A guide to office space in Johannesburg

The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg has the largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and is the heart of the country’s mining, commercial, industrial and financial activities. The city skyline contains some of the most impressive skyscrapers on the whole of the continent and is home to a number of major international companies including BHP Billiton, IBM, Standard Bank and First National Bank.

The location

Unlike most of the world’s major cities Johannesburg is not located on a coastline, river or lake. It is the provincial capital of Guateng, the wealthiest province on South Africa. The city benefits from a largely sunny climate and an abundance of parks and gardens makes it one of ‘greenest’ cities in the world.


Neighbouring areas - price comparisons, per person per month

The prices given below are the minimum to maximum average cost for serviced offices, per person per month, derived from our Sales Team's knowledge.

Area Indicative price range
Sandton
 ZAR7000 - 7500
Rivonia / Bryanston ZAR4250 - 4750
Fourways ZAR3500 - 4000
Midrand ZAR3500 - 4000


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Looking for an office in Johannesburg

For businesses looking to move to Johannesburg, or find new space there, the Bryanston and Fourways areas of the city are well worth consideration.
There are lots of options here that help to drive prices down. As both areas are to the north of Johannesburg, they also benefit from a location that is away from the traffic congestion and poor public transport of the city centre.

Costs

Prices in Johannesburg currently start from around ZAR3500 per person, per month for serviced offices in the cheaper areas of the city and rise to ZAR7500 in the prime locations of Sandton. When looking at serviced offices keep in mind that these costs usually cover a variety of amenities and as such can offer great value for money and lower outgoings.

Office sizes

Instant Offices currently have over 40 different locations in Johannesburg available and as such are able to accommodate most enquiries, from one person through to 100 or more depending on the specifics. 


Why choose Johannesburg?

According to the Global Financial Centres Index, that ranks the competitiveness of financial centres across the world, Johannesburg is the highest ranked city in Africa, as of March 2015. The price of office space, labour costs and general cost of living is considerably lower to comparative global cities while crime levels that once blighted the city are continuing to decrease as the economy continues to grow. Throw in great weather, unrivalled shopping across the whole continent and the city’s rich history, and it isn’t hard to see why setting up business in Johannesburg is such an attractive option.

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Five things you probably didn’t know about Johannesburg:

  • O.R. Tambo International Airport is the busiest in Africa
  • Around 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils have been found in the areas around Johannesburg
  • Founded in the late 19th century Johannesburg is still regarded as one of the youngest major cities in the world and has been rebuilt four times
  • The 50-storey Carlton Centre is the tallest building in Africa, standing at 223m
  • The average commute time in the city is over 45 minutes 
A closer look at Johannesburg

The most popular areas in which to rent office space in Johannesburg are: 

Sandton
  • Affluent area to the north of the traditional CBD
  • Considerable amount of the city’s A-Grade office space is found here
  • The new financial district of the city that also now is home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the largest of its kind in Africa
  • Major international and domestic tenants that include CNBC Africa, Nedbank and IBM
  • Various shopping opportunities including Sandton City, one of the largest shopping centres in Africa
Johannesburg CBD

  • Former home to the financial district and the location for most business in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Businesses fled this area in the late 1980s and 90s as a crime wave swept through the city
  • Several attempts to redevelop the area
Rivonia / Bryanston
  • Rivonia lies between the Braamfontein Spruit and the Sandspruit
  • Hewlett-Packard and Fujitsu are just a couple of the large global companies that have an office presence in the area
  • Bryanston houses a fairly new area called The Campus that runs along the two main roads in the area, William Nicol and Main Road
  • Tenants in the area include major corporations that include Google, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft Corporation and Ogilvy & Mather
Midrand
  • Strategically located on the northern outskirts of the city between Johannesburg and Pretoria
  • Close to a number of good highway links
  • Corporations including Neotel and Vodacom located here along with the headquarters of the South African Civil Aviation Authority and the Gallagher Estate, one of South Africa’s largest conference centres
Fourways
  • The fastest-developing residential and commercial hub in northern Sandton 
  • District encompasses eight suburbs and three estates
  • Area is home to several reputable schools 
  • Like Midrand it benefits from a strategic location that is close to Pretoria as well as the centre of Johannesburg


Want to find out more?

If you’re looking to move into the area, or simply require more information, contact Instant Offices' specialist local consultants.

Email our team or call us and we'll be delighted to help you.


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