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Council in urban development management drive

Blantyre City Council in partnership with the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) of the eThekwini Municipality is coming up with strategic plan to improve urban infrastructure development.

Hartley gives the Deputy Mayor a municipal booklet on urban development management. IMAGE BY CHARITY NG’OMAIKALIRA

Opening the workshop facilitated by MILE, Deputy Mayor Wild Ndipo commended the partnership saying it will improve infrastructure construction in Blantyre city.

Costly Chanza, Director of Town Planning and Estates Services, said the strategic plan will help in areas such as infrastructure development and management of open spaces.

“Blantyre City Council will make sure that people are able to access the land that is better and safer for their living to avoid natural disasters,” said Chanza.

Genevieve Hartley, MILE programme manager said their aim is to capacitate other municipalities in Africa apart from creating, sharing and storing knowledge

“There is need to develop the longer term strategic plan which will help the future generation but also benefit the residents of Blantyre to develop a vision for the city development,” said Hartley.

“We would like to share our challenges and success with the residents of Blantyre and share with them the concept and practical implementation of join learning,” she said.

The partnership between Malawi and MILE will help to establish the areas of need and strength which will help in the development of the City.