Back to business for most after hail, but Northridge Mall to open later

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It is back to business for shops at Preller Square in Bloemfontein after a hailstorm hit parts of the city late yesterday afternoon. Parked vehicles were stuck in mountains of hail that piled up at the shopping centre in the northern suburbs. Owner of Liquor City in the Dan Pienaar Mall, situated opposite Preller Square, Pieter Fouché, says his store was open late yesterday afternoon when moderate rain turned into buckets of hail.

Hail piled up in the road opposite the store, says Fouché. Cars were stuck. It was messy. Fouché says he only closed his store at 20:00. Bulldozer trucks were already busy clearing the road. This morning there was still some ice and mud on the road. He applauded the Mangaung Metro’s swift response last night in clearing the area.

Fouché says as far as he knows no damage was caused to the building. No damage was caused in his shop.

Meanwhile, CEO of the PHG Group, owners of the Northridge Mall, Charl Gray, says the mall is currently closed for business as they are assessing the damage. He says business is expected to be back to normal later this afternoon. Many customers have reported that they are not allowed to enter the parking area of the mall. – Christal-Lize Muller