When Mall for Africa was launched in April 2016, it was a moment for a deep sigh of gratitude for many within the shores of the continent. It was heaven sent. Well, not exactly heaven sent but not that far from the mark for a platform that enabled users buy items in the United States and the UK from the comfort of their couch or hut as the case may be (this is Africa). Buyers all over Africa are spoiled with choices. You might have known this about the mall. How much more do you know about the Mall? Here are five things you need to know.
1. Its Johannesburg mall is the biggest mall in a single phase in Africa
At 130,000 square metres in size, with a parking space for 65,000 cars Located in Waterfall, a new living, working, retail area between Johannesburg and Pretoria, we can finally boast of something bigger than a Church auditorium in Africa. The Mall for Africa is said to have caused around R5 billion (South African Rands) that is around 132 billion naira. While this is a heavy project because it consumed 10 million bricks and 8,500 tons of steel, a large sum of money was spent on upgrading the road network system around the development making it easy for shoppers who arrived through of any at the 26 entrances of the mall witness an exceptional shopping experience.
2. There are over 300 stores in the Mall
They say the rich have different malls and the poor have to go to real markets no better than crude tables but that is not always true. For a mall that boasts of over 300 shops, there is enough space for both sides on the wealth aisle. There are antique and art stores, jewelry and accessory stores, luxury boutiques, souvenir stores and stores selling leather goods, all showcasing an array of the finest African wares. Be sure to also find tourists flocked to them like fireflies to a lamp, enthusiasm accentuating their faces probably looking for artifacts to buy.
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Also, the first international brands to open stores in the mall are Armani Exchange, Helly Hansen, Asics, Zara Home, The Kooples, Under Armour, Women’secret and Soap Stories. Aside from shopping, the Mall of Africa offers a choice of entertainment and restaurants, with nine state-of-the-art cinemas, including IMAX and Cine Prestige.
3. The inside decor takes its inspiration from the forests of central Africa
Time to scream “Wakanda Forever”? Maybe not but the inspiration of the mall is tempting. With an architecture befitting of a central African style, the great lakes in the east of the continent, the oil and trade of the west, the sand of the North African desert and the mineral wealth of southern Africa. The walkways flow like tributaries to the main rivers of people, It smells like heaven in a hand-basket and the floor shines like the surface of a lake in the East at sunrise. In the background is music to soothe, gentle flowing notes to take the shopper’s cares far away. Between the mall and the PwC Tower is Waterfall Park, which the developers say was inspired by Central Park, with a fountain, 232 trees, bicycle and foot paths, eight interactive sculptures, three amphitheatres and a ring road
For a beautiful place like this, people also roam the aisles admiring the edifice, take inspiration from the stores and feel anew with a thousand selfies that will speak for them in all their social media channels.
4. It was under construction for three years
The construction started on October 2012 and was completed after three years. Well, you cannot load 10 million bricks and 8,500 tons of steel on a building in one day except your name is Merlin. A lot of plans needed to be put on ground. It may be conjectural to say that demands for the raw materials needed for the construction took months to be delivered but however, it was called a three year construction project and three years it was.
5. It is not owned by Africans
Though christened Mall for Africa, it is not owned by Africans. It is co-owned by two white partner companies: Attacq (a capital fund growth specialist), and Atterbury (a property investment and management specialist).
These companies were founded by two white males, François Van Niekerk and Louis Van Derby Watt – Atterbury in 1994 and Attacq in 2005. The current Chairman for the companies is Pierre Tredoux. Both companies do not just have a very diverse portfolio and shareholder profile, they also have a significant continental (Africa) and global spread. A Mall for Africa, they called it. For Africa.