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What we are

Blantyre City is the oldest urban centre in Malawi and Southern Africa. Founded by Scottish Missionaries in1870, Blantyre was named after the Scottish town where Dr David Livingstone was born. It was merged with Limbe in 1956, having been incorporated in 1885 as the first Municipality in Central Africa, and declared a City on Independence Day in 1966. The population is approximately one million by day and seven hundred thousand by night.

Covering an area of approximately 250 square kilometres, Blantyre City Council is situated in the Shire Highlands in the Southern Region of Malawi (on the edge of the African Rift Valley) at an altitude of approximately 1150 metres above sea level. The topography is varied, comprising relatively flat areas, undulating terrain, several small hills and streams.

Blantyre City experiences tropical continental climate, with light drizzle in the cold dry season, called Chiperoni, caused by moist maritime air. Temperatures are cool, ranging from an average of 13 degrees Celsius in the cold season to 21 degrees Celsius in the hottest months of September, October and November. The average annual rainfall is 1122mm.

The City is managed in accordance with the Local Government Act, 1998 which replaces the Local Government (Urban Areas) Act and the Local Government (District Councils) Act. The Act mandates elected representatives of the various City wards and other ex-officio and non-voting members (headed by the Mayor) to manage the City. The Act outlines the functions of the Council clearly and regulates the operations of the Council and its secretariat which is headed by the Chief Executive Officer, and structured into eight departments as follows:

  1. Administrative Services
  2. Human Resource Development and Management Services
  3. Legal Services
  4. Leisure, Culture and Environmental Services
  5. Engineering Services
  6. Health and Social Services
  7. Financial Services
  8. Town Planning and Estates Management Services
  9. Commerce and Industry Services
  10. Education Services

The management of the City is shared with a large number of other service providers and stakeholders. These include Blantyre Water Board, Escom, Malawi Posts Corporations, Malawi Housing Corporations, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Surveyor Department, Ministry of Works, Roads Authority, Ministry of Health and Population, Malawi Police Service, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Civil Society Organisations, Faith Groups and other charitable organisations

Mission Statement, Vision and Core Values


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    searching for Ngaiyaye village location where his sister lived.Please help.I found it years ago on a map but lost information.Need area map.Looking for family of Lilian Galeta who lived in the Village.She may be late now.

  • To
    The Hon.Mayor
    Blantyre city

    Dear Sir,
    I am Alexander Oonnoonny, was in Malawi, working for the last 25+ years and now I have returnd to India for good, to my Retirement life, from the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi.
    I was the First Vice Chairman, and one amoung the founding members of Northern Region Chamber wherein
    Hon. Kumbo Kachali was the 1st Chairman.
    I am Humbled to convey you Sir, about my Peaceful & Happy life with your great Nation and I do recollect now the Love and Protection extended to me by the Peace Loving Malawians, business community, and Govt

    I do love to extend my Humble Word of Thanks to you, for the peaceful Rerun Presidential election and the esteemed Services you and your team rendered to Republic of Malawi for the smooth power change.
    I love to express my gratitude to your great Services to the Nation, for the Love and support and protection extended to all
    I am privilaged to render my humble Service to Malawi, with great and abondence of memories with you & all govt authorities.
    Let God bless all Your developmental Endeavors, and Loving People of Malawi to flourish further.

    Alexander Oonnoonny

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