The multi-million pula Rail Park Mall at Gaborone Bus Rank is now completed and is expected to open its doors this week on Thursday, October 20, the Managing Director said.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, Botswana Railways Property Managing Director, David Tsheboeng, said that the mall has been completed on time and within budget. He said many stores have already occupied their space and awaiting trading licenses. He stated that health inspection has been done and occupation permits have been issued to traders.
“We have catered for the informal traders by providing stalls for their small businesses in cubicles,” said Tsheboeng.
According to Tsheboeng, the mall will accommodate, among others, Choppies grocery store, Food Lovers, some restaurants, Clicks and some space for offices. He said the construction and full operation of the mall has been hailed as a significant project that will complement Botswana’s employment creation and economic diversification efforts. He said the mall is located at the heart of city centre, the busiest bus rank in the country, used by a lot of motorists and individuals.
Tsheboeng said the P350 million Rail Park Mall, a brainchild of BR Properties, is a partnership with Botswana Insurance Fund Management (Bifm), Eris Property and Treddinick, a Private Public Partnership (PPP). He added that the partners are tapping onto each other’s diverse expertise to bring a unique development to the property development portfolio.
“The construction of the massive bridge has linked the mall with the other side and it crosses over the railway line and it is a big land mark,” said Tsheboeng.
Tsheboeng said that other benefits of the project include service provision, local entrepreneur development, rehabilitation and regeneration, especially with regard to upgrading the road network system and decongesting the bus rank. Tsheboeng said BR Properties have spent a lot to make the road easy and accessible to avoid congestion in and outside the mall.
He stated that the mall consists of 120 parking bays for public taxis for easy accessibility for transportation.
Tsheboeng said the official opening of the mall is scheduled for November and added that the Minister of Transport and Communication will decide on the guest speaker soon.
The mall was developed by Murray and Roberts Construction Company. It opens at a time when progressive new developments of Blocks 10 and 8 industrial sites, along with Gaborone north residential area are nearing completion.