The JSE celebrates 20 years in Sandton Central
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the largest stock exchange in Africa, celebrates two decades in Sandton Central this year. In 2000, the JSE relocated from 17 Diagonal Street in Johannesburg CBD to its current home at One Exchange Square on the corner of Gwen Lane and Maude Street.
Dr Leila Fourie, Group Chief Executive Officer of the JSE, says, “The JSE has been privileged to play a leading role in the South African economy for over 130 years. As the exchange has grown over time, it moved premises to keep up with changing trends and the need for additional office space. Sandton Central is a great fit as it is the financial district of South Africa and Johannesburg’s premier business centre.”
Sandton Central is home of the continent’s finest contemporary business buildings with prime quality office space.
District Improvement Manager Elaine Jack of Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), says “We are fortunate to be home to a leading global exchange of the quality of the JSE. The bourse is part of what makes Sandton Central a leading financial district. Over the past 20 years, there has been much change and progress in the business landscape in South Africa in general and Sandton Central specifically, with the JSE playing a pivotal role.”
When it opened 20 years ago, the JSE building at One Exchange Square Sandton Central became an instant landmark. It has also grown in popularity as a venue for key events, from company announcements to industry gatherings.
“We have had the honour of hosting a wide range of stakeholders: from distinguished local and international delegates and listings from across the world, to schoolchildren who are looking to explore a career in financial markets,” notes Fourie.
Many guests visiting the JSE have been impressed by the bull and bear sculpture outside its entrance, which reflects the nature of the business conducted by the Exchange, although now all trading is electronic rather than on the open-outcry floor that was a feature of the Diagonal Street building for so many years.