An artist's impression of 
the Umlazi Station Mall.
Construction is expected to start next month on the R320 million Umlazi Station Mall development.

The planned two-phase development, with a combined size of 16000m2, is expected to open in October 2019 and will be anchored by supermarket group Shoprite, together with key tenancies Clicks, OBC Chicken, Pep, Ackermans, Mr Price, Capitec, African Bank and KFC.

It will also grow job creation in the area, with 1982 jobs to be created, including during the construction period.

The mall project is being carried out by Mandulo Retail Fund, which is owner and developer, with EMRE as the development manager.

The Umlazi Station Mall development forms part of a partnership with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), which will be upgrading the station precinct to a modern commuter environment, together with the eThekwini Municipality, which is investing in the development of the Feeder Facility as part of their Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN), plan- ned in consultation with and for the benefit of the local taxi associations.

The IRPTN project by eThekwini incorporates the upgrading of the access road infrastructure, while the mall infrastructure will also address pedestrian safety, as well as facilities for local traders.

The co-ordination of the development interface between the partners in this co-operative investment is being undertaken by EMRE.

According to the developers, despite the development of Umlazi Megacity and KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre, more than 50000 people of Sections J, K, L & M around the Umlazi Station Mall, do not have access to modern shopping facilities.

“According to Prasa data, Umlazi Station remains the only super-core Metrorail station in Umlazi, with more than 28000 commuters passing through the station daily on their way into and out of the city,” the developers said.

They said this makes the location ideal for the convenience of a modern shopping centre, a modern and safe integrated public transport facility and decent formalised urban settlement scope. Nedbank CIB Property Finance are the financing partners for the project, and bring significant retail development finance expertise. Also, to ensure that there is additional value for the community, EMRE will be developing a satellite Science Centre in the shopping centre.

“The edutainment facility is intended to promote an interest in science and mathematics among local school-goers, providing curricular support and encouraging pupils to choose careers in fields vital to the growth of our economy,” the developers said.