Liberty Two Degrees partners with SAFE Shopping Centers, becoming the first shopping centre owner in South Africa to receive international COVID-19 certification for all shopping centres.
The independent Swedish certification body, SAFE Shopping Centers, has audited and certified the operational procedures and routines implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at all Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) shopping centers. L2D is a precinct focused retail-centred REIT with an iconic portfolio of retail assets in South Africa. The certification is proof that the L2D portfolio of shopping centres follows all recommendations from health authorities and is operating in accordance with the highest international safety standards. Through Safe Spaces, which underpins L2D’s building blocks purposed to help futureproof the malls and truly set them apart, L2D aims to drive a clearly defined mall strategy that ensures the highest level of safety and security in its mall environments for tenants, shoppers and all stakeholders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s great to see a responsible and forward-thinking owner like L2D becoming the first shopping center owner in South Africa to receive the COVID-19 Compliant certification. They show a duty of care and continue to set the standards for the shopping center industry in Africa”, says Mr. Kobus Weyers, VP Africa at SAFE Shopping Centers.
The SAFE Shopping Centers certification extends to L2D’s retail portfolio of assets which totals six shopping centres across South Africa. These assets are jointly owned by the Liberty Group and include super-regional shopping centres Sandton City, Africa’s leading leisure and retail destination and Eastgate Shopping Centre, which consists of a first in Africa Aquaponics Farm District, as well as regional shopping centres; Nelson Mandela Square, Liberty Midlands Mall and Liberty Promenade and community based Botshabelo Mall.
Jonathan Sinden, Chief Operations Officer at L2D adds “In collaboration with JHI Retail and SAFE Shopping Centers, we have increased the various safety measures already in place and have strengthened hygiene protocols. We are encouraged that the efforts that we continue to make to keep our environments safe during this time, meet global standards and remain in the best interests of all our stakeholders. This enables us to continue our operations in a safe and responsible way, prioritising the wellbeing of our tenants and visitors. 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”.
The SAFE Shopping Centers’ certification recognises shopping centres as audited and certified in accordance with The Shopping Center Risk, Resilience and Security Standard. It is imperative for customer-facing businesses such as shopping centres to implement clear and stringent measures to ensure safety and peace of mind of tenants and visitors during this critical time.