09 August 2017 Read: 571
The General Manager of the Tzaneng Mall, Tzaneen Crossing and Lifestyle Centre, Alida Fraser (31) disclosed the three phase renovations that are underway at the Tzaneng Mall, all which have the intention to ease commuting between the CBD and the taxi and bus ranks. The first phase, which started in August 2016, was completed in April this year. This phase consisted of an escalator connecting the bus rank to the main trade level. It gives commuters, using the bus rank, an easy travelling way to the CBD walking through the Mall and avoiding inclement weather.
Phase two began almost simultaneously. This included the new entrance hall next to Game. This phase was opened on the 8th July 2017 to the public and management gave every 100th person who walked into Mall, using the new Game entrance, a shopping voucher to the value of about R250.00.
Alida says, “These new phases will benefit tenants and customers. We have improved our tenant mix giving us a wider variety of shops. These improvements include Pick & Pay Clothing, Pick and Pay liquor, Mr Price Sport, Footgear, Rage, Sidestep and a Brand new Keedo, a clothing shop part of the Cape Union brand. As part of the improvements Cross Trainer is expanding its floor space. There are new moves in the pipeline including the prospect of all stores doing revamps in the next two to five years.
The entire Mall is now lit with LED lighting. Alida says they have replaced all the bus rank lights, next to the taxi rank, with LEDS. Management is also in the process of putting LED lights in the covered parking areas.
Phase three is the installation of an escalator connecting the main trade level to the taxi rank level. Another part of Phase three is to erect a corrugated iron roof from the Tzaneng Mall to the taxi rank, spanning some 80 meters.
The tired old bathrooms were demolished and upgraded to new bathrooms in the new location next to Mr Price Sport. The new bigger and better bathroom facilities have more than 3 times the previous facilities cubicles and a new addition of a disabled bathroom.
Alida studied accounting at the University of Potchefstroom. She joined KPMG and then went to Mall of the North in Polokwane, which is owned by the same property development company as the three shopping centres in Tzaneen. Alida was in the accounting division at Mall of the North for five years before moving over as General Manager to the Tzaneen shopping centres.