Facing Chanco’s dearest slum

Chikanda, like any other slum, symbolises the laxity of town planners universities keep churning out. Our staff writer JAMES CHAVULA writes. When University of Malawi (Unima) opened a new campus in Zomba in 1973, two bushy ridges—Chikanda and Chirunga—lay side by side. Between them a stream flowed in no apparent haste. Forty two years on,…

Skippers player joins TZ side

Former Skippers FC player Tikomenji Zidana has joined a Tanzania women football outfit Mburahati Queens on year-long loan deal, The Nation has learnt. Zidana confirmed yesterday through WhatsApp interview. The left-back was spotted by the team while trying her luck with another Tanzanian side Simba Queens. “I was invited by a friend to try my…

Scottish NGO donates to disabled children in Mulanje

A Scotland-based non-governmental organization (NGO) Female Education Empowerment Center (Feec) last week donated assorted items including clothes and Likuni phala to Mendulo Parish Center for disabled children in Mulanje. Speaking during the presentation ceremony Feec’s founder, Charles Fawcert, observed that most physically challenged children in the country fail to access basic needs such as education,…

Entrepreneurship development for agri-transformation

In this third instalment on agriculture transformation, TAMANI NKHONO-MVULA* argues that exporting raw agricultural products can be minimised by heavily taxing it to subsidise local manufacturing. Read on: The process of developing human resources and entrepreneurship for agriculture transformation must begin with an attitude change towards agriculture. The state of Malawi’s agriculture is in my…

Nico Holdings sees share price rebound

  Listed financial services and investment group Nico Holdings Limited says it is hopeful of share price rebound and growing profit, outgoing chairperson Alaudin Osman has said. Speaking at an annual general meeting in Blantyre on Friday, he said the group’s share price experienced a significant drop in 2016, closing at K17 per share after…

One good turn deserves another

At only 21, Idah Puliwa, the first girl to reach secondary school in her Nakhonyo Village in Senior Chief Mkanda’s area in Mulanje founded Othakarhaka Foundation to promote education among fellow young people in the district. “My own education journey is inspirational. It took other people’s efforts for me to reach where I am today.…

Economic climate affecting membership growth—Ecam

  The poor economic environment in the country is affecting growth of membership for the Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam), it has been learnt. However, Ecam says despite the situation it is poised to continue with efforts to address members’ needs and interests.   Ecam vice-president Sean Longwe said this at the association’s annual…

Economic climate affecting membership growth—Ecam

  The sluggish economic environment in the country is affecting membership growth of the Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam). However, Ecam says it is poised to continue with effort to address members’ needs and interest. Ecam vice president Sean Longwe said this at the association’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Blantyre. “The institution has…

Brace for more blackouts—Egenco

Electricity Generation Company Limited (Egenco) has asked Malawians to expect more power load shedding this year due to low water levels in Lake Malawi and its sole outlet, Shire River. Six of the country’s seven hydro-electric power plants—Nkula A, Nkula B, Tedzani I, Tedzani II, Tedzani III and Kapichira—lie along the Shire River. Only Wovwe…

(Finance Minister Gado Gandall has applied to the People’s Tribunal, asking the court to accept that the IMF buys the country of Nyasaland. Judge Mbadwa has asked Gandall to present skeletal arguments before he makes his determination) Gandall: My Lord, you remember that we once asked this court to allow us to file for bankruptcy…

Ex-students donate lab chemicals

As a way of giving back to give back to the school, alumni of Phwadzi Community Day Secondary School in Chikwawa last week donated laboratory chemicals and footballs worth K300 000. Speaking during the presentation of donation, treasurer for the group Steven Chapola said the donation comes as the school is many challenges. Chapola said: “We…

UK company records raw music from Nkhata Bay

United Kingdom (UK) based Spare Dog Records has recorded raw music from the shoreline district of Nkhata Bay for mastering and mixing with the aim of releasing an album. The record label’s founder and producer, Mattias Stålnacke, confirmed that he is working on an album with Tonga Heritage Group which has composed several traditional songs.…

Chimombo’s writing

Steve Chimombo’s writings are some of the most difficult to understand, especially his poetry which is embellished with lofty wit, cryptic metaphors and symbolism, literary critics note. However, for a writer whose works appeared during the time of Malawi’s golden generation of writers such as Jack Mapanje, Frank Chipasula, Lupenga Mphande and Felix Mnthali, he…

Teresa Ndanga: New Misa Malawi chairperson

Born on 29 April, 1982, many would remember Teresa Ndanga as the woman who braved it and asked President Peter Mutharika the questions that everyone wanted answered on his return from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2016, amidst boos from the DPP supporters. Clearly she is someone who always achieves what she sets…