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“We would like to say thank you for the co-operation from the KwaDukuza Municipality and stakeholders involved. This is a first of its kind project for KwaDukuza. It has taken us 12 months to complete and we are confident we will be ready in six weeks time,” said Reddy.

Mthembu reiterated that, if it were not for the co-operation of all the political parties in council, the project would have been a failure.

“I would like to commend and thank all those involved for their commitment and support. We will continue to attract such investment to our town and I must emphasise that the employment process must be done accordingly so as to avoid protests from the community, who will feel hard done by us,” said Mthembu.

The mall is now 100% rented out and consists of 130 stores, 40 of which are locally owned.

Anchor tenants Checkers, Woolworths and Pick n’ Pay are 85% ready for the September 27 opening.