Minister of Industry Kachale issues stern warning against smuggling; As Castel launches new alcoholic beverages

The official launch of the new products By Mayamiko Phiri Minister of Industry Roy Kachale Banda has issued a stern warning against continued smuggling of products including beverages into Malawi, saying the new administration will take the fight against the malpractice head on. The Minister said this when he presided over the launch of four new beverage products by Castel Malawi, which have already hit the market. He smuggling of products into the country does not only have potential…

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Two agricultural cooperatives presented with trucks under Agriculture Commercialisation project

By Duncan Mlanjira Two Southern Region cooperatives, Shire Highlands Milk Producers (SHMPA) and Minyali Cotton Farmers, were on Thursday presented with a  truck each under government-funded Agriculture Commercialisation (AGCOM) project. The farmers asked for the funding to ease challenges they face in transporting their produce to various markets and also received more funds for the SHMPA farmers to buy extra food supplements for their dairy cows and for buying more cows to be supplied to new and existing members…

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ESCOM engages stakeholders to review inoperative customer service charter

By Duncan Mlanjira Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) developed an ambitious customer service charter in 2014 but it was kept from public scrutiny all these years until now that the Tonse government has tasked its new Board of Directors to embark on a serious business oriented turnaround strategy. The power utility service provider is now engaging with stakeholders and the public to review the customer service charter that was kept under wraps for six years to ensure that…

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Malawi Airlines asks Aviation Department to mitigate population of birds around Kamuzu International Airport that continue to strike planes

By Duncan Mlanjira Sunday’s Malawi Airlines flight ET20 from Lilongwe to Johannesburg via Blantyre and flight ET21 from Johannesburg to Lilongwe via Blantyre were delayed due to yet again another bird strike at Kamuzu International Airport. A statement from Malawi Airlines the bird strike incident, now the third in  under three week, has been brought to the attention of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to mitigate the problem of birds on the airports permanently. “It is our expectation…

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NICO Life strives to continue rewarding its long-serving staff to retain worthwhile human resource

Chapola presents the prize to Jiva By Duncan Mlanjira NICO Life, a subsidiary of NICO Group of companies, on Friday awarded two of its long-serving members of staff as a motivation for their dedication to work and the company’s mission to retain worthwhile human resource. The company’s chief executive officer, Eric Chapola applauded the two awardees, Taonga Jiva (who has served 10 years) and Anthony Mpiringidza (20 years), saying having attained all these years of service is testimony that…

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Blantyre City Council allegedly diverts ad hoc Parliamentary committee on CDF from visiting stalled sports project in Ndirande Malabada Constituency

The abandoned sports centre project * The ad hoc committee is auditing Constituency Development Fund management * Contractor for Ndirande Malabada sports centre abandons project despite being paid * It needs to be resumed all over again—complains MP Ismail Mkumba By Duncan Mlanjira The ad hoc Parliamentary Committee — that was formed to scrutinize and audit management of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and Water Development Fund Guidelines — visited Ndirande Malabada projects but was allegedly diverted away from an…

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French aircraft maker Dassault unveils new private jet that can fly 5,500 nautical miles

By Thomas Pallini, businessinsider.com French aircraft maker, Dassault has unveiled a new $47 million private jet, Falcon 6X, that can fly 5,500 nautical miles at speeds of up to Mach .90 while also accessing challenging airports with ease. Dassault incorporated the technology it uses for its military aircraft to make the 6X easier and safer for pilots. Falcon 6X was unveiled on Tuesday in a virtual event streamed from its production plant in Merignac, France near Bordeaux. The Falcon…

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Norway partners ILO to improve working conditions in Malawi’s tobacco industry

Unacceptable habit of a mother carrying her baby on her back while working in tobacco fields in Kasungu.—Picture by ILO By Duncan Mlanjira The Government of Norway and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Tuesday signed a partnership agreement for a new development cooperation project to improve working conditions and access to rights in Malawi’s tobacco sector. A statement from the Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe and the ILO says the overall objective of the new project is to support…

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NICO Pension rewards long serving staff; ‘Back bone of a company is human resource’

15 years and counting for Tione Moyo (right) By Duncan Mlanjira NICO Pension has rewarded three of its long serving members of staff in recognition that their dedication to work has contributed to the company providing value added services to its clients. The staff were awarded with a framed certificate of long service and cash prizes at a ceremony held on Wednesday at NICO Group’s head office in Chibisa House in Blantyre. NICO Pension’s General Manager, Gerald Chima took…

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Public outrage follows collapse due to rains of newly-constructed road at Chapananga Bridge

* Road and bridge by Plem Construction reportedly cost K8 billion * Vice-President Chilima calls for high standard roads By Duncan Mlanjira, Maravi Express & Stanley Nkhondoyachepa, MANA The public voiced out their outrage over a post on Facebook of a road stretch just meters away before Chapananga Bridge in Chikwawa collapsed due to rains, just 18 months after been commissioned. The post by social critic, Onjezani Kenani indicated that the road and bridge was constructed by Plem Construction…

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