South African-based Malawian businessman Simbi Phiri recently disclosed his plans to construct the tallest building in Malawi in the capital, Lilongwe. The 14 storey twin tower will be built in City Centre.
Phiri said Malawi needs modern buildings and his aim is to teach those who have money to invest it. He also said money is meant for everyone who takes care of it not only for Europeans, Indians or Chinese nationals.
According to Simbi, the building is to be constructed opposite Reserve Bank of Malawi at city centre. All regulatory procedures with Lilongwe City Council and other government agencies are already in place to that effect.
The $3.42m building project is expected to provide job opportunities during construction and after completion as companies are to occupy spaces in the magnificent building.
Currently in Malawi, some of the tallest buildings are Kang’ombe, Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe and Delamere House in Blantyre.
Phiri, the executive chairman of Khato Civils and South Zambezi is gradually becoming one of Malawi’s major investors. His company Khato Civils has also been awarded a contract to tap water from Lake Malawi to Lilongwe in a $500m mega water project.
Khato Civils (Pty) Ltd is a South African-based design and construction company involved in the development of large-scale infrastructure. The company boasts a pool of the highest skills and qualifications in terms of qualified professionals with broad experience in the areas of fibre optics, mass earthworks, pipelines, water works, roads and concrete works.
Also anchored in South Africa is his other company South Zambezi (Pty) Ltd, a civil and structural engineering company, with operations in various African countries.
It is a standard bearer for such services as engineering consultancy in civil and structural works, quantity surveying, architecture and town planning, geotechnical, environmental professionals, project and program management as well as electrical and mechanical works.