Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa, is located in the northern region of Gauteng province. It is the second largest city in the province after Johannesburg. Named after the Voortrekker leader Andries Pretorius, Pretoria is home to the country’s famed Union Buildings as well as a number of several other government institutions. Considering the above, Pretoria’s Central Business District (CBD) is known as the traditional centre of government and commerce. The CBD is also home to several banks, large corporations, businesses and shopping centres. However, it should be noted that a number of corporate offices, small businesses, shops and government departments are also situated in Pretoria's sprawling suburbs. Besides the CBD, other popular nodes in Pretoria are Menlyn and Centurion.
When it comes to commerce and industry, Pretoria is a prime city to be located in. Whether you’re in need of commercial, industrial or retail property, Knight Frank South Africa is perfectly positioned to help you find your business’ new home in the capital city of South Africa. The city hosts numerous major industries such as Coca-Cola – which has operations in more than 200 countries around the world and serves its beverages at a rate of 1.8 billion every day, and South African Breweries – South Africa’s premier brewer and leading distributor of beer and soft drinks. Additionally, Pretoria has a large commercial area with the four largest banks in the country all having at least three branches in the city.
Popularly known as the Jacaranda City, due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees planted in its streets, parks and gardens, Pretoria’s CBD is also home to a number of large skyscrapers. Towering the city are the South African Reserve Bank Building (150 metres), ABSA Building (132 metres) and Poyntons building (110 metres). Pretoria’s CBD is also rich with history. The area accommodates a number of historical buildings, monuments and museums that include the Pretoria City Hall, Pretorius Square, Church Square and the Ou Raadsaal. Several National Departments also have Head Offices in the CBD such as the Department of Health, Basic Education, Transport, Higher Education and Training, Sport and Recreation, Justice and Constitutional Development, Public Service and Administration, Water and Environmental Affairs and the National Treasury. However, don’t let the number of National Department Head Offices deter your from finding your own office space in the city – several other businesses operate within the CBD as well. And if you prefer not to have your offices situated in the CBD, there are several other areas that accommodate thriving businesses.
Pretoria is serviced by a great transport system by railway, road and air. By railway, commuter rail services around Pretoria are operated by Metrorail. The routes originate from the city centre and extend to Germiston, Johannesburg and other surrounding areas. Additionally, the Gautrain high-speed railway line runs from the eastern suburb of Hatfield to Pretoria Station and then southwards to Centurion, Sandton, O.R. Tambo International Airport and Johannesburg.
By road, major service roads include the N1 (the major freeway that runs through Pretoria), N4, N14 and R21 highways. The city is also served by several regional roads including the R55, R50, R511 and the R514. It is also served internally by metropolitan routes. Various bus companies exist in Pretoria, of which Putco is one of the oldest and most recognised. Tshwane (Pretoria) municipality provides for the rest of the bus transport.
By air, Pretoria is served by Johannesburg's airports: O.R. Tambo International Airport, 45 kilometres south of central Pretoria; and Lanseria, 35 kilometres south-west of the city. Wonderboom Airport in the suburb of Wonderboom in the north of Pretoria services light commercial and private aircraft.
Basing your business in Pretoria offers several benefits. If you’re looking to lease, buy or sell property in Jacaranda City, contact Knight Frank South Africa today. With our world-class experience and quality service, we are perfectly positioned to assist you.