MBS, police confiscate illegal liquor

  The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS), in conjunction with Blantyre Police Station, on Friday confiscated 20 packages—each containing 1 500 bottles of 200 mililitres—and 35 100 labels of illegal spirits in Blantyre. Blantyre Police Station spokesperson Elizabeth Divala confirmed the arrest of three people—Clement Chikoko, 48, from Mothiwa Village, and his wife Violet, 38,…

Female executives ‘suffer’ with pregnant women

Two female executives on Friday chose to forego the comfort of their homes and spend the night with expectant women at Zingwangwa Health Centre maternity ward in Blantyre. The duo—Malawi-Scotland Partnership chief executive officer Vera Kantukule and Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) communications manager Clara Mwafulirwa—undertook the sleepover challenge in a bid to raise funds…

Blantyre CCAP Synod votes on elders, deacons

Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) yesterday voted to accommodate retired church elders and deacons in administrative and kirk sessions. Administrative session is the highest decision-making body at a congregation while kirk session is a church court that hears disciplinary issues at congregational level. The decision comes amid tension in some…

Partnership uplifts Chiradzulu CCAP

  Chiradzulu CCAP congregation has made probably one of the fastest steps in development in Blantyre Synod, thanks to the congregation’s partnerships and individual well-wishers. In three years, Chiradzulu congregation has built a manse and a church. Both structures were dedicated to the service of the Lord last Sunday. “The church building preaches of the…

ECD foundation for future Malawi—official

Children who are loved, protected and cared for by trained caregivers will grow into reliable citizens, Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare director of administration Roselyn Makhumula has said. Speaking on Friday when she presided over the graduation of 143 caregivers who have completed a two-week training at Magomero Community Development College in…

BT Synod in partnership luncheon

  The CCAP Blantyre Synod Partnership Committee will this Sunday host a fundraising get-together luncheon at Hapuwani Village Lodge in Mulanje. An announcement on the Blantyre Synod Radio says the get-together luncheon will offer Christians, who have participated in local and international trips, an opportunity to “rekindle memories and meet fellow missionaries, share strategic projects…

BCC engages extra gear  in cleanliness drive

Blantyre City Council (BCC) has extended the Keep Blantyre Clean and Green Campaign by coming up with a health week and reintroducing the clean premises contest. The health week begins on Monday next week, according to the council. Blantyre City mayor Wild Ndipo yesterday said during the week the council will, among other activities, sweep…

Blantyre registers zero rabies deaths

  Mission Rabies campaign closed its 2017 Blantyre City anti-rabies initiative with an announcement that the city has recorded no death due to rabies in the past 12 months. “No child bitten by a dog in our working areas died of rabies at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the last 12 months,” said Mission…

Saving Shire with SMEs

  In Traditional Authority (TA) Dambe in Neno, poverty forces rural Malawians into environmentally unsustainable businesses. Widespread grass-thatched homes somehow testify to their desperation. A charcoal seller looked helpless as her son did not go to school for many days because he had no uniform. “His father has gone to make charcoal. We hope to…

Chikwawa Diocese rescues hunger-stricken families

Chikwawa Catholic Diocese on Thursday launched distribution of relief food items to 1 400 hunger-stricken families in Thyolo. According to Chikwawa Diocese Bishop Peter Musikuwa, who presided over the function, funding for the relief food came from the head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis following an appeal by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. The…

Time to harness demographic dividend is now—Mussa

Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa on Friday launched the Malawi National Network for the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) with a call to harness the demographic dividend. Speaking in Blantyre at a function attended by captains of industry, government officials, trade unionists and representatives of international organisations, the minister said now…

Mudi Sacco surplus grows 18% to K26m

Mudi Savings and Credit Cooperative (Sacco) Limited has reported an 18 percent growth in surplus of K26 million in 2016 from the previous year’s K22 million, despite operating in a tough economic environment. In view of this growth, Mudi Sacco members approved a dividend of K16.1 million at its 24th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on…

Space is becoming a big challenge in urban set-ups. The luxury of having a big lawn in front or behind one’s house is fast fading in the new settlements. Those entrusted with the authority of allocating plots in cities are not as generous as they used to be decades ago. Recently, they created high density…

  One Thursday morning I stopped at the Total Filling Station opposite the National College of Information Technology (Nacit) along the Masauko Chipembere Highway in Blantyre for some transaction and this week’s idea came to the fore. A man fixed a horse pipe to the tap on the lawn on the front of the filling…

Last Thursday, I stopped at the Total Filling Station that is located opposite the National College of Information Technology along the Chipembere Highway in Blantyre for some transaction and this week’s idea came to the fore. A man fixed a horse-pipe to a tap on the lawn in front of the filling station, then he…