Location and Size
Blantyre District is one of the Districts in the Southern region of Malawi that lies between longitude 34 degrees East and latitude -15 degrees south. It is bordered by Mwanza and Neno Districts in the North, Zomba in the North East, Chiradzulu in the South East, Thyolo in the South and Chikwawa in the west. It is 366km away from Capital City Lilongwe and located in the Shire Highlands. It is also the geographical center of the Southern Region of the Country. It has the largest commercial city of Blantyre, which is also the industrial capital of Malawi.
The district is a transport communications node, with road, rail and air links to all parts of the country and neighbouring countries of Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania. It covers an area of 2012 square kilometers, which represents 1.7% of total land area of Malawi. It is eighth largest district in Southern region and twenty-first in the country.
Major and noticeable geographical features in Blantyre include, Michiru, Soche, Ndirande, Mitsidi, Mpemba, Chilaweni, Mpingwe and Bangwe hills; Mudi, Nasolo, Lirangwe, Mwamphanzi, Naperi, Likhubula, Linjidzi, Lunzu streams and the Shire River which marks the boundary between Blantyre and Mwanza as well as Neno. (Refer Map 1).
The population and housing census conducted in 2008 indicated that the population of Blantyre rural was 340,728. The projected population for 2017 is 417,433 with 204,004 males and 213,429 females (NSO Report, 2008)
The predominant tribes in Blantyre are the Mang’anja and Yao which constitute 60% of the population. The majority of the Yaos are found in TA’s Somba, Kapeni, Machinjiri, Makata, Lundu, and Kuntaja, while the majority of the Mang’anjas is found in TA’s Chigaru and Kunthembwe. The remaining 40% is made up of such tribes as the Lomwe, Ngoni, Sena, Tumbuka, Chewa and Asian group who have migrated to the district in search of employment and business opportunities in the city.
Chairperson of Council: Councillor Tawanda Tambula
Vice Chairperson of Council: Councillor Enock Mukhori
About Blantyre City Council
Blantyre City is the oldest urban centre in Malawi and Southern Africa. Founded by Scottish Missionaries in 1870, 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 seven departments as follows:
- Administrative Services
- Leisure, Culture and Environmental Services
- Engineering Services
- Health and Social Services
- Financial Services
- Town Planning and Estates Management Services
- Commerce and Industry Services
- 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
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
A City of choice in the SADC region with a conducive environment where people shall take ownership, live, do business and prosper
Our Core Values:
Trust, honesty and integrity
Accountability and transparency
Zero tolerance to corruption
Taking the City back to the People
- Construction of modern roads
- Construction of an International Airport
- Construction of modern multi storey parkades
- Establishment of Taxi Companies
- Construction of Park Station/Bus Terminal
- Improvement of Public Transport System such as introduction of city bus service;
- Solid and liquid waste management
- Improvement of city street lighting;
- Construction of modern town houses
WHY INVEST IN BLANTYRE?
- Status of Blantyre as a Millennium City
- Geographical location of Blantyre in the region
- Proximity of the City to the Shire Zambezi waterway
- Location of an international airport in Blantyre
- Good road infrastructure network
- The region in and around Blantyre has significant amounts of natural resources.
- Blantyre is very close to key agricultural areas.
- Blantyre remains a major industrial hub in Malawi and the surrounding region.
- Excellent climate
- The City boasts a number of fine educational, health and recreation facilities including two golf courses.
- Competitive investment incentives package including an export processing zone. Key industries include cement, soap, food and tobacco processing and textiles, with the latter ripe for revitalization, given the potential for locally produced cotton.
- A liberalised economic and trade regime.
- Political stability, the rule of law and security.