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In light of 10 years of service, Maponya Mall celebrated its birthday at the Heritage Centre on the 29th and 30th September. We came together to commemorate this milestone while embracing the deep heritage within the Soweto community.

Maponya Mall is the original pride and joy of Soweto, envisioned by Dr Richard Maponya. Through his commitment and pride, he wished to enrich the community with an institution that the people could call their soul, and bring a high-end shopping experience to the people centred around convenience and the objective of providing something for everyone.

This has been a mall of many firsts for the community; including being the first premium black owned mall in the country. September 2017 marked 10 years of successful trading for Maponya Mall and a perfectly soulful celebration was apt as the centre’s success would not have been possible without the community. The celebration was inline with a famous Zulu quote: “Izandla ziyagezana”, and the mall wished to give back to the community through 3 primary initiatives:

CSI Ndlovu Ndalo Competition:
This initiative took place on the 29th September, where 15 of Soweto’s most talented schools had a chance to battle it out and show off their artistry by recreating the Maponya Mall elephant during the course of the day. The top 10 most creative schools won R10 000 for their school to assist with improvements.

The top 10 schools included, Lilydale Primary, Thembalihle Primary, Noordgesig Primary, Paul Mosaka Primary, Ipolokeng Primary, St Martin, Bapedi Primary, Mangwele Primary, Emadwaleni High, Madibane High, Progress Comprehensive Secondary & Fidelitas Secondary.

Computer Lab Sponsorship to Motjoli Primary School:
Dr Maponya unveiled Majoli Primary School’s computer lab on Friday, 29th September. Motjoli is an NGO run school that offers free education. Having identified a gap in the ICT development and through the very few donations they received, Maponya Mall has ventured out to build the neighbouring school’s computer lab.
Spend and WIN Campaign:
In order to reward Maponya Mall’s loyal customers, the centre gave everyone who spent R350 or more between the 27th and 30th of September a chance to WIN one of 10 big prizes which included; R10 000 cash, a Pick n Pay trolley dash and an assortment of major appliances, just to name a few. All of these prizes were awarded on the 30th of September.

Further to this, the mall is planning on undergoing upgrades on facilities and services such as security, the bathrooms and much more, all in an effort to keep the mall’s focus on customer service and maintain the world class shopping experience that the people of the community deserve. With the high volume of elderly citizens frequenting the mall, a Gogo’s Go Kart initiative is on the cards for next year, which aims at providing transportation to the mall for the elderly.

In addition, the mall’s CSI efforts will focus on local enterprise development and on supporting local schools. In true Soweto heritage, the mall will continue to strive to give a helping hand, and develop Soweto into a world-class destination

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