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The ‘largest mall in Africa’ will be opening in November  

By SowetanLIVE | Oct 12, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 5 ]

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The city of Tshwane in November will see the opening of what is dubbed the largest mall in Africa.

The mall will boast a total lettable floor space of over 170 000m2, will house 500 stores and is eco-friendly.

The shopping complex is a result of a R2.5-billion redevelopment of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre which has been worked on over a period of two years. The refurbishment was aimed at enlarging the food and entertainment areas, as well as introduce a fashion wing and upmarket grocery options.

“The redevelopment of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre was driven by a strong demand from retailers, as they’re enjoying robust trade results year-on-year,” says Malose Kekana, group CEO for Pareto Limited, owner of the centre. Pareto Limited, Africa’s first black-owned black-managed property company, who purchased Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in 2015.   

The owners feel that the new refurbished spacious structure is in the right place,as  Tshwane has the fastest-growing gross domestic product (GDP) in South Africa, as well the youngest population. The centre owners predict that with the boosted spending power in the region due to above-inflation wages and relatively low inflation, coupled with the amount of embassies in the city the demand for a shopping Centre like theirs will be high.

“Menlyn Park has been an iconic part of Pretoria’s landscape since its construction in 1979,” says Kekana. “It’s a leader in the retail industry and makes a substantial contribution to Tshwane’s economy, while also employing over 3 000 people.”

The work was done in two phases - Phase 1 comprised of the reconfiguration of the old event arena into the new food court, as well as the launch of the new fashion wing and Grocery Avenue, in June 2015. An additional 50 000m2 in retail space and 8 250 parking bays were added.

Currently Gateway Mall remains the only mall to have over 200000m² of shopping space.

Although located in a strategic area between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Mall of Africa, however, has an above average floor size compared to Cape Town's Cavendish Mall (45000m²), Tyger Valley Centre (90000m²) and the Eastern Cape's new biggest mall in the province, Bay West, (90000m²).





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When we invite them are we specific, Prav Gordhan? / Why's they only building malls? To hook us on the swipe? Gaad damn! / They even flood the hood, taking all our shit down the drain/ Tell me what's good, when we pay a pound there to flush our shit down the drain? / Emphasis, how many times do the planet got to spin till you consider what bothered Legum? / Again, first KFC is in, our worlds collide, now Planet fitness come to provide Just Gym/ My heart pumps right in the hood about this, at the round about a board wants me to take the first left/ Now the spaza dude only affords to pay attention to a tune in they stomach, breaking fast over what's left/ Many hood dreams got caught in a WhirlPool... Freezing/ Of investors take off at the airport, or in a Veyron, cruising / Let's have a marriage of God and Dog/ We witnessed too much Pep talks and Courts/ Hear us!

Oct 13, 2016 9:19 | 0 replies


i was there last week and i didnt enjoy it for one second, i hated the fact that i had to walk around and around looking for a place to eat and for certain stored. plus the escalators werent working, what with December coming and the criminals that are going to rob people left right and centre, il stick to the smaller malls .

Oct 13, 2016 11:49 | 1 replies


Obvious when you don't have money, you can not enjoy the mall.

Oct 13, 2016 12:10 | 0 replies


That is so disturbing, I already got lost in the mall 5 times eversince they started rebuiulding the mall, that thing is too big.

Oct 14, 2016 9:16 | 1 replies


You must stick to shopping at Giyani Shopping Centre Hosi, Menlyn is not for plaasjappies soos jy.

Oct 14, 2016 11:5 | 0 replies