Menlyn Maine Central Square opens

Engineering News – Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday opened the Menlyn MaineCentral Square, in Pretoria, calling it a “very important development” for Gauteng. Speaking at the launch of the 65 000-m2 R1.8-billion Central Square development, which forms part of the overall 315 000 m2 Menlyn Maine mixed-use precinct, the Premier said government had “great plans” for Pretoria, but that those plans could not take place unless government and business worked together.

Makhura also revealed that Central Square would benefit from the proposed expansion of the Gautrainrailsystem to Mamelodi. Central Square is co-owned by joint investors Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings and the Government Employees Pension Fund, represented by the Public Investment Corporation.

Besides the retail sectorMenlyn Maine will also be home to a residential quarter, offices, the Sun International Time Square casino, a park, a five-star hotel and an 8 000-seat multipurpose arena development. Planning for the R10-billion precinct started about eight years ago, when developers bought 104 residential properties to assemble land.