The first phase of Tongaat Hulett project the Ntshongweni Urban Development region will be an 85,000m² regional retail offering. The Mall of the West will cater to Durban’s under-serviced western suburbs and surrounding areas.
Development rights for the urban core – the first precinct – are already in place, with preliminary infrastructure upgrades expected to begin early next year.
Located 30 km west of Durban on the N3, the 2,000ha Ntshongweni Urban Development is expected to unlock significant economic activity. Nicola Muir, spokesperson for mall developers Fundamentum Asset Managers, says the Mall of the West is “at the forefront of building a whole new town to the west of Durban”.
Development of the mall is due to begin in late 2019, with completion expected in early 2022.
Tongaat Hulett Developments MD Michael Deighton says the Mall of the West will simulate the original Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga in its ability to drive the new precinct’s urban and retail core.
Construction of the entire development will take between 15 and 20 years. Tongaat Hulett anticipates that it will create 35,000 permanent jobs and 400,000 short term construction jobs.