Reverend Dr Gertrude Kapuma: Bt Synod first female minister with PhD

The Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central African Presbytery (CCAP) has its first female minister with PhD (pastoral care and counselling)-basically majoring in Widows and Church Administration. She is Reverend Dr Gertrude Aopesyaga Sulumba Kapuma. She obtained her PhD at the University of Capetown. While she narrates her remarkable journey, Kapuma, the third born…

Blantyre City Council in property valuation

Blantyre City Council says it will inspect all buildings and land in the city to come up with their correct value. The exercise called quinqennial valuation roll, starts today and is budgeted at K1.45 billion, according to the council’s director of commerce, industry and trade Dennis Chinseu. He said Section 65 of the Local Government…

Minister launches Children’s Policy

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mary Navicha has said the new Children’s Policy will enhance coordination in the provision of children services at national, district and community levels. The minister was speaking on Wednesday during the launch of the policy at Njereza Primary School ground in Chikwawa District, which was aligned with…

Cleric challenges Blantyre Kabula aspirants

  Moderator for Mlombwa congregation of the Blantyre City Presbytery of the CCAP Blantyre Synod the Reverend Collins Maganga on Sunday challenged Blantyre Kabula Constituency aspirants to seek God’s guidance in their campaign. The cleric spoke during special prayers the church organised for peaceful elections with all political aspirants from the constituency.   He said…

Blantyre District launches K35bn development plan

  Blantyre District Council on Friday launched a K35 billion Blantyre District Development Plan for the five-year period dating back to 2017 and is expected to end in 2022. Speaking at Traditional Authority Kapeni’s area, director of rural development in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Malango Botomani said it is important to…

CCAP Blantyre Synod awards best teachers

CCAP Blantyre Synod, through its education department, on Monday awarded best performing teachers in the 2018 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education examinations at Dzenje Primary School in Phalombe. The prizes included cash amounting to K20 000 and a certificate of excellence after the school was rated the best in the country for having 89…

Church hands over K50m teachers’ houses

The church of the Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Blantyre Synod on Friday handed over three semi-detached teachers’ houses at Machereni Primary School in Zomba. The synod’s general secretary the Reverend Alex Maulana said through the construction of the houses, the church was continuing what it started in 1876 when it started its operations in the…

Beehive invests in solar, eyes commercialisation

  Beehive Centre for Social Enterprise on Thursday commissioned a 100 kilowatts (kw) solar panel project, an addition to the 30 Kw installed three years ago worth of  250 000 euro (about K200 million),. Beehive managing director Peter Nkata described the standby generators during use of power outages as not only inconvenient, but also an…

NGO empowers women with skills

  The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has applauded EngenderHealth Malawi for empowering young women through training in various vocation skills. The ministry’s principal gender and development officer, Chimwemwe Grace Kussein, said this on Friday during the launch of the Women Empowerment Intervention programme by EngenderHealth Malawi at Macoha Kamuzu Vocational Training…

Cama for privatisation of markets management

  The Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has asked government to hand over management of urban markets to the private sector if they are to improve sanitation. Cama executive director John Kapito said this in an interview on Tuesday after Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Cama and Blantyre City Council (BCC) officials toured…

Vanguard sponsors 36km to Kambewa

Vanguard Life Assurance Company on Friday sponsored cyclist Francis Kambewa’s 33km cycling to Lilongwe to raise funds to support Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mothers Fun Run in Ntchisi this year. Company’s marketing manager Ndamyo Mwakikunga said they received a request from Kambewa for the sponsorship and also because of the nature pg the event, the…

Tributes pour in for CCAP cleric Chimkwezule

Tributes poured in yesterday for immediate-past moderator of the Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) the Reverend Rabson Chimkwezule who died Wednesday night in Mangochi. In their tributes, clerics who interacted and worked with Chimkwezule, described him as a spiritual and father-figure. Family member and former Blantyre Synod secretary general the…

Police in Blantyre rescues abducted albinism boy

  Police in Blantyre on Tuesday rescued an eight-year-old boy with albinism in Bangwe Township who was abducted. Souther Region police deputy spokesperson Beatrice Mikuwa said in an interview the boy comes from Nkhukuteni Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Machinjiri in Blantyre. She said at around 2 pm, police found the businessperson (name withheld) from Chikumba…

Must hosts UK-Malawi disaster management workshop

Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) is hosting a five-day international technical workshop on climate change and disaster resilience involving several universities both in Malawi and the UK. Speaking during the opening ceremony on Monday, Must deputy vice-chancellor Professor Jonathan Makuwira said the workshop has brought together scientists, researchers and students to discuss and…

Admarc partners cane growers in cotton farming

State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has partnered with Nchalo Smallholder Cane Growers Association through Green Belt Initiative in cotton production to help farmers realise better earnings. Admarc acting chief executive officer Margaret Roka Mauwa said during a field day in Nchalo, Chikwawa on Wednesday that through the partnership, Admarc will increase…

Committee urges govt to prioritise child development

  Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Affairs on Tuesday asked government to prioritise and invest in early childhood development (ECD). Committee chairperson Richard Chimwendo Banda made the call after touring Chimpambana Community-based Child Care Centre in Traditional Authority Ngabu in Chikwawa courtesy of Sightsavers  who are implementing a project called Leave No Child Behind.…

Mwanza communities impress  Australian NGO

Australian Caritas, an international non-governmental organisation which funds Catholic Development Commission (Cadecom), says it is impressed with Mwanza communities’ participation in the implementation of Integrated Community Development (ICD) project. Caritas programme coordinator Scot Martins said this on Wednesday when he visited some projects in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaunduku where communities from Kaulemu and Ziyenderana villages…

St. Andrews signs MoU with Chanco

  St.Andrews International High School in Blantyre on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with School of Education at Chancellor College to offer the college’s trainee teachers three-months attachments. After their teaching practice, the trainee teachers  may be considered for recruitment if there is a vacancy at the school. The agreement will start in…

Toyota Malawi donates K2.5m to Paralympic

  Toyota Malawi on Monday donated K2.5 million to Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) to boost its programmes in the country. Making the donation, Toyota Malawi general manager corporate affairs Andrew Katimba said Toyota Motor Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding to partner World Paralympic as their ambassadors. “In Malawi, we have partnered with MPC to…