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.…

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…

Budget good on paper—Partridge

Dual-listed conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) Group chief executive officer George Partridge says there is more to implementation of the 2017/18 National Budget than it looks on paper. Partridge said this on Saturday during the Institute of Chartered Accountants in MaIawi (Icam) annual dinner and dance in Blantyre. He said that despite having good paperwork,…

Budget good on paper—Partridge

  Dual-listed conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) Group chief executive officer George Partridge says there is more to implementation of the 2017/18 National Budget than it looks on paper. Partridge said this on Saturday during the Institute of Chartered Accountants in MaIawi (Icam) annual dinner and dance in Blantyre. He said that despite having good…

Students donate to needy family

  Shire Highlands Education Division senior inspector Cryton Tambala has commended Providence Girls Secondary School students for donating learning materials and other assorted items to Rhoda Wadi and her grandchild, Mphatso Kalulu, in Mulanje District. Speaking after the donation, Tambala described the student’s gesture as a unique initiative. “Our schools are not just meant to…

Neno hosts World TB Day commemorations

Partners in Health on Friday commemorated the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day at a function held at Zalewa in Neno District under the theme Unite to End TB. The day, which falls on March 24, seeks to build public awareness on the disease which kills nearly 1.5 million people each year worldwide, especially in developing countries.…

IUF commemorates Women’s Day

International Union of Food (IUF) women’s project on Saturday commemorated international Women’s Day at an event in Blantyre. National coordinator for IUF women’s project, Dorothea Makhasu, said their aim is to promote and protect workers’ rights, specifically those of women. “There are many challenges women face at workplaces such as sexual harassment and gender-based violence,” she…

Puma, Blantyre Press Club plants trees

  Puma Energy Malawi in partnership with Blantyre Press Club (BPC) over the weekend planted 9 000 trees in Nkhata Bay and Lilongwe districts as a way of preserving the environment. Speaking at Dzalanyama Forest during the planting exercise in Lilongwe, Puma Energy Malawi managing director Davies Lanjesi said their company noticed the environmental degradation…