Thursday 14 December 2017
(The Nation 07/10/13)
Malawi tobacco average prices, volume and revenue dropped in the week ending July 5, indicates official data provided by the Auction Holdings Limited (AHL). Data provided by AHL show that in week 17 tobacco prices dropped by $0.06 to $2.43 per kg compared to the previous week. The AHL data further indicates that in the week under review, dark fired dropped the highest by $0.18 to $2.11 per kg, flue cured dropped by $0.02 to $3.33, while burley dropped by $0.01 to $2.28 per kg. However, AHL data indicates that in week 16, the country sold 9.2 million kg raking in about $22.97 million at an average price of $2.49 per kg. In week 17, a total of 8.45 million...
(The Nation 07/10/13)
Filling stations in Malawi may start selling ethanol fuel to motorists whose cars run on petrol and discussions with filling station owners, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority and other plays are underway. Acting director Gift Kadzakumanja for National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) on Wednesday confirmed during the 2013 National Schools Science Fair at Kamuzu Academy in Kasungu District. “Right now we are discussing with filling station owners, ethanol producing companies, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Energy and other stakeholders. Then after agreeing on costing and other logistics we will be able to say that the fuel is on the market on such a date,” said Kadzakumanja. She indicated that the filling station owners have already responded enthusiastically to...
(Voice of America 07/10/13)
Only seven of the 53 African Union countries who pledged to commit at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture in 2003 have reached that goal. Aid organizations say that investment in agriculture is key to breaking the cycle of food insecurity and crisis in West Africa. As the declaration approaches its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, the aid groups are calling on AU countries to renew their commitment to the Maputo Declaration. In 2003, 53 African heads of state agreed to allocate at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture and livestock by July 2008. Ten years later, only seven countries - Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Malawi and Ethiopia -...
(The Nation 07/10/13)
The opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has said it is dismayed with remarks by the ruling People’s Party (PP) that Malawi is better off going back to a one- party State. PP secretary general Henry Chibwana said on Monday that it would not be a problem for the country to go back to a one-party State as long as President Joyce Banda delivers on development. But PP’s publicity office issued a statement on Tuesday, distancing the party from remarks Chibwana uttered, arguing those were his personal views and not the party’s position. The UDF, in a statement issued on Tuesday by publicity secretary Ken Ndanga, said for whatever reasons there might be, the party believes it was unthinkable for any...
(The Maravi Post 07/10/13)
Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) and its team of medical and non-medical volunteers, in partnership with the Malawian Ministry of Health, Asum, the Rotary Club of Lilongwe and UNICEF will, from August 2nd – 11th, provide free surgery to children and adults born with cleft lips and/or cleft palates. A cleft lip is a hole in the lip that has caused the lip to not form fully, and a cleft palate is a hole in the roof of the mouth. 1:10 children with clefts do not survive until their first birthday as they struggle to feed. To be assessed for surgery, any person with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate must come to Kamuzu Central Hospital on Saturday, August 3...
(Malawi today 07/09/13)
As president Joyce Banda led Malawians in celebrating 49 years of independence in Lilongwe on Saturday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika was busy conducting whistle-stop political meetings in Chitipa. Mutharika, who also was not seen on Friday at the national prayers which traditionally precede the Independence Day celebrations, could not be reached to explain why he chose not to go to the celebrations but his personal assistant, Ben Phiri, told The Sunday Times in an interview on Saturday that his boss failed to show up at the celebrations because he did not receive an invitation. “Invitations pass through my office. As far as I am concerned, no such invitation reached my office. We are currently in the Northern...
(Ghana Business News 07/09/13)
African airlines enjoyed nearly a 10% rise in traffic in May 2013 as global passenger growth trend continues, according to an industry report. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.8% in May which was the second highest among the regions. The report notes that African carriers are benefiting from a sustained increase in trade through developing links to Asia and the Middle East, as well as strong GDP growth in local economies, particularly in Western Africa. “Capacity rose 7.4% in May, raising load factor 1.4 percentage points to 66.2%,” said IATA’s passenger traffic report. In terms of air freight, African carriers grew just 0.2% in May, but growth trend, according to the airline association, was...
(Zodiak Online 07/08/13)
Over 30 million kilograms of tobacco is yet to be traded across the country as some of the markets begin winding up sales this month. By end of this week which is the 18th, about 270 million dollars which is about 90 billion kwacha has been realized from sales of 130 kilograms of tobacco. TCC Chief Executive Dr Bruce Munthali said in an interview with ZBS that depending on the pace of the market, the selling season might be extended. Said Dr Munthali “if there be any extensions, the market might go to as far as early September.” Expectations are that the Limbe and Mzuzu Auction floors will close by mid this month. Lilongwe Auction floors will however close at...
(AFP (eng) 07/08/13)
Malawi's runaway population growth has put pressure on scarce resources and so hampered development in the impoverished southern African nation, President Joyce Banda said Saturday. "The population has grown to 15 million from four million in 49 years, leading to a lot of pressure on the same little land for farming and social services," Banda said. The government could not build schools and hospitals fast enough to keep up with the ballooning numbers, she said at celebrations marking the country's independence from Britain in 1964. Overpopulation in an area half the size of Britain "also led to environmental degradation as people clear land for farming", Banda added. About 85 percent of Malawians live off subsistence farming. Malawi is still plagued...
(Zodiak Online 07/08/13)
There are growing fears of banana extinction in Thyolo District following the wide spreading of Banana Bunchy Top disease in the district. District Agricultural Development Officer Mr. Cosmas Luwanda told ZBS in an interview that the virus is spreading faster than the rate at which they are containing it. Mr. Luwanda suggests the need to have a holistic approach to end the further spread of the disease. Reports indicate that Banana Bunchy Top was first detected in Nkhatabay in the early 1990s. According to Mr. Luwanda, of late the disease which is caused by a virus has spread to all the banana growing districts including Thyolo. “Banana bunchy top started showing its ugly face two years ago in the district...
(Ventures-Africa 07/08/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ideas rule the world and in this age, innovation is key. Businesses thrive on Eureka! moments, as innovation has become the benchmark for excellence. For most businesses/entrepreneurs the effective application of ideas determines whether a startup progresses to a multi-billion dollar company, a la Google, Facebook, Apple, or goes bust! African entrepreneurs have also tapped into the endless stream of Eureka! moments and have turned ideas to million-dollar businesses - ask iROKOtv, Justin Stanford or Kamal Budhabatti to name a few. On Africa’s Most Innovative Companies today, we feature Rasello, a company which helps you “manage, understand and communicate better to the people that matter most to your business.” There is no major reason behind the name...
(Zodiak Online 07/08/13)
SALIMA: People of Traditional Authority Msosa of Salima district have observed that lack of secondary schools in the area continue to paralyze girl-child education. Group Village Headman Msosa says no girl child has ever completed secondary school education. He says long distance to the nearest secondary school is one of the major reasons cases of school dropout are rampant especially among girls in their area. “Our nearest school is Matenje Community Day Secondary School which is 20 Kilometers away from here,” said Group Village Headman Msosa adding “since I was installed as a TA, the area has had no secondary school.” Apart from lack of adequate secondary schools, the area is also being denied health services according to Traditional Authority...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/05/13)
Without coherence and providing convincing explanation, Malawi ruling people’s party (PP) through its deputy publicity secretary Ken Msonda, claims it has three million registered members. Msonda argued that this is due to the faith Malawians have in President Joyce Banda as she is a woman with a track record of great works aimed at improving people’s livelihoods. “As a party, we thank God for the leadership we have in President Joyce Banda who is a true daughter of Malawi soil whose leadership abilities need not be overemphasised,” explained Msonda. The party deputy spokesperson indicated that this gives a clear indication that PP is a party Malawians are likely to vote into authority come 2014 due to the current progress that...
(Malawi News Agency 07/05/13)
Lilongwe — The Deputy Police Commissioner, who is also the Officer In-charge for Kanengo Police Station Lyness Soko, says she is optimistic that it is possible to have Malawi free of Gender Based Violence (GBV). Soko made the remarks on Friday in Lilongwe when she officially opened a two-day men to men rapid response training for traditional leaders as well as members surrounding Kanengo Police Station aimed at enriching the participants to refrain from GBV and report any GBV practices that occur in their respective areas. She said Kanengo as well as Malawi as a whole can surely be free of these GBV cases as long as there is determination amongst the people and the law enforcers. "A Malawi free...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/05/13)
LILONGWE (Mana)— President Dr Joyce Banda on Thursday held round table discussions at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, with leaders of opposition parties in the country over the ongoing border dispute with the neighbouring Tanzania. The talks were held behind closed doors. Being a matter of national importance the President took it upon herself to invite leaders of the opposition parties to bring them on a round table to discuss the issue which has seen Tanzania claiming ownership of a part of Lake Malawi. “It has pleased me to invite you all to come here so that we can talk about matters of national importance. Even if our political views may differ, but at the centre of all this there is...
(The Maravi Post 07/05/13)
President Dr Joyce Banda on Thursday held round table discussions at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, with leaders of opposition parties in the country over the ongoing border dispute with the neighbouring Tanzania. The talks were held behind closed doors. Being a matter of national importance the President took it upon herself to invite leaders of the opposition parties to bring them on a round table to discuss the issue which has seen Tanzania claiming ownership of a part of Lake Malawi. “It has pleased me to invite you all to come here so that we can talk about matters of national importance. Even if our political views may differ, but at the centre of all this there is this little...
(Voice of America 07/05/13)
LONDON — A new satellite system was launched into orbit last week that aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities across the globe. Its backers say it could have a big impact in rural parts of Africa by speeding up economic and social development. Others argue the huge amounts of money, however, should be spent on more basic needs. Lift-off for the O3b - or "Other 3 Billion" - satellite system occurred last week in French Guiana. The system goes "live" later this year when eight satellites will enter a lower orbit to provide a faster connection. Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others. Founder Greg Wyler said the "Other 3 Billion" are...
(Ips News 07/04/13)
Charity Salima, 54, has helped to deliver over 4,000 babies in her maternity clinic in Area 23 – one of Malawi’s poorest and most populous townships – and has yet to record a single pregnancy-related death. In Malawi, the lifetime risk of a woman dying in pregnancy or childbirth is one in 36, compared to one in 4,600 in the United Kingdom, according to the Malawi Safe Motherhood Programme, an initiative to reduce maternal mortality in this southern African nation.“I used to witness pregnant women scramble for public transport or hitchhike for a lift just to reach a hospital. In most cases, some would die or lose their babies or develop post-delivery complications that could have been avoided if they...
(Malawi News Agency 07/04/13)
Government has commended the British Government through Department for International Development (DfID) for supporting its water and sanitation delivery services by funding Malawi Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and Capacity Building Programme to the tune of K10.75 billion. The commendation was made Wednesday by Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation, Sandram Maweru during the launch of Malawi Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and Capacity Building Programme at Matale Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority Phambala in Ntcheu. Maweru said the current Malawi's water supply coverage is at 79 per cent, saying the challenge is on poor hygiene practices which, he said, if checked could contribute towards the reduction of water borne diseases...
( 07/04/13)
Near the northern Malawian town of Mzimba there is a vast crater hewn by hand with rudimentary tools, where miners earn US$1.50 a day “cropping” rose quartz from dawn until dusk. They live for months at a time in makeshift camps built from branches and plastic sheeting, where water is drawn from the bottom of the open caste pit and there is no sanitation. Yet this mine is seen as an example of the kind of venture that can help reduce Malawi’s high poverty rates. Edwin Banda, 32, is a 15-year veteran of small-scale mining; he has spent two years at the rose quartz mine about 20km east of Mzimba. It can take up to six months for his team...

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