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How the Unrest benefited the Construction Industry

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Buildings damaged in the unrest in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng

The unrest began on July 8 2021, Jacob Zuma Protests, A series of protests regarding the arrest of ex-president Jacob Zuma resulted in mass looting of retail shops, burning buildings, shutting down the transport industry in two of the bigger provinces Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng.

South Africa has been dubbed “the protest capital of the world” with one of the highest rates of public protests. Roads damaged by the burning of trucks while some toll plazas were also damaged, South Africa’s construction industry may receive a short term boost from the rebuilding of damaged and destroyed infrastructure, buildings and structures in unrest and looting but the longer-term outlook for the sector is more uncertain. Protecting, burning, destroying schools, roads, retails, government buildings, transports, costing the country billions of rands.

The newly built Brookside Mall was not spared after it was burnt down during the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal. Plans are underway to rebuild.

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Recovery and Reconstruction

“However, all eyes will now be on the government’s Recovery and Reconstruction Plan, which has been rather slow right out of the starting blocks.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled plans to assist businesses caught up in the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, and those SMMEs that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged the country’s economy.

The president said that South Africa is one of the few countries in the world to have a state-owned insurance company, SASRIA, which provides cover against incidents of public violence, strikes, riots and unrest.

SASRIA has committed to expediting the payment of all valid claims, and is working together with private insurers, Ramaphosa said, adding that some businesses that were victims of this violence may not have been insured.

Nearly R4bn recovery fund was set up to help businesses after looting

Trade, industry and competition minister said the trade department, working with the small business department, had identified eight urgent focus areas for business and economic recovery: restoring supply lines; making immediate repairs to shops (such as replacing broken windows)

So they could reopen in weeks; accelerating construction and structural repairs where larger builds were needed, some of which would take months to complete.

Below is a list of businesses and buildings damaged by the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng

  1. Chris Hani Crossing
  2. Daveyton Shopping Centre
  3. Diepkloof Square
  4. Dobsonville Mall
  5. Evagold Shopping Centre
  6. Evaton Mall
  7. Jabulani Mall
  8. Irene Village
  9. Khan Corner
  10. Letsoho Mall
  11. Mams Mall
  12. Maverick Corner
  13. Ndofaya Mall
  14. Normandie Court
  15. Palm Springs Shopping Centre
  16. Pan African Mall
  17. Protea Garden Mall
  18. Queens Court
  19. Sam Ntuli Mall
  20. Sizwe Shopping Centre
  21. Sontonga Mall
  22. South Gate Mall
  23. Tembi Mall
  24. Yarona Shopping Centre
  25. 30 Afroprop Buildings
  26. 30 Makro & Game buildings
  27. 32 Schools in KZN
  28. 320 West Street
  29. 33 Standard Bank branches 220 of its ATMS
  30. 88 Field Street
  31. Afrox
  33. Biyela Shopping Centre
  34. Bridge City Shopping Centre
  35. Brookside Mall
  36. Cato Ridge Distribution Centre
  37. China Mall
  38. China City
  39. City Life Building
  40. Cornubia Ridge Logistic Park – Warehouse 1
  41. Davenport Square
  42. Defy Warehouse
  43. Delta Towers
  44. Dunlop Centre
  45. Edendale Crossing Centre
  46. Edendale Mall
  47. Eshowe Mall – The Atrium
  48. Galleria Mall
  49. Game PMB
  50. Glenwood Village
  51. Hammarsdale Junction
  52. Hyundai Dealership
  53. Isipingo Market
  54. Isipingo Junction
  55. Isithebe Industrial park
  56. Kingspark Manufacturers factory
  57. Kwamashu Shopping Centre
  58. Kyalami Industrial Park
  59. Laager Centre Spar
  60. Ladysmith crematorium
  61. LG Warehouse
  62. Liberty Towers
  63. Machibisa Spar
  64. Makro
  65. Mandeni Mall
  66. Massmart
  67. Mega City Mall
  68. Mkuze Shopping Centre
  69. Montclair Mall
  70. North Coast Industrial Park
  71. Pine Parkade
  72. Pinetown Central
  73. Pinecrest Mall
  74. Pine Walk Centre
  75. Queensmead Mall
  76. Redlyn Business Park
  77. Ridge Mall
  78. RTT Warehouse
  79. SANBS
  80. Sanlam Centre
  81. Scottsville Mall
  82. Seaquence Logistics
  83. Southway Mall
  84. Springfield Value Mart
  85. Superspar
  86. Theku Plaza
  87. The Ridge Shopping Centre Shallcross
  88. The Workshop
  89. The Boulevard Business Park
  90. Treasury House
  91. Umgeni Business Park
  92. Umkomaas Central
  93. Umlazi Mega City
  94. Umzinto Priso
  95. Ushekela Industrial Park
  96. Value Logistics
  97. Vector Logistics Cold room
  98. Warehouse – Reservoir Hills
  99. Warehouse in Brickfield
  100. Wartburg Central
  101. Watercrest Mall
  102. Waterfall Storage Facility – Stor-Age
  103. Westmead Cash & Carry
  104. Westwood Mall
  105. West Street

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