MACRA Facilitating National Addressing System

By Evance Chisiano

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is facilitating introduction of National Addressing System of houses, streets and roads in Zomba after piloting it in selected areas in Blantyre where a complete and comprehensive property numbering and streets naming was done.

MACRA National Addressing System Manager, Limbani Sekani disclosed this Tuesday in a briefing of a new city level awareness committee which is expected to take a leading role in public awareness to city residents about the numerical identification system.

“Public awareness is a very important component of this project,” Sekani said, adding that public engagement was meant to increase community’s understanding, ownership and acceptance of the exercise.

Sekani said street naming and residential houses, business structures and other property numbering will be done in Zomba where among other things, identification of residence and response to emergences will be done easily.

The new committee in Zomba comprises Zomba City Council, National Statistical Office, Malawi Police Service, Malawi Postal Corporation and District Information Office while other relevant sectors will be incorporated, according to Zomba City Public Relations Officer, Mercy Chaluma.

Zomba City Council already carried out a mapping exercise of pilot areas of Matawale, Bwaila, Mulunguzi and Zomba City business area.

Chaluma said the newly established committee is expected to carry out awareness in the city in readiness of the residential houses, property numbering and street naming after a series of preparatory meetings. -MANA