Coal mining fires Lephalale economy

 The development of the Lephalale area in Limpopo at the back of a prospering coal mining activity is gaining ground with the architects of under construction Laphalale Mall saying it is fit to grow into a regional shopping centre.

 Constructiion of the first phase of the Lephalale Mall began in January this year and was scheduled toopen trading doors in November this year. The first phase will deliver 14000sqm retail trading space to be anchored by Game and Checkers. The development is a is a joint venture between Moolman Group and Uniqon.

Steph Beyers, Development Director of Moolman Group said the Mall has the potential to grow to a regional mall of 42,000sqm.

“The mall and surrounding node will ultimately consist of 70,000sqm of retail and other commercial space once fully developed,” said Beyers. “Lephalale Mall will be a dominant retail shopping centre serving the needs of this fast expanding town. Local residents will enjoy a new shopping experience with all the shops and products they want at a single modern location”.

Growing coal mining and power generating activities are the driving forces behind Lephalale’s growing economy.

The Waterberg Coal Field in Lephalale is one of the largest coal fields in South Africa. It is little wonder then that Lephalale’s growth is driven by mining expansion. Exxaro Grootegeluk Mine – already the biggest of its kind in the world – is now increasing in size.


Power generation is also fuelling the local economy with the construction of the new Medupi Power Station well on the way. It joins Matimba Power Station, the largest direct dry-cooled power station in the world. Further, widespread agriculture, game farming and tourism are elevating Lephalale’s status on South Africa’s economic map.

“Retail is important in any community. Lephalale Mall will serve local shopping needs in a quality, modern setting which is central for the town and its neighbours,” says Henry Bendeman of Uniqon.

Anchored by Checkers and Game the retail offering will also include Jet, Edgars Active, Mr Price Home, Mr Price Sport, Spitz, Studio 88, Rage Shoes, King Pie, MTN, Torga Optical  and many more.





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