Whether bricks-and-mortar retail will survive the e-commerce onslaught is a debate that was raging long before 2020. But when Covid arrived and shoppers around the globe were forced online, many believed the end of the mall was finally nigh.   

The fear of empty shopping centres was of particular concern in SA, given the relatively large amount of retail space. The country has about 2,300 shopping centres, and the second-highest oversupply in the world after the US, based on gross lettable area to GDP, according to MSCI Real Estate...

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