Unlikely Rocklands mall will be rebuilt by year’s end

Bonginkosi Innocent Ndima, Small Enterprise Finance Agency (the Rocklands shopping centre landlord) spokesman

We remain confident that we will find a workable solution that will meet the expectations of the Mitchell’s Plains community  (“Landlord no-show for Shoprite mall meeting,” Plainsman June 23). 

No insurance has been paid out to the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa). However, we have a pending claim that is still being considered by our insurers.

Additionally, we are not able to provide any further information until our legal team finalises the matter.

It is unfortunate and regrettable that some of our key team members were not available for the scheduled Friday June 23 meeting for different reasons, as it is critical that they are part of this session and are at hand to provide solid information to the community. Hence, we requested the postponement of the meeting.

Therefore, we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused to the community.

Of course, Sefa is open to considering different communication platforms to share critical information with the community. However, it is equally important that we have all the key stakeholders so that the community is given relevant information.

We want to reiterate that the Sefa management recognises the impact the Rocklands property matter is having on the community. We remain committed to finding solutions within the limited resources and decision-making processes that must be navigated through as an agency of the state.

The entity is currently engaging with various developers for possible development solutions for the site.

As a governmental entity, we are governed by various legislative processes and procedures that we must comply with.

Based on the legislative or governance processes already outlined earlier, that Sefa must comply with, it is unlikely that the centre would be rebuilt by December 2023.

It is also difficult to give any specific timelines of possible completion, as the rebuilding project largely depends on the internal decision-making process and the outcomes of the engagement with property developers.

We note the email from Danny Christians, councillor for Ward 79.

We remain in constant communication with his office and remain grateful for his leadership and support on this matter. We will jointly with him and relevant stakeholders schedule another meeting date as soon as it is practical to do so for all involved.