Prepared by: Andries du Plooy
THABAZIMBI – Construction of the long awaited Thaba Mall commenced on 3 March with a sod turning ceremony conducted by the Honourable Mayor of Thabazimbi, Councillor PA Mosito.
The development is the vision of Mr Louis Rossel that is well known in the bus transport industry of Limpopo and inter alia the founder of the Thaba Trans and Lowveld Bus Service companies.
Louis saw the potential of this well located property behind the existing convenience shopping centre at the T-junction of the main roads to Bela Bela and Lephalale, back in 2007 already. He did not hesitate to buy it together with some adjacent portions resulting in a land parcel now measuring approximately 10.2ha, that can comfortably accommodate a shopping centre of 18 000m² together with its associate parking.
Recent market research conducted by Urban Studies concluded that the location warrants a shopping centre of between 15 000m² to 16 000m² gross lettable area. This forecast is supported by the already signed leases with tenants.
The development team, led by Andries du Plooy from PDC Projects and André Jerling from Retail Property Group have put together a viable closed shopping mall of approximately 15 000m² lettable area that include a bigger and better Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Clicks, Pep, Ackermans, Pep Home, Mr Price, Mr Price Home, Miladys, Nedbank, Truworths, Identity and Westpack Lifestyle, to name but a few. There are also franchise opportunities for restaurant and fast food operators, not to mention various smaller shops for local entrepreneurs that will enjoy the benefits of a one-stop mall.
Ample parking will be provided for cars and taxis in a landscaped environment whilst the immediate road network will be upgraded to accommodate the increase in traffic to the mall.
The R190m investment will not only stem outflow of local spending to towns like Rustenburg, Northam and Lephalale, but also create 350 to 500 jobs during construction, and approximately 250 permanent job opportunities, the majority being recruited from the local community.
Louis and his team are looking forward to the opening of this centre on 26 March 2015 and concluded that it will not be possible without the co-operation of the Municipality that has given their assurance to assist where possible with this landmark development.
From left to right: Oageng Mataboge(Manager in the Office of the MM), Charles Maluleke (Environmental Specialist), councillor Themba Mkansi (Chairperson of Infrastructure, Planning and Economic Development), Andries du Plooy (PDC Projects), councillor Patricia Mosito(Mayor), Louis Rossel (property owner), councillor Aaron Moatshe, counsellor Moifadi Semadi and Andre Jerling (Retail Property Group).