Deforestation reduces drinking water

  Clearing a wide area of trees reduces access to clean drinking water in communities, a study conducted in Malawi has found. Forests play key roles in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on water, health, food and climate change, experts say. According to the researchers who conducted the study, the country lost 36 per cent…

High quality tobacco key for malawi

  Malawi has to invest in production of high quality tobacco if the country is to remain competitive with other world producers of the crop, JTI Leaf Malawi managing director, Fries Vanneste has said. Next year demand for Malawi tobacco has slightly dropped with Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) saying international buyers are interested to buy…

Malawi rakes in $57m in agoa

Malawi is not a mere spectator in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) programme, after shipping to the United States (US) $57.6 million (K25.6 billion) worth of goods in 2014 compared to previous years’ $47 million (K21.1 billion), Business News has learnt. Although Malawi shipped in more textiles, the country failed to be among…

Meet basketball goes to Zomba

Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust (Meet) Basketball Tournament will have a feel of Chanco basketball courts as the second phase of the competition goes to Zomba this weekend. The phase, which will see basketball players cleaning the surroundings of Zomba Central Hospital in the morning, will have five games tomorrow and one match on Sunday. The…

The Central Region Women Football Committee (CRWFC) is expected to hold a soccer bonanza where 10 teams will participate this weekend. The bonanza, which failed to take place last weekend, is meant to give an opportunity for coaches to identify players for the national team. CRWFC general secretary Ella Banda said yesterday five venues have…

Interview: Budget will be litmus test for Malawi–Kachaje

Last Friday, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe presented a national budget statement in Parliament that has left tongues wagging.I caught up with Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) president Henry Kachaje to give views of the budget. Q: How do you describe the 2015/2016 National Budget the minister presented in Parliament on…

Kachiza back to amateur boxing

After suffering a second-round knockout defeat to Zimbabwean boxer Tinashe Mwadziwana during their 12-round non-title professional bout in Lilongwe, two weeks ago, Robert Kachiza has decided to slip back to the amateur ranks. Kachiza said in an interview yesterday he has been put-off by the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board’s (MPBCB) “bad-mouthing” after the bout.…

A new kind of South Africa

Short Story: Ta O’Reva Author: Muthi Nhlema Reviewer: Mayamiko Seyani About two decades ago, most sci-fi movies and novels seemed like just another world of fantasy, a world that would never exist. But today, cars can start with just a button or voice command, information is stored in smaller memory chips, prototypes of flying cars…

By Justice Mponda and Gloria Masanza** • becomes the first signatory of the campaign Malawi First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika on Thursday launched a global campaign which seeks to provide political leadership on the provision of water and sanitation services to people who do not have access to such services. Mutharika launched the campaign at…

Court orders illegal settlers move out of Soche Hill

Magistrate’s Court in Blantyre has ordered illegal settlers on Soche Hill to demolish their houses and vacate the hill within six months. Senior Magistrate Jean Rosemary Kayira made the directive on Monday according to a statement released by Blantyre City Council (BCC) who have since welcomed the ruling. The order follows the conviction and sentencing…