COMING SOON: Architect’s impression of the mall to be constructed in Burgersfort.
Greater Tubatse municipality’s executive mayor Nkosi Mahlake, at a sod turning ceremony on Friday, called on developers to turn Burgersfort into a world class city.
Mahlake said the 32000m² mall, the construction of which was set to start yesterday, would create jobs in the community. Turning to developers who attended the ceremony at the spot where Cranbrook Property Projects is scheduled to construct the mall, he said: “We are breaking the ground on this piece of land today so that Cranbrook can have our blessings to start with the job of constructing the big mall on Monday. I’m now calling upon other developers to follow suit and make our place one that will have the ability to alleviate poverty by creating jobs for our people.”
He said that community members were forced to either travel more than 180km to Polokwane or even go as far as eMalahleni and Mbombela in Mpumalanga for their shopping needs.
Cranbrook director Tjaart Van Der Walt said the mall would be built in two phases, with the final phase ending in 2013. He said the mall would have 100 shops and 1000 parking bays. Burgersfort is the seat of Greater Tubatse municipality in the Greater Sekhukhune district, known for its more than 20 mines, mostly producing platinum.
“We have a reason to call our town the city of platinum because we have more than 20 mines in this area and platinum is our major product,” said Cranbrook co-director Shokeng Mahlake.