Investor partners local entrepreneurs in BT

  The Netherlands-based management consultancy firm, Accesserator, has started offering start-up capital and business skills to local entrepreneurs with agribusiness ideas in Blantyre District. Speaking during a media briefing on the progress of the investment plans meant to boost the country’s agriculture sector, Accesserator Malawi country director Patrick Namakhoma called for more agribusiness ideas from…

Making wood fuel renewable

Unreliable power supply is increasing the smoky appetite for charcoal and firewood across the country. At Kameza Roundabout in Blantyre, trucks and bicycles bringing charcoal into the city come in quick succession from all directions. This is typical sight as just 10 percent of the population has access to electricity and only one of these…

Relief guidelines excite  Machinga communities

Communities in Machinga District have expressed satisfaction with the new identification criteria for beneficiaries of a food assistance programme. The communities expressed the sentiments on Friday in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkola in the district where a consortium  of non-governmental organisations registered vulnerable households to receive cash to buy food items. The consortium has embraced new…

Adapt to climate change—Cepa

  Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (Cepa) has challenged farmers in Dedza and Salima to adapt to climate change if they are to achieve socio-economic development. Addressing farmers during a participatory scenario planning training last Friday, Cepa programmes officer for climate change Bernadettah Zimba said communities should read and interpret seasonal forecasts to boost…

Jacaranda Secondary School wins French drama competition

  Jacaranda Secondary School in Blantyre was crowned winner of the French drama competition on Saturday at Bangwe Secondary School in Blantyre. The fluency in French, originality and well coordinated theatrical play Conflict of Interest made Jacaranda outshine six other secondary schools that made the finals a highly contested affairs. For the feat, the winning…

‘Shortage of infrastructure affects police duties’

Southern Region Deputy Commissioner of Police for Blantyre Urban Chikondi Chingadza says shortage of infrastructure in police stations affects officers’ delivery of duties. Speaking on Friday in Thyolo, where Makande Prison in partnership with Crops of Love Ministries handed over a five-office block at Luchenza Police Station in Thyolo, the commissioner said performance is below…

14 yrs for exhuming an albino body

Senior resident magistrate Viva Nyimba yesterday convicted and sentenced three men to 14 years imprisonment for conspiracy to exhume a corpse of an albino in Chibade Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in Mulanje. The three are Thomas Ndini, 36, from Gladstone Village, 32-year-old Deziu Ogala from Sathawa Village and Enock Banda, aged 26, all from…

Cries of Makhanga ‘islanders’

  Makhanga, a food basket in Nsanje, remains cut off two years after  floods destroyed roads and railway infrastructure in the Lower Shire Valley. The setback is slowing down their rise from the impoverishing effects of the January 2015 disaster. “People are sliding into abject poverty. Businesses are collapsing,” says Mlolo Area Development Committee (ADC)…

Cepa equips Balaka with disaster preparedness tool

  Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (Cepa) says it has intensified climate shock responsive capacity among communities in Balaka. Speaking on Friday at a two-day workshop meant to build climate change resilience for communities in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chanthunya in Balaka, Cepa programme officer Cynthia Simkonda said communities should have climate change adaptation strategies…

Red Cross improves  sanitation in Mwanza

    Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has said construction of modern pit latrines in schools in Mwanza is expected to improve access to education. MRCS secretary general MacBen Kanongodza said this on Wednesday during the handover of five girl’s toilets worth K3.5 million at Lipongwe Primary School in Silota Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthache…

Za anamapopa sizikuzilala

Nkhani ya anamapopa ikulephera kutha. Mtsogoleri wa dziko lino Peter Mutharika atangomaliza kuyendera maboma amene anthu angapo aphedwa powaganizira kuti ndi wopopa magazi. Sabata yomweyi, munthu wina wa zaka 22 adaphedwa ku Chileka mumzinda wa Blantyre pomuganizira kuti ndiwopopa magazi. Anthu okwiya adaswa polisi ya pa Chatha kuderalo atamupeza atagona m’munda wina, chonsecho mkuluyo anali…

Youths need sexual reproductive health messages—official

  Blantyre Urban youth officer Daud Ngwala has said early adolescent exposure to sexual reproductive health messages will nurture the development of youths into responsible citizens in the district. He made the remarks on Wednesday during a stakeholders’ quarterly review meeting of Translation and Dissemination of Called to Care Manual No.8 Project. The project is…

Parents challenged on inclusive education

  The implementation of inclusive education and readmission of teenage mothers in public primary and secondary schools has boosted children’s access to quality education in Blantyre, an official has said. Blantyre Urban senior inspector of schools Lonny Salama said this on Friday during a meeting on children’s rights organised by Chisomo Children’s Club in Ndirande…

Dutch investors to promote agribusiness in Malawi

  The Netherlands-based management consultancy firm, Accesserator, wants to partner local entrepreneurs with small and medium agribusiness ideas by providing start-up capital and business skills for five years. One of the co-founders of Accesserator, Maatern Verboven, said this on Tuesday in Blantyre to highlight their investment plans meant to boost the country’s agriculture sector. He…

Two more shows for Namadingo

Gospel artist Patience Namadingo has said music lovers in the country have two opportunities to witness world class concerts this year from the local artist, starting with his first on August 26 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre. Namadingo said this in an interview last weekend when he gave details about the concert dubbed The All…