The doors of the Kwadukuza Mall, on KZN’s North Coast, eventually opened on Friday a day later than planned due to legal action. So far it has cost billionaire businessman Vivian Reddy, the developer, R500m to complete the 29 000m² mall, with 80 stores and 900 parking bays, says a Sunday Tribune report.

Reddy’s company, Double Ring Trading (DRT), which handled the development, has been hounded by legal challenges from a local civic organisation, Concerned Citizens Group (CCG). The CCG took umbrage previously with Reddy’s acquisition of land from the Kwadukuza Municipality to build the mall.

The CCG’s latest salvo was fired in the KZN High Court (Durban) last week when the organisation attempted to block the mall’s Thursday opening, and claimed that DRT had not received an occupational certificate from the municipality.

Judge Graham Lopes adjourned the matter indefinitely after DRT’s representatives assured the court that the mall would not open until an occupational certificate was secured. After two days of subsequent inspections by municipal representatives, the certificate was issued and the mall was opened on Friday. The report notes the CCG is taking legal advice on the decision by the municipality to give DRT temporary occupation on 28 September when 48 hours earlier it rejected the same application.

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