No UN resolution on drowning prevention

It’s a crisis. The figures tell it all. Close to four million people, most of them children, have died due to drowning in the past decade. But there is no resolution from the United Nations (UN). Speaking during the World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) in Durban South Africa a fortnight ago, stakeholders in the…

Can technology make the water safe?

There are many ways of killing a rat. This is the direction that experts and activists in drowning prevention have taken. A display of some of the technologies that have been deployed to combat the silent crisis, which according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) claims up to 372 000 people annually, on the sidelines…

Lessons from Zanzibar

Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island has been struggling with drowning over the years. The figures are alarming. The island with a population of 1.3 million people registers up to 3 000 drowning deaths per year. Panje Project, a non-governmental project on the island, decided to step forward to solve the problem. The project launched a swimming for…

Teaching children  survival swimming

Every Saturday Lunia Bandawe, a resident of Chiwembe Township in Blantyre takes her children for swimming lessons at a hotel in the city. Bandawe, who herself is a novice swimmer, says swimming is a suitable sport for her children because it also prepares them for water emergencies. “We decided to enroll our children for swimming…

Silent crisis in the water

Malawi is endowed with the 365-kilometre-long Lake Malawi—the world’s third largest freshwater lake. The country is also blessed with other lakes, including Chiuta, Malombe, Kazuni and Chilwa, plus its largest river, the Shire, which flows through a number of the Southern Region’s districts. But there is a crisis that silently lies under the water as…

Drowning deaths ranked third  globally

The World Conference on Drowning Prevention opened on Tuesday in Durban, South Africa with a call for action to scale up drowning prevention measures. World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks drowning, which claims at least 322 000 lives annually, as the third leading cause of unintentional injury and death worldwide and the second leading killer of…

Chinese business captain for  good working conditions

Chairman of home appliance manufacturer Guangdong Galanz Group Company Limited, Leung Chiu Yin has stressed the need for humane working conditions in Chinese-owned companies. Responding to a question during a meeting with a team of African journalists on a tour in China over concerns about alleged ill-treatment of workers in Chinese firms in Africa, Leung…

‘Electricity foundation for development’

Chinese energy supply giant, China Resources Group vice-general manager Lin Quiyang has said energy is the foundation for development. Speaking to 28 journalists from 14 English-speaking countries that toured the company’s Guangdong Thermo Power Plant in Guangzhou, China on Wednesday, Lin observed that energy can be used as a force to give citizens a better…

Malawi faces 50% blood deficit

The healthcare system in Malawi is facing a 50 percent blood deficit, Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) project coordinator Nancy Kamwaza said on Saturday. Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a blood donation exercise organised by MBTS in conjunction with Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) at Naotcha Primary School in Blantyre, Kamwaza said…

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…

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