Stampede for Mall of Zimbabwe space

mallInnocent Ruwende Senior Reporter
At least 75 percent of space at the West Properties’ US$100 million Mall of Zimbabwe to be constructed in the upmarket suburb of Borrowdale in Harare has already been taken up even before the project has taken off, Augur Investments chairman Mr Ken Sharpe has said.

Mr Sharpe said construction would start as soon as they finalised talks with tenants some of whom were still coming up with their requirements.

He said the Environmental Management Agency had approved the project on condition that they maintained a central wetland core.
“Planning has taken most of the time,” said Mr Sharpe. “About 75 percent of the tenants are signed up. We hope to finalise talks in the coming weeks. Leases were signed earlier to give room for any major structural alterations to meet tenants’ specifications.”

Mr Sharpe said McCormick Property Development their partners in the project have more than 30 years’ experience in constructing shopping malls, having constructed at least 48 malls around Africa.

Among the tenants who have taken space at the envisaged mall are South African retail giants Shoprite, Edgars, Truworths, Game and Mr Price.

The Zimbabwe Mall, which Mr Sharpe said is going to be the second largest in Africa, would create thousands of jobs for Zimbabweans as well as contribute 8 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

The construction of the project was stalled in its initial stages after EMA opposed the idea, but Mr Sharpe said the intervention of the City of Harare resulted in them getting the development permits.

Augur Investments got the land following a barter deal with the Government of Zimbabwe following the company’s financing, designing and construction of the Joshua Nkomo Express Highway leading from the city to the Harare International Airport.

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  • Abel

    Poor reporting. When will construction start? when will the Mall be opened? Where exactly in Borrowdale will this mall be? These are simple questions that should be addressed.We have lost faith in the so called projects here that sometimes look very good in the papers but nowhere to be seen in the real world. Tinotarisira kuona Growth point iyi riinhi? question maki ngaa.

    • zhangu

      Calm down. The people who should know were told. Usually developer approach those who CAN afford to rent or help pre-fund the project by early booking.

      Not for small fish sorry. The rest of us normal folk get to know at such times.

      • Abel

        Thats typical African thinking. You forget that we the public own that country called Zimbabwe. We need to know whats going on. People do things behind closed doors and start construction, only to see that it has effect of the population. Kana wakamboita project management, you will know kuti poor stakeholder management is a cause for project failure.
        I am not a small fish, maybe you. Ini I cast a vote that can put or remove people from office. I suggest you also remember you have the power too.

  • sipho

    Just a Mall contributing 8% to the GDP…? that seems rather strange and the fact that it will be the second biggest mall in Africa that’s all crap …you the reporter know it and how you wrote this article without doing your research and verifying your information is rather strange……

    • Pee

      Please Sipho, go back to the article, it is not the reporter who said that but Mr Sharpe “The Zimbabwe Mall, which Mr Sharpe said is going to be the second
      largest in Africa, would create thousands of jobs for Zimbabweans as
      well as contribute 8 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.”

  • zimbabwean

    Why had the EMA opposed the idea?

    What harm does it pose to the environment?

    What does this mean “…the Environmental Management Agency had approved the project on condition that they maintained a central wetland core…” ??

  • Mangena

    Mmmmh dreamers. Zimbabweans always dream dreams second largest in Africa? Dream on Zimbabwe dream on

  • MyZimbabwe

    Which Zimbabwean giants will rival the South African giants (Shoprite, Edgars, Truworths, Game and Mr Price) in this proposed Mall? 75% of the space should be reserved for the Zim giants or just ordinary Zim owned shops.

  • Nays

    Mr Reporter, did you mean second largest in Harare Zimbabwe?? Surely it cant be bigger that the smaller malls in S.A??

    • Slickoil

      Geezuz! Why not?

    • Abel

      you have so little faith in your country. I guess you have an inferiority complex.But then again, this reporter did a shody job as they did not tell us how many square meters the mall would be so that we can research for ourselves as to whether its second largest in Africa or not.

  • KuraiMGT

    Mr Ruwende, go check your details at SA Council of Shopping Centres, sacsc.co.za for shopping centre directory, maybe second in Africa (exclusing SA)

  • Dengu

    why praising SA most of you go and stay there you hate your own country

    • We Love Zim

      Stating facts isnt praising. Truth has to be told. We love Zim and we also love the truth

  • SummerAlways

    Don’t be ridiculous. A mall cannot contribute 8 percent to the country’s GDP.

    According to other articles i’ve read about this mall this will be the second largest mall in Africa outside of SA and North Africa. Your article should have been more specific. The fact that you didn’t include a start date of even an estimate – mid September, early November etc shows that there wasn’t sufficient research undertaken before this article was published.