Today, the biggest mall in South Africa – the Mall of Africa opened its doors for operation. The mall was officially opened during a grand opening ceremony by the Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makura but a much bigger launch celebration is scheduled for next month (May 2016).
Located between Johannesburg and Pretoria in Midrand’s Waterfall City, the Mall of Africa is the largest shopping mall ever built in a single phase in South Africa, with a total retail area of 131,038 square metres and a gross area of 550 000 square metres which is about 78 rugby fields.
Constructed at a total cost of R5 Billion, the mall is owned by Attacq Limited (80%) and Atterbury Property Group (20%). It features over 300 shops with a mix of leading international and local brands including H&M, Zara, Hamleys, Forever New, Truworths, Edgars, Mr Price, Woolworths, Game, Checkers Hyper, River Island, Mango, Stuttafords, Versace and The Foschini Group.
Commenting on the launch, the CEO of Atterbury, Louis van der Watt said; “In line with the Atterbury vision to create working, shopping and entertainment spaces for everyone to live to their full potential, the development of this breath-taking shopping and leisure destination introduces an unmissable, unmatched retail experience. Mall of Africa’s exceptional scale, design, location and retail mix places it at the forefront of development.”
Analysts estimate the Mall of Africa to attract a total of over 15 million people annually.
Here is a video showing the aerial view of the Mall of Africa three weeks before completion