Many con­struc­tion work­ers at the Mall of Africa pro­ject have ben­e­fited from for three years

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For the past three years Temba Dube, a gen­eral con­struc­tion worker at the Mall of Africa de­vel­op­ment in Midrand, has had a per­ma­nent job and can care for his wife and five chil­dren. The Mall of Africa Shop­ping Cen­tre is part of the mas­sive Wa­ter­fall City de­vel­op­ment.

David Makhura, Gaut­eng premier, promised last year in his state of the prov­ince ad­dress that de­vel­op­ments such as Wa­ter­fall City, along with Mas­ing City, Ri­et­fontein, Mod­der­fontein City (also in Midrand) and Steyn City (near Four­ways, which will help to trans­form the nearby Diep­sloot) are among sev­eral ini­tia­tives that are rad­i­cally chang­ing the spa­tial land­scape of the cen­tral de­vel­op­ment cor­ri­dor ( Jo­han­nes­burg).

“All th­ese de­vel­op­ments will have mas­sive so­cioe­co­nomic ben­e­fits re­lated to job cre­ation and eco­nomic in­clu­sive­ness. Wa­ter­fall City is the largest city to be built in post-apartheid South Africa.

“The es­ti­mated in­vest­ment dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase is R71 bil­lion, with about 100 000 jobs be­ing cre­ated through the pro­ject. A new Midrand and Jo­han­nes­burg are on the hori­zon.”

And Dube is one of the thou­sands of Gaut­engers to ben­e­fit di­rectly from the de­vel­op­ment at Wa­ter­fall City and other mas­sive de­vel­op­ments.

The 47-year-old mar­ried father of five from Tem­bisa has been work­ing on the Mall of Africa pro­ject as a gen­eral con­struc­tion worker since 2013.

“I am very grate­ful for the three years of work be­cause, with the salary I earn here, I can care for my fam­ily and pay for my chil­dren’s school­ing.”

He works for one of the largest con­struc­tion com­pa­nies in the coun­try and was ear­lier em­ployed by the same com­pany in the ex­pan­sion of the OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“Some­times we sit at home for a few months when the pro­ject we are work­ing on has been com­pleted, but I’m just grate­ful that I have been at the Mall of Africa de­vel­op­ment for three years and could gen­er­ate a con­tin­u­ous in­come for my fam­ily. “It has en­sured a roof over our heads.” Dube says he main­tains good per­sonal re­la­tions at work and is at his hap­pi­est when his work ac­tiv­i­ties run per­fectly ev­ery day.

“My dream is to start my own sub­con­tract­ing busi­ness in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try one day. As long as I can work with peo­ple.”

The Mall of Africa shop­ping cen­tre will be com­pleted within only 10 weeks and, with more than 250 stores, will be the largest shop­ping cen­tre to have been built in a sin­gle phase in South Africa.

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