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…

Ecam to develop toolkit for employers

The Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) has developed a toolkit for employers which provides relevant workplace information and promotion of work readiness programmes to youths of the country. The toolkit has been developed through a partnership between Ecam and the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) . ECAM executive director Beyani Munthali said the toolkit is…

Minister urges farmers not to sell maize

Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa  has asked farmers in the country not to sale their maize to traders saying they will end up being duped. Mussa said this in Ndirande Township at a development rally the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) conducted in Blantyre City Central Constituency on Sunday. “We have…

Bill talks tough on parties

It is undemocratic —Umodzi Party It will improve accountability—UDF The Political Parties Bill will bring sanity in the political arena by putting in place tough measures against groups and individuals that violate laws governing parties, a political expert has observed. If passed into a law, the Bill will among other things outlaw handouts, deregister political…

COM launches Medicine & Health Science Education Course

College of Medicine (COM) has launched a one year training course for lecturers at the college called Basic Certificate in Medicine and Health Science Education (BCMHSE). The course seeks to contribute to the improvement of teaching in the undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the medical school through continued professional development of lecturers. The course has…

Malawi experiencing La Nada weather

  The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has said the weak La Nina weather phenomenon, which has been influencing the country’s weather conditions during 2016/17 rainfall season, has now ended. In a statement released on Sunday, the department says La Nina has been replaced with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (Enso)-neutral condition which is…

Consultant assesses toll gates feasibility, says PPPC

Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) has said a consultant who is conducting a feasibility study on toll gates is finalising assessments on key issues such as volume of traffic. The project,  which kicked off with the feasibility study in October last year, is a government project aimed at raising finances for public road maintenance, rehabilitation…

Who says old people don’t have sex? A study by American researchers has found that older men and women in South Africa do maintain sexual relationships even into their 80s and beyond. Since older adults are often ignored in sexual health education, the possibility for HIV transmission is heightened. They found that older adults are…

Wonders of Likoma

The worldview of any tourism attraction is shaped by the locals’ way of life. Times Magazine travel writer James Ellis recently wrote about the Likoma’s “very traditional” ways when he picked 30 secret islands “to really get away from it all.” “The locals make their living fishing or farming rice and cassava,” he writes. The…