A new precinct serving shopping and services needs
The Tlhabane Square is an exciting new mixed-use precinct being developed by the Public Investment Corporation. Situated in Rustenburg in the North West, the precinct will feature a regional mall with 31,000sqm of GLA, offering two levels of retail covering fashion, food, homeware and entertainment. The precinct will also feature offices (incorporating Home Affairs, a Labour Department office and a hotel with conference facilities), a police station, magistrate court, taxi drop-off, tyre fitment centre and traders market.
As a whole, Thlabane Square is a significant investment in a part of Rustenburg that needs uplifting. Not only will it serve both the shopping and service needs of customers, but the precinct also supports local job creation and skills transfer, maximising its community impact.
Tlhabane Square is being constructed using a significant percentage of local labour and locally sourced building materials. In the tender requirements, the client set out preferential procurement criteria requiring 30% of the work to be done by local and 51% black-owned companies.
In terms of building materials, all sand, cement, bricks, concrete, mortar, reinforcing steel, equipment and stationery have been sourced from local suppliers. And in terms of labour, both unskilled and semi-skilled workers have been recruited into the construction team, with on-site and formal skills transfer taking place. Specialist subcontractors are helping to train workers in areas including crane operation and concrete placement, and in administrative tasks, time management, first aid and fire prevention.
The surrounding community is excited about and proud of this development. While it is supporting skills development now, the precinct’s excellent location, visibility and access will continue attracting activity, opportunity and job creation in years to come.
Tlhabane Square is on track to be completed and launched at the end of July 2021, despite setbacks caused by the various COVID-19 lockdowns. For more information on the precinct and to follow its development, you can follow the Facebook page.