Friday, October 2, 2020

Persistent smells at Kgale Mall worry tenants

Tenants at the Kgale Mall, adjacent to Game City Mall, are fuming at the persistent water and sewer pipe bursts which have been going on for months.

Tenants are faulting the owner of the mall, Judge Ian Kirby, for failure to act on their concerns. In particular, they are blaming the property manager ÔÇô one Kate Harriman of Syndicate Capital (Pty) Ltd. The property manager was not available for comment as she was said to be out of the country in Namibia.

Kirby has confirmed the concerns of his tenants, saying he is not sitting idle on the problem.

“We are very concerned about the sewerage bursts. We have received reports from the property manager regarding the bursts. We have since raised the matter with the engineering company that has been contracted by the Roman Catholic Church who provide service not only to us but other businesses in the Commerce Park business area,” said Kirby.

It was not possible to obtain immediate comment from the Catholic Church by the time of going to press.

Asked for how long the problem had been in existence, Kirby said his property manager would be better placed to provide answers to these enquiries.

One lease agreement signed between Kirby and a tenant at Kgale Mall shows that Kirby acted on behalf of his company, Syndicate Capital (Pty) Ltd.

“The property manager has the habit of dodging to meet us whenever we want to raise concerns about the regular pipe bursts, which have been going on for months. We only see her when she comes to collect rental money,” said one tenant who wished to remain anonymous.

Kirby’s Kgale Mall houses a number of businesses, including Spar Supermarket, De Bonaire’s Pizza, Woolworths, Peking Garden Chinese Fast Food, Cafe Dijo, Liquor Rama, Post Net, Engen and Home Net among others.

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