Perspectives of Labour Migration from Mzimba District, Malawi, to South Africa by Harvey C. Chidoba BandaPerspectives of Labour Migration from Mzimba District, Malawi, to South Africa by Harvey C. Chidoba Banda

Perspectives of Labour Migration from Mzimba District, Malawi, to South Africa

byHarvey C. Chidoba Banda

Paperback | August 16, 2017

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Labour migration from Malawi to South Africa is a ‘century-old phenomenon’. It dates as far back as the 1880s following the establishment of diamond and gold mines. In the period up to the 1980s, this migration took either formal or informal nature whereas in the post-1990 period it became exclusively informal, popularly known as selufu in Malawi. This book is an attempt to shed light on both forms of migration over time. By using the case of Mzimba, one of the major labour migration districts in Malawi, Perspectives of Labour Migration shows that migration, especially in the post-1990 period, remains a preoccupation of the different categories of both men and women in selected areas in the country. A cross-section of Malawians continue to regard emigration to South Africa as a means to an end: a way of fulfilling their heart-felt and life-time goals at household and societal levels. Because of their distinguished and unparalleled determination, these labour migrants continue to ‘flock’ to South Africa in the midst of such challenges as xenophobia, crime, arrests and deportations. The book advances the argument that Malawian labour migrants are purposive and rational human beings who are ready to overcome these challenges, at times using the most improbable means, for example, through the use of mankhwala gha mwabi (luck medicine).

Harvey C. Chidoba Banda was born in 1975 in Mzimba District. He attended various schools in northern Malawi before proceeding to pursue graduate studies in History at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, and at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is a Lecturer in the Department of H...
Title:Perspectives of Labour Migration from Mzimba District, Malawi, to South AfricaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:158 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.34 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.34 inPublished:August 16, 2017Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9956762237

ISBN - 13:9789956762231


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Competition for the Labour  Supply in Mzimba District: The Case of Wenela and Mthandizi

Chapter 3: Gendered Migrancy from  Mzimba District to South Africa  since the 1990s

Chapter 4: Xenophobic Experiences of  Malawian Migrants in South Afric

Chapter 5: Madipotii: International  Recurrent Migrants from Zubayumo  Makamo Area

Chapter 6: Migrants and Medicines:  The Interface of Migration and Traditional  Medicinal Beliefs in Mzimba District

Chapter 7: Conclusion