Mlungisi Community Commercial Park
William Andrew MARTINSON: Project Architect
HSC CONSULTING: Engineer
Lienkie TROSKIE: Design Architect
Catherine COLLOCOTT: Design Architect
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MLUNGISI COMMUNITY COMMERCIAL PARK
The construction of the Mlungisi Community Commercial Park (MCCP) in Mlungisi, Stutterheim, arose from a strategy proposed by Aspire to work with the Amahlathi Local Municipality to uplift small businesses and to transfer construction related skills to individuals located within the municipal area. The necessary consultation with the local Community and the liaison with the Consultant Team was facilitated and led by Saskia Haardt of Aspire.
In October 2010 the National Treasury approved the funding for the construction of this multi-purpose facility. Construction commenced in 2011 and is scheduled for completion late in 2013.
The MCCP was imagined as a vehicle for economic development not only by attracting local businesses to rent space, but also to cater for community development and recreation activities. It houses community services such as a Municipal Pay point, Community Library, Community Hall, Lovelife Youth Centre, playground and Clinic and a Post Office.
Businesses that will operate include clothing shops, cellphone shop, two ATM's, restaurants, fresh food and meat outlet, hardware shop and a supermarket.
A large amphitheatre within the central courtyard will serve as a space for a variety of open-air meetings and activities. A covered taxi rank will serve the community's public transport needs.
The total area of the site is close to 5 500 sqm and the Mlungisi Township surrounds it with three other rural villages in close proximity.
(William Martinson - 2013 October)
During civil unrest in Stutterheim in 2019 - caused by protests against the Local Authority - portions of the building were badly damaged by fire. This was never repaired and the complex continues to suffer from ongoing damage by local inhabitants removing useable building materials. The insurance payout has been utilised by the Local Authority to pay salaries, so the chances of the building being restored in the near future is unfortunately unlikely.
(William Martinson - 2020 March)
These notes were last edited on 2020 03 24