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The city's most affluent suburb, known as "Africa's richest square mile", is home to gleaming skyscrapers, top businesses, five-star hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.
Sandton, a large residential and commercial area of northern Johannesburg, has some of the city's best hotels, making it a popular choice whether you're visiting the city on holiday or on business. Sandton City, one of the largest shopping centres on the continent, is the main attraction here. This multi-level mall has hundreds of shops - everything from curios to high-end designer fashion - restaurants, bars and cafes.
I grew up in Sandton and have seen its meteoric rise from a suburban residential area to a financial and business hub. It's an exciting area to visit because you can see how fast South Africa is developing - and how Johannesburg is on its way to becoming a world-class city.
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Walk through Sandton City to get to Nelson Mandela Square, another upmarket shopping mall with a six-metre-high statue of the former South African president in its courtyard. A short drive from here is a more significant Nelson Mandela landmark - Liliesleaf Farm, where he lived in the early 1960s and where several anti-Apartheid activists were arrested and subsequently tried in the Rivonia Trial. Liliesleaf is now open to the public as an interactive museum.
Next to Sandton is the township of Alexandra, only a few kilometres distance, but a world away from its wealthy neighbour. Here you can get a taste of township life by doing guided cycling tours, meeting the community, visiting a house Nelson Mandela once used as a young lawyer in the 1940s and the graves of political activists in the cemetery.
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