President Chakwera commits to honour local architects

Chakwera being installed as second Malawi Institute of Architects patron after Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda * MIA’s expertise has been bypassed by many organizations and institutions in favour of cheap substitutes By Kondwani Magombo, MANA President Lazarus Chakwera says the Tonse-led administration will ensure that architects in the country are recognized by involving them in the design and development of the country’s infrastructural projects. The president made the commitment on Tuesday in Mangochi when he officially opened the Malawi…

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NICO Group launches its 50th anniversary celebration media visibility campaign; ‘The One’

* Despite CoVID-19 challenges NICO continues to deliver superior financial products * Celebrating this golden anniversary is a very important milestone to still be standing strong, or perhaps even stronger, after 5 decades * NICO is the pioneer in financial services in many regards as it was the first company to list on the Malawi Stock Exchange in 1996 By Duncan Mlanjira NICO Group has officially launched its 50th anniversary celebration media visibility campaign as one of engaging with…

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HRDC calls for dissolution of MACRA Board for extravagance after travelling to Dubai for governance training

* Whole trip cost in excess of K46,282,250 for five board members * Travel to Dubai comes “at a time when Malawi’s economy is bleeding” * Management sent the board “even before the recruitment of a CEO” By Duncan Mlanjira Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has asked President Lazarus Chakwera to dissolve Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) Board, accusing it for extravagance and abuse of power for attending a two-week governance training in Dubai. According to the revelation as…

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MRA officers ordered to confiscate charcoal and other illegal forestry products

Thriving charcoal business * This is in pursuant to Section 21 of the Customs and Excise Act By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has instructed its station managers and all staff, particularly officers at security road checkpoints, to confiscate charcoal and all illegal forestry related goods and surrender them to relevant authorities. A memorandum to all station managers from acting Commissioner of Customs & Excise Division, Fredrick Mpeusa, reiterates the government of Malawi, through the Department of Forestry…

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South African consultant still clings on to Malawi Traffic Information System

A traffic document that is processed through the Malawi Traffic Information System * Sources say government is losing millions in service payments * Consultant hasn’t handed over to Government since 2018 * Has failed to meet two deadlines set since 2018 * Up to now upgrading other modules hasn’t been completed * And some operational errors are still persistent By Duncan Mlanjira Over three years now, South African consultant firm has still not handed over the Malawi Traffic Information System…

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Financial analyst Lipunga delivers an inspiring retirement planning seminary in conjunction with NICO Group

Lipunga during the seminar at Protea Mount Soche Hotel * There is more to retirement preparation than just pension fund and savings * People retire from their jobs but should not retire from working By Duncan Mlanjira People retire from their professional jobs but they should not retire from working, said financial analyst Jimmy Lipunga at a seminar on Tuesday when he delivered an inspiring retirement planning seminary at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre. The seminar was hosted…

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Malawi Post Corporation needs to downsize its staff if government is to recapitalize for its reform strategy

Inactive post offices contribute to loss making * Over 500 employees out of over 800 are redundant due to decline in mail volumes by 95% from year 2000 to 2020 * This is in the midst of staff demanding 40% salary increment By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Postal Corporation (MPC) has disclosed that it is deep in debt of over MK9.3 billion that is compromising its operations and for it to remain afloat, it needs to be recapitalized by government…

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Umodzi Park dating clients for fully functional services for BICC, Presidential Hotel and Presidential Villas

Umodzi Park in Lilongwe * We are on this sales blitz in order to maintain our customers who were utilising our excellent facilities * The benefits of doing business with us are huge and very rewarding By Duncan Mlanjira Marketing team of Umodzi Park, managers of Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC), the 130-room Presidential Hotel and the 14 Presidential Villas in Lilongwe, wer on a sales blitz of Blantyre to engage clients that they are now fully operational as…

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MultiChoice Talent Factory calls for applications for its sought-after film and TV training programme

* Four Malawians have benefitted from the initiative * Mphatso Makamo and Chisomo Livason (2020 cohort) * Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba, Jonathan Kapumba (2019) By Duncan Mlanjira MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) is inviting aspiring African film makers, including those from Malawi to apply for its third edition of the film and television training programme. Launched in May 2018, the MTF Academy has so far given 120 students the chance to harness their expertise in film and TV, moulding them into skilled…

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Smallholder farmers earning better returns from their produce through value chains under Agricultural Commercialization project

* The farmers are now inspired to think beyond the box on value added farming processes to produce more and better commodities By Duncan Mlanjira Through capacity building and technical support that Agricultural Commercialization (AGCOM) project empowers rural smallholder and medium scale food crop farmers, they are now earning better returns than before. This was said by AGCOM’s National Coordinator Teddie Nakhumwa at a business breakfast at Marriott Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre on Friday that Ministry of Trade and…

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