Durban|||
|20||Kine Centre||123 m (404 ft)||27||1974||Johannesburg|||
|21||Embassy Building||120 m (390 ft)||28||1991||Durban|||
|22||Metlife Centre||119 m (390 ft)||28||1993||Cape Town|||
|23||Atterbury House||119 m (390 ft)||29||1976||Cape Town|||
|24||Carlton Hotel||119 m (390 ft)||30||1973||Johannesburg|| Mothballed since 1997|
|25||Pearl Breeze||118 m (387 ft)||25||2008||Durban||Part of the Pearls of Umhlanga Development.|
|26||Southern Sun Garden Court Marine Parade||118 m (387 ft)||28||1985||Durban|||
|27||Southern Sun Garden Court North Beach||118 m (387 ft)||33||1978||Durban|||
|28||ABSA Centre Cape Town||117 m (384 ft)||34||1970||Cape Town|||
|29||Radiopark||117 m (384 ft)||30||1962||Johannesburg|
|30||Civitas Building||112 m (367 ft)||31||1973||Pretoria|||
|31||320 West Street||111 m (364 ft)||30||1973||Durban|||
|32||Poyntons Centre||110 m (360 ft)||30||1968||Pretoria|||
|33||Schlesinger Building||110 m (360 ft)||21||1965||Johannesburg|||
|34||Golden Acre||110 m (360 ft)||28||1979||Cape Town|||
|35||Protea Hotel Landmark Lodge||110 m (360 ft)||31||1976||Durban|||
|36||The Palace||110 m (360 ft)||26||1986||Durban|||
|37||Agricultural Union Centre||110 m (360 ft)||30||1968||Pretoria|||
|38||John Ross House||109 m (358 ft)||33||1973||Durban|
|39||Durban Bay House||106 m (348 ft)||32||1986||Durban|
|40||Southern Sun Cape Sun||105 m (344 ft)||32||1982||Cape Town|||
|41||Highpoint Hillbrow||105 m (344 ft)||25||1972||Johannesburg|||
|42||Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence||104 m (341 ft)||26||1993||Cape Town|
|43||Maluti||104 m (341 ft)||33||1984||Durban|
|44||Transnet Tower||103 m (338 ft)||27||1973||Durban|
|45||101 Victoria Embankment||102 m (335 ft)||38||1981||Durban|
|46||Servamus House||102 m (335 ft)||25||1973||Durban|
|47||Saambou Building||102 m (335 ft)||30||1951||Pretoria|
|48||Western Cape Provincial Administration Building||101 m (331 ft)||26||1976||Cape Town|
|49||Loch Logan Park||100 m (330 ft)||27||1983||Bloemfontein|
Cities with the most skyscrapers
This table shows South African cities with at least one skyscraper over 100 metres in height, completed.
|Rank||City||≥100 m||≥150||≥200 m||≥250 m||Total|
Notable buildings in Johannesburg
Johannesburg features a variety of commercial and residential buildings, so there are also a few modern buildings such as the KwaDukuza eGoli Hotel and the Trust Bank Building. The Johannesburg-Pretoria combined metropolitan area has the densest concentration of skyscrapers on the continent and one of the densest in the world.
Carlton Centre is a skyscraper and shopping centre located in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. At 223 metres (730 ft), it is the tallest building in Africa and about half the height of the Willis Tower (the former Sears Tower) in Chicago. It was the tallest building in the southern hemisphere when originally completed. The Carlton Centre has 50 floors, and is 223m tall, about 40m short of featuring in the world's top 100 skyscrapers. The foundations of the two buildings in the complex are 3.5m in diameter and extend 20m down to the bedrock, 30m below street level. The building houses both offices and shops, and has over 46 per cent of the floor area below ground level. A viewing deck on the 50th floor offers views of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Ponte City is a skyscraper in the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was built in 1975 to a height of 173 m (567.6 ft), making it the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa. The 54-story building is cylindrical, with an open center allowing additional light into the apartments. The center space is known as "the core" and rises above an uneven rock floor. Ponte City was an extremely desirable address for its views over all of Johannesburg and its surroundings. The sign on top of the building is the highest and largest sign in the southern hemisphere. It advertises the South African mobile phone company Vodacom.
Marble Towers is a skyscraper in the Central Business District of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was built in 1973 and is 32 storeys tall. The building has an eight-storey parking garage attached to it. It has the biggest electronic sign in the Southern Hemisphere, measuring 44 metres by 32 metres by 12 metres. It is made out of a mixture of concrete and marble. Its main use is for commercial offices.
KwaDukuza eGoli Hotel is a skyscraper in the Central Business District of Johannesburg, South Africa. The complex, built in 1970 originally as "The Tollman Towers" (owned by the prominent South African family), were two separate towers, one 40 stories and the other 22, linked by a four-story podium with a pool deck and a running track. The building was empty for many years as the hotel, The Johannesburg Sun, relocated to Sandton. The building was then converted to a Holiday Inn, which also quickly failed. The new KwaDukuza eGoli Hotel opened in 2001, when it hosted 3000 police officers for the world summit on sustainable development, it was owned Mark Whitehead of Whitehead Enterprises, then also soon went out of business. The building is "mothballed."
Sandton City is a shopping centre located in Sandton, Johannesburg that was built as pioneer centre in 1973. The tower was built as part of a business park for downtown Sandton, a suburb of Johannesburg. Liberty Properties announced in 2008 that Sandton City would receive a R1.77 billion upgrade. Liberty Properties Chief Executive Samuel Ogbo envisaged the complex as South Africa's very own Wall Street The redevelopment will include the construction of an 60-storey office tower, new retail and office space and residential apartments. The extension will stretch to 30 000 m2 and the total complex will have a gross lettable area of 158 000 m2.
Trust Bank Building is a skyscraper in the Central Business District of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was built in 1970 to a height of 140 metres. The building is the former head office of Trust Bank of South Africa, and as such has one of the largest bank vaults in South Africa. The building was sold in February 2003 for Rand 6.4 million (USD $640.000), which may prompt the name to be changed to that of the new tenant.
11 Diagonal Street is a skyscraper in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was built in 1984 to a height of 80 metres. It is designed to look like a diamond as it reflects different views of the Central Business District from each angle of the building.
Timeline of tallest buildings in South Africa
Timeline of tallest buildings over 100 m (330 ft). Includes all buildings. Excludes all demolished or destroyed buildings.
|Name||City||Years as tallest||Meters||Feet||Floors||Photo|
|KwaDukuza eGoli Hotel Tower 1||Johannesburg||1970-1973||140||460||40|
|Trust Bank Building||Johannesburg||140||460||31|
|Standard Bank Centre||Johannesburg||1968-1970||139||456||34|
Tallest topped out, under construction, approved and proposed
This lists skyscrapers that are topped out, under construction, approved or proposed in South Africa, but are not yet completed structures as of November 2016.
Under construction, approved, and proposed
m / ft
|Durban Iconic Tower||370 metres (1,210 ft)||88||2021||Durban||Proposed|
|The Leonardo||~239 metres (784 ft)||52||2018||Sandton||Under construction|
|Pearl Sky||~150 metres (490 ft)||37||2017||Durban||Under construction|
|zero2one||148 metres (486 ft)||43||2020||Cape Town||Proposed|
|The Modern||~124 metres (407 ft)||32||2020||Cape Town||Proposed|
|16 on Bree||115 metres (377 ft)||34||2019||Cape Town||Proposed|
|PwC Gauteng||106 metres (348 ft)||26||2018||Midrand||Under construction|
|Bowmans Gilfillan Building||100 metres (330 ft)||18||2017||Sandton||Topped out|
|Oceans Umhlanga Tower 1||*111 metres (315 ft)||28||2019||Umhlanga||Approved|
|Oceans Umhlanga Tower 2||*111 metres (315 ft)||28||2019||Umhlanga||Approved|
|Radisson Blu Hotel||*100 metres (327 ft)||25||2019||Umhlanga||Approved|
|Acsiopolis||*70 metres (232 ft)||20||2018||Sandton||Under construction|
|Green Park||*70 metres (232 ft)||20||2017||Sandton||Under construction|
|The Beacon||*70 metres (232 ft)||20||2018||Johannesburg||Proposed|
|Park Central||*70 metres (232 ft)||20||2018||Johannesburg||Proposed|
|Menlyn Towers||*94 metres (307 ft)||20||2019||Pretoria||Proposed|
|*Extremely rough estimate from CTBUH. This estimate may or may not be far from the actual height
and if it is lower than the criteria, it should not be removed from this list as it is not the actual height.
The actual height of this building has not been announced yet.
Tallest buildings that are visions that have not been canceled
This lists visions that are over 100 m (328 ft) tall and are not canceled.
|Symbio-City||~447 m (1,470 ft)||110||TBA||Centurion|
|Goldies||~150 m (492 ft)||36||TBA||Cape Town|
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- Pearl Dawn, Durban
- emporis.com - South African Reserve Bank Building, Pretoria
- Kwa Dukuza eGoli Hotel
- Trust Bank Building (Johannesburg)
- Standard Bank Building
- Southern Life Center
- Monte Blanc
- ABSA Tower Pretoria
- Old Mutual Centre
- UCS Building
- BP Centre
- The Spinnaker
- Kine Center
- Embassy Building
- Metlife Centre, Cape Town
- Shell House
- Carlton Center Hotel
- Holiday Inn Durban - Marine Parade
- Holiday Inn Garden Court North Beach
- ABSA Centre Cape Town
- ABSA Centre Cape Town
- The Spinnaker
- Poyntons Centre
- Schlesinger Building
- Golden Acre
- Protea Hotel Landmark Lodge
- The Parade
- The Parade
- Holiday Inn Cape Town
- Highpoint Hillbrow