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The Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) through the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) Mentorship Programme hosted a Municipal Technical Support Workshop, at the Intuthuko Junction Conference Centre in Cato Manor from August 1-3, 2011.

The purpose of the workshop was to enhance the strategic planning capacity of senior officials from Mzuzu City Council in Malawi and ALAN (Association of Local Authorities in Namibia) in Namibia around undertaking strategic planning processes for their respective municipalities. MILE will continue to support the Mzuzu City Council as part of its mentoring relationship with Malawi’s third largest City Council.

The participants received a warm welcome by the newly elected eThekwini Speaker, Cllr. Logie Naidu. Acting on behalf of the Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Nomvuso Shabalala. The Speaker enthralled the participants with the history of Durban, a brief introduction into eThekwini’s development initiatives and a short overview of MILE.

The Malawian and Namibian officials then rolled up their sleeves on Day Two of the programme, where the nuts and bolts of urban strategic planning methodology were shared. After a long hard day at work, they reflected on the session over dinner at the Cargo Hold of the phantom ship at uShaka Marine World and were surprised by an unexpected visit by the City Manager, Dr Michael Sutcliffe.

The CEO of the Mzuzu City Council in Malawi, Mr. Richard Hara was excited with the outcomes of the workshop. He felt that the sessions were informative and intended to use the knowledge gained during the three days for the betterment of the Mzuzu City Council.

“The knowledge gained here will assist us when we have our own strategic planning workshop in Malawi. The planning workshop is essential in order to take the next step of formulating a City Development Strategy for Mzuzu,” said Hara.

Maureen Kambala Nous-Oas, the Programme Officer for ALAN in Namibia also was very positive. “We learnt a lot especially from the best practices from eThekwini. We really needed this so we can implement it in our own country,” said Kambala.

The learning notes for this event will be available soon.                                                                                                               

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