Mall of Africa opening causes heavy traffic

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This Google Map shows heavy traffic around Midrand, as thousands of shoppers head to the opening of the Mall of Africa.

This Google Map shows heavy traffic around Midrand, as thousands of shoppers head to the opening of the Mall of Africa.

JOHANNESBURG – The grand opening of the Mall of Africa caused heavy traffic congestion on the N1 freeway and most roads leading to Midrand on Thursday as thousands of shoppers attended the launch for opening day deals.

 

Spokesperson from the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Wayne Minnaar said traffic was disrupted from 5am as swarms of shoppers headed to the 6am store openings.

 

Minnaar said traffic had subsided at the front of the mall but remained congested on the N1 as people continued to use the freeway to access the Allandale Road off-ramp.

“The Metro police officers were deployed to the mall and around the mall for safety reasons and to deal with the traffic,” Minaar said.

 

The Mall of Africa– located in Waterfall City, Midrand – cost R5-billion and consists of 130,000 square metres of space for over 300 stores.

 

 

 

 

 

-Medha Imam