Shopping Mecca brings hope to villagers

TSHEHLWANENG– Villagers in Tshehwlaneng and surroundings sighed with relief when the Mayor of Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, Minah Bahula, officially opened the Magnet-heights/Tshehlwaneng Shopping Centre recently.

The local municipality may was accompanied by the council Chief Whip, David Chego and several Executive Committee (EXCO) members with the centre’s management.

The Magnet-heights/Tshehlwaneng Shopping Centre measures approximately 5 000 m2, and is situated in the centre of Sekhukhune Region, outside Jane Furse.

Its development started late last year by Tarco Holdings along with local SMMEs and saw completion around May. Amongst the development’s contributors are local retailers. 

The development is one of the major shopping centres in the area. It climbs to the ring to battle it out of with other centres including Jane Furse Shopping Centre and Jane Furse Plaza.

Magnet-heights/Tshehlwaneng Shopping has just opened in the right time with many parts of the economy having been opened after the lifting of other Covid-19 Lockdown by the president to Alert Level 2.

The shopping centre will also cater for thousands of communities in the nearest villages who were urged to travel many kilometers for shopping in Jane Furse. The benefiting nearest villages includes Schoonoord, Moretsele, Mogashoa and Masha. 

According to residents, the new development will also decrease the influx of shoppers at Jane Furse Shopping Complex and Jane Furse Plaza. The mayor appreciated contribution by local by local businesses in the establishment of the centre and the construction of the building.

“The centre marks a huge new economic milestone here in Tshehlwaneng and surrounding areas and a stimulation of employment opportunities for our people,” she said.

Bahula added that their primary focus as the municipality is to continue to foster relations with private businesses, to improve the rural economy that will have a lasting socio-economic and meaningful impact in the lives of the people.

“We are indeed excited that only few shops that are now opened to the public have presented close to 100 work opportunities to our local people,” she said.

Thapelo Motseo

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