Chris Hani Crossing opens for trade three weeks after riot damage

Posted On Thursday, 05 August 2021 10:37 Published by
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Just three weeks after extensive looting and vandalism took place at Chris Hani Crossing in Vosloorus, the Centre is ready to serve its community again.

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First opened in 2010, the centre offers over 40 000sqm of retail to the community of Vosloorus and surrounds. Looting first began in the areas surrounding the mall on Sunday 11 July. The centre faced threats from a large gathering of people that evening but it was able to hold them off throughout the night.

Monday 12 July saw over 40 community volunteers assisting to protect the mall throughout the day but unfortunately by early evening the boundary fencing had been breached.  107 of Chris Hani Crossings 111 stores, including four ATM’s, were damaged in the looting that continued over the next two days.

“The team has been working around the clock to get back up and running,” says Marketing Manager of the mall, Lebohang Matlala. “Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine facing this sort of damage but it is in our nature to rise above and rebuild together, stronger than ever. We will not let the actions of some, destroy opportunity for all.”

The first phase of opening on Friday 6 August will enable three of the four food anchors (Shoprite, Boxer and Roots) to trade and will allow approximately 80% of all tenants’ access to refit and restock. The opening of the fourth anchor, Pick ‘n Pay, is planned for 9 August.

The arears of the mall that suffered fire damage will be demolished and rebuilt in time for the next phase of opening which is anticipated to be before the 2021 festive season kicks off.

Last modified on Friday, 06 August 2021 10:49

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