Nthwese Developments Bambanani Shopping Centre in Diepsloot won the Rural and Small-Town Development award at the SAPOA Property Development Awards for Innovative Excellence.
The award was announced at the Sapoa Annual Convention and Property Exhibition 2018, held at the Durban ICC on 21 June 2018.
The SAPOA Property Development Awards for Innovative Excellence is the most prestigious programme of its kind in the South African commercial real estate industry.
Nthwese Developments and its partner Sampada Private Equity launched the ZAR250 million Bambanani Shopping Centre in Diepsloot in November 2017. The centre comprises an 18 500m² single level semi-enclosed mall, on the corner of the R114 and Apple Street and connected to the N14 highway.
“The design of the shopping centre gave us the opportunity to enrich the community of Diepsloot with a family-friendly shopping experience, with the potential to build a new communal heart for the residents,” said Seabelo Theledi, Managing Director of Nthwese Developments. He added that Nthwese Developments took into consideration the moderate climate of Johannesburg and opened the walkways to the sky, to flood the interior with natural light and fresh air, which in turn also reduced the building’s energy consumption.
The design team approached this shopping centre as a predominantly pedestrian or “walk-in” centre, where a taxi transport node is provided, while still fulfilling the full city council parking requirements.
The current tenant mix includes anchor tenants such as Shoprite (3 000m2), OBC (800m²), Cashbuild and Medizone (600m²), as well as furniture, fashion, food outlets with a KFC drive-through, pharmacies and basic services. Residents are now more connected, relieving them of long-distance travel for access to basic day-to-day services, transport and entertainment.
“Bambanani Shopping Centre contributes towards improving the quality of life for the community of Diepsloot. The company fully supports sustainable economic development and job creation throughout the value chain of our projects, with methods that are in line with the Department of Public Works’ strategy on Black Economic Empowerment and poverty alleviation,” says Theledi.
Nthwese made use of local businesses and employed members of the community during the development phase of the centre, providing around 600 jobs during construction. The shopping centre continues to provide long-term employment, with just over 120 jobs created in the local community.
“For a company committed to community development, Bambanani Shopping Centre epitomises Nthwese’s mission of long-term job creation and empowerment of disadvantaged communities,” says Theledi.
The SAPOA awards are widely accepted as recognition of innovative solutions in development projects that embody excellence in all disciplines involved in their creation.