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Wayne van der Vent, head of Futuregrowth Properties which is responsible for the development of the mall said: "This is not just a shopping centre, but a precinct development.
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"We believe this is the model ... in its simplest terms we want to produce townships into normal suburbs," said Wayne van der Vent, director of Futuregrowth Asset Management, which co-arranged the financing.
The opening of the single-story centre will provide the developing township with banking facilities, food and clothing retailers and household goods and is expected to be a catalyst for change in the area, Wayne van der Vent, head of development funds at Futuregrowth, said.
â€œConstruction of the centre has been putting food on people's tables and is changing their daily lives.This epitomises the benefits of funding rural developments and investing in communities,â€ he
added that having childcare facilities such as an Educare Centre at Tembisa Plaza, which would cater for working mothers, would usher in major lifestyle changes for many women.
Some R60-million was injected into the area during the construction phase and approximately 1 500 jobs were provided, said Van der Vent.
â€œWe expect that the centre will provide jobs for around 500 long-term employees,â€ he
said, and anticipates that the new centre, which is anchored by a 2000 m2 Shoprite and has a mix of 70% national tenants, will form a hub for future development in the area.
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Wayne van der Vent, the director of Futuregrowth Asset Management, said Futuregrowth always came tops in Alexander Forbes's targeted development fund category each year.
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Wayne van der Vent, a director of Futuregrowth and head of Development Funds, said that the FCPF has delivered strong investment and social impact returns since its inception.