When the R200 million second phase expansion of Middelburg Mall opens next week (16 October 2014), it will not only enhance the retail variety available to shoppers, but create 400 new jobs within the local community.
Middelburg Mall is one of Mpumalanga’s leading shopping destinations and the extension will see the mall add 12,000sqm of prime retail space. The expansion will accommodate several of South Africa’s leading retailers and opens in time for festive season trading.
During the development of Middelburg Mall’s second phase, a CV drop box was placed at the information kiosk for job seekers looking to find employment at one of the mall’s brand new stores opening in the new section.
Middelburg Mall General Manager, Mike Tammadge, says: “Since the commencement of the project over 4,000 CV’s were received. Middelburg Mall Community Liaison Officer (CLO), Busisiwe Nkabinde, collected all CV’s, which were then evaluated and compiled into a shortlist of suitable candidates and then distributed to the various stores.”
After a number of interviews were held, approximately 400 locals were offered employment by Middelburg Mall’s new tenants.
Nkabinde says the mall’s management team ensured that as many locals as possible were employed during the phase two development. This included using local contractors during the construction phase in which 390 locals were employed.
“With the help of Councillor Diphala Motsepe from Steve Tshwete Municipality, in cooperation with Middelburg Mall, job creation and employment opportunities for community members was a priority,” she adds.
Phase two of Middelburg Mall will see the introduction of three first-time retailers to Middelburg, including Dis-Chem, Mr Price Sport as well as popular Australian retail brand Cotton On.
With over 90 retailers already at Middelburg Mall, including Woolworths, Edgars, Game, Pick n Pay and Checkers, as well as an array of food and banking options, the new phase will incorporate even more quality retail under one roof while increasing employment in opportunities for Middleburg residents.
Middelburg Mall is owned by Flanagan & Gerard Property Investments and the Moolman Group. The mall is ideally situated just off the N4 highway and is easily accessible from the Samora Machel Avenue (formally Fontein Street) off-ramp and Tswelopele Street intersection.