Blantyre City Council
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 850 by day and 700 by night.
Covering an area of approximately 250 square kilometres, Blantyre City 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 1 150 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 annualrainfall is 1 122mm.
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:
Leisure, Culture and Environmental Services
Health and Social Services
Town Planning and Estates Management Services
Commerce and Industry Services
The management of the City is shared with a large number of other service providers and stakeholders. These include Blantyre Water Board, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, Malawi Posts Corporations, Malawi Housing Corporations, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Surveyor Department, Ministry of Works, Roads Authority, Ministry of Health, Malawi Police Service, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Civil Society Organisations, Faith Groups and other charitable organisations.
Mission Statement :
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. Vision Statement: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 Professionalism Non discrimination Team work Courtesy Local participation Our Motto:Taking the City back to the People.