Kwa Guqa mall development in Witbank

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30 Aug 2013

The new Kwa Guqa Shopping Centre which is under construction in Kwa Guqa, just west of eMalahleni (Witbank), is well on track despite some construction challenges.

The new Kwa Guqa Shopping Centre which is under construction in Kwa Guqa, just west of eMalahleni (Witbank), is well on track despite some construction challenges.

The 19 500 square metre centre is being developed by the Moolman Group, Shoprite Checkers and Falcon, and is scheduled for opening in April 2014.

A Shoprite supermarket will anchor this enclosed centre, and will be complemented by a strong line-up of fashion stores including Truworths, Identity, Edgars Active, Jet, Legit, Markhams, Total Sports, Exact, Pep, Studio 88, Ackermans and Skipper Bar.

A number of other national tenants have already confirmed their presence in the centre. These include Cashbuild, Nizamz, KFC, Autozone, Beares, Ellerines, Lewis and Fair Price. So far, the mall’s banking component includes Nedbank, a Standard Bank loan centre and Capitec.

Debonairs, Fishaways, Black Steer and Pie City will provide a welcome place for shoppers to eat and ‘refuel’ for shopping till they drop.

“The centre is already 82 percent let – almost a full year before its opening and this bodes well for the centre, which is clearly overdue in Kwa Guqa,” says Sönke Moolman, leasing and marketing manager for the Moolman Group.

Moolman Group is acting as the development, leasing and project manager for the development.

The construction team has encountered some challenges during the construction process.

“Because of the extreme slope of the site, we have had to think outside of the box to construct a building which will be prominently visible from the adjacent N4 highway, and still be feasible to construct,” explains Steph Beyers, development director at the Moolman Group.

The team’s solution is to use a combination of bulk earthworks and structure to accommodate the 11.5m fall in gradient across the site.

Pile foundations have been used to ensure the building’s stability across the sloping site.

“With its excellent visibility and accessibility, together with the clear demand in the area for a quality shopping centre, Kwa Guqa Shopping Centre looks set for success,” says Shoprite’s André Viljoen.

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