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The district of Fourways is one of the fastest-developing commercial and residential hub in the far north of Sandton, Johannesburg. The main access routes to Fourways are off the N1 at William Nicol Road, or alternatively along Witkoppen or the R511. It is roughly as far as one can go in the city before metropolitan Johannesburg dissolves into rolling hills, gamefarms and the Pretoria 55 kilometres to the Northeast. Hartebeespoort Dam and the Magaliesburg Mountains lie half an hour to the North West. It is bordered by Bryanston to the East and South and Randburg to the West.

Fourways Mall is a landmark shopping centre that provides an all-in-one retail and entertainment experience. Established almost two decades ago it continues to provide an exceptional shopping experience to both local and international shoppers. With easy access to the N1 freeway connecting Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as excellent link ups to OR Tambo International Airport, Fourways Mall is the central shopping base for over 690 000 shoppers on a monthly basis.

Montecasino, located in Fourways, is known for being Johannesburg's number one entertainment destination, having being voted Best Casino, Best Entertainment Complex, Best Cinema Complex and Best place to take out-of-towners. Montecasino's attractive Tuscan style appearance makes it an attractive filming destination as well as an ideal venue for events, having hosted several local and international performers.

Fourways has several reputable schools. They include the government school Fourways High School in Greater Fourways, the private Crawford schools: Pre-Primary, and Preparatory in Craigavon as well as Crawford Pre-Primary, Preparatory and College in Lonehill. Dainfern is served by Dainfern College. Residents of Fourways have a precedent stake in entering their children in Bryanston's elite government primary schools Bryandale Primary School and Bryanston Primary School, because of Fourways' close proximity to Bryanston.

Geography of Fourways
The district of Fourways encompasses eight suburbs and three estates. The suburbs are Magaliessig, Norscot, Greater Fourways, Norscot Slopes, Lonehill and Beverley, Craigavon, Broadacres. The estates are Cedar Lakes, Fourways Gardens, Dainfern, Dainfern Valley and Dainfern Ridge. .

Of the three 'Koppies' located in Johannesburg, Greater Fourways has one located in the Fourways Nature Reserve, named the Norscot Koppies. Lonehill and Beverley has the other, located in the Lonehill Nature Reserve, named the Lonehill Koppie. Apart from Sandton's older and most prestigious suburbs, such as Westcliff and Sandhurst, this district has some of Johannesburg's priciest and most sought-after homes.

Central Fourways comprises the entertainment district. These centres are Design Quarter, just north of Magaliessig, Fourways Mall north of Greater Fourways, Montecasino to the east of Greater Fourways, Fourways Crossing just east of Fourways Mall and the newest development, Cedar Square to the north-west of Fourways Mall. It must be mentioned that Broadacres and Lonehill are served by their own smaller shopping centres. These centres are chic, and are frequented by stay-at-home moms, Broadacres being the particular favourite because of the large park-like grounds it encloses, making it a safe and enjoyable haven for children.

History of Fourways
Long before the district came to be called Fourways, it was a 605-acre (2.45 km2) residence and gamefarm owned by the Eriksen family. The residence they built here in the early 1920s was named Norscot Manor (after their nationalities 'Nor'wegian and 'Scot'tish). The house is in the classic Cape Dutch style, although it is far too large and misshapen to be considered a true Cape Dutch.

After being sold off piece by piece, the stately manor house was given to the City Council of Johannesburg in the 1970s, who named the suburb that was planned around it 'Norscot'. The mansion now serves Fourways as Norscot Manor Recreation Centre, the majority of it being a library, but also encompassing an art gallery, lessons for children in Irish & Highland dancing, Ballet, Biodanza, Indian and Modern dancing as well as Judo and Karate, a playground and a tea garden. There has been much alteration to the manor. Nevertheless, it is well worth visiting to admire the superb Art Deco finishes which abound and remain, such as seashell-inspired window fastenings, and air grates above windows delicately molded of plaster and depicting classic Art Deco ideas.

Fourways was so named because of the four-way stop where William Nicol Drive and Witkoppen Road met. Today William Nicol cuts under Witkoppen and is 3 lanes wide. The Fourways name is symbolised with two four-way roundabouts on Kingfisher Drive, the main thoroughfare of the Greater Fourways suburb, intersecting Robin Drive and Alexander Avenue. This suburb also has the original (circa 1905) house the Eriksen lived in before Norscot Manor was built, and it can be found on Flamingo Avenue.

 



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