MultiChoice Malawi partners with TNM for DStv Now bundles

By Duncan Mlanjira In order to make DStv more accessible to subscribers, Multichoice Malawi has partnered with TNM, one of country’s leading telecommunications service provider, to create a DStv Now data bundle service that is open to all TNM customers and active DStv customers. Speaking at the interactive session with the media on Thursday at their offices in Blantyre, MultiChoice’s PR & Corporate Affairs Manager, Khaira Surtee said their key priority is putting their customers at the heart of…

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German firm to install floating solar panels on Lake Malawi for energy generation

By Duncan Mlanjira One of the independent power producers (IPPs) that have signed power purchase agreements with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM), German firm Droege Energy, intends to install floating solar power panels on the Lake Malawi at Monkey Bay in Mangochi to generate power to be linked onto the ESCOM grid. This was disclosed at the signing ceremony of 14 power purchase agreements (PPAs) involving ESCOM, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) and three other IPPs held last…

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Gwanda Chakuamba’s community rice scheme project being kept much alive

  By Duncan Mlanjira People of Nsanje East Bank in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlolo, are helping keep very much alive the Muona Community Rice Scheme agricultural project, which is the legacy that late politician and former Member of Parliament for Nsanje North, Hon. Gwanda Chakuamba left behind. According to T/A Mlolo, Ellena Rachael Chakuamba Chimbamba, who is grandniece to late Chakumba, said he initiated this community project when he was then Minister of Agriculture way back in 1964 after…

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Reserve Bank of Malawi reduces policy rate to 13.5%

By Duncan Mlanjira At its second meeting for 2019 held on May 2-3, Reserve Bank of Malawi’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), has reduced the Policy Rate by 100 basis points from 14.5 percent to 13.5 percent, down by 1 percent since January this year. The first meeting done in January, RBM reduced the rate at which commercial banks borrow from the Central Bank as lender of the last resort, by 150 basis points from 16% to 14.5%. In a…

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Farmer successfully growing pineapples in Lilongwe

By Duncan Mlanjira  The pineapple fruit is synonymous of its proper striving in Mulanje and Thyolo Districts’ weather, but one financial marketing professional turned farmer, Kingsley Gwaza, has defied this belief by trying it out on the soils of Lilongwe. And the crop has strived for the past two years on his 5.625 hectares of land at Chambwe area near Nsundwe in Lilongwe, making Gwaza so proud of it that he posted pictures of the success on social media…

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CNN removes offending headline on description of Lake Malawi as crocodile infested

By Duncan Mlanjira After the strong condemnation that Malawians expressed over the screaming headline that US-based CNN’s Lauren Kent used over a story which described Lake Malawi as crocodile-infested, the online publication has removed the offensive headline to just ‘He swam for 54 days Lake Malawi to break two world records’. The earlier report was entitled ‘He swam for 54 days across crocodile-infested Lake Malawi to break two world records’, which Malawians angrily reacted to as a distortion of…

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Aspiring candidates pledge Misuku coffee farmers value addition for their labour

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer Misuku Hills coffee farmers will soon start enjoying fruits of their sweat if what the three aspiring independent Parliamentarian candidates for Chitipa East constituency promise to do for them once elected by helping farmers to form cooperatives that would help them access farm inputs, procure farm machinery for production, processing and packaging. This was promised at a political debate that National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Public Trust, in conjunction with CCJP of Karonga…

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ESCOM cancels demolition bid of burnt ESCOM House

By Duncan Mlanjira Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM) has cancelled the demolition the burnt ESCOM House following concerns and questions raised by the general public as regards to the way the procurement process was handled. In a statement issued by Chief Executive Officer, Allexon Chiwaya on 24 April 2019, says: “ESCOM has noted the concern that have been raised by some members of the general public, thus far, and wishes to state as follows –  (a) ESCOM followed…

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Malawian Engineer Dr. Matthews Mtumbuka appointed as the new CEO for Eastern and Southern Africa Research and Education Network

By Duncan Mlanjira Congratulatory messages were awash on social media at the news that Malawian Engineer Dr. Matthews Mtumbuka has been appointed as the new CEO for Eastern and Southern Africa Research and Education Network. The appointment was announced the chairperson of UbuntuNet Alliance, Prof. Stephen Simukanga on April 25 and will be effective on May 1. The announcement said Mtungila, who in transition process as Group IT Operations and Governance at Airtel Africa, IT Director at Airtel Rwanda…

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Mzuzu takes lead with Standard Bank ‘Be More’ City races

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi’s Northern Region City of Mzuzu will on Saturday 27th April become the first of the country’s three major cities to host the Standard Bank ‘Be More’ City Races, as part of the build up to the main race. Marketing Manager, Madalitso Jonazi said the bank is maintaining its format of taking the races to the three cities before holding the main event in Lilongwe in keeping with their tradition of ensuring that the platform is…

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