Maponya Mall, Soweto’s first mega-mall, was officially opened on 27 September 2007 by former South African president Nelson Mandela. The R650-million shopping mall’s establishment was historic as it was the first major shopping mall to be built in a township and the first to be black-owned.
Thrive Cafe offers visitors a slick, modern, café-style alternative to the area’s traditional township fare. Relax on the wide upper-floor balcony and enjoy expertly brewed coffee, fresh breakfasts, healthy salads and free Wi-Fi. Led by a passionate young local barista and an enthusiastic former customer who bought into this dream, this is a place made for relaxation. Although located in Vilakazi Street, a busy street due to its historical significance, Thrive exudes a calm atmosphere.