Shemu Joyah’s movie impresses fans

  Shemu Joyah’s award-winning movie Road to sunrise received a warm welcome in Blantyre on Saturday at its premiere at Robin’s park where crowds thronged the auditorium. At around 5pm, there was only Joyah and a few men working on the stage in the auditorium but come 6pm, cars started coming. From them embarked ladies…

Tearing cities brick by brick

  What will it take to make our cities resilient to frequent urban disasters? Certainly, the answer does not lie in making bricks thicker. Bulky or not, bricks are opening up pits and baring grounds that expose cities to catastrophes. Visiting populous townships of Blantyre, we saw how brick-makers are depleting soil along rivers and…

Slums grow as councils snore

  Risky slums are expanding contrary to time-honoured by-laws and policies, our reporters AYAMI MKWANDA and JOHN CHIRWA write. In Blantyre, Soche Hill towers into the sky. Walking up the hill stripped of trees, the uncertainties of slum dwellers on the steep slopes personify silent, but ever-growing scrambles for land as urban populations keep rising.…

NGO partners pupils in trachoma fight

  Amref Health Africa says pupils can be good agents in trachoma fight who can influence teachers and parents to practise proper sanitation to prevent the spread of the disease. Amref Mangochi district project assistant Petros Kamanga observed that trachoma remains high in the country, especially in the district due to poor hygiene practices. He…

Season of jacarandas

Once again all roads lead to Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) and Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC). Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) is in town again, but this time dominated by an art exhibition. Surprised? BAF comes to Blantyre in the season of jacaranda blossoming flowers—October. This year BAF run from October 6 to 8. As the trees…

Ndixville doesn’t snore

You name it, Ndirande has it all. If you want it, they will give it to you day or night. Call for it, someone will bring it to you if you can pay for it. Such is the ceaseless rush for money in probably the busiest township in Blantyre that residents proudly quip that even…

Initiation camps paralyse education in Mangochi

  About 400 children from 12 villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Makanjira in Mangochi District are yet to be released from initiation camps, one week after schools opened. Mangochi district commissioner (DC) the Reverend Moses Chimphepo and T/A Makanjira have since teamed up to ensure that every ngaliba  (traditional counsellor) in the area releases children…

Queuing for money from SA

It is a sunny afternoon in Limbe, a clustered business town in Blantyre. At the heart of the buzzing spot, Aram Mall is a hive of activity. Every minute, people come in and go out in large numbers, their faces glowing with smiles. Some come to cash in money from their friends and relatives in…

Tonderai, Lucius to revive int’l music shows

It is yet that time of the year when the country’s entertainment industry gets busy with international artists that flood Malawi to perform or headline a number of events such as annual music festivals. For example, this year’s Sand Music Festival, which is a brainchild of musician Lucius Banda and his Impakt Events, will be…

Malata subsidy progress in Thyolo impresses minister

  Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Anna Kachikho has expressed satisfaction with the progress of the Decent and Affordable Housing  Subsidy Programme (Dahsp) popularly known as Malata and Cement Subsidy in Thyolo District. Figures show that 570 houses have been completed in the district’s seven constituencies in the district. The minister appreciated the…

State agencies no party donors

The debate over recent donations from public agencies to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has rekindled calls for the just-tabled Political Parties Bill, which seeks to outlaw parties from receiving donations from State agencies. Our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA spoke to Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) executive director KIZITO TENTHANI to unpack the proposed law.…

Girls’ strides in sci-tech

In July, Rebecca Mzungu and Shreya Thakrar represented Malawi at the Global Robotics Competition in Washington DC, United States, where they emerged number 25. This may have cut short their run in the 163-nation contest, but they personify the undying spirit of Malawian girls who often have to surmount daunting challenges to excel in science…

World Vision Malawi for reduced stunting in Chiradzulu

  World Vision Malawi (WVI) is advocating improved nutrition standards in Chiradzulu District by engaging local communities on how to prepare nutritious food. During a media tour to Namuthakoni Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mpama in the district on Friday, journalists appreciated villagers who are groomed on how to cook simple diets that are nutritious.…

Journalists drilled in nutrition reporting

  Journalists in the country have been challenged to tell stories that give readers a real picture on nutrition issues in the country. Nation Publications Limited features editor James Chavula said this on Thursday in Zomba during a three-day-media conference World Vision Malawi (WVM) organised to drill journalists in nutrition reporting. “You must write the…

Madiba’s long walk to freedom

  At exactly 3pm on Saturday, July 22, the upper hall of Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre that was hosting Dikamawoko Arts Taking Madiba was not yet filled to capacity. People were still entering the hall at a pace you would compare with tap water that comes in dribs and drabs. Patrons were flocking…

First Lady inspires girls

  First Lady Gertrude Mutharika yesterday challenged girls who attended a week-long science and technology camp at Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) to return to their respective countries and make a difference. Mutharika commended the camp for empowering the girls through education, saying they will be able to develop the nation while gender-based…

Vic Marley’s music style

Victor Kunje aka Vic Marley marked the epoch of a new era in ragga music to a generation that was being exposed to different genres of music, including those from Jamaica. At 23 in 2003, he appealed to the youth who, just like him, had embraced modernity in his lifestyle and music. Marley came into…

Minister for more investment  in higher education

  Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka says Malawi should invest in quality higher education if it is to have successful citizens who can contribute meaningfully to the sustainable development of the country. The minister said this yesterday in Mangochi when he opened a three-day-long First National Quality Assurance Conference organised by National…