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Boardwalk Mall appoints three Gqeberha locals to lead its management team

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BOARDWALK Mall has appointed three Gqeberha locals in key positions on its new management team.

Boardwalk Mall is a major development by Flanagan & Gerard Group and Emfuleni Resorts, a subsidiary of Sun International (JSE: SUI), that is set to take shopping and entertainment in Gqeberha to new heights.

The R500-million project builds on the success and strong community roots of the landmark Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World. Boardwalk Mall is an extension and upgrade of the Boardwalk Precinct, which is more than doubling its retail space to 23,000sqm. Construction on the first phase of a 17-hectare development began in May 2021.

Gqeberha born and bred Solomzi Nqweni is the mall’s new general manager. He started his career as a professional cricketer, representing the local Eastern Province and Warriors Cricket teams. Solo has also gained outstanding business credentials. He has worked in investment banking at Investec, business operations at DEKT Holdings and spent a year at Flanagan & Gerard learning the ropes of the retail property business.

“PE is called the friendly city for a reason; its people are generally honest and hard working. I’m excited to be around this team, to be part of building such an amazing project together, and to share it with everyone in September. The city has never had a precinct and shopping experience like this – it is completely new. We have many ideas bouncing around that we’d love to bring to life, so be ready for some wonderful surprises,” says Solo.

Kirsti Dolinschek, Boardwalk Mall’s marketing manager, hails from a Gqeberha family. She completed her BCom Honours in Business Management at NMMU (UPE) in 2005 and moved back to the city in 2016. Kirsti has gained diverse experience in an impressive progression of marketing, promotions and communications roles, most recently as Retail Marketing Manager, Greenacres Shopping Centre.

“The opportunity to influence change in the local community and support local businesses as part of the Boardwalk Mall management team is genuinely exciting. When it launches in September 2022, Boardwalk Mall will be a catalyst that puts Gqeberha on the map as a national and international tourism destination. It will transform the beachfront into a sporting and entertainment hub, not only for the city but hopefully SA. Locals are going to love the convenience and access to great national and local brands – on their front doorstep!” says Kirsti. She adds that Summerstrand and its surrounding areas have needed a full-service convenience mall for the longest time.

Anthony van Goeverden is a qualified EL&P electrician who has lived in the area all his life and loves it. He has been part of the Boardwalk team for 15 years and, as maintenance and engineering manager, has been involved to some extent with the demolition and rebuilding of the mall so far.

“The quality of the people working on the new Boardwalk Mall is exciting and stimulating. When it officially opens in September, shoppers are going to love its amazing design and, of course, the tenant mix,” says Tony.

The Boardwalk Mall philosophy is all about keeping it local, explains Paul Gerard, MD of Flanagan & Gerard. “We employ local people and contract local supplier companies wherever possible. Our new management team hit the ground running in March 2022. They certainly have their work cut out for the official opening on 22 September 2022. We believe that when it comes to managing a shopping centre, it’s as much about the attitude of the team as the skills, and the new Boardwalk Mall team has heaps of both.”

As locals, the team bring their passion for the community and city to the management of the mall. “We are committed to supporting local schools, businesses and community bodies in Summerstrand and beyond, to further the growth and development of Gqeberha and its friendly people,” says Solo.

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