Friday 15 December 2017
(APA 09/11/17)
Malawi is making concerted efforts to rid itself of the scourge of corruption that has tainted its images since the sensational 2013 revelations that senior government officials and their cronies had looted millions of dollars from state coffers. The Malawi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it is making a tremendous progress in the fight against corruption to make sure that graft levels are reduced in the country. ACB spokesperson Egritta Ndala said in an interview that there has been a positive trend through the involvement of different partners, including the civil society, private and public sectors to root out corruption at all levels nationwide. “The active participation of these stakeholders and government to fight corruption shows that the country recognises corruption...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Fifteen people died in two separate road accidents in Malawi's southern city of Blantyre on Saturday while more than 15 others were seriously injuries, police confirmed on Sunday. The first accident occurred at around 15:30 p.m. when a minibus traveling from the border district of Mulanje to Limbe in Blantyre had a burst tyre and overturned several times. The driver of the minibus and six passengers were pronounced dead upon arrival at the nearest hospital while other 7 passengers survived with fractures, according to the police report. The second accident at around 19:20 p.m. involved a lorry with 40 passengers on board, which collided with a freightliner truck. Eight passengers were killed and close to 20 passengers sustained injuries, said...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create a more integrated region and help move its communication systems forward. "An accessible, affordable and reliable telecommunications is essential for us to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has the potential to leapfrog SADC region economically and socially as...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(The Maravi Post 09/05/17)
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has registered about 12, 428 new voters for the October 17 by-elections. Positive turnout has been attributed to a good civic education and mass mobilization strategy . As meetings were held in the communities, loudhailers were utilized and letters were distrubted to all churches and traditional leaders. In press statement released and signed by acting chief elections officer Harris Potani , the registration and voter verification exercise went on successfully from August 24 to 28 2017. The commission disclosed that in terms of gender, 6, 032 of those registered are men while
(Nyasa Times 09/05/17)
Billions of Kwacha leaked from Malawi’s public health system last year through fraud, payroll manipulation, flawed internal controls andunauthorised payments, a leaked report from the office of Malawi’s Auditor General indicates. The losses form part of audit queries to the tune of MK4-billion highlighted by the report. According to the World Health Organisation, Malawi’s health indicators are among the worst in the world, with a high HIV/Aids prevalence and widespread malnutrition. According to Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa, the audit – signed in May this year – only covers about 68% of government accounts, asmany ministries and departments failed to submit their financialreports for audit. Kamphasa also noted that bank reconciliations for June to December2015 and the reconciliations for draw-downs from...
( The Southern Times 09/05/17)
BARBADIAN R&B singer Rihanna last week launched a fundraising initiative designed to help children in Malawi to attend school. Titled The Dollar Campaign, the drive was launched through the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), a philanthropic organisation named in honour of Rihanna’s grandparents, Clara and Lionel. Through the campaign, the ‘Disturbia’ singer has asked her fans to donate money through the CLF website. Donors will be automatically entered in a contest to win a free trip to New York City to attend Rihanna’s upcoming show on 14 September. Fans have up until 5 September to make a donation. The winner will be announced on 7 September. “I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person,...
(Nyasa Times 09/05/17)
Minister of Information and Technology and Communications Nicholas Dausi has commended Malawi’s integrated premier mobile network provider TNM for pioneering innovative ICT products and services in the country. Dausi said this in Lilongwe during the launch of TNM 4.5 G/LTE under the banner Think Digital Dausi said the think digital complement the government efforts in meeting the aspirations of the nation ‘On behalf of government I wish to comment TNM for taking another bold step forward in its pioneeringtradition. The launch of the 4.5 G/LTE platform becomes another first and represents progress in TNM’s journey from 2G,3G and 4G,” said Dausi. He said government realizes that reliable mobile and ICT services are crucial in ushering tangible growth and fulfilling the...
(Nyasa Times 09/05/17)
One of Malawi’s top notch video producer/director Sukez is in South Africa to shoot music videos. Sukez jetted to RSA towards the end of last month where he says he’s planned to work with some well-known artists, these including Malawi’s Zani Challe, dancehall musician Buffalo Souljah and Stone Bouy. Sukez is currently in talks with Gemini Major to work on some of his videos as well. “I have already shot videos for Praise Peterson and Praise Makhubela who are also big artists in SA,” said Sukez. He recently had shared a post on social media with a picture of him sitting with Zani Challe and Buffalo Souljah, one can only tend to wonder what these three were discussing…atleast now we...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...
(Malawi 24 09/04/17)
Malawi’s power outages are really a thorn in the fresh. Malawians are yet again experiencing electricity outages just like last year. The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) last month indicated that the dwindling water levels in Lake Malawi remain the main reason behind the problem. But power outages are back. On Thursday in Blantyre for example, there were no lights for over five hours in locations like Chitawira, Nkolokosa, Kanjedza and Naperi just to mention a few. Businesspersons operating in these locations told Malawi24 recently of how the situation has left a bad mark on their businesses. They said that in a day for example, they are only having power for less than three hours something they feel is...
(The Maravi Post 09/04/17)
The Malawi Government through Ministry of Finance and International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week agreed on the implementation of the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) priorities in the next program. The ECF Malawi program agreements focus on increasing growth and reducing poverty, to consolidate the hard-won macroeconomic stability. The agreement took centre-stage during a two-day conference held in the capital Lilongwe between the two parties, which took stock of the objectives and performance of the ECF, and the lessons for future engagement. The development came after a year the IMF’s Executive Board in June 2016 approved an augmentation of access under the arrangement to help Malawi address its worst humanitarian crisis after two consecutive years of drought That is apart from...
(The Maravi Post 09/04/17)
The country’s final consolidated figures for this year’s tobacco earnings have been pegged at US$212 million, it has been learnt. This is the summing gross collection statistics released by regulatory body, Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) saying the earnings surpass last year’s by 23 percent. In 2016, a total of 194 million kilograms of tobacco was sold at an average of US$1.42 per kg in which the country realized US275 million. This was a drop from US$362 million of 168 million kg of tobacco sold in 2015 whilst this year 107 million kilograms went through the auction. This represents a 45 percent increase in terms of volumes sold. According TCC the average price for this year was US$1.99 which was better...
(Malawi 24 09/04/17)
With drug theft showing no signs of abating, the Ministry of Health has revealed that over the past year drugs worth K1.5 billion were stolen in Malawi. The ministry had a drug budget of K17.2 billion in the 2016/17 financial year but various people including ministry employees stole drugs worth K1.5 billion Police managed to arrest 125 people for stealing drugs last year and 30 have since been convicted while 64 are still answering their charges. Appearing before Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament last week, Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Dr Dan Namarika said it will be difficult to end drug theft. He however said his ministry is reviewing the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Act to introduce stiff punishments...
(The Maravi Post 09/04/17)
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) this week apologized to the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) over the ‘Zachamba’ (nonsense) remarks made by its Secretary General (SG) Greselder Jeffrey wa Jeffrey on the Blue Night saga. The CSOs, together with Malawi Law Society (MLS) pressurized the ruling DPP to return the money it got from the parastatals and City Councils during its fundraising dinner, popularly known Blue Night recently in Lilongwe. However, the DPP Secretary General and Vice President Hetherwick Ntata, rebuffed the call, while Jeffrey WA Jeffrey described it Zachamba. The two argued that the concern parastatals and councils made the decision on their own, hence the ruling party will not return the cash. The CSOs that include Youth and...
(The Maravi Post 09/04/17)
Malawi Government has vehemently denied reports that it has lost all the documents and records relating to the Lake Malawi boundary as said in the Daily Times newspaper on Friday. According to the Daily Times newspaper, the development was revealed on Thursday when some Government officials appeared before the Public Account Committee of Parliament. The report said Government officials openly told the Committee that all the original documents were missing and that only photocopies are remaining. However, Government through the Ministry of Information described the Daily Times report as a misrepresentation of facts. Below is a press statement: Government of the Republic of Malawi wishes to inform the nation that it has in safe custody all relevant documentation and records...
(Malawi 24 09/04/17)
Standard Bank Malawi has appointed Temwani Simwaka as the bank’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This follows the departure of Andrew Mashanda who has been given a new role within the Standard Bank Group. According to a statement from the bank signed by board chairman Rex Harawa, Simwaka’s appointment is effective September 1. Simwaka is also the bank’s Chief Finance Officer and will be juggling the two roles. The bank has since thanked Mashanda for his services during his four year stint as Standard Bank Malawi CEO. “Andrew led in efforts to build a strong bank and brand that sustainably maintained and grew profitability and market share. He leaves the bank in a very strong and healthy position financially and...
(Malawi 24 09/04/17)
Malawian First Lady Gertrude Mutharika walked the runway on Saturday to raise funds for girl child education. The first lady made her runway debut in a school uniform and carried a Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) branded school bag. The show was part of activities at a fundraising state luncheon held at Kamuzu Palace which was organised by the Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) in support of girl child education Speaking during the event, Mutharika said girl child education is a symbol of sustainable development since educated girls can ably take part in development activities. Mutharika added that women in the country should be helping and inspiring each other so that more women should be in leadership positions. “Women should yearn to...

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