R360?mln Umlazi shopping centre is now open to public

2014-06-05 00:00

THE R360 million KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre in Umlazi, Durban opens today.

The 23 000 square metre development has some 70 tenants and is a major part of a much bigger development in the area, in a partnership between National Treasury, eThekwini Municipality, Prasa, KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre and Nedbank, municipality spokesperson Themba Msomi said yesterday.

The shopping centre itself is part-owned by various community organisations and business people who live in Umlazi.

The centre is on 200 000 square metres of land in Umlazi that the municipality has set aside as a bulk, mixed use, intermodal public transport node. The aim is to improve amenities for nearby residents.

The municipality has accommodated 85 small- and medium-sized (SME) businesses in the development.

When it upgraded King Zwelithini Stadium in 2009, 15 SME trading stalls were set up outside Mangosuthu University of Technology.

Thirty SME kiosks have been set up in KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre and another 40 informal trading cubicles have been set up alongside the busy Griffiths Mxenge Highway.

The KwaMnyandu Node will be the first of its kind in the country where a train station and its surrounds will be transformed with a mix of retail, commercial and residential developments.

The shopping centre is expected to employ over 700 people. Records kept by Liviero Construction — the company that built the shopping centre — showed it employed about 1 300 during construction.

Nedbank Corporate Property Finance regional executive Anand Joseph said in a statement they were proud to have played a role in bringing to life the shopping centre by providing the financing and ensuring that the primary beneficiaries were the people and communities of Umlazi and the surrounding areas.

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