Environmental fears over Mall of Maun location

From the sky: The Mall of Maun Project area map PIC: GOOGLE MAPS
From the sky: The Mall of Maun Project area map PIC: GOOGLE MAPS

Construction of a new mall along the Thamalakane River in Maun called the Mall of Maun, has been met with environmental concerns. Hailed as the mall that will boost tourism in Maun and enhance infrastructure development in the area, it is being built on a space along Tawana I Road and Thamalakane River by Tame Malls, a citizen-owned real estate development and management company.

The groundbreaking ceremony was officially held at the beginning of March by Minister of Investment Trade and Industry Mmusi Kgafela as well as the project patron, Mmakgosi Moremi. Construction is to commence on May 1 and is due for completion by September 2023.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has confirmed that the mall is being built on a sensitive environmental site. The project is built on a floodplain which is within the Ramsar Site but outside the UNESCO World Heritage Property core zone.

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