The Malawi Gaming Board says plans were underway to hand over the curio shed being constructed in Blantyre to the Blantyre City Council (BCC). The gaming board says the shed is one of its contributions towards the development of tourism in the country.
Malawi Gaming board’s Director of Social Projects and Property Management, Ted Nandolo said the board would hand over the project to BCC next month. “After receiving a request from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism to improve these premises we though it wise to provide a better selling environment for our curio makers and tourists within Blantyre. The facility is about to be completed and hopefully it will be handed over before the end of October,” he said.
Nandolo however admitted that the K45 million project was behind schedule attributing the delay to its modernity which required fitting of shuttered doors which he said were made in South Africa. “The reason behind the delay is that we had problems with procurement of shuttered doors. It took us time to import them from South Africa,” he said.
Deputy Chairperson for Blantyre Curio Market, Michael Duwa said he was excited about the development saying the new structure would help improve business as well as add beauty to the place. “The new structure is a modernized one compared to the one we are currently using. With the shuttered doors our daily labour of arranging our items for displaying as well as packing them as we are knocking off will be reduced,” he said.
The new curio shed is being constructed by Dziko Building Company and it is the second curio shed to be constructed by Malawi Gaming Board after the one in Lilongwe.