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Mall of Thembisa is Thembisa’s new shopping centre on the busy Olifantsfontein Road in the North Western quadrant of the growing township in Gauteng.

The mall, which offers 44,746m2 GLA, serves as a catalyst to kick off further development in this under-serviced portion of the township. Plans include high density residential and commercial elements in the long-term.

MDS Architecture designed Mall of Thembisa for rural retail development specialists McCormick Property Development (MPD). Earthworks commenced mid-2019 and Mall of Thembisa opened to the public on 20 November 2020. Louis Pretorius, partner at MDS Architecture, says that the double-storey rectangular building is centrally located on the site and is surrounded by 1,475 parking bays. The development includes a standalone Cashbuild and KFC, a taxi rank for 56 taxis as well as a community-based market garden initiative on site.

Jason McCormick, Managing Director of MPD, explains that a central tenet of the approach to shopping centres is to ensure that the social fabric of the community is fundamentally changed, for the better. “We love innovating and challenge our professional teams to create unique centres that speak directly to their communities.

We want each centre to be an improvement from the previous one – we challenge the team to make them unique and to ensure that they boast elements that are specific to the community and area it will serve.”