Chaos as Mall of Africa opens and traffic is gridlocked

From before the time the mall opened up, well before 7am the traffic build up around the Allandale Interchange has been gridlocked.

There are a lot of angry people on the roads.

Aki Anastasiou , EWN Traffic reporter

It was quite well announced that the opening was today, the 28th, and we planned it in such a way that it does fall between the public holidays.

Morné Wilken, CEO of Attacq

But Morné Wilken, CEO of Attacq, insists the traffic congestion is just an initial teething problem as mall goers become familiar with how to get into the mall.

A lot of people still need to learn how to enter the mall. We have sufficient parking to cater for it, but demand is over the top and we didn't expect it.

Morné Wilken, CEO of Attacq

A lot of people are coming in from the Allandale Interchange and coming in to the first entrance to the mall, although there are six other entrances. Over time people will realise that.

But Morné Wilken, CEO of Attacq, insists the traffic congestion is just an initial teething problem as mall goers become familiar with how t

Wilken says they are very excited about the new mall, and believe bigger malls have an advantage over smaller ones, as they offer people a whole day shopping and lifestyle experience.

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