7 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Mall of Zim Receives the Green Light

CONSTRUCTION of West Properties' US$100 million Mall of Zimbabwe in the plush Borrowdale suburb of Harare has received the green light from the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), the property firm has confirmed.

West Properties chief executive, Mike van Blerk, said in an interview this week that EMA had approved his company's application to develop the entire open space between Borrowdale West and Dandaro Village after 11 months of negotiations.

West Properties will construct a 68 000sqm mall, office parks, cluster homes, a school and medical facilities.

"The approval is for developing roads and sewer and the like," van Blerk said.

"The plan was approved on condition that we maintain a central wetland core of some sort so we want to create a weir or dam so that there will be surface water."

There used to be a river about 75 years ago so we want to create a canal," van Blerk said.A weir is a low dam built across a stream to divert its water or to control its flow.The 50 hectare weir would be built at the centre of the land development to allow water from the area to be drained into it.

Construction is expected to start in February 2013 with completion earmarked for October 2014.

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