Thavhani Mall in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, has opened its doors to an overwhelming public welcome.
The new 50,000-m2 regional mall introduced the biggest selection of shopping and leisure retail in the region with almost 140 stores.
Its opening realises the dream of local businessman Khosi Ramovha, of Thavhani Property Investments, who partnered with Flanagan & Gerard Property Development and Investment, and co-owners JSE-listed retail REIT Vukile Property Fund.
Khosikhulu Toni Mphephu Ramabulana of the royal VhaVenda people officially opened the centre during a colourful celebration held the evening before its public opening, which was attended by a long list of dignitaries and stakeholders.
Executive Mayor, Cllr Radzilani added: “This mall is only surpassed by Mall of the North in the province, which has about 150 stores. Thavhani Mall has 140 stores and its second phase will see it become even bigger. We have no doubt that one woman employed here will save a family of eight and through that we will have dealt with poverty in our area.”
She concluded by promising that Thohoyandou, as the capital of Vhembe, will soon be designated as a city, with the massive new development of Thavhani Mall contributing to this.
Thulamela Mayor, Cllr Avhashoni Tshifhango told the gathering: “Thavhani City is set to dramatically enhance the lifestyle and landscape of Thohoyandou. Thavhani Mall is the hero of the new precinct and it is without question the most exciting retail development in Limpopo since Mall of the North. Thavhani City includes the Thavhani Office Park, auto city, medical centre and value centre, which together will entrench the overall strength of the scheme.”
Ramovha noted that the mall’s vision was inspired to provide a better shopping experience for its community and to develop a catalyst that would attract further investment and lead to a better quality of life.
Dr Sedise Moseneke, Executive Director of Vukile told guests at the opening celebration that its investment in Thavhani Mall reflects the confidence it has in its partners, the region, its economy, its people and its future. “Vukile is deeply invested in Limpopo. Besides Thavhani Mall, we own another six shopping centres in the province with a market value of around R600 million. Together, they make a meaningful impact on employment, retail services and the economy of Limpopo.”
More information at: www.thavhanimall.co.za