Gandhi Square, named for the Indian leader and human rights activist, is located in Johannesburg’s central business district and functions as the main central bus terminus for the city’s Metrobus network. In the late 1990s, property developer Gerald Olitzki was granted permission to revamp the bus terminus as part of Johannesburg’s inner-city renewal project, and in 2002 reconstruction of the square was finished and a statue of a young Mahatma Gandhi was placed at its centre.
Today the main focal point of this busy square is the unique 2.5m statue of Gandhi dressed in the robes of an attorney and it is also among the top Johannesburg attractions. While Gandhi was living in Johannesburg worked as a lawyer, and the site of the present square was also the location for city’s first court building, where the young Gandhi often made appearances.
The revamp of Gandhi Square was a catalyst for renewed retail interest in this area of downtown Johannesburg and today the square is surrounded by banks, cafes, shops and bars.
In the neighbouring streets you will also find the revitalised Main Street district with its street cafes filled with office workers at weekday lunchtimes and the iconic 223m-high Carlton Centre skyscraper, which houses one of the biggest malls in the Johannesburg city centre and offers panoramic views from the Top of Africa viewing deck on the 50th floor.
Gandhi Square's historical heritage, coupled with the urban renewal within the area, has resulted in this location being one of the popular places to visit in Johannesburg by locals and international tourists alike.