Muluzi says Malawi future lies in mining, natural resources

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Atupele Muluzi on Friday said his ministry is made up of special entities for economic growth.

Atupele:  In natural resources we can develop

Atupele: National wealth in natural resources 

Speaking in Lilongwe during a ministerial dialogue with staff members within the ministry, Muluzi said the country’s economic growth depends on natural resources, energy and mining.

“The officers have worked hard as a team in the year ending and managed to focus on the vision of the ministry and in 2015 we will make sure that the culture of integrity is there as issues of transparency and accountability would be looked into,” said Muluzi.

He added that the ministry has strong desires and commitment in discharging their duties and encouraged them to use the funding allocated prudently to accomplish the desired work.

Speaking earlier, Director of Energy, Gideon Nyirongo said the linkage between energy and economic development is well known world-wide and countries that have developed are those that use greatest quantities of energy per capita.

“The Government has prioritized energy generation and supply among priority areas for sustainable economic development.

“The total installed power generation capacity is 350 MW against unsuppressed demand of around 450 MW and the demand is projected to grow to 750 MW by 2015 and more than 1000 MW by 2020,” explained Nyirongo.

He said to improve the energy sector there is diversification of source of electricity generation and there are constructing a Coal Fired Power Plant at Kammwamba in Neno which is expected to produce 300 megawatts and plans are at advanced stage.

Nyirong also said there are working on Hydro Power Projects on Tedzani which will be producing about 22 megawatts and feasibility studies have been done, the project to start in June 2015 and completed in 2018 through a grant from Japan.

Director of mines, Charles Kaphwiyo said Malawi as a country lacks a culture of mining and that the expectation of people is high than what is explored.

“There is a need to sensitize the rural communities on issues of mines; it is not all the time that when a company is trying to identify or explore mines it will do that.

“There are techniques challenges since some of the mines cannot be explored due to quantity or machines needed to use when exploring,” said Nyirongo.

He added that support infrastructure is not complete as good roads are needed to transport mines to the market areas and insufficient power produced in the country also affects the exploration of mines as there is need for high use of power.

Deputy Director of Forest, Thomas Makhambera said the department has managed to produce more than 60 million trees on both customary land, plantation and forest reserve areas.

He also said this year the department is planning to plant about 60 million trees across the country during the tree planting season which is from December 15 2014 to April 15 2015.

Makhambera said on capacity building the department has trained 770 workers on how to control bush fires.

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34 thoughts on “Muluzi says Malawi future lies in mining, natural resources”

  1. Gray says:

    In a rear prove of agreement we t0tally with the ministers views we want more improved means of getting it work like :Establishing the private laboratories to allow more private individuals to prove there skills and skills

  2. augustine says:

    I believe completely in mining what atupele muluzi is saying is 100% correct because we have had 50 solid years thinking that agriculture can develop our economy look where we are now I am pretty happy because I am working with mining industry here south Africa as locomotive driver now I have positive ideas on how this man is targeting at I know how my fellow Malawian can think about negative about this but this will create jobs for fellow Malawians of which now they are in poverty. In mining companies .ie the kayelekera mine if we checked the stastics on how many. Malawians were employed there,you find that at least some people that were jobless they had job that time now all those people now are jobless so where
    do you think they can get another job from? This must be lesson for us to try what ever it takes in this mining sector despite the greedy politicians that wants to accumulate themselves with billions shame on them because they don’t walk the talk.but we. As citizen we can make a difference by setting good policies that will secure our mining industries.

  3. Ngoma, Thomas, London says:

    If young people joining politics in and taking up leadership positions are not going to question things from fundamental basis and follow common mistakes then Malawi next 50 years will be failed as the past 50 years. What is the fundamental basis to justify an extractive industry such as mining to be the future of any country? Malawi is looking to young talents to bring about new kind of thought process to lift the country out of economic stagnation. Policies of agriculture, extractive mining, forestation etc never developed a country. I get very frustrated with how over the years Africa/Malawi has been hoodwinked to languish in poverty. This story of misguided policies cannot be allowed to continue contaminating our young minds otherwise this country is doomed. Right now there is no sound political policy on offer that I can endorse that has the slightest hope of lifting our people out of abject poverty and develop the country. For example, if the goal of economic empowerment is to provide well paying jobs for all Malawians then how many jobs will a mine with an economic lifespan of 10 or 20 years provide? What happens after the 10 year ? The economic thinking in Malawi by all politicians is simply put , laughable and detrimental to the national well being. I urge young politicians to think outside the box and reject exploitative extractive industries masquerading as economic solutions for our ailing economy.

    1. Tel says:

      That is just rhetoric : Agriculture and mining has never developed a country ? Laugh out loud… Those are the driving forces behind economy and as every government always make it a priority to protect those two sectors no matter whichever bilateral agreement there is with another country and there u r saying those two sectors dont mean a damn thing ! wats wrong with u?

  4. mona says:

    Malawians we are very useless people we talk of conserving tree yet electricity our main source of power is very expensive.
    Point 1
    1. Reduce cost of electricity charges so that use of charcoal / makala will be greatly reduce.
    We know mumadya ndalama za escom Koma pliz reduce the cost of electricity it is too much

    Point number 2
    We talk of revenue from mining but we are not willing to tell the public the dangers or results or bad effects of mining,
    Countries doing mining are facing natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions so with Malawi to face such disasters can we recover economilly?

    Point 3
    Beneficiaries are politicians ie bingu benefited from kayelekera while malawians did not benefit anything

    Point 4
    We allow and give mining licenses to companies outside malawi and get a 10% commission on our own resources instead of us hiring consultants from outside just to help us and pay them a fee and the remainder going to government for mine gate and buying drugs in hospitals.

    Lastly
    Let’s be honest it is not good to mine because I personally don’t trust this cashgate government and that we should lower the cost of electricity so that many citizens will be using electricity instead of charcoal.

    Special message to apm
    Mr president you are a failure please resign before it’s too late for you

    1. Ngo Ngozo says:

      All your 4 points are flawed

    2. Tel says:

      First of all we cannot say that electricity is the energy alternative for charcoal perhaps if u say natural gas that makes sense…
      2ndly ESCOM like any other companies is there to maximise their profits and u shouldnt expect them to decrease the price of electricity and despite all this crap ur saying here, Malawi has one of the cheapest electricity in the world and I think this isnt good for us, there needs to be an increase in the price which will benefit us in the long term…
      3rdly those western countries own the expertise and state of art tech. for mining which even the Russians dont have, it would be ridiculous to think we poor Malawians can keep up with them…. Those are the perks of being a poor, u just dont have any levarage…

  5. Mlakho says:

    This is the same as putting bridge where there is no river kkkkkk. why cant u talk about agriculture as our main source?

  6. mona says:

    I don’t support that idea of mining since I do not see any tangible benefit Andale ndi omwe amalemela. Bingu earned billion from kayelekera and up to now nobody is following up to know how much he pocketed. What a shame

  7. Apole says:

    Where is the mines here in Malawi?mumatipepelesa bwanji.fotsek.

  8. That’s Atupele I know,full of wisdom
    Atupele Woyeeeeee!

  9. The main reason we are not into mining is that there is not adequate electricity. Supply the electricity, then I believe we shall be amazed by the development which will take place with the mining of rare earth and bauxite.

    1. Ngo Ngozo says:

      Well said. But serious investors in mining invested in own generation while waiting for the grid electricity . . .am talking about Paradin

  10. kamfana says:

    The major problem is that WE ARE STILL RELAYING ON THE OLD MACHINES WHICH OUR BELOVED LATE KAMUZU BANDA BUILT.SEEK NEW SITES WHERE H.E.P.CAN ALSO BE PRODUCED,OTHER THAN RELAYING ON NKHULA,TEDZANI ETC.THANKS TO THE LATE KAMUZU BANDA FOR THESE UNIQUE VISIONS WHICH SOME LEADERS ARE FAILING TO PERCEIVE.CAN’T YOU FIND OTHERS WATERFALLS ON the following rivers: Dwangwa,Songwe,Rukuru,Wamkulumazdi etc,so that companies other than ESCOM can venture into producing the same power?Go to Mchenga Coal Mine,you will see that their Manager diverted some of the water from a small stream but it is able to cater a part of their work there.We have PLENTY OF ENGINEERS,GIVE THEM WORK.PLEASE!THAT COAL FIRED POWER PLANT WHICH IS TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT KAMMWAMBA IN NENO SHOULD NOT FLOP,LIKE THAT WHICH FAILED IN LILONGWE.IT WAS JUST A POLITICAL SONG BY THE THEN DPP GOVT.BUT WE ALSO HEARD THAT ESCOM JEALOUSLY HIJAKED & THWARTED THE PLAN BY PROMISING GOVT.THAT THEY{ESCOM} WILL PUMP A LOT MILLIONS OF KWACHAS IN THE GOVT.’S ACCOUNT.AND TO THE WORST,GOVT.ACCEPTED.SAD!!!!!! MY PLEA:FIND ANOTHER/OTHER COMPANIES TO VENTURE IN THE SAME FIELD SO THAT THERE CAN BE ENOUGH POWER IN OUR NATION.UNTIL WHEN CRYING,CRYING!!!!!!.ZAMBIA,ZIMBABWE,TZ,MOZAMBIQUE ARE MUCH BETTER THAN US.MALAWI!!!,PHONE PRICES;HIGHEST,CEMENT PRICE,HIGHEST,FOODSTUFF,HIGHEST,WATER BILLS,HIGHEST,ETC.SHOULD WE SAY POLITICIANS ARE THE ONES WHO DESTROY DEVELOPMENT?TO THE OTHER HAND ,YES.BECOZ.EACH LEADER FOLLOWS HIS/HER OWN PLAN,IGNORING GOOD THINGS WHICH THE PREDECESSOR LEFT.

  11. Sendeza says:

    ananu musanyoze kaye ngati zitayenda mai wanu MALAWI adzakhala pa bwino.

  12. Masoambeta says:

    Atupele Muluzi is wrong. Where are the natural resources?? Where is the revenue from Kayerekera?
    It has shown that corruption will be sky high and we will be worse off.

    1. bwana okhai says:

      We have minerals in malawi, during my two yrs in zalewa, i hv seen with my own eyes, we have plenty of untapped riches, if the country is to go forward, we cnt

  13. FOSEKI WHAT HAS MALAWIANS BENEFITED FROM URANIUM MINING AT KAYELEKELA? NOTHING ONLY THE POLITICIANS AND CAPITAL HILL LILONGWE FROM KICK BACKS. YOU WANT TO SOLOLA MORE WHEN THEY START DRILLING OIL FROM THE LAKE.LOOK AT KAYELEKELA THE BASTARDS ARE DUMPING ALL THE WAST INTO THE RIVER WHICH ENDS IN LAKE MALAWI.

    1. thebsom says:

      Its true mr chisale we ddn’t gate any benefit from urenium. Lake malawi live it.

  14. Boyd Kilembey says:

    And what will be mined? Why do people waste time talking about mining when there are no minerals worth mining. Chamba eti?

  15. Lenard Muli says:

    U cant mine if u dnt ve minerals. A Malawi bwanj kukakamila zinthu zosatheka. Zitapezekaso zochepazo amangotbela… Kayelekera cited!

  16. The deputy director of forestry is lying. The charcoal business is on the increase right from Kampepuza in Ntcheu to Mdeka in Blantyre. The whole of that area to Utale and Chendausiku is charcoal and that means trees are going at a faster rate tgan they are being replaced. Is that sustainable development? What are we keeping for future generations? Mwanza and Neno are being depleted of natural resources. The laws are not working at all. I hope this does not affect the northern region where I come from. Salima is already finished. The locusts from the south are now in Dzalanyama for charcoal business. I see loads of charcoal at Kaunda road at the new Mchinji roundabout. Stop this please you destructive southerners.

  17. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawi need industries for the economy to grow. Mines, yes, but the majority don’t benefit. To my opinion mining is not a blessing but a curse. The government must invest in education, manufacturing, and agriculture.

  18. Apao says:

    Hey, what ur going to plant is renewable, and u didn’t mention here side effects of mining industries to miyoyo ya anthu. Ngati anthu amalira ndi juli quary but up to now gvm didn’t cm up with slns. Day dreamers

  19. Abk says:

    The forest department to plant 60 million trees? Nanga magawenga wa ku Mulanje waja anakadzula mbeu za mitengo 7741 pa phiri la Mulanje waja, ziripati? In the end of the planting season, there will be less than 60 million trees planted. 60m – 7741 = less!

  20. sammy says:

    His opinions are accurately true and acceptable after all we are in agame of findind theories that will give us agood time for practicals who knows may be can work, we should not just blindly oppose other’s ideas about ways and means of improving development.

    1. selfish says:

      Sammy, nothing to worry about, is politics at work,

  21. Chabecheker says:

    If energy resouce is increased it translate to an increase of economies of scale that will lead to high costs shared by bigger number of consumers per unit and this may result to reduced electricity rates for the country; the consumers must take govt to task on this overcharging of water and electrity bills in view of increase of energy resource by 2015

  22. Patriot says:

    True but not with HYPOCRITES like you and your DPP gouvernment leader.
    Muzazilemeretsa nokha. Inu ayi…AYI

  23. Bongololo says:

    Malawi’s future lies in sane and responsible leadership! You can never go wrong with that.

  24. Yobe wa ku Jombo says:

    I am sure the oke wanted to be ‘heard’ that he is working (like others want to be ‘seen’ to be working)! Sometimes it is better to remain quiet if you do not have anything better to say! ki ki ki

  25. supuni says:

    Wrong! dead wrong! A future of a country can’t be in an unsustainable resource like mining!

    1. Judy says:

      The Minister said the country’s economic growth depends on natural resources, energy and mining. Can you tell me which economy that experienced growth minus energy? where in the whole world? Let’s be objective when we are criticising. Don’t just criticise for its sake. The problem is that you have just singled out mining, what about the rest? I agree that there can’t be economic development if it’s unsustainable but I believe if mining policies are revised so that there is a positive and direct impact to the local communities, there is good road infrastructure to support transportation, and also enough power (energy) for the mining sites, mining can contribute to the growth this country needs. These are inter-related, and no sector can do without the other. Of course this statement does not mean that mining, energy and natural resources can do it alone to bring economic growth but can make a positive contribution to the overall economic growth.

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