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Africa’s ‘premier meeting place’ is growing in Sandton

Santon CBD, Johannesburg, South Africa

(c) Jeff Attaway, Flickr.com

One of Africa’s premier urban development projects is taking shape in the heart of Sandton with the construction of a new mixed-used precinct and improved public transport facilities.

Work on the R1.3-billion Kgoro Gateway near the Sandton Gautrain station will follow the relocation of the temporary taxi rank to a permanent facility. It will consist of a mixed-use precinct developed around a vibrant public square and will consist of a number of medium and high-rise buildings – ranging from six to 45 floors.

The new Sandton taxi rank on the ground floor of the Gautrain station accommodates 89 vehicles and has a nine-lane routing system.

The rank now forms part of an integrated transport facility, known as the Public Transport Interchange (PTI), which caters for the Gautrain, metered taxis and minibus taxis.

The PTI provides an ideal landing point for visitors to the City and daily commuters and also enables them to switch seamlessly between various modes of public transport.

The new high-end taxi rank includes offices, a marshal’s office, security control rooms, a relaxation area for drivers, public restrooms and 22 fully-fitted trader stalls.