Moruleng Mall, on the north eastern border of the Pilansberg, located approximately 65 kms north of Rustenburg and 30 km from Northam, saw its official sod turning event take place late last week.
The mall is a collaboration between New Africa Developments and the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Tribe and will form part of the Greater Moruleng Revitalisation Project (GMRP), is scheduled to open in November 2013.
The project, which is the brainchild of Kgosi Pilani, the Bakgatla tribe leader, will include the development of a CBD, the Moruleng Sports Complex, tribal offices, sewage treatment plant, residential complex, a hotel and improved road infrastructure.
At the event, Minister Richard Baloyi, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Corne Claassen from New Africa Developments jointly broke ground. Minister Baloyi commented, "The mall will give the community a facelift - it is encouraging to see that traditional communities can attract developers such as New Africa Developments."
The mall proposes 30 483 m2 of retail with prospective national tenants such as Game, Spar, Edgars, Shoprite, Nedbank, Standard Bank, FNB, Clicks, Foschini, Jet, KFC, Pep, Ackermans and Mr Price taking space. There will be over 80 stores, with major fashion, food, bank, grocery, doctor's rooms and other services such as a hair salon and post office included.
The first of its kind in the area, it will accommodate over 800 parking bays and commuters will be catered for with a drop off facility.
The construction phase will create numerous work opportunities for the local community and once it is trading jobs that are more permanent will be on offer. The Mall will have a contemporary design to complement the local area and will includefeatures such as a high tech security system, landscaping and toilet facilities.