NEEF disburses K16.9 billion loans; K8.8 billion to 3,576 in women groups

By John Saukira National Empowerment Economic Fund (NEEF) has disbursed K16.9 billion to various groups with K8.8 billion going to  women from 3,576 groups and K3.9 billion to 1,474 youth groups. Speaking during a sensitization workshop on access to finance and NEEF products in Lilongwe, NEEF Board chairperson Jephter Mtema disclosed that they also disbursed loans amounting to K879 million to 438 payroll individuals. He said currently there is a good progress in as far as loan disbursement is concerned. Mtema said the workshop…

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MERA set to announce fuel price increase

* The landed costs of petrol has increased by 20.44%, diesel by 12.03% and paraffin by 12.23% * Landed costs of petroleum prices are determined by the international market and the exchange rate * As at September 7, 2021 the Price Stabilization Fund averaged K1.5 billion against the recommended minimum of K5 billion By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has announced that it is reviewing current trends of the international market and other economic factors to determine…

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FDH Financial Holdings donates K10m for Bible Society of Malawi to complete construction of office complex in Lilongwe

By Chipambano Mbewe As part of its corporate social responsibility, FDH Financial Holdings Limited Plc has donated K10 million to Bible Society of Malawi to help it finalize construction works of its magnificent office complex, the Jireh Bible House in Area 3, Lilongwe. The Bible Society’s Board chairperson, Gary Jumbe — while applauding FDH for the support — said the donation will play a huge role in assisting  a number of areas at the Jireh Bible House once everything…

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NICO Pensions launches online member self-service pensions platforms

NICO Pensions General Manager Gerald Chima * Accessible by dialing *323# and on https://www.npsonline.mw * We understand the value of information in a digitally advancing world * The two platforms we will ensure clients can seamlessly manage their pensions and claims By Duncan Mlanjira As part of NICO Group’s ongoing endeavour to digitize its services and processes, NICO Pensions has launched state-of-the-art Online Pensions Member Self-Service and USSD platforms. Announcing the development, which is the first on the market,…

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MPC workers industrial strike unreasonable and unjustifiable—management

A few of the striking staff captured in Lilongwe * Their demand of no pay for two months not true as it’s only top management yet to be paid * MPC is dealing with a structural issue, where 85% of its revenue pays staff costs * The struggling parastatal needs to downsize its staff if government is to recapitalize it * It is inviting applications from those interested to proceed on voluntary retrenchment By Duncan Mlanjira One of the…

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Public urged to collect official certification as proof for full CoVID-19 vaccination

President receiving his second jab of AstraZeneca some weeks ago * To bring with them vaccine certificate they were first given as proof of full vaccination * The certificate will be generated through the Ministry of Health’s CoVID-19 electronic vaccine registry * The e-vaccine registry system contains records of each person who has received a CoVID-19 vaccine * As of Wednesday, a total of 923,686 vaccine doses had been administered * 482,962 people receiving their first doses of AstraZeneca…

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Mary’s Meals feeds 30% of over 1m Malawian learners; As it reaches milestone of serving more than 2m children in 19 countries

Proud Founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow with some of beneficiary kids * More than 335,143 children served in Zambia; 125,414 in Kenya and 144,208 in Liberia * Mary Meal’s founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow to attend virtual celebratory event to be held in Kenya * It will be broadcast at 8pm CAT and open to all through: marysmeals.org/2-million * “When we set out on this path nearly 30 years ago we were overwhelmed by people’s goodness in donating” By Duncan Mlanjira International school…

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Public laments cancellation of contract for Mota Engil to rehabilitate Marka-Bangula railway line

* ACB has instituted corruption investigations on the procurement process * Public asks for speed investigation into the allegation * Some people involved in road transportation business suspected intent to derail the rail rehabilitation By Duncan Mlanjira Some members of the public have expressed dismay at the decision of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which has restrained Portuguese construction company Mota-Engil from going ahead with the contract it was awarded to design, upgrade and rehabilitate the railway section between Marka-Bangula….

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Government to reinstate frontline nutrition officers

President Chakwera releases plans towards the nutrition strategy By Nellie Kapatuka, MANA President Lazarus Chakwera has ordered that frontline nutrition officers be reinstated part of the measures his administration has put in place in the fight against malnutrition in the country. Speaking in Lilongwe on Thursday during the launch of the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) 3.0 strategy at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC), Chakwera said the country needs to invest into addressing health challenges being faced which become…

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Blantyre City Council spokesperson Kasunda appointed as acting State House Press Secretary

Kasunda, a journalist of repute Maravi Express President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed Blantyre City Council public relations manager, Anthony Kasunda as acting State House Press Secretary to fill in for Brian Banda, who is in China for a four-month study course.   A statement from State House Director of Communications, Sean Kampondeni, says the appointment is with immediate effect. There were speculations several weeks ago that Kasunda would replace Brian alleging that he had been fired for gross misconduct….

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