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…

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…

In my backyard, I have mabulosi (mulberry) trees which are currently dropping a lot of leaves. Every morning we sweep about a plastic bag-full of these leaves. After this season, I am expecting my mapeyala (avocado pears) to start dropping their leaves as well. That will be around September. They will later be joined by…

For something to be described as waste it must be in a state that it can no longer be used. But when does an item become unusable? Often times the usability of an item stops when our creativity has reached its limit. There are instances when an item is declared waste because our creativity has…

Some plots have slopes that make it tough for owners to use the land productively. Most plots with such challenges are located close to the streams. I have seen such pieces of land abandoned, a situation that causes degradation that can threaten structures on the safer parts of the plot. Healing such slopes requires a…

I have been privileged to have a couple of hours to myself courtesy of a generous annual leave that I have been granted by my employers. I have taken the opportunity to fulfil some outstanding personal commitments which could not be undertaken due to the demands of my work. I thought this would be a…

It is getting colder each passing day. Vendors have poured onto the streets with all manner of merchandise to ensure that the citizenry is kept warm this year. This is the time to look for electrical appliances and check if they are still in good working condition. In the event that you have plugged in…

  Bill Gates’ dream of a computer on every desk and in every home seems to have become a reality even in this corner of the world where statistics rate us poor. Gone are the days when people would bow for the man who knows how to operate a computer. Also gone are the days…

The creator and provider of all natural resources was generous last week by giving us rains in abundance. I was, however, saddened to see in The Nation newspaper pictures of cars deep in water along Haile Selassie Road downtown Blantyre and workers clearing water in flooded shops in the aftermath of the increase in the…

Malawi Police Service (MPS) traffic officers and minibus drivers have a game that they play on the road. The game goes like this: A traffic police officer signals a minibus to stop. He or she checks the driver’s licence, if he or she finds no problem with it, the next thing to check is the…

Most of us hate coins. Coins are cumbersome. Coins leave us with torn pockets, they are no good at all. Coins are, however, not as bad as many of us think. Coins, if properly kept, can be of great help on a rainy day. They are handy for buying children’s snacks at the tuckshop in…