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Council in road network upgrade drive

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.

Deputy Mayor opens modern clinic

  • Dr Queen Dube, Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health;
  • Members of the Patel family;
  • Members of staff at Atlas Medical Centre;
  • Invited guests;
  • Members of the media;
  • Ladies and Gentlemen

Today, we witness another milestone in our beautiful city. Today, we rewrite the history of medical service delivery in Blantyre City.

I am glad to be part of this auspicious occasion. Thank you for inviting me to this grand opening of Atlas Medical Centre.

Why am I excited about the opening of this medical facility?

I am delighted and confident that this hospital will radically improve the quality of service and infrastructure for patients.

Makwinja delivering his speech

Atlas Medical Centre will be of great benefit to the local community both in terms of the medical services that will be provided here and of course the employment opportunities that it will offer.

I am reliably told that although it has started with day time opening, very soon, it will offer 24 hours services.

Ladies and Gentlemen, to set up a medical facility of this kind is no mean achievement.

We are today witnessing the effort and achievement of the Patel family but which will touch many lives in our city and beyond.

I am told that the centre will provide among other services general practitioner clinic, a specialist clinic in hypertension, diabetes, kidneys, infectious diseases, pediatrics and general surgery.

Another exciting news is that it will provide diagnostic laboratory such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), cardiac tests among other specialized tests.

The centre has physiotherapy and a pharmacy that will store various types of drugs.

Ladies and Gentlemen, some of these services are the ones only a few privileged Malawians were accessing outside the country. Now, these services will be locally available. We are very grateful for that.

Let me appeal to the owners of the hospital to maintain the standards they have set out.

We have seen others raising high expectations at the beginning but few years down the line, they become just like any other health facility.

You have told us that your vision is to provide quality health care services for all members of society, use advanced and innovative health care technology and also provide affordable and equitable health care services.

Your acknowledgement that Malawi health care service has been faced with numerous obstacles over the years gives us hope and it is our prayer that you stick to this promise.

Mwakwinja together with Dr Queen Dube on his right and Dr Parth Patel on his left

Finally, I would like to pay tribute and congratulate the directors of Atlas Medical Centre for investing in serving and saving the lives of Malawians.

We look forward to reaping the fruits in terms of efficiency, client satisfaction and better patient relations.

We are optimistic that Atlas Medical Centre will lead to better health, better care and better lives for the people of Blantyre City.

I would like to conclude by thanking Dr Parth Patel for extending an invitation so that I can be here and speak as we celebrate the opening of this hospital.

I believe this new hospital will a great credit to Malawi’s health services and many thanks should go to everyone who has helped to make it possible.

To the management and staff, I wish you all the best as you embark on a life-saving mission.

With these few remarks, it is now my singular honour and privilege to declare Atlas Medical Centre officially opened.

I thank you all for your kind attention and may God bless you.

Council plans to plant 15 000 indigenous trees

The Deputy Mayor Councillor Joseph Makwinja says Blantyre City Council plans to plant at least 15,000 indigenous tree seedlings this year to dress Mudi River, Nasolo River, Naperi River, Limbe River, Nyambadwe Hill and Mthawira Hill.

Mcvittie Chiphwanya, Escom Regional Manager (South) planting a tree

Makwinja on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 commended Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for partnering the Council in tree planting exercise. Escom plans to support the Council plant 5,000 seedlings.

“It is our wish as the Council to dress our rivers, hills and all marginal land within the City with indigenous trees,” Makwinja says.

Makwinja plants a tree

This year’s tree planting is being done under the theme “Trees and forests for improved health and well-being because trees and forests provide adorable landscape within the City.

“As responsible citizens and residents let us join hands in the management and maintenance of trees in all our surroundings. Remember, it is not about the number of trees planted, but how many have been nurtured, well managed, survived and matured,” he says.

Together, we can make Blantyre City clean and green again and transform the landscape and livelihood.

Deputy Minister launches roads construction projects in the City

On Friday, February 12, 2021, Honourable Halima Daud, MP, Deputy Minister of Local Government launched K2 billion roads construction projects in Blantyre City.

Under the Roads Fund Administration financed projects, the Council will construct Chilobwe-Stella Maris Road, North Road-Market Street in Limbe, Kapeni Road-Mahatma Gandhi at Mount Pleasant Street and Slip Lanes at Kamba, Kapeni, Keza and South End School junctions.

Daud said it was the wish of the Government that local contractors avoid doing shoddy works and also respect the contract period.

His Worship Wild Ndipo, Mayor of Blantyre City, thank the Government for providing financial resources for the projects.

The construction of the roads is expected to complete in eight months while the Slip Lanes are expected to be ready in two months.

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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Students graduate in shoe making

Blantyre City Council in partnership with Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority of Malawi (TEVETA) celebrated shoe making training graduation on April 26, 2019.

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CPL donates protective wear to the Council

CPL gesture of 70 white dust coats was a response to the Council’s request to companies to donate towards Health Week Campaign and Clean Premises Competition initiatives as part of their corporate social responsibility.

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