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Johannesburg - Mall of Africa has secured its place among top honourees from around the world in the coveted international VIVA (Vision, Innovation, Value, Achievement) Awards, announced in Las Vegas, US Mall of Africa is South Africa's largest shopping mall built in a single phase, with over 130,000m2 of retail space, it is home to over 300 shops, restaurants and services. 

The mall was built by Atterbury Property Development. The VIVAs are an initiative of the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and are the most recognised achievement for professional excellence in the global retail real estate industry. Finalists first have to go through a rigorous regional round before they can be considered for the awards. 

As a gold winner of the South African Council of Shopping Centres' (SACSC) Retail Design and Development Awards, the ICSC's regional awards programme, Mall of Africa was automatically entered in the prestigious VIVA global awards. Mall of Africa holds the honour of being the only mall on the African continent to achieve in the awards in this category this year. 

Cobus van Heerden of Atterbury on Thursday said the Mall of Africa, which opened on 28 April 2016, was inspired by leading international trends in design elements and underpinned by solid retail property fundamentals. 

"From its conception to its design and development, Mall of Africa was envisioned to create a world-class mall with a unique shopping experience unlike anywhere else," van Heerden said. "To receive recognition in the VIVA Awards reaffirms our commitment to delivering exceptional developments that offer designs and experiences second to none."