The R650-million Soweto shopping centre, Maponya Mall, was officially opened on September 27, 2007 by former South African president Nelson Mandela. It is the first such shopping centre in Soweto and the first to be blacked-owned. With more than 200 stores and a cinema complex, it is also one of the largest shopping centres in South Africa and one of the growing Johannesburg attractions.
The mall is named after Richard Maponya, the founder and president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce, as well as proprietor of Maponya’s Supply Stores. Maponya acquired the land where the mall is situated in 1979, on a 100-year lease. In 1994, after several attempts, he acquired the property entirely. Various attempts to finance construction failed, until Maponya’s holding company entered into a joint venture with Zenprop Property Holdings.
Maponya Mall houses both local businesses and top national retailers, which have several flagship stores in the mall. Among the mall’s national retailers are Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Mr Price, Foschini, Clicks, Ackermans and Truworths. The mall also offers numerous dining options, including News Café, Panarottis, Wimpy, Nandos, KFC, Steers, Debonairs and Delhi Delicious and also has a Virgin Active gym.
Maponya Mall is centrally located in Soweto within a short distance of the Kliptown tourism precinct, University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus and just a few minutes’ drive from the Hector Pieterson Museum and Vilakazi Street tourism precinct, all of which are historical tourist attractions in South Africa.
- Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm
- Friday from 9am to 8pm
- Saturday from 9am to 7pm
- Sunday and public holidays from 9am to 5pm
From Johannesburg’s M1 South, merge onto the N12 towards Soweto/Kimberley/Bloemfontein. Keep left, following the Soweto signs, and turn right onto Chris Hani/Old Potchefstroom Road. Maponya Mall is on your right after Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus.