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As a key precinct in Johannesburg, Braamfontein must also go down as one of the most economically diverse. It is the seat of the City of Johannesburg’s local government; the base for the most important institution in the country, the Constitutional Court; and home to one of the most prestigious universities in South Africa, the University of the Witwatersrand, or Wits, as it is colloquially known.

And it is a vibrant satellite economic node for the city centre with significant opportunities in the commercial and retail fields. Over the last eight years it has become a vibrant property investment space, with average property transactions increasing from just 37 in 2000 to over 600 in 2008.

Add to this the fact that it falls in the city’s cultural arc, strategically linking Newtown and Constitution Hill, two of the JDA’s largest regeneration projects to date. As part of its cultural billing, Braamfontein offers world-class entertainment at the Joburg Theatre Complex, a snapshot into humanity’s past at the Wits Origins Centre, and a closer look at the stars at the Planetarium, to name just a few activities.

It is also a key node in terms of transport.

The Nelson Mandela Bridge is the key link into Newtown, another prime cultural and entertainment precinct in Johannesburg.

There are also other road and rail links on the cards which will make commuting between Braamfontein and the rest of the inner city easier in the long run. The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link involves a modern state-of-the-art rail connection linking Johannesburg with Sandton and Pretoria as well as OR Tambo International Airport. Construction of the Gautrain Park Station is under way in Smit Street.

And the City’s Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system will have feeder buses from Braamfontein to its main trunk routes.