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COMMUNITY: Sandton City Refurb Benefits Six Charities


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Sandton City’s exciting refurbishment project has, through a dedicated recycling approach, helped to support a number of charities and communities in the Gauteng area.

“The internal refurbishment of the centre is reaching completion and every usable fitting – from tiles to taps, doors and lights - has been carefully set aside and matched to requests from registered charities. “Sandton City is proud of our contribution to our community and the recycling approach undertaken in the refurbishment.” says Sharon Swain, Sandton City Centre Manager.

This recycling initiative started in July of 2009. In total, the 11 donations have benefitted six different charities.

Salvaged floor tiles and ceiling tiles have helped in the expansion of The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID) premises in Vorna Valley, thereby supporting SAID’s programme in nine townships in and around Tembisa, where over 14 000 children in Grade 2 are educated in animal care every year.

Avalon, a NGO (non government organisation) that assists people with disabilities has used a consignment of floor tiles for their charity shop and resident’s living areas.

MaAfrika Tikkun – a charity that focuses on early development, youth, life skills training and counselling - also received much needed tiles, plumbing, bathroom and light fittings for its Alexandra, Diepsloot and Orange Farm community facilities.
Also benefitting from the tile salvaging exercise was The Siyafunda Trust, a boys’ boarding school for learners from Grade 4 to Grade 12 in Onderstepoort.

A previously unusable ward for children with facial anomalies at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital regained its purpose, thanks to floor tiles from Sandton City. This donation was made to the Smile Foundation, a non-profit organisation that assists children with facial anomalies.

The salvaging exercise also yielded a number of doors, in varying sizes and in excellent condition, which were handed over to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) for use in their new Paediatric Oncology Unit at Steve Biko Hospital.

The R1.77 billion first phase of the Sandton City redevelopment will bring an additional 30,000sqm of high-end retail space on-stream as well as refreshing the mall with features and finishes inspired by exciting trends in leading international design.

Sandton City’s entire retail space, including the extension, will total 150,000sqm on completion of this phase, set to open in late 2011. This will take the complex, which includes the hotel and office component, to a massive 215,000sqm. Once complete, the expansion and refurbishment of Sandton City Shopping Centre will not only offer a variety of exciting local and international brands but furthermore a refreshed, bright and contemporary space, with the overall aesthetic of the malls subtly reflecting the diverse geographical regions of South Africa.

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