Tuesday 12 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/11/13)
Malawi's popular gospel musician Joseph Alfazema has quit his singing career, at least for now, for a job as an unskilled agricultural labourer in South Korea where he hopes to earn "lots of dollars." He is among tens of thousands of Malawians soon to go to South Korea under a controversial employment scheme launched by President Joyce Banda to beat joblessness in the impoverished southern African country suffering over 50 percent unemployment. Critics fear the downside of the plan could be "modern-day slavery". But Labour Minister Eunice Makangala has rubbished the fears telling parliament recently that "it is not modern-day slavery." The president's plan is to "offer employment opportunities for young school leavers who have nothing to do and (to)...
(Mail & Guardian 06/11/13)
Malawi's popular gospel musician Joseph Alfazema has quit his singing career, at least for now, for a job as an unskilled agricultural labourer in South Korea where he hopes to earn "lots of dollars." He is among tens of thousands of Malawians soon to go to South Korea under a controversial employment scheme launched by Malawi's President Joyce Banda to beat joblessness in the impoverished southern African country suffering over 50% unemployment. Critics fear the downside of the plan could be "modern-day slavery". But Labour Minister Eunice Makangala has rubbished the fears telling Parliament recently that "it is not modern-day slavery". The president's plan is to "offer employment opportunities for young school leavers who have nothing to do and [to]...
(Malawi News Agency 06/11/13)
State President, Dr. Joyce Banda has been invited to address the administration and students at Durham University in London in a bid to provide her a podium to mobilize the world to affirmatively fight against gender-based violence and promote social protection in the world. The invitation was offered to the President by the Director of Post Graduate Research School of Applied Social Sciences - Durham University, Helen Charnley during an audience which she had with Dr. Banda on Monday in London. "The university in recognition of Dr. Joyce Banda's initiatives in promoting social protection and fighting against gender- based violence; the university has decided to invite her to address the university so that she can as well inspire other countries'...
(Malawi News Agency 06/11/13)
Mzuzu — Forum for the Elderly in Malawi (FEMA), Northern Region chapter, has disclosed it will soon write and produce pamphlets on the history of Malawi which will be distributed to schools in the country to enhance deeper understanding of the country's history among students. The organization's chairperson, Songiso Mvalo, said this on Saturday at Mary Mount Girls Secondary School in Mzuzu where the group's members met to interact with students from the school to give their personal experiences of their hay days. Mvalo said the decision to come up with the idea of writing on the country's history came about after the members realized that a number of students and youths in the country lack sufficient information of the...
(The Maravi Post 06/10/13)
It was announced on Monday, May 20 2013, that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama would be traveling to Africa from June 26 to July 3, 2013. This would be Obama’s third visit to Africa, though the way the western media tends to portray it, he has visited Africa – Ghana – only once, pretending that they don’t know that Egypt which was Obama’s country of visit in Africa, is in Africa. His travel will take him and Mrs. Obama to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. It would appear that Obama has very high regard for the Senegalese and its new President Macky Sall – he was one of four African leaders who had earlier been invited to...
(The Maravi Post 06/10/13)
Why do we seem not to be reading from the same script on these so-called labour export deals to South Korea and the gulf? Why is everyone saying everything without meaning anything? Look, President Joyce Banda says she has struck these labour export deals to send Malawian young men and women not only to the Korean peninsula but also to the emirates of Kuwait and Dubai. In fact her Labour Minister Eunice Makangala went to Seoul to seal the Korean deal…at least that is what she told us. Makangala is on record to have said some officials from the ministries of Labour and Home Affairs would be stationed in Seoul to oversee the programme. The good lady did not stop...
( 06/10/13)
The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has faulted the recent Ministry of Education, Science and Technology circular stopping payment of salaries to teachers who abscond from work for over five days, saying the move is inconsistent with the country’s labour laws. In the circular dated May 15 this year and sent to all public schools, Principal Secretary for Education, Science and Technology MacPhail Magwira advised all heads of public education institutions that apart from deducting salaries for absenteeism, officers who abscond from duty for over five days should not get their salaries. In an e-mailed response on Friday, MLS secretary Felisah Kilembe said while deducting of one’s salary for the number of days they have not worked without valid reasons is...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Zodiak Online 06/07/13)
President Joyce Banda Tuesday held a meeting with Chinese vice President Yuanchao Li on cementing the bilateral relation between the two countries, about five years after Malawi ditched Taiwan for China, a move championed by the president herself while she was Foreign Affairs Minister. She is a fourth African leader to be accorded an audience with the Chinese leadership since March last year. The Chinese vice President spoke highly of the improved trade activities between the two countries at the meeting held at his Villa in Beijing. In passing, the Chinese vice president commented on the various developmental projects his government is implementing in Malawi while expressing satisfaction with the strengthened five year-long relation between Malawi and China.“Our cooperation as...
(Malawi News Agency 06/07/13)
Lilongwe — The Malawi government and TBEA Company of China on Monday signed a contract agreement to construct additional and upgrade power transmission lines in the country. This is said to reduce saturated power transmission system and facilitate enhancement of power generation and attract meaningful Foreign Direct Investment. President Dr. Joyce Banda who witnessed the signing of the two crucial energy deals at Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing said the project would alleviate the challenge of power outages, which is critical for industrial development. Dr Banda also said apart from improving power outages, the project would create employment opportunities for the youth. According to Malawi's Energy Minister, Ibrahim Matola, who signed on behalf of the Malawi Government said after...
(Malawi News Agency 06/07/13)
Blantyre — Government and other stakeholders are currently undertaking a vulnerability assessment exercise to determine the state of household food insecurity as it ponders to phase out the targeted food distribution to hunger stricken families that started last year. In May last year, government in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) started distributing relief food to food insecure households affected by hunger following the release of a report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment (MVAC) indicating that over 1.6 million families had insufficient food and required immediate assistance. The number of the affected households was later revised in October, 2012 to over 1.9 million when MVAC carried out an update assessment of the hunger situation. However, Ministry of Economic Planning...
(Malawi News Agency 06/07/13)
Blantyre — Lack of incentives to attract more hospitality investors into the country is said to cripple the industry despite being one of the key areas in the country's economic recovery plan (ERP). Sunbird Hotels and Resorts Director of Finance, Patrick Lisilira told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) in an interview on Wednesday that the industry has huge unlocked potential only that the government is not doing enough to attract new investors in the country to aid the industry's growth. "Looking at the 2013-2014 budget, the only area concerning the hospitality industry that government has considered is the duty reduction on buses which is not enough as far as creating a green field for hospitality investment is concerned," Lisilira said...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(The Maravi Post 06/07/13)
Minister of Environment Jennifer Chilunga has urged the corporate world to help in the fight against environmental degradation. Chilunga made the appeal Thursday when she presided over the launch of Environment Education Cartoon movies at Nkolokoti Primary School in Blantyre which was sponsered by Packaging Industries Malawi Limited. During the event, an environment educational cartoon movie was beamed on a big screen much to the delight of thousands of pupils who gathered at the function. The cartoon movie which was produced by Tailos Bakili , who runs the COSCOM media company, dwelled on deforestation and its dangers. Chilunga bemoaned the tendency by some manufacturing companies who dump waste in rivers and asked for concerted efforts in the fight against environmental...
(The Maravi Post 06/07/13)
Pres. Joyce Banda’s administration has warned companies in the country against continued defiance to calls for price reduction of goods and services following the stabilization of the local currency. “Government will unleash proper penalties on companies that deliberately choose to ignore and disrespect the call. In the same vein, government through the ministry of industry and trade and in collaboration with the Competition and Fair Trade Commission will immediately start inspecting shops and companies to appreciate the prices and take decisive action where necessary,” said Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu in a statement. The Kwacha, Malawi’s currency, has gained its value trading at K320 from K420 against the US dollar in most authorized dealer banks and bureaus in the country. The...
(Zodiak Online 06/06/13)
The Malawi government has signed agreements with two Chinese private energy companies to help upgrade the country’s electricity supply. The agreements will enable the two firms, China Gezhouab Group Corporation and TBEA access loans from Chinese banks for construction of a power pool and an energy power transmission line in the country which will help double the country’s energy capacity. But the loans to amount $ 992 million will have to be settled by Malawians through payment of the electric power supply, according to Minister of Energy and Mining Mr. Ibrahim Matola. “These two companies will source the funding from a Chinese bank. It will be in a sort of a loan which Malawians will be paying but the conditions...
(Malawi News Agency 06/06/13)
Lilongwe — The Malawi Electoral Commission, MEC, media institutions and regulatory bodies in the country Wednesday signed media code of conduct for reporting 2014 to ensure free and fair tripartite elections in 2014. The document lays out, among other things, role of the media in elections; conditions necessary for media to play an effective role; duty of balance and impartiality; voter education and information; and professional practices. It also dictates media public accountability; reporting election observers and monitors; campaign rally coverage; reporting results; and result of non-compliance. MEC Commissioner, Nancy Tembo, who presided over the event, said the new code of conduct was an amendment of the 2008 document following the nature of the 2014 election and recent boom of...
(The Maravi Post 06/06/13)
The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has reduced the pump prices of fuel effective Thursday. "Petrol down from K694.30 to K680.80 per litre, diesel from K677.20 to K657.40 per litre while paraffin remains at K177 per litre," reads a MERA statement released Wednesday night. This reduction of fuel prices follows the appreciation of kwacha from 390 to 339 to the US dollar combined with the reduced landing costs of petroleum products. The reduction reflects a 1.94 per cent reduction in petrol prices and 2.92 per cen for diesel. This is the second reduction of the politically-sensitive fuel prices in as many months. by RAPHAEL TENTHANI

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