Chilomoni, Blantyre

The Beetech building was constructed at the Beehive Main campus, in order to house two of Beehive’s social enterprises; ‘Beetech’ and ‘CoG’. The Beetech enterprise offers a data entry service to assist larger, established companies in digitising historical records and accounts. Many of Beetech’s employees are former students of Beehive’s JPII IT Institute.

“Malawi’s economic growth has not been inclusive partly because it is driven by an underdeveloped agricultural sector, and it does not create enough decent jobs for the rapidly growing number of people joining the labour market.” (‘Malawi Economic Policy Brief’, AFIDEP, 2016)

Building Design
“Our building facility truly reflects who we are and what we stand for regarding the service we provide - great design and high quality workmanship. Every little detail has been thought of and executed.”
(May E. Bikoko, Beetech Manager)
Beehive Main Campus, Chilomoni, Blantyre, Malawi
Office and Workshops
Year of Construction
2017 – 2018
Design Architect
Donn Ponnighaus
Project Architects
Donn Ponnighaus and Keith Banda
Design Engineer
Zedi Nyirenda
Geotechnical Engineer
Zedi Nyirenda
Project Engineer
Hendrix Mgawana
Total Building Area (Approx. GEA)
Number of Storeys
Construction Cost
256,859,000 MWK
(£260,834 GBP – rate correct as of 25th August 2020)
Cost per m²
381,663 MWK/m²
(£388 GBP/m²)

In order to accommodate a potentially wide range of different enterprises, the Beetech building is formed of a series of six open-plan workshops, set over 3 storeys. Originally envisaged as two-storey, an additional storey was added to the building half way through construction due to the rapid growth of the Beehive enterprises it would house. The building utilises a reinforced concrete frame, in order to achieve wide spans and therefore column-free, flexible workshop spaces. The building is clad externally with Beehive’s site-made Hydraform block system.

Entry to the building is through a double-height lobby, creating an open, light and airy welcome. The void extends through the stairwell to the top of the building, where a large chimney tops the roof, creating natural ventilation throughout. Lighting in the workshops is created through large, regularly spaced windows which encircle the rooms on three sides – electrical lighting is therefore rarely required during the day. Trunking at desk height is present in all workshops, in order to allow for a range of machines and IT equipment.

Social Impact
A sense of oneness and togetherness is fostered in the Beetech family
Catholic Community Support
people are currently employed at Beetech
Job Creation
All Beetech staff undergo security and confidentiality training
Quality Education
There are Work/Learn placements for students who can’t afford college
Supporting the Vulnerable
“It is the desire of every student to get a professional qualification and have experience of real work on the ground. This usually favors students with funds, but for those without it takes a miracle such as this (the Work and Learn placements Beetech offers.)”
(Inncocent Kakangula. Work and Learn Student.)
Beetech provides vital education, employment and internship opportunities for local residents, students and graduates. It currently employs 37 people, the majority of whom are JPII graduates. Beetech offers a Work and Learn program in partnership with Beehive’s JPII IT Institute, which gives young men and women from Chilomoni, who are college-ready but do not have the means to fund their tertiary education, an opportunity to attend JPII and enroll in ICT courses, at the same time as working at Beetech. These students are not only afforded the opportunity to attend college, but have hands-on work experience at the completion of their studies. Beetech further supports the most vulnerable in society, by contributing to the community outreach work at the Mother Teresa Outreach Centre through its surplus profits. Continual learning is encouraged at Beetech and all staff receive security and confidentiality training, to ensure they handle the clients sensitive documents correctly. The Beetech family is encouraged to find meaning in their work and compassion towards one another to create a supportive environment to work in.
Meet The Team

My name is Innocent Kakangula and I am one of the ‘Work and Learn’ Candidates. This is a programme that allows students to work and learn at the same time. It is for those who have a good Malawian School Certificate of Education, but cannot afford to pay for tertiary education. We work at BeeTech for 6 months where we do computer related work, then for 6 months we will be in class at JPII. What I enjoy most is the privilege of extending my education and experiencing the workplace. It is the desire of every student, and usually favours people with funds, but for those without it takes a miracle such as this.



My name is Grace Semani. I work with BeeTech as a Data Entry Clerk. Companies entrust BeeTech with their confidential information that has to be sorted and stored in softcopy forms. Most of our work here is scanning the hardcopy files and storing them electronically, which are then verified if the documents were sorted according to the client’s needs by the team leaders. What I enjoy most about this job is that we always work together as a team, embracing the saying that ‘nobody goes far alone.’ So to work to our client’s expectations we work as a team to achieve more.



My name is Precious Khonja, I am working with BeeTech as a Data Entry Clerk. We process data from different companies as we maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the data we process. We process data from hardcopy to softcopy state where it can be stored electronically. I like this job very much, because I like busy work and it also promotes teamwork, since we work as a team. The most enjoyable thing is the target, because at the end of the day we have to meet the minimum target and its gives me the most excitement when I exceed the target.



The project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals