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Hello Joburgers, for the past three years, The Mall of Africa has risen like a beacon on the Highveld landscape – seen for miles from vantage points around Johannesburg, Midrand and Centurion. As the largest single phase shopping mall built in Africa, it is fast becoming the centre of not only shopping excellence, but has led the way in being South Africa’s premier ‘retail-tainment’ centre.
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Sunday 28 April marks its 3rd successful year of trading and shoppers will receive free parking on the day and be able to enjoy the launch of the new monthly event on the last Sunday of every month – the Antique Fair, showcasing a treasure trove of antiques, collectables and bric-a-brac where avid collectors can browse and meet top antique dealers, find that special piece to add to a collection or simply enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Antiques Fair, while admiring the many treasures of yesteryear.
The Mall of Africa is home to over 300 shops spread over 130 000m² of retail space and is conveniently located off Allandale Road on the N1 highway. Fast becoming the ‘go-to’ trend hub where the who’s who shop for local and international brands and meet for mouth-watering meals. Mall of Africa hosts existing events such as the seasonal Art Collective in partnership with Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, which is the largest showcase of African art in South Africa. As the largest series of public art exhibitions in South Africa, on par with the upspring of African Art Fairs around the world such as the I-54 Contemporary African Art Fair hosted in London, New York and Marrakesh, the Mall of Africa is perfectly situated to create a new super-hub for the African creative industry, thereby becoming a Patron of the Arts.
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According to General Manager, Johann Fourie, the Mall of Africa is leading the way in the international trend of adding entertainment and event experiences to the retail mix – something that is revolutionizing the shopping centre experience around the world as changing consumer habits reshape the retail world. “Shoppers, especially in South Africa, still find shopping malls safe havens to shop and enjoy their leisure time and as The Mall of Africa draws shoppers from a wide catchment area beyond its immediate perimeter, these visitors want to spend more time shopping, enjoying the experience and being catered to and entertained.”
In addition to hosting the annual prestigious National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire (NAADA Faire) for the past two years, which turns the Crystal Court into an elegant showcase for antique furniture, collectables and decorative arts, shoppers and collectors will now be able to enjoy the international trend in ‘table-top antiquing’ with the introduction of a Monthly Antique Fair on the last Sunday of every month. Popular in all the capitals of the world – be it London, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Lisbon or New York – top antique dealers will showcase their very best in antiques, collectables and decorative arts and experts will be on hand to give free valuations ‘á la Antique Roadshow’ for those who have some ‘old treasures’ from grandma tucked away that might be of value.
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According to Clyde Terry, organizer of the antique fairs, “there is a world-wide trend in ‘going green’ by rediscovering, recycling and preserving the craftsmanship and history of antiques and collectables of the past. The appeal of TV programmes like Pawn Stars and the Antiques Roadshow has sparked a renewed interest in collecting and we look forward to welcoming all collectors and those who are fascinated by collectable treasures.”
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