School children at risk

About three decades ago, a Sunday School fun train ride from Limbe to Liwonde ended prematurely when a child on the tour drowned in an abandoned swimming pool at Liwonde National Park. One of the women in charge of the children at the time, who were aged 17 at the time, gives a minute-by-minute account…

Government opens Pandora’s Box

Whatever reason the Mutharika administration had for promoting 20 000 teachers and 7 000 police officers weeks before elections, has opened a Pandora’s box. Now, other civil servants want higher pay grades too, a demand—if effected—could dig an even bigger hole in the national budget whose wage bill the World Bank and the International Monetary…

Solving many problems with few chickens

The chicken is an important part of the household. A chicken dish is the highest honour a guest gets on a Malawian dinner table. And the Sustainable Agriculture Programme (Sapp) being run by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has elevated the chicken to another level. Through Village Challenge Fund (VCF)—an open financing…

Kalibu in K10m relief programme

Blantyre-based Kalibu Ministries and Kalibu Academy on Sunday rolled out a K10 million relief effort to Shire Valley flood victims.   Each beneficiary received a plastic bucket, a roll of plastic sheet, soap, matches, a bottle of chlorine, sugar, a kilogramme (kg) of meat, cabbage, soya pieces, 10 kg of maize flour and clothes. Kalibu…

Mudi Sacco reports a K46m surplus

Mudi Sacco Limited on Saturday reported a K46.6 million surplus for the year ended December 31 2018, which is a 28 percent increase from the previous year’s K34.5 million. Speaking during the Sacco’s 28th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Blantyre, board chairperson Stanley Mpaya said despite a challenging economic environment, Mudi Sacco achieved a surplus.…

Likhubula water project ready in two weeks

The $23.5 million (about K17.6 billion) Water Supply System Project that seeks to increase water supply to Blantyre City will be ready for commissioning in two weeks, Blantyre Water Board (BWB) chief executive officer Engineer Dan Chaweza has said. Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a World Water Day pre-event in Blantyre yesterday,…

SAIntS holds The Hamilton show

Saint Andrew’s International School (SAIntS) last week held The Hamilton, a theatrical and musical performance about the life of Alexander Hamilton during America’s struggle for independence, in the 1700s. Performed by a cast of 25 students aged between 11 and 18, the performance which was held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, captivated the audience…

Minister calls for local resource utilisation

Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Francis Kasaila has urged construction firms in the country to use local resources in their projects. Speaking when he toured the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) laboratory complex currently under construction in Blantyre, the Minister said he was pleased to note that the contractor, Terrastone Limited, is using local…

Malawi’s long wait for glitz and glamour

One morning in early 2000, a heavily bearded man announced to journalists gathered at the Central Office of Information then located in Limbe, Blantyre that Malawi was embarking on a path of mining. This was contrary to the generally held belief that Malawi had no minerals and its only hope for prosperity was in agricultural…

Climate-smart agriculture, solution  to climate change—Experts

Climate-smart agriculture is one of the reliable solutions to climate change, an agricultural expert and a farmers representative have said. Speaking during an interaction with journalists on the sidelines of the seventh Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) conference underway in Nairobi, International Research Institute (IRI) participatory researcher John Recha, said across Africa global…

Enter silent wildlife killer

  While guards armed with rifles patrol protected wildlife reserves against poachers, a neglected enemy is silently sneaking into these game havens. The new foe, taking down wildlife one at a time, is so subtle that it threatens tourist attractions in the face of the newly enacted Parks and Wildlife Act that prescribed up to…

ICT key to efficiency,  competitiveness—MCCCI

  Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) chief executive officer Chancellor Kaferapanjira says use of information and communication technology (ICT) could improve business efficiency and competitiveness. He said this during the official opening and launch of the GlobeEXPO in Blantyre last week under the theme Globe Group of Companies: Your Strategic Partner…

Polymed Sacco surplus hits K68.7m

Polymed Savings and Credit Cooperative (Sacco) has achieved a K68.7 million surplus in the year ended December, a 1 335 percent rise from the previous year’s K4.7 million, financial results show. Addressing shareholders during the Polymed Sacco’s 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Blantyre on Saturday, board chairperson Albu Mkomadzinja said despite membership withdrawals, the…

Govt considering sectoral  minimum wage—Kasaila

Government is considering introducing sectoral minimum wage, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Katsaila has said. Speaking during the launch of the Promoting Decent Work in Tea Plantations Project in Thyolo on Wednesday, Kasaila said minimum wages should reflect the profitability of various sectors of the economy. “We will introduce minimum wages…

NPL Mother’s Fun Run on tomorrow

  Put on your track attire. The annual Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s Fun Run is on tomorrow, Saturday October 7. This year, the safe motherhood initiative will raise funds in support of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) and its satellite health centres under the Blantyre District Health Office (DHO). According to NPL marketing manager…

Three BT women take the challenge at QECH

The list of executives joining the sleepover challenge in aid of the Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s Day Fun Run is gowing with more and more women joining the cause. On Saturday, Options proprietor Rose Biziwick, Rhodah Shaba Phiri from the Department of Obsteristics and Gynaecology at the College of Medicine and Deloitte audit manager…