Phase Two of the construction of the mall in Tsumeb has commenced – almost two years after the grand opening of Phase One.
The construction was divided in two phases following a feasible study on how worthwhile the business complex will be. The recent development has thrilled the town’s chief executive officer, Alfeus Benjamin, who expressed satisfaction with the pace of development in the town in recent years.
“I’m satisfied with the drive for economic diversification that has been taking place in our town as we decided years ago, though it takes long for land to be approved so that developmental projects can start,” said Benjamin.
“One would like to see development happening in all sectors every year, be it the construction of houses, shops or manufacturing, as this adds value.” He added that currently it is not yet known what type of retail shops have reserved space in the mall, neither the total cost of completing the second phase.
The multimillion dollar project is jointly developed by Eris Property Group, in partnership with Reydev Holdings. Phase One of the mall currently houses retail businesses, such as Studio 88, Clicks, Woolworths, Edgars, Exact, Big Daddy, Dunns, KFC and Foschini, while more shops are expected once Phase Two is completed.
In total the complex will take up 15 000 square metre (m²). Phase One was constructed at a cost of N$117.5 million and covers an area measuring 9700 m². the mall opened its doors for business in 2014.
It is anticipated that a significant number of job opportunities will be created once Phase Two is complete. Following Phase One over 600 have been employed, of which 200 are permanently employment.
In conclusion, Benjamin said they are in the process of constructing two warehouses that will be used for industrial activities or manufacturing.