Quite a few buildings have claimed to be the tallest in Africa, according to Africa Check researcher Cayley Clifford, but does the Leonardo hold this record?
The mixed-use development in Sandton will have 56 floors and will tower 230 metres above street-level upon completion.
Among the buildings that have claimed to be the tallest is the Pinnacle Tower in Kenya which will only be completed in 2021. The building is set to have 70 floors and will be 314 meters in height.
They jumped the gun a little bit, until they're finished they can't really claim anything.— Cayley Clifford, Researcher - Africa Check
Focusing on the Leonardo, this is what Africa Check found:
We had all our definitions in order and wanted to see how the Leonardo measured up and we asked the council if they had certified the Leonardo as was being claimed and they said that this was inaccurate, that the building can only claim to be the tallest in Africa once it has been complete.— Cayley Clifford, Researcher - Africa Check
The building has to be topped out, fully clad and at least partially occupiable and according to this definition then the Leonardo is not actually complete yet.— Cayley Clifford, Researcher - Africa Check
Perhaps where the confusion came in is that the Lenoardo has made a submission to apply to be the tallest building in Africa but that has not necessarily been certified yet.— Cayley Clifford, Researcher - Africa Check
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