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