State of the art mall planned for Ixopo

2018-06-29 06:00

LOCAL business giants are planning to open a state of the art shopping centre in Ixopo.

The new landmark Sisonke Shopping Centre is set to be developed along the R56 that runs towards Richmond from Kokstad.

The current cost of development of the mall is estimated at approximately R250 million, which will allow for world-class finishes throughout the mall, while the healthcare centre part of it is estimated to cost approximately R350 million according to planners.

Siyabonga Cyril Malanda, Mondli Lukhozi, and Sizwe Mbanjwa are the key players behind the shopping centre.

Malanda, who owns a number of petrol stations in the South Coast, Cape Town and Umzimkhulu as well as a Steers outlet in Umzimkulu, said the proposed centre will be a 20 000m2, state-of-the art shopping mall. He said national and local retailers have already shown interest in the new development.

Malanda said the centre is planning to house restaurants and fast food outlets, banks, a petrol station, a car showroom, an office block, a hotel, as well as a mix of national retailers and a Harry Gwala private healthcare hospital.

“We have already discussed infrastructure development in the mall with Ubuhlebezwe Municipality and Harry Gwala District Municipality” said Malanda.

He said the construction of the mall is expected to start soon.

“We have already finalised studies on engineering services, environmental studies, traffic impact, geological studies so that work can begin” said Malanda.

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality Mayor Zamo Nxumalo said he believed that the proposed mall would contribute to the economic growth of the area and its people.

“It will provide numerous, much-needed job opportunities for local people and will give them more variety to shop from locally, rather than having to travel long distance to access that variety, as they are forced to currently.”

Malanda said the centre will also help ease traffic congestion in town.

‘We believe the shopping mall will develop communities of Ixopo in line with government priorities to develop people.

“The architect told us that about 500 people are expected to be employed during construction alone and, when it completed, about 800 people are expected to get job opportunities,” said Malanda.

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