The youth in Blantyre are very optimistic that they will have job opportunities with the up and coming stadia projects that will mainly be operated by Chinese construction firms.
Just like every time, Chinese projects in Malawi always include and involve people of local communities who largely contribute to a lot of work to these projects. These include plumbers, land surveyors, civil engineers and bricklayers.
Oliver Soko, a local resident in Blantyre, says he has always admired working with the Chinese contractors because of their reputation of creativity and hard-working as demonstrated in various projects done by Chinese firms in Malawi.
Oliver, who is also a bricklayer by profession, believes that this is an opportunity for him and other youth in the district that will make them getting relevant experience and skills through projects.
“I have been jobless for months now, the coming in of COVID-19 has made all the peace works that I was depending on to cease. I believe, if all goes well, working with the Chinese constructors will be one of my breakthrough in terms of gaining experience and relevant skills,” he said.
Similarly, a local chief in Chiwembe Township, where one of the stadiums will be constructed believes that these projects will not only change the general look of the area but it will also change the livelihoods of the people in the area.
In an interview with Xinhua, the chief said that many people in his area are skilled and determined, however due to lack of job opportunity in the city, many of them are jobless and this creates chaos in the township most of the time.
The Chinese contractors in Malawi are well known for their harmonious co-existence with locals, their creativeness and the spirit of hard work. Enditem