Use African media as news sources—SA Govt

The South African Government’s Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) department has emphasised the need for use of local media within Africa as a primary source of news. GCIS acting director general Phumla Williams, who is also the country’s Cabinet spokesperson, said this during the opening of a week-long media engagement tour of African journalists in…

Economists caution on maize imports

Economists have cautioned government to tread carefully on the decision to import maize, saying the move could cost the country more than buying locally. The sentiments were expressed by Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) president Chikumbutso Kalilombe and a lecturer in the department of economics at Catholic University of Malawi (Cunima) Gilbert Kachamba, in separate…

Govt hints at Maize imports

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has hinted that it will import maize if traders continue hoarding the grain to demand a higher price. In a telephone interview yesterday, the ministry’s Principal Secretary Grey Nyandule Phiri said the local traders have been given ample time to offer their maize for sale to State produce…

SAA cancels flights

Financially struggling South African Airways (SAA) is expected to lose over K2.8 billion revenue following cancellation of domestic, regional and international flights today and tomorrow due to a workers’ strike. In a statement signed by SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali, the airline said the cancellation followed announcement by South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) and National…

Wait for good rains, farmers cautioned

Hold on, wait for good rains to plant. This is the message from agricultural experts to farmers in some Southern Region districts that have received rains which indigenous knowledge assesses as fit for planting. In separate interviews yesterday, district agricultural development officers (Dados) in Blantyre, Machinga, Chikwawa and Chiradzulu said the farmers should continue with…

Fuel price increase stirs panic

After about 11 months of stable fuel prices, the Malawi Regulatory Authority (Mera) yesterday announced increased fuel prices, which have brought panic among motorists. The Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has since expressed fear that the adjustments will negatively affect consumers. According to the adjustments effective yesterday, as announced by Mera chief executive officer Collins…

‘Research key to achieving SDGs’

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine director David Lalloo has challenged universities and other research institutions to prioritise research as an important tool towards achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said this yesterday during the opening of the ongoing two-day 23rd Research Dissemination Conference at the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine (CoM) in Blantyre.…

331 secondary school teachers down tools

Three hundred and thirty-one secondary school teachers in five education divisions nationwide are staging a sit-in to force government to pay them arrears and rural allowances. But Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has said it is not aware of the strike. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) in April this year recruited 500 secondary…

UN food agencies call for quick response to food crisis in Sadc

A record 45 million people across the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (Sadc) will be severely food insecure in the next six months, United Nations food agencies have warned.  The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are calling for urgent funding to avert…

Survey rates Malawians  on domestic violence

A recent Afrobarometer survey on domestic violence shows 28 percent of Malawians view wife-beating as justifiable. The survey, conducted between September 2016 and September 2018 in 34 African countries, found that about 71 percent of men and women in Malawi perceived wife-beating to be unjustified while one percent were neutral. Non-Governmental Organisations Gender Coordinating Network…

Four children drown at Tedzani

Four children drowned on the upper side of Tedzani III Hydro Power Station pond where they went to play on Sunday afternoon. A statement from the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) states that the children, who were together with two others that survived, were from surrounding villages and had gone to play at the area when…

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) says the National Addressing Project will cost an estimated K19 billion once implemented on a full scale. Macra national addressing manager Limbani Sekeni said this on Monday when the communications regulatory body held a press briefing on the progress of a number of projects currently being undertaken. The National Addressing…

Angry students burn Thyolo Secondary School

Thyolo Secondary School students on Wednesday night destroyed school property, including burning one of the administration blocks, in frustration over alleged mismanagement at the institution.  The development comes barely two weeks after students from Blantyre Secondary School also held protests that resulted in the indefinite closure of the school. During a visit to the school…

Donors stop funding blood purchases

The Health Sector Joint Fund (HSJF) has stopped financing the purchase of blood and blood products from Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) for the country’s central hospitals. A letter to all central hospital directors dated October 1 signed by Ministry of Health (MoH) Principal Secretary Dan Namarika states that central hospitals will now have to…

Macra fines Airtel Malawi K820mv

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has fined mobile network operator Airtel Malawi K820 million fine for allegedly breaching the Communications Act. Macra director general Godfrey Itaye told a news conference in Blantyre on Tuesday that Airtel Malawi paid a fine in July for breaching the law, but it remains in breach and will continue paying…

Vendors protest in Limbe

Chaos erupted in Limbe, Blantyre on Tuesday afternoon when street vendors staged protests against Blantyre City Council (BCC) efforts to relocate them to designated places. The development led to closure of shops and blocking of the Masauko Chipembere Highway from Standard Bank to Illovo Roundabout, with the protesters setting tyres alight on some parts of…

Govt petitions Speaker

Leader of Government Business in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has accused Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara of alleged bias against the government side during debates and other business in the National Assembly. In a communication dated October 7 2019 signed by Nankhumwa, who is also Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, the government side…