Maruleng Local Municipality Mayor Tsheko Musolwa and the management of Sampada Private Equity on Wednesday conducted the sod-turning ceremony for the R200 million Oaks shopping centre. Construction of the shopping centre is set to begin as early as next week. 

The Oaks shopping centre will be built at The Oaks Village, situated approximately 36 kilometres from Hoedspruit.

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The property developers responsible for the construction of the shopping centre, Sampada Private Equity say the project aims to enhance convenience and accessibility for local residents. To also foster economic growth within the community

Mayor Musolwa added that the new shopping centre will help create more jobs for local residents. The centre will also help residents not to travel long distances to access essential goods and services. 


“Now when we stand here, it proves that things are coming together,” Mayor Musolwa told residents in attendance. 

“As the government, we stand hand in hand with Sampada Private Equity. They did explain that the money that is going to be used to build this Mall is over R200 million. They also explained that this Mall was supposed to be 5500 square metres when they started. It has now increased it to 10,000 square metres. 

“That just means that if it was a two-room house, it is now going to be a four-roomed house,” he explained to the residents gathered at the ceremony. 

Sod Turning Ceremony for the Oaks shopping centre  
Oaks shopping centre Sod Turning Ceremony

“They have also mentioned that they are bringing companies such as Shoprite, Ackermans and others. So that means in these shops there will be those that come to clean, to sell and to guard.

“This means that as a community, we are reducing unemployment. So it means if we hire 200 people it means more than 1 000 people will be assisted. This investment is for you people of Oaks, you must take care of it.”