Construction on the Oceans Umhlanga mixed-use development in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, is set to begin in February 2019.

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Beginning with the Oceans Mall, the R4.5-billion project will eventually incorporate a 36 000m² world-class luxury shopping mall, two exclusive residential towers with 488 apartments, a 207-room five-star Radisson BLU hotel with major conference facilities and 65 exclusive hotel apartments.

The first building to begin construction in the mall will contain 103 retail outlets incorporating 22 international iconic luxury fashion brands, 12 restaurants, a supercar dealership and South Africa’s first snow-park and ice-bar.

“The project, which will take 18 months to complete, is expected to create 500 direct and 2 000 indirect jobs. Complications arising from the liquidation of a contractor on site have now been resolved and new contractors are being appointed,” says Oceans Umhlanga chairman, Vivian Reddy.

City manager, Sipho Nzuzu says that the eThekwini Municipality is proud to boast such a project and he is looking forward to this state-of-the-art mall that with have a great socio-economic impact in the region.

“It is well-known that Durban is one of the fastest developing metros in South Africa. We are continuously drawing big spenders who want to take advantage of the warm weather and fantastic tourism infrastructure. This mall will clearly satisfy their needs,” says Nzuzu.