Malawi exporting many gardeners to South Africa

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Malawi has been ranked as the country in Africa which exports the highest number of gardeners to South Africa.

According to a study by a South African online publication, there are a lot of Malawians in the rainbow nation who work as gardeners.

The publication claimed that most Malawian gardeners work in homes of white people who love them since they observed that Malawian nationals are “timid and can accept low wages.”

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The survey also revealed that Somalians and Ethiopians run tiny convenience stores known as spaza shops in black townships.

According to The Economist , their study  found that  Zimbabweans are typically better educated than their South African peers, can be found totting up company accounts, working as mining engineers or failing that, waiting on tables.

The publication claims that South Africa is stable, functional, a prosperous place and a potential stepping stone to the rest of Africa but going to South Africa and getting a nice job is a challenging thing to many.

“Getting there is not easy. Many do it in stages, finding work along the way. Some are arrested and locked up. On South Africa’s border with Zimbabwe migrants must ford crocodile-infested rivers. Happily, the main fence is so tattered that you can simply walk through it. At many border posts, border guards demand bribes,” says the publication.

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  1. It might be true but is it news, come on there are more serious issues you can write about, at least the gardeners are making a living, a better one if I can add if it were not for Xenophobia, don’t look down upon others. Cholinga nchimodzi

  2. It might be true but is it news, come on there are more serious issues you can write about, at least the gardeners are making a living, a better one if I can add if it were not for Xenophobia, don’t look down upon others. Cholinga nchimodzi

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  4. zopusa bax kumalawi anthu amangofera kut ndi akutitu amenewo amagwira ntchito yapamwamba, koma funsa ntchito yapamwambayo amalandila zingat akut MK70,000 yomwe ndimalipilo amunthu pa week imodzi kuno mwinanxo kuchepa.

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  6. yes am working as a gardener here. My weekly wages is as equal to a 4months salary of a gardener working in malawi. I enjoy it cos am able to support my family.

  7. Eg agardenr in rsa is paid 150rands a day =almost 7,000mkwacha and whos eaening that im mw per day? Olo ama certificate awo sakuiona so beta b a gardenr in sa da work for mw gvt.

  8. Eg agardenr in rsa is paid 150rands a day =almost 7,000mkwacha and whos eaening that im mw per day? Olo ama certificate awo sakuiona so beta b a gardenr in sa da work for mw gvt.

  9. People go there for thereon benifit, many countries are indicated on the pasport to give choice to anyone who want to go outside the country so we should not say the nation send someone to go somewhere thats bad

  10. Never talk shit of civil sevarnt.government uses our tax money from the civil servants to get you on buses in times of xenophobic attacks. You dont remit tax here remember!

    • Sir I know you a civil servant,but surely we need to tell our govt to start paying its employees with better salaries. This will help in the fight against corruption. One of the main causes of corruption is low wages. Malawians are hard working but what they are paid in turn are peanuts. Its high time Malawian workers deserve better salaries

    • Sir I know you a civil servant,but surely we need to tell our govt to start paying its employees with better salaries. This will help in the fight against corruption. One of the main causes of corruption is low wages. Malawians are hard working but what they are paid in turn are peanuts. Its high time Malawian workers deserve better salaries

  11. God gives away to the poor, be wise and stay there in Malawi and dieing with hunger my family they not starving every month am sending K200, 000 cash to my wife and kids no strees life goes on , and you admi?

  12. i ‘m here in RSA and in malawi i worked with MEC,chanco center 4 social research,national statistics officer(temporary contract),teaching non governmental secondaries e.g Mawila sec xool and hillside sec school in mangochi. i confirmly say that workers of the mentioned institutions & department do not equal a gardener with stable work here.i just comment on unpon the gravity of the article toward public picture.i don’t regret to work as a game scout as i was poorly paid in my country.think twice

  13. Simamawatumiza ndi ndalama zanu bt their own money plus chakudya ndimalo ogona.nd they amalandi more money dan atearch every 2wks,inese ndipitako next month .

  14. Simamawatumiza ndi ndalama zanu bt their own money plus chakudya ndimalo ogona.nd they amalandi more money dan atearch every 2wks,inese ndipitako next month .

  15. The writer of this article needs to return back to school n study abit further no human being is for import n export. You mean you can differenciate btwn goods n pipo.no human being is 4sale my dia.Youre just showing the educated pipo on this page how much level of your knowledge you accumulated at school . next time be civilized enough n dish out more advanced issue in a cooked manner. Search n read bookd again uncivilised writer. Immigration started long time ago frm the Bible times .

  16. The writer of this article needs to return back to school n study abit further no human being is for import n export. You mean you can differenciate btwn goods n pipo.no human being is 4sale my dia.Youre just showing the educated pipo on this page how much level of your knowledge you accumulated at school . next time be civilized enough n dish out more advanced issue in a cooked manner. Search n read bookd again uncivilised writer. Immigration started long time ago frm the Bible times .

  17. A new form of international slavery.Ndi zomwe zija ankawadulitsa mizimbe azigogo athu zija izi kungoti lero zangosintha dzina komanso pali ka minute compesation kuti asachite kuonekera patali kuti akugwirigwa ukapolo kumeneko.

  18. A new form of international slavery.Ndi zomwe zija ankawadulitsa mizimbe azigogo athu zija izi kungoti lero zangosintha dzina komanso pali ka minute compesation kuti asachite kuonekera patali kuti akugwirigwa ukapolo kumeneko.

  19. Pobwera kuno nde kumakhala ngati mashasha ndi tima kanavasi ndi mabulangeti koma mukukhalira kukudzula tchire kumeneko eti???? Timakuonanitu…..

  20. Ntchito ymwe ndigwila ine enamukaphumzira zaka 4ku chanco mpaka kaliza maphunziro nkusaupezanso mwayi wa vep mpaka kuyamba yogulitsa mafupa kkkkkkkk bwerani tikupasani mwayi wamalo okhala if u wan inbox me lool anthu ovutika ine mxxxwwwwww zamansimba kkkkkk ndakwiya nanu

  21. Mbuli zophunzira ma Admin a Malawi 24 news . Lets be honest its not Malawi govt that export gardeners to SA .Ok here is a simple calculation : Gardeners rate per day is R150.00 *30days almost R5000.00 so if we exchange it to MWK its 310.000 MWK nde maziphunzitsi anuwo or iwe amene angakulipire ndalama zimenezi? Uchitsiru wanu .Agalu mukhalirayomweyo kuchita kusowa ndi panti yomwe nkumati ndine Admin .uli ndere kawawa .mbuzi ya mino kusi .Uyezge uwone nikubwakatule.Ake chumunthu no mahala .

  22. RSA siinama ndipo yasintha moyo wanga, ndatha chaka chimodzi ndagula malo ku blantyre ndasunga 1 metre mvula ikangotha ndikumangitsa nyumba zalent, ndagwila ntchito zaulonda makampani 4 kwa 6 yrs nothing happen, mwezi uliwonse ndimatumiza k150,000. ndiye wina mkumanyoza jonz, kubwela kumene ndi 2020

  23. RSA siinama ndipo yasintha moyo wanga, ndatha chaka chimodzi ndagula malo ku blantyre ndasunga 1 metre mvula ikangotha ndikumangitsa nyumba zalent, ndagwila ntchito zaulonda makampani 4 kwa 6 yrs nothing happen, mwezi uliwonse ndimatumiza k150,000. ndiye wina mkumanyoza jonz, kubwela kumene ndi 2020

  24. Kikikikikikikikiki zili ku Malawi ntchito kulibe ndiye akulemba zopusa kwa ine officer wa police ndi soja sandifikepo pa salary yanga tayimuzi 2 kikikikikikikikiki

  25. Kikikikikikikikiki zili ku Malawi ntchito kulibe ndiye akulemba zopusa kwa ine officer wa police ndi soja sandifikepo pa salary yanga tayimuzi 2 kikikikikikikikiki

  26. Ok Kma Sionse Amakhala Magarden Boy Kumeneko Ndipo Sionse Amapita Kumeneko Ali Osaphunzira Kmanso Ndi Bwn Kukhala Garden Boy Kuno Ntchto Zake Kuyendela Chbale Ya Police Ymweyi Ukhale Ndi M’bale Wako .Za Zii Mixieew

  27. You are closing companies, poor salaries .Instead of finding ways of how to develop the country and people to have jobs.shame my malawi government. Those gardeners are getting better than some of qualified people in malawi. Example changing of a Malawian passport also has made the country to be going down .I don’t think if many people are able to renew it coz of the new system. As a result people are entering other countries without passport.poor country but u are putting strict things in your country u don’t even see .What u see if u are on that chair is to top up your accounts!

  28. iwe walemba nkhaniyi mutu wako sukugwila,anthu satumizidwa ndi chilumba cha Malawi.Amaphula njerwa zamoto ncholinga choti apeze khobili akapangise chitupa choyendela wamva.Pano Peter walamula kuti 48 pin yachepa akwezebe mpakana pa 80pin,kodi nzuwa lili ku Malawiko 80pin munthu ayipeza kuti????.Apa mavuto sazatha pa Malawi.

  29. If mw govt is failing to nurture skills in their youth whatelse can u expect from them.Its good to be agardener other than die of poverty fearing ur mockery

  30. Gardeners in south africa aday they are receiving R150 aday nde uwerengere paweek akulandira zingati ndi makwachawo nanga pamwezi kumuponseratu wa degree wapamalawi? kupusa eeti ine nilibepulobumu shame on uuuu

  31. What the hell r u talkin about?u wanted them to waste their tym here?don’t u knw dat tym is money?komanso samachta kutumizidwa ndi boma ai they go there 4 themselves ngat mukukweza mitengo ya ma passport ndie mukaime pachulu kumanena kuti mukumawatumizako ndi inu SHAME!!!!

  32. Gardener can receive about K250,000.00 a month in South Africa, a day can get K9,000.00 bola azanu zikuyenda nanga njalayo poti paja mulibe pulobulemu!!

  33. malawi24 point of correction its not Malawi as a nation which is exporting gardeners to South Africa don’t mislead the nation, people go to South Africa on their own.They use their own money for transport & accomodation.

  34. heyi malawi24 ngati mulibe zopanga post osapanga zakumachende mwava, or ngati kulibe any breaking news shut ur fuckng mouth with manye inside of it, sikufuna kukhala kwa eni koma chifukwa cha mausogoreli anu akumatako, thus y we r here insited of find ways how can those who r going out to look for a bettter life by creating jobs for them bzy talkng bullsheet, kambanipo zakusika kwa kwacha, each n evry day kwacha going doing now we r talking. r1 is equal to 50 kwacha, w@ a fuck is? its not that we r hppy leaving in aforeign land but we have no choice, oky tiyeni tione anthu amene alibe ntchito panopa kumalawiko koma alinazo zowayeneresa kupeza ntchito?, ewe wapanga post nyasizi machende amako serious next don’t dare talking rubbish because sungatipase zofunikira ma our evry day life

  35. Gardeners import cars, building mansions while graduate r waist out for just little salaries. So Please stop talking too much, in fact, they r doing the light thing than to steal.

  36. What the f*ck is Malawi 24news trying to say here? In steady the government to create job in Malawi but you are just busy talking rubbish. Being a gardener in RSA gets far worse better than a degree person that works under Malawi govt. We are embarrassed that our own country can manage their citizens due to poor leading. Mxxxxm

  37. Mind you some of the said gardeners are malawian graduates whose papers are invalid/underated/dzizude on the international job market

  38. Ndipo ine ndikuvepa yomweyo pamwezi umodzi R3,800 in kwachaz its almost 170,000 moti ndikhoza kulipira apolisi 4 ndi aphunzisi 2 in a one month salary….

  39. its better to be a gardener than killing albinos ku malawi ulova uli thoo let them work chikakuwawa phulika anzako magardeners akugula maphone abwino iwe uli busy ndizopusazi

  40. Badpayments against frequent kwacha devaluation due to lack of economic merit and privatisation forces people to migrate in south Africa bcoz the wealth is stable.Let them workpeacfully.

  41. Badpayments against frequent kwacha devaluation due to lack of economic merit and privatisation forces people to migrate in south Africa bcoz the wealth is stable.Let them workpeacfully

  42. Which online publication is that? Thanks to poor governance in Malawi that pushes most Malawians away from their families. All the government knows is putting stiff regulations on those who go to fetch greener pastures. Scrap off that R3000 at the boarder and stop the twisting and raising passport fees pilizi. U just wake up and say today we are raising the price. What for? My Malawi.

  43. Badpayments against frequent kwacha devaluation due to lack of economic merit and privatisation forces people to migrate in south Africa bcoz the wealth is stable.Let our relatives work peacefully.

  44. It might b true or false because in RSA Malawians to warn themselver not to chose a job. Therefor other Malawians are shop kepers, others are gardeners. Watchmen. Tailors etc

  45. Put the blame on the government of the day but one thing you forget is that there are organizations which are controlling the world and these leaders are only puppets or straw bosses. Expecting to have a perfect life in this world is a lucid dream,the only government that will bring change is that one of God.

  46. A gardener in South Africa gets alot of money that Most civil servants in Malawi, a wise gardener can build a house in ayear of garderning in S.A unlike a civil servant in Malawi who can not even access a loan to purcharse a house let alone build one, Ndalama ndi imodzi! its high time the government opens a National University in Gardening so that those it become a marketable cadre in jonzi with valid papers.

  47. mind you it’s a professionalism to be a gardener that’s Landscaping,they receive more than their Malawian in their country and they contribute more than degree holder to the country development

  48. Inu uphunziranu chomwe mumatipambana nditati ndiwone ndichithu chimodzi chenicheni, kuguliridwa coffin mukamwalira zina zonse ife ndi madolo inu ndi black berry amakukanikani kumugula mutiuza chan?? Tamangoswanani ife zathu phee!

  49. Wa 24 sunu kanyoko and pipiyakho masa phusi dosi usamalimbane ndi anthu aku2 kula ziko la malawi uzirimbana ndi muntharika, mcp, and pp bezi kanyoko

  50. Ndinali wa police kumalawi konko koma nnathawako kubwera Theba. pano ndine gardena mu santon, ndipo ndikulandira malipiro a police times 7. ndie chanzeru ndi chani kukakamira kumeneko?

  51. Gardener boi akunjoya kuposa omwe akugwila mu mashop akulu akulu monga pkn pay , spar, shop write , pep ndi ena ang,ono ang,ono ! Even omwe akugwila mu ma company ma garden amawoposa! Ndiye inu amalawi anzanga pangani ma passport tizizasamala maluwa azungu kuno! Kusiyana kuti ugwiri ntchito ya mu office or ya u teacher kulandila mk 100,000 , or pomwepo chakudya,xool fees , tax, mtumileko makolo anu ,ndiye zikhalopo zingati ???? Bola Ku SA kugwira garden! Vuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  52. pamene zafikapa olo atsogeleri athu aboma sangakane yau garden boy mutawapezera kujoniko chifukwa olo ntchito zotsogolera zawakanika mwina imeneyo azakwanixa

  53. pamene zafikapa olo atsogeleri athu aboma sangakane yau garden boy mutawapezera kujoniko chifukwa olo ntchito zotsogolera zawakanika mwina imeneyo azakwanixa

  54. nanga kuno garden boy imweyo amtume ku msika, kuchigayo, mwana akadwala umva mpelekezeni ku hosper koma kandalama kake aaaa konyotsola pamene jonz imeneyi ndi deal sizamwananso

  55. nanga kuno garden boy imweyo amtume ku msika, kuchigayo, mwana akadwala umva mpelekezeni ku hosper koma kandalama kake aaaa konyotsola pamene jonz imeneyi ndi deal sizamwananso

  56. Akuthawa physics,biology atipeze ku university kma ntchito zinazi??kumakagona ku drain coz of gardening xory ana anu mzawaika pati bora being a pr.tr coz pension ilipo

  57. Akuthawa physics,biology atipeze ku university kma ntchito zinazi??kumakagona ku drain coz of gardening xory ana anu mzawaika pati bora being a pr.tr coz pension ilipo

  58. garderner alibe pulobulemu.problem is ur government systm .u employ ur relatives only.taona maudindo anu ambiri mlinao ambiri ndinkhalamba zoti mitu yao yiri ndi ma virus.think now mwakwezaso mtengo wa passport chosecho kungongofuna khukhomelera ndi kukhaurisa kapena kuwabera ana malawi. iwe reporter walemba nkhaniyi ndi apulezident anu muwauze kuti magardeners ku sasa akunjoya then ali amozi mwaiwo akuthandizira kutukura zikorino.

  59. garderner alibe pulobulemu.problem is ur government systm .u employ ur relatives only.taona maudindo anu ambiri mlinao ambiri ndinkhalamba zoti mitu yao yiri ndi ma virus.think now mwakwezaso mtengo wa passport chosecho kungongofuna khukhomelera ndi kukhaurisa kapena kuwabera ana malawi. iwe reporter walemba nkhaniyi ndi apulezident anu muwauze kuti magardeners ku sasa akunjoya then ali amozi mwaiwo akuthandizira kutukura zikorino.

  60. thanx a lot for publishing the study well done,but can you please make another study on how much the gardners are paid there in Malawi including the ones who work @ the state house and the parliament where the laws are drafted,I think some gardners are paid better here honestly

  61. thanx a lot for publishing the study well done,but can you please make another study on how much the gardners are paid there in Malawi including the ones who work @ the state house and the parliament where the laws are drafted,I think some gardners are paid better here honestly

  62. If malawi were failing to recruit teachers who ,trained by the same government n nurses ,so cn thy manage to hire a gardener,shemful malawi wth its dpp ,udf allies,

  63. Cc Thando Nene Nelisiwe Nene,we are not proud of it but can run from it

    Pof Zinja Thopus
    Christopher Banda
    Golden Tshux

    Zimbabweans are mentioned in the article as educated people and they are flooding in accountants positions etc Abraham Mateta Asambizi Asakala

  64. Look now what a shame on us as I know most Malawians @ this stage ere more literate than many African states, other of those Gardeners are University or college candidates.
    Failure of our Govt on restructuring economic grounds.
    As a result of xenophobia u mean to deport all Malawians will be wrong?
    Come on Mtalika and ur administration show Malawians a clean slate.

  65. komabe isn’t a big deal than kukhala lova kuno which is very hard to stand n these guys gets paid more than a degree holder back there in malawi… don’t get it twisted and don’t judge by work but rather by salary u would prefer being agardener than a fucken corparate idiot with just peanuts at every month end …!

  66. Shut up again kulandira ndalama malo molandira pa 30 mumalandira pa 13 kkkkkkkkkkkkkk koma Malawi24 tikubwerekan ndalama pa katapira ma tsiku ano mwayamba mwano

  67. In a way we’re gardeners even in our own country, why? “Education is not our government’s priority” corruption, reaping the poor is all our selfish greedy leaders are good at, shame!!!!!

  68. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk koma malawi kaya mumati 27 kumeneko,mukanadziwa ndalama zomwe amalandila anthu amenewa ndikhulupilira kuti siukanailemba nkhani imeneyi

  69. Or mutati amaweta agalu kma ndalama yake singafanane nd mphunzisi kapena wapolisi jon nd deal kaya muti mwakweza ma passport izo ife sitikuwerenga tizivayako no passport uchisilu weni weni

  70. life iz easy here my friend,some gardener they receive more than 10 southand rands which iz more than 400,000,so compare yoself.kumayankhula zonveka koma asamayankhula ngati mulibe mano mukamwa,

  71. Man mukuchedwa kumapanga post zaziii anzanu ife kuno zikuti yendera….school tinayimbaso mwina iwenso kutalitali …..ubwere uzaone how malawians are doing here in R.S.A.

  72. proudly gardener pa theba and able to send my 2 kids at bambino . get a life popangira ndalama sitisankha Koma pokaidyera. am a happy man than civil servant pa mpanje. ine nkhawa njeee. ukhalira yomweyo.

  73. Primary and sec ndipo nthawi dzina paka college 1 #Davie inu teacher wanji waku second angagule chindu cha k 300 000 pa mwenz umodzi inu mese mumalilira mutilembe inu

  74. M’phuzitsi Wamapepala Ake Ndiso Olembedwa Ntchito Ndiboma La Malawi Kumaposedwa Sarary Ngakhale Takataka Yamnyumba Ndi Garden Boy Wapa Johns Opanda Pepala Or Limozi Komaso Kwao Kwa M’baluku Ku Mangochi

  75. Ndimalandila ngati 80 000 malawi kwacha pamene ku malawi ndimalandila k20 000 ntchito yofanana bola ku johns basi olo munyoze zathu zikuyenda

  76. Mukonze dziko kt tisiye kupita ku john nt kukweza passport muwone aku zambia anasiya kukhulupilira ku john coz dziko lawo ilibwino..ndiye musakondwere ndikupita anthu ambiri ku john..

  77. but they get paid more than many workers there in malawi even u the reporter chinakula ku malawi ndikuti amagwila ntchito yakuti but ur getting peanuts idiots

  78. This is not something to be proud of. Start making policies that lead to youth empowerment and keep malawian youths from exploitation in South Africa.