By Candace Sofianos King
Mamelodi’s newest mega retail asset Mams Mall is set to reshape this bustling node of opportunity.
Dubbed the ‘Sandton City’ of Mamelodi, the much anticipated 75 000m² Mams Mall is expected to bring monumental change to the local retail and social landscape of one of Pretoria’s biggest budding regions.
Located along the busy Tsamaya Road in Mamelodi’s thriving Mahube Valley, the prestigious mixed-use regional mall will soon welcome world-class shopping and entertainment to the area, redefining the way the local community members’ live, work, shop and play.
Home to more than half a million people and regarded as one of the fastest growing middle-class suburbs in South Africa, Mamelodi is rapidly becoming a leading commercial and social node. Owned and developed by a joint venture between New Africa Developments (NAD) and Resilient Properties, the mall aims to transform the eastern part of Mamelodi into a cohesive CBD for the area.
Expected to soon become a major local landmark in the area, Mams Mall will offer the convenience of major national retailers, banks, entertainment and services all in a beautiful ultra-modern and comfortable environment. The mall will feature a comprehensive variety of more than 120 stores, close to 3 000 parking bays, state-of-the-art technology and contemporary finishes.
With a lack of lifestyle facilities in the area, the mall includes a large entertainment area featuring fast food outlets, restaurants, a six-cinema Nu Metro, a Planet Fitness gym with indoor running track and swimming pool, as well as a play area for children. The site also accommodates public offices for the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the Department of Home Affairs, as well as Mams FM community radio station.
Mamelodi Plaza, a smaller existing retail establishment, has also been incorporated into the major development. Mamelodi Plaza’s stores have been revamped and incorporated into the mall. To further accommodate the surrounding communities, the mall boasts sufficient parking bays and five main entrances, each with a drop-off point for taxis. The mall is also accompanied by a private Curro school and will soon welcome a private hospital – construction is set to commence soon.
Breaking ground, breaking barriers
Envisioned to be a game changer for Mamelodi, Mams Mall has been developed on a parcel of prime land which was purchased about five years ago. In January
2016, Renico Earthworks and Civils were awarded the contract to undertake the partial demolition of the existing shopping centre and carry out the bulk of the ground and earthworks for the new exciting mall.
Completed in April 2016, the eco-friendly earthworks involved the recycling of existing materials –about 6 500m³ of bricks, mortar and concrete generated from the demolished buildings was crushed on site and converted into aggregate for use in the final layer works for the parking area. In addition, Renico were also awarded the contract for the construction of a 200m stormwater culvert on site.
The major portion of the mall roof was specified to be insulated with 100mm thick Starlite White faced insulation from D&D Roof Insulations. “Starlite was the first faced fibre flexible roof insulation material in South Africa to achieve an A1 (non-combustible) fire rating according to SANS 428. This therefore ensures absolute peace of mind for both the developer and insurance underwriters,” highlights Bryn Doherty, managing director of D&D Roof Insulations.
Over 30 local subcontractors appointed to the project have been hard at work to ensure the deliverables are met and the construction phrase is completed within deadline. The developers have also ploughed funding into uplifting infrastructure in the area, by building a new road and upgrading the existing roads, installing traffic lights and implementing stormwater drainage, sewage and an electricity substation.
Taking Mamelodi by storm
The regional shopping centre has been earmarked as a catalyst for driving and sustaining future development in the vicinity. With creating sophisticated developments as its main priority, the developers also aim to cater specifically for the needs of local communities, such as Mamelodi.
Of the 1 000 workforce on site, around 90% comprise of local residents and Mamelodi-based subcontractors. In total, some three thousand jobs are expected to be created from the overall development, ranging from temporary construction jobs to future permanent employment for the community to take advantage of.
According to NAD chief executive officer Japie van Niekerk, the impact of this employment boost will in turn improve the lives of many Mamelodi residents. The mall has already, and will continue, to create opportunities for future generations to come.
Through a solid partnership, Mamelodi community members, local police and mall developers joined forces to ensure and promote the safe and successful completion of the development. The mall opening will also see the re-launch of Mamelodi Plaza and its neighbouring fuel station. The grand opening of Mams Mall is set for late November 2018.
Mams Mall fast facts
- GLA: 75 000m² (phase 1)
- LSM: 4 – 10
- Estimated population: 625 000
- Annual population growth rate: 5%
- Retailers: 120+
- Anchors: Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Game, Edgars
- Parking bays: Close to 3 000