Liberty Two Degrees shopping centres get COVID safety nod
31 Aug 2020
These include the well-known Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square and Eastgate shopping malls.
Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has partnered with independent Swedish certification body SAFE Shopping Centres to become the first mall owner in South Africa to receive international COVID-19 safety certification.
The certification is considered proof that the L2D portfolio follows all recommendations from health authorities and is operating in accordance with the highest international safety standards.
L2D aims to drive a clearly defined mall strategy that ensures the highest level of safety and security in its mall environments.
“We are very pleased with this achievement, and we look forward to further aligning our operations to best practice to remain in the forefront of retail innovation in the South African market,” says Jonathan Sinden, Chief Operations Officer at L2D.
Liberty Two Degrees has an iconic portfolio of six shopping centres across South Africa. They are jointly owned by the Liberty Group and include super-regional shopping centres like Sandton City, the popular Eastgate Shopping Centre, Nelson Mandela Square, Liberty Midlands Mall, Liberty Promenade and Botshabelo Mall.
For customers, this accreditation demonstrates a duty of care for mall employees, tenants and shoppers. Centre owners are expected to do everything reasonably possible to protect the health and safety of everybody using the malls.
In these centres, shoppers and tenants have access to free-standing sanitising stations at every entrance, as just one example of the COVID safety requirements.
“It’s great to see a responsible and forward-thinking owner like L2D becoming the first shopping centre owner in South Africa to receive the COVID-19 compliant certification. This demonstrates that they continue to set the standards for the shopping centre industry in Africa,” says Kobus Weyers, VP for Africa at SAFE Shopping Centres.