Sunday 22 October 2017
(Ventures-Africa 07/17/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ethiopian Airlines has announced it will acquire a 49 percent stake in state-owned Air Malawi, which will see the dominant player in Malawian aviation, Kenyan Airways (KQ), lose its coveted spot. Air Malawi was reported to have collapsed earlier in the year after several failed bailout attempts by the government, which allowed the Kenyan airliner to obtain major routes rights across Malawi, including flights to Blantyre, its second largest city and commercial hub. However, the recent acquisition by Ethiopian will see the government-owned airline return to operations and set up a base in the southern African region, Lilongwe, thereby competing directly with KQ for market dominance. “Through this strategic partnership with Malawian Air, Lilongwe will become Ethiopian...
(Zodiak Online 07/17/13)
The much touted consumers demonstrations were called off Wednesday Morning following lengthy discussions between the organizers and other stakeholders, coordinator of the Concerned Consumers association Maria Ndasowa-Mainja has confirmed. Ndasowa-Mainja told Zodiak online that meanwhile the discussions are ongoing to find how best they should have their petition presented to the state president. “I cannot disclose the identity of the other stakeholders because the meeting was confidential,” she said. The cancellation however comes after some stakeholders like the police and the Blantyre City Council expressed ignorance over whether the organizers were to hold the demonstrations. As of Tuesday night, many had doubts if the concerned consumers’ demonstration would be held in spite of the confirmation from the coordinator of the...
(Zodiak Online 07/17/13)
An economic expert has forecast good tidings for the country’s investors and businesses in general following the introduction of the new airline. Malawi Airlines Limited established under a partnership between the Malawi government and Ethiopian Airlines is expected to be operational soon, according to the Malawi ministry of transport. Chancellor College professor of economics Ben Kalua has predicted increased levels of tourists flocking into the country which he said will help in boosting the country’s forex reserves once the airline takes off. “It’s a good development; you see connectivity has for years been a hamstring for travelers,” said professor Kalua who added the coming of the new airline “will reduce costs”. He noted with dismay that for the last years,...
( 07/17/13)
Africa’s oil and gas industry is poised for momentous growth despite its grappling with severe stresses of a challenging economic and political environment on the continent, fuelled by poor physical infrastructure, corruption, an uncertain regulatory framework, and a lack of skills, according to a review issued by PwC. PwC’s ‘Africa oil and gas review’ of developments in the African oil and gas industry is the third in a series of reviews of the sector by the tax, assurance and advisory solutions firm. Uyi Akpata, PwC Africa oil and gas industry leader/deputy country senior partner, Nigeria, says: “The challenges facing oil and gas companies operating in Africa are diverse and numerous. Political interference, uncertainty and delays in passing laws, energy policies...
(The Maravi Post 07/16/13)
President Joyce Banda has told former heads of State from the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) mediating in the row between Malawi and Tanzania over Lake Malawi border to reach an agreement on the matter by this September or else the matter should go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Malawi leader spoke when she held discussions with two members of the forum, former Mozambican president Joachim Chisano, who chairs the mediation team and former South African president Thabo Mbeki at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Sunday. According to Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), President Banda asked the former Southern African heads of State to caution Tanzania against making provocative moves such as suggesting that they would be deploying boats...
(Malawi News Agency 07/16/13)
Lilongwe — A team of 30 business delegates from India will be in Malawi to explore trade and investment opportunities, Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) Chief Executive Officer, Clement Kumbemba disclosed on Monday. Kumbambe told journalists in Lilongwe that the Malawi mission in India was working with the India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), in facilitating the trade and investment visit from 17th to 20th July 2013. He said the business delegation from India will be from 15 companies interested to ply businesses in different areas such as timber, cement manufacturing, plastic production, footwear, clothing, construction, infrastructure development and mining among others. "The other areas that these people will cover will include products such as insecticides, rice, corn...
(BBC News Africa 07/16/13)
Malawi is seeing a growing trade in male human genitals, it seems. State prosecutor Cecilia Zangazanga made the observation as four people were jailed for trying to sell private parts for 8m kwacha (£16,000) in May, reports the UK-based Nyasa Times. Two of them were arrested at a petrol station in the capital, Lilongwe, having been supplied with the genitalia by a hospital mortuary supervisor and attendant who'd cut the tissue from a corpse, the report says. The quartet was jailed for a total of 26 years. Zangazanga asked for a long sentence as a deterrent, saying the number of cases was increasing, reports the site which has correspondents across the southern African state. In April, it reported that a...
(The Maravi Post 07/16/13)
Opposition Malawi Congress Party is still tight-lipped on the exact dates for its national convention, but the party’s Director of Elections Joseph Njobvuyalema maintains that the much anticipated indaba will take place this month. The party recently assured its supporters that it will hold the national conventional this month, but is yet to announce the dates for the indada. Njobvuyalema refused comment on the matter but confirmed at the indaba will take place at the Bingu International Conference in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. However, reports indicate that the party suggested the dates which are subject to confirmation by the party’s main national validation committee. Inside sources, who could not tell the suggested dates, also indicated that the validation committee was supposed...
(Zodiak Online 07/16/13)
The Malawi National Examinations Board has ruled out the re-administering the 2013 Malawi School Certificate Exanimations despite conceding that the leakage this year has been bigger than last year. MANEB Executive Director Mr. Roy Hauya says if students were to re-write the examinations, it would be costly and only reward those who planned the leakage. “We believe that rewriting will only reward those who planned the leakage and benefited from the same as they really have nothing to lose by taking the examination the second time. “Bowing down and re-administering the examination only rewards crime. Those who were bent on distracting Maneb and Government will be the victors if we go ahead and spend millions of kwacha re administering the...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/15/13)
LILONGWE (Mabvuto Banda) – Malawi will not accept any interim deal on a disputed boundary on Lake Malawi with neighbouring Tanzania until the wrangle over sovereignty is settled, President Joyce Banda told mediators on Sunday. Malawi, which sits to the west of Africa’s third-largest lake, claims the entire northern half of the lake while Tanzania, to the east, says it owns half of the northern area. The southern half is shared between Malawi and Mozambique. “My government is not at this time willing to entertain any interim agreement on say, the environmental issues or Tanzania usage of the lake until the sovereignty issue is resolved,” Banda told a news conference after meeting two former African presidents, Joachim Chissano of Mozambique...
(Zodiak Online 07/15/13)
President Joyce Banda has given the African Forum of Former Heads of State and Government on the Malawi/Tanzania boarder dispute a 30 September ultimatum to resolve the disagreement or Malawi will take the matter to the International Court of Justice. During a meeting at Kamuzu Palace with forum leaders led by former president of Mozambique, Joachin Chissano who is the chairperson of the Forum, President Banda also re-iterated that the whole lake belongs to Malawi. “As you may recall, the roadmap that was agreed is that the Forum is expected to mediate over the issue for a period of 3 calendar months and we understand that this period may even be too short for the mediation to come to a...
(Ventures-Africa 07/15/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Did President Joyce Banda recently win the Nobel Peace Prize? It may appear as such with her current world tour. Banda is president of the fairly under-the-radar Malawi. She is the East African country’s first female president and only the second in Africa after Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She is the daughter of a musician and sister to Anjmile Oponyo, the former CEO of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls founded by Madonna and Michael Berg. She is a rising star in Africa. But she is not on an award tour. Mrs. Banda rather is asking investors to consider the struggling Malawi as an investment destination. She caused uproar at home and moderate celebration abroad when she oversaw...
(Reuters 07/15/13)
(Reuters) - Malawi will not accept any interim deal on a disputed boundary on Lake Malawi with neighboring Tanzania until the wrangle over sovereignty is settled, President Joyce Banda told mediators on Sunday. Malawi, which sits to the west of Africa's third-largest lake, claims the entire northern half of the lake while Tanzania, to the east, says it owns half of the northern area. The southern half is shared between Malawi and Mozambique. "My government is not at this time willing to entertain any interim agreement on say, the environmental issues or Tanzania usage of the lake until the sovereignty issue is resolved," Banda told a news conference after meeting two former African presidents, Joachim Chissano of Mozambique and Thabo...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Business Daily 07/15/13)
Ethiopian Airlines has acquired a 49 per cent stake in the new Malawian Air, a move that will give Ethiopia’s national carrier a third hub in Africa. The airline in a statement has said that the remaining 51 per cent of the shares will be held by the Malawian Government and Malawian private investors. “Through this strategic partnership with Malawian Air, Lilongwe will become Ethiopian third hub on the continent after its main hub in Addis Ababa and its West Africa in Lomé,” said Ethiopian Airlines in a statement. Ethiopian Airlines said that Africa’s demand for air travel is growing at a much faster pace than the global average and that this growing demand and the uneven competition from foreign...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...
(Voice of America 07/13/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Zodiak Online 07/12/13)
The United Kingdom has provided Malawi with 20 million pounds, about 10 billion kwacha to be used in ensuring food security in the country. The grant was announced by the visiting UK minister of International Development Lynne Featherstone in Lilongwe on Thursday. Briefing journalists after meeting president Banda on Thursday at Kamuzu Palace, Featherstone said she is impressed with the economic performance, saying her country will continue supporting Malawi on the course it has taken. “The UK government has given firm support, a 150 million pounds in this last year and I was able to announce today a further 20 million pounds to support the food situation so that we do not have a crisis situation,” said Featherstone. During the...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
BLANTYRE — Malawi police are disputing the findings of the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer by Transparency International (TI) showing that the law enforcement agency is the most corrupt institution in the country. The report by global watchdog Transparency International issued this week alleges that Malawi's police are the most corrupt of the 12 institutions surveyed in the country. The police service scored a 4.7 on a scale of 1 - 5 - with 5 being extremely corrupt. Public officials and civil servants earned a score of 4.3. Religious institutions are considered the least corrupt, scoring 2.6. But Malawi deputy spokesman for the police force, Kelvin Maigwa, takes issue with the TI report. “I entirely do not agree that the Malawi...

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