Upon instructions from our valued client BCC (Blantyre City Council), we shall sale by Public Auction the following Motor Vehicles, Motor Cycles and Assorted Items.
Makata Bus Depot formerly occupied by National Bus Company was recently handed over to Blantyre City Council. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Blantyre City Council will receive Expressions of interest (Proposals) from Registered Firms / Companies to run or operate businesses on its premises located in Makata Industrial Area formerly occupied by National Bus Company on rental basis.
The general public is hereby notified that the people in the pictures above are Lameck Kavundula, Chifundo Banda and Boyd Tchongwe who have allegedly been using forged documents to allocate plots on behalf of the Council.
Let us join hands in making our City Livable, Safe and Vibrant
On 16th November 2021, His Worship Councillor Wild Ndipo, Mayor of the City of Blantyre, welcomed and received the Queen’s Baton at Civic Centre in Blantyre. Over the years, the Queen’s Baton has traditionally been hosted in the Capital City, Lilongwe. However, this year Blantyre City was privileged to host the Queen’s Baton and participate in the Relay.
On 4th November 2021, Blantyre City Council entered into a partnership agreement with the Rotary Club of Limbe, Illovo Malawi, Kips Restaurant. The agreement aims at keeping Blantyre City clean, green and healthy. His Worship Councillor Wild Ndipo, Mayor of the City of Blantrye. signed the partnership agreement on the Council’s behalf.
On 10th September 2021, Blantyre City Council led residents in a clean-up exercise in Kachere Township as part of the monthly National Clean-up Day.
Blantyre City Council has a Whatsapp number (0888811000) to enhance communication and interaction between the Council and City residents.
The handover ceremony
The Concerned Youth Organization (CYO) on Tuesday donated a Smartphone, bought with funding from Tilitonse Foundation, to the Council’s Call Centre where agents will be receiving and processing messages from residents.
CYO executive director Harvey Chimaliro appealed to residents to make proper use of the Whatsapp platform and avoid sending insults or unnecessary messages or images.
“We would love to see residents making good use of this Whatsapp number like sending pictures of beautiful sites in the city to motivate Council staff to do more. We would also want the residents to send images or complaints for the Council’s urgent action,” said Chimaliro.
The Director of Administrative Services Lytton Nkata thanked CYO for partnering with the Council in the promotion of good governance and emphasised that the Smartphone will be used for the intended purpose.
Public Relations Manager Anthony Kasunda said with the messaging facility, the Council will be able to timely respond to complaints from residents.
The Council established a Call Centre as part of actualising the Service Charter. The Toll-Free Line 526 is operational from 8 am to 4:30 pm only during working days but the Whatsapp number 0888811000 will be online 24/7.
Timely intervention. The Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daud, MP, has weighed in on the importance of developers whose buildings were marked with a red star to demolish and build new ones.
Deputy Minister listens to one of the developers in Limbe
Daud said this as she toured road projects and red star buildings along Churchill Road and Livingstone -Avenue in the commercial city.
The Deputy Minister emphasized that the old and dilapidated structures that were condemned about five years ago make the city unattractive and put the lives of people at risk.
She added that in line with Malawi 2063, the government is prioritizing urbanization hence there is a need to plan ahead of time by developing structures that are modern and beautiful.
“Blantyre as a commercial city should look attractive with most of its infrastructure in place. These shabby structures do not depict a good status of the city, moreover, they are a threat to people who live and work around,” she said.
Daud gestures as if pleading with a developer to demolish his building
She added that her ministry will continue monitoring various development projects so that the plans are fulfilled.
One of the structure owners, Salim Karim, who has several structures including the one that houses Pound Shop said he was ready with the new plans only that he was waiting for the city to approve his ideas.
“I promise to resubmit the plans to the council by next Monday and start the demolition and construction as soon as the city council approves,” he said.
Another businessman, Osman Bhambani pleaded with the Deputy Minister for a three-week grace period saying that he had few things to be sorted out before the project commences.
According to the Deputy Minister, Blantyre City Roads Rehabilitation Programme received funding allocation from the government through the Roads Fund Administration (RFA) amounting to MK2 Billion in the last financial year and about MK10 Billion in this financial year for another set of roads and bypasses improvement.
Deputy Minister speaks to one of the developers
Daud said with the current population boom and increased number of vehicles in the country, the roads will help in lessening traffic congestion in the city.
Some of the roads under improvement include Chilobwe-Stella Maris road, Kapeni-Mahatma Gandhi road and junction slip lanes as well as a bridge on Chilomoni Ring Road. (Story and pictures courtesy of www.malawiexclusive.com)
Construction of slip lanes at a junction where Kapeni Road joins Mahatma Gandhi Road is expected to be completed in two months.
A slip lane is a road at a junction that allows motorists and other road users to change roads without entering an intersection. Blantyre City Council is upgrading several roads to decongest and ease the traffic flow on the busy roads of the City.
Construction site at Kapeni-Mahatma Gandhi junction
Some of the bypass roads under construction are Chilobwe-Stella Maris, North Road-Market Street in Limbe, Kapeni-Mahatma Gandhi. Several junctions will have slip lanes such as Mahatma Gandhi and Kapeni Road, Kamba and Kenyatta Drive and South End Schools.
The Council has also advertised tenders for the construction of the following roads in the City: Namiwawa-Sunnyside (Bank Road and Smythe Road), Lali Lubani Road across Masauko Chipembere Highway via Malawi Polytechnic Village-Kenyatta Drive, Ndirande-Nkolokoti Road (Makhetha), Chipatala Avenue-Kamba, Michiru Road- Likhubula, Newlands-Manje via Chiwembe Road and Old Zomba Road-Mapanga.
The projects are expected to cost the Council over K12 billion.