The new custom-built 2,500sqm Builders Express also includes a 700sqm
garden centre. In total, the store’s first phase spans 3,200sqm served by 222
dedicated parking bays, and the development also includes an area for future
expansion of a further 4,000 sqm.
Owned and developed by Thavhani Property Investments which is made up of local
Thohoyandou company Zevodox and Flanagan & Gerard, the earthworks for the
new Builders Express premises started at the beginning of August 2017, with the
main contractor getting underway by mid-September. The project brought with it
an estimated 120 jobs and a big boost to the local economy.
Completing and opening Builders Express also advances the developer’s vision
for Thavhani City.
Thavhani City is designed to be the future economic hub of North Eastern
Limpopo, with a development master plan that will create a new modern mixed-use
CBD. Thavhani City will include private healthcare facilities, new transport
terminals, a motor city, offices, hotels and a value retail centre. It will
also feature community soccer fields and an outdoor gym, all linked with
attractively landscaped pedestrian walkways.
The first phase of Thavhani City, the 50,000sqm regional Thavhani Mall, opened
on 24 August 2017. It has proven to be a resounding success and a powerful catalyst
for the development rollout of the surrounding Thavhani City mixed-use urban
Builders Express adds even more critical mass to the growing central business
district and the developers intend to strengthen this further with the adjacent
construction of value retail and major brand motor dealerships.
In addition, a flagship NHC private medical day care clinic is in planning at
Thavhani City. At 3,500sqm, it will be the group’s largest clinic in South
Africa and provide key medical specialists and facilities including a
radiologist, pathologist, dialysis as well as ten general practitioners. It
will also provide a nursery school.
A new office park will be developed within Thavhani City. The multi-business
office park will also offer vibrant co-working facilities for entrepreneurs,
becoming a hub of innovation, small businesses, job creation and economic
Local businessman Khosi Ramovha, of Thavhani Property Investments, says: “We
are pleased to welcome Builders Express to Thavhani City. Builders Express is
an ideal business to serve the needs of this community by providing excellent
high-quality hardware and building materials for the thriving residential
construction industry in the area. With more business, employment, healthcare,
social, and residential opportunities in Thohoyandou than ever before, it is
becoming an increasingly attractive place to live, work, and visit. With
Thavhani City we are building more than a CBD, we are also building a
burgeoning community that is rich with opportunities and a place that people
are proud to call home.”
Paul Gerard, MD of Flanagan & Gerard, comments: “The new Thavhani
City is rising and we are honoured to play a role in building its very bright
future. Each element of the Thavhani City master plan introduces new employment
and economic opportunities. The opening of the new Builders Express, the first
in the region, is yet another example of its growing comprehensive offering.
With Thavhani City, the people of this community are increasingly enjoying
easy-to-access mixed-use urban functions and facilities in one central,
relevant, attractive, and vibrant place.”