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…

Sexual health on HIV corridor

The colours around us were vivid. At Zalewa in Mwanza, almost 100 women and girls, clad in lime-green and grey T-shirts, were exploring ways of protecting themselves and other at-risk mobile populations from HIV and Aids. The group constitutes some of over 20 000 sex workers in the country. Nearly 10 of them were pregnant…

Ecam interacts with business captains

As a way of interacting with its members, Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) on Wednesday organised a breakfast meeting for Blantyre-based business captains. Ecam, which is a representative body of employers, wanted to brief the captains on the progress the group made in 2016 and its plans for this year. Ecam president Emmanuel Banda…

Courts go on strike

People waiting to access justice will have to bear with uncertainty, more costs or even time in custody following a Judiciary strike that has paralysed courts nationwide since yesterday. Judiciary officers, including magistrates and judges, have taken the action to force government to implement payment of housing allowances approved by Parliament in 2012, other benefits…

Ecam launches Adopt-a-School to curb child labour

Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) has launched Adopt-a-School program to strengthen efforts aimed at ending child labour in the country. Ecam programs officer Emmanuel Magomero said at the launch in Blantyre last week, the program wants to eliminate child labour through the provision of assistance to adopted schools. “We want to ensure that the…

Mangani clarifies statement  on maize probe

Secretary to the Treasury Ronald Mangani says when he appeared before the joint parliamentary commission, he never said Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) breached the trust of both the Treasury and the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM). He was reacting to a report on the meeting at Parliament building in Lilongwe on Thursday that…

Department of Tourism partners Dutch PR firm

  The Department of Tourism in Malawi has partnered Travelproof, a marketing firm from The Netherlands, to help increase market visibility of the country’s tourism sector. The department issued tenders for market representatives in selected key markets such as China, The Netherlands and Germany. Through this partnership, all operators licensed by the Tourism and Hotels…

Partners in Health supports sex workers

  Partners in Health (PIH) last weekend through corridor project has supported 287 registered sex workers under Tikondane Sex Workers Alliance in Zalewa , Neno district with loans and access to health care at their clinic. This initiative mobilises sex workers to get condoms which they can give to truck drivers which are their usual…

Hunger Project urges Neno to report GBV

  Hunger Project Malawi says lack of knowledge is increasing cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in families. Speaking in Neno district on Saturday during 16 Days of Activism commemoration, the organisation’s nutrition, HIV/Aids and gender officer Grace Chikowi urged communities to report any form of gender-based violence. Chikowi said many girls do not have access…