In 2014, Kanye – a village in the southern part of Botswana, was given a facelift with the opening of a multi-million Pula shopping complex, which was built through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) concept. At the time the Southern District Council (SDC) partnered with Time Projects, a local property company to build a P60 million mall.
Fast forward to 2017, still in Kanye, the SDC has revealed that it has been engaged in yet another PPP project which has since resulted in a second mall to be known as Mahube.
SDC’s senior public relations officer, Thapelo Timuno said this week that says so far out of 15 shops that they have in the mall, only five of them have been rented.
“We are hopeful we will find tenants for the remaining mall is in one of Kanye’s prime areas”, he said.
SDC is said to be targeting amongst other utilities companies such WUC as well as giant telecommunications company, BTC Limited as potential tenants.
Timuno said that both Mahube and Mongala malls are SDC’s efforts to answer to government’s calls that councils should not always wait for the central government to finance them but that they should also start income generating businesses to make up for government shortfalls.
He expressed happiness that the project has been delivered on time and indicated that the local authority’s aim is to help provide jobs for locals whilst at the same time creating income for the council.
SDC is said to have plans to turn Kanye village into a commercial hub of the southern district and to make space for companies wishing to set up in the village. Timuno said SDC is still exploring other areas where they can venture into PPP businesses. Although he declined to name their partner in recent project, sources stated that it was business magnet Satar Dada.