Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda on Friday, March 4, 2016 led the Nedbank, Old Mutual and Council partnership in a tree planting exercise at Nyambadwe hill. Chalamanda, who was accompanied by Nyambadwe Ward Councillor Leonard Chibade, commended Nedbank and Old Mutual for taking part in the tree planting exercise which is in line with the “Keep Blantyre Clean and Green campaign.” The Mayor urged residents of Nyambadwe ward to conserve and protect the trees to ensure a high survival rate. “It will be pointless planting these trees to hear that they are not being taken care of a year later,” said Chalamanda. “I would like to encourage us to protect these trees.” Chalamanda added that by planting trees the community is investing in the future and also warned those farming on the hill to stop because it is against the city’s by-laws.
He said:“Our children will be proud of us 20 years from now because of the trees we are planting today. By planting trees we are investing for them to enjoy a green Blantyre.” Nyambadwe Ward Councillor Leonard Chibade said the community would establish a taskforce to protect the trees in the area and also to stop farming on the hill. He also thanked Nedbank and Old Mutual for considering Nyambadwe hill for the tree planting exercise. Old Mutual Chief Executive Officer Edith Jiya and Nedbank Managing Director Paul Guta committed their companies’ continuous support towards the Council’s greening initiative. The tree planting exercise was also graced by Miss Blantyre Chisomo Machelo, who is the Keep Blantyre City Clean and Green initiative Ambassador.