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Mayor mobilises face masks for the less privileged

His Worship Councillor Wild Ndipo, Mayor of Blantyre City is running a campaign to mobilise face masks for the less privileged residents especially learners in public schools.

Faisal Aboo of Pacific Limited makes his donation to the Mayor

The Donate a Mask Campaign followed the Malawi Government Gazette of 7th August 2020, which instituted new Covid-19 precautionary measures which among other things made wearing of face masks mandatory.

Ndipo receives masks from Universal Trading officials

“My office is aware that in the implementation of Covid-19 measures as Gazetted by the Government, some households may find observing these measures to be economically challenging,” said Ndipo.

“It is heart-breaking that there are families in our city faced with the difficult choice to either buy a face mask for everyone, or to buy food,” added the Mayor.

The campaign is targeting to raise at least 15, 000 face masks and so far four companies and organisations have donated.

Mandala of NBM presents masks to His Worship

Jacaranda School for Orphans was the first to donate 1, 000 reusable face masks followed by Pacific Limited (5, 000), then Universal Trading which donated 5, 000 surgical face masks and five thermos scanners while National Bank of Malawi donated 1, 000 pieces.

INVITATION TO TENDER

Blantyre City Council (BCC) is mandated to provide environmentally friendly, high quality, efficient and effective demand driven municipal services in partnership with the individual and corporate residents to attain better quality lives for all residents in the City. With funding from Malawi Government, the Council invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the construction and rehabilitation of selected asphalt roads in Blantyre City

ADVERT INVITING BIDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION OF SELECTED ASPHALT ROADS IN BLANTYRE CITY

 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR, HIS WORSHIP WILD NDIPO, ON CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Following the 20th March 2020 declaration of State of Disaster by His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, the President of the Republic of Malawi, Blantyre City Council has put in place deliberate measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the City to complement pronouncement.

So far the Council has placed the water buckets mixed with chlorine in all strategic points in all the 34 Markets within the City with the belief that all markets users will make good use of the facilities.

We are also appealing to all owners of butcheries, food stalls, hawkers in these markets to support these initiatives by making a provision of hand washing utensils for use by their customers.

We would like to urge all of us to do our part by joining the Council fight this pandemic. Let us make a resolve to do the right thing during this time when we are under the threat of contracting this life threatening virus. In so doing, we will together overcome this problem.

Fellow residents, in support of the measures outlined by our State President in his address to the nation, the Council would like to put emphasis on a number of hygienic steps the residents of the City have to take to protect themselves from contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

Some of the immediate actions are as follows:

Owners of every building such as worshiping houses, shops, offices, should make a provision of water bucket and hand washing soap displayed at strategic places so that everyone can access to wash their hands before entering such buildings.

Similarly, such hand washing facilities should be provided by organizers for all public gatherings such as funerals, weddings among others.

All public transport operators and users should cooperate with law enforcement agents in observing the sitting capacities so that social space is adhered to at all times.

Furthermore, the Council is making a special appeal to those that are vending on the streets to seriously consider relocating to the designated markets where the Council and other stakeholders have intensified measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Let us avoid large gatherings as much as possible and recommended social distance must be observed at all times.

The Council is appealing to all individual and corporate partners within and outside the City to come forward with any support that will make these measures a success.

Blantyre City Council has declared a month long “Make Your Environment Coronavirus Free Campaign” to ensure that every resident is taking lead in abiding by the measures that have been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Council will intensify inspection of all business premises, offices, shops, all residential areas and other public premises to make sure that all these initiatives are being followed.

For those that will not comply, the Council shall use all available pieces of legislation to make sure that the set hygiene standards are complied with and residents are protected.

In conclusion, the Council would like to make an appeal to all residents to utilise the toll free line (526) for any inquiries. If there will be need for other measures to be implemented, further information will be provided.

This is the time for all residents of Blantyre City to join hands and protect the health of everyone. Zero Coronavirus cases can be possible if we unite in the implementation of preventive measures.

Parliamentary committee on Local Authorities visits BCC

The Parliamentary Committee on Local Authorities and Rural Development has pledged support to local councils to review the Local Government Act and lobby for more funding.

The committee made the pledge during their visit to Blantyre City Council on March 11, 2020 to appreciate the processes of City rates collection and if targets are met, waste management and pollution control.

Hon. Horace Chipuwa: Committee Chairperson

“We are here to appreciate what the Council is doing in the areas of city rates collection, waste management and management of the sewerage system,” said Honourable Horace Chipuwa, committee chairperson.

Hon. Mkusa Nkhoma: Committee member

Dr Alfred Chanza, BCC Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the visiting Members of Parliament saying the visit offered the council an opportunity to share experiences and challenges of managing a commercial City.

Dr Alfred Chanza: BCC Chief Executive Officer

During the meeting, the Council made presentations on City rates and other locally generated funding avenues, Liquid waste management with focus on the state of the sewer system in the City and solid waste management with special interest in the management of Mzedi Dump Site.

The parliamentarians toured Mzedi Dump Site where they were briefed about the waste to energy project which Gebis Energy Limited is expected to implement.

BCC is the only Council in Malawi that has a laboratory at Soche Waste Water Treatment Plant where among other things trade affluent tests are conducted and the MPs had the chance to appreciate the facility.

 

Blantyre City commemorates International Youth Day

Councillor Thokozani Phekani, Education Committee chairperson has advised the youths in Blantyre to focus on education to ensure a bright future for themselves and the City as well.

Members of the youth mounted displays to showcase their potential

She was speaking on Thursday, 7 November 2019 at Mzamba Primary School during the commemoration of the International Youth Day.

“We urge parents and guardians to make everything possible so that their children can have access to quality education,” said Phekani, who represented the Mayor.

“Let’s work together to build a better nation by helping our children get educated. Making education more relevant, equitable and inclusive is crucial to achieve sustainable development. This is what is needed in this nation to build a better tomorrow,” she added.

She further challenged the youth: “The ball is in your hands, act responsibly and make full use of every opportunity you have. The future is all yours to waste. We are here because you are here.”

Member of Parliament for Blantyre City East, Sammy Suleman advised the teachers to avoid sexual relationships with students.

The day was commemorated under the theme “Transforming education.”

New ward Councillors pose with secretariat staff

The newly elected Ward Councillors on Friday, June 28 2019, took oath of office at a beautiful swearing ceremony held in the Main Chamber. Accompanied by spouses and other relations, Councilors took turns in saying “So help me God” amid ululation. 23 Councillors and eight Members of Parliament will meet on July 19, 2019 to elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

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Council dissolved

The Council which was elected during the 2014 tripartite elections was dissolved on March 20, 2019 after serving a constitutional five year term.

During the term, two councillors served as Mayors. This first Mayor was Councillor Noel Chalamanda who served for a period of two and half years.

Councillor Wild Ndipo, who deputised Chalamanda, ascended to the position of Mayor in January 2017 and Councillor Joseph Makwinja was elected Deputy Mayor.

Dr Chanza, Chief Executive Officer poses with Mayor Wild Ndipo

Some of the major developments that have taken place during the five years are upgrading of roads in townships to asphalt surfacing, installation of street lighting, review and formulation of bylaws and improved working relationship with the private sector.

Also the Council helped in revamping of Sister City relationships  and introducing new ones. Some of the cities in twinning agreement with Blantyre City as Hannover of Germany, Norfolk of United States of America, Ndola and Kitwe of Zambia, Quelimane of Mozambique, Dar es Salaam of Tanzania and Gweru of Zimbabwe.