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  • Outside of those hosting big metros, SA's provinces are still a long way from gleaming skyscrapers.
  • The tallest buildings in each SA province range from a 16 floor Post Office to Africa's tallest skyscraper.
  • 45 years later, Gauteng's Carlton Centre is still not only the tallest building in SA, but Africa too.

* This article has been updated to correct an error. 

The tallest building in each SA province isn't always even a skyscraper. 

The average number of floors for the tallest buildings in non-metro provinces (Northern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and the Free State) is a mere 16, while the average height for the tallest buildings in the economic hubs (KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Gauteng and disputably, the Eastern Cape) stands at 33 floors.

These are the tallest buildings in every South African province - ranked lowest to highest

9. North West, Rustenburg City Council - 8 floors above ground

The building manager tells Business Insider SA that excluding the basement, the Rustenburg mayor's offices comprises eight floors. 

Rustenburg Local Municipality, Rustenburg. (Google Street View)
Rustenburg Local Municipality, Rustenburg. (Google Street View)


8. Mpumalanga, Rob Ferreira Hospital's housing for health professionals - 12 floors above ground

Business Insider SA had previously stated that the tallest building in Mpumalanga is the Pinnacle but as it turns out, it's actually the health department’s housing for doctors at Rob Ferreira Hospital that is 12 floors above ground level according to Professional Engineer, Terrance Herron of DMV Consultants in Mbombela.

Rob Ferreira hospital's staff accommodation, Mbombela. (Department of Health, Mpumalanga)
Rob Ferreira hospital's staff accommodation, Mbombela. (Google Street View)
Rob Ferreira hospital's staff accommodation, Mbombela. (Google Street View)


7. Northern Cape, Kimberley Post Office - 16 floors above ground

The modern architectural styled building in Kimberley is 59.31 metres tall, making it the tallest in the Northern Cape.

Kimberley Post Office, Kimberley. (Google Street View)


6. Limpopo, Nedbank Building - 17 floors above ground

The building comprises commercial offices and is 63.05 metres tall. 

Nedbank Building. (Google Street View)
Nedbank Building. (Google Street View)


5. Eastern Cape, Sanport 140 - 22 floors above ground

The Sanport 140 in Port Elizabeth stands at 81.59 metres.

Sanport 140, Port Elizabeth. (Google Street View)
Sanport 140, Port Elizabeth. (Google Street View)
Sanport 140, Port Elizabeth. (Google Street View)


4. Free State, Loch Logan Park - 27 floors above ground

The Loch Logan Park in Bloemfontein houses apartments and is 73 metres shy in height from Ponte City in Johannesburg, Africa's tallest residential skyscraper (173m). 

Loch Logan Park, Bloemfontein. (Google Street View)
Loch Logan Park, Bloemfontein. (Google Street View)
Loch Logan Park, Bloemfontein. (Google Street View)


3. Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pearl Dawn - 31 floors above ground

Completed in 2008, the 152 metre building in Umhlanga just outside Durban is one of SA's tallest hotels.

Pearl Dawn, Durban. (Google Street View)
Pearl Dawn, Durban. (Google Street View)
Pearl Dawn, Durban. (Google Street View)


2. Western Cape, Portside Tower - 32 floors above ground

Owned by the First National Bank and Accelerate Property Fund, the building boasts expansive views of Cape Town.

Portside Tower, Cape Town. (Google Street View)
Portside Tower, Cape Town. (Google Street View)
Views from top of Portside Tower, Cape Town. (Google Street View)
Views from top of Portside Tower, Cape Town. (Google Street View)

1. Gauteng, Carlton Centre - 50 floors above ground

The Carlton in Johannesburg is not only Gauteng and SA's tallest building but is still the title-holder as Africa's tallest skyscraper – for 45 years and counting.

Carlton Centre, Johannesburg. (Getty Images)
Carlton Centre (right), Johannesburg. (Getty Images)
Views from the top of Cartlon Centre, Johannesburg. (Getty Images)

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