Malawi Standard Bank engages high gear in digital banking; Brings 247 online channels

Effie Malange
Standard Bank Head of Customer Channels Effie Malange

Standard Bank Malawi has said that its digital banking gateway, 247 is a tool for promoting financial inclusion and economic growth.

Orienting the media on its workings, the bank’s Head of Customer Channels Effie Malange said 247 represents the various electronic channels that Standard Bank is providing on the backbone of its digital banking platform Finacle.

She said a click of a button, Standard Bank customers can transact freely from their mobile phone, laptop or computer from any location at any time using the 247 ingenuity and its other product segments.

“With 247, a customer can do banking wherever they are, without physically visiting the bank, without being limited by the time a bank opens and closes, and on holidays and weekends,” she said.

The innovation—accessible both off-line and on-line—will help deepen financial inclusion and bring efficiencies in the Malawi economy, the bank’s senior official has said.

She said 247 has been designed to give customers limitless access to financial inclusion by transacting virtually from their phones, computers and with Visa cards.

Malange said 247 enables payment of utility bills, medical cover, international money transfers or e-commerce, pay examination and school fees, buy phone airtime and inter-bank transfers and settlements, among others.

The Head of Customer Channels said the added advantage of 247 is that it empowers customers to manage their personal finances by creating and running typical accounts such as savings, monthly payments on their own.

Malange said the ubiquitous 247 has also turned the bank’s Visa Debit card into a one-stop-shop solution as customers can use it to make off-shore payments up to $3,000 and use it abroad without the need to ask the bank to physically load cash before departure. Prior, the bank’s cards could only be handy in domestic ATM and POS transactions but can now be used at any Visa ATM locally and abroad.

To access the service, customers require to download the 247 App from Appstore or visit their nearest Standard Bank branch where they will be linked.

The 247 channels are also available for small and medium enterprises as well as large corporations for use in tax and supplier payments, salaries and other critical transactions.

Recently, the bank’s Chief Executive William le Roux said the introduction of digital payment channels was helping the bank’s customers achieve tax compliance. He said this follows a partnership with Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) which has enables SMEs and other corporates to pay tax online using the respective 247 product segments of Enterprise and Business Online (BoL).

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How Nigerian Government Killed 200 In Synagogue Church Collapse – Ex-Minister

TB Joshua
Pastor TB Joshua of Nigeria with his picture over the Collapsed Building

Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has accused the Nigerian Federal Government of being behind the Synagogue Church building collapse that left more than 116 persons dead on September 12, 2014.

The controversial ex-minister made the allegations in a series of tweets via his verified Twitter handle on Thursday.  According to Fani-Kayode, the  “church building was brought down by a remote controlled device which was detonated by a drone”.

He further alleged that the Federal Government acted in league with the Department of State Services (DSS), the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Directorate of Military Intelligence and the Lagos State Government.

An Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alaba Haruna, on Friday, May 11 told a Lagos High Court that an aircraft flew over the building before it collapsed.

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode
Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode

Fani-Kayode’s allegations could not be independently verified by The Herald.

Recall that President Goodluck Jonathan was in charge of the country when the incident occurred and Fani-Kayode was the Director of Media for the Jonathan 2015 Campaign Organisation.

He said, “Four years and one day ago, on September 12th 2014, 200 worshippers from all over the world were murdered at Prophet T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) when a church building was brought down by a remote controlled device which was detonated by a drone.

“The truth about this heinous event has been kept from the Nigerian people and there has been a massive cover-up about what really transpired which involved the Federal Government,the DSS,the NIA,Military Intelligence and the Lagos State Government.

“Worse still they have all attempted to pass the buck.This event was one of the most evil and callous acts of terror in the history of our nation and one day every single one of those behind it will be brought to justice.

“I honor those that died on that day and I commend the tremendous strength and fortitude that my friend and brother, Prophet T.B. Joshua and his SCOAN Church have shown over the last four years despite this devastating loss.

“I call on the Federal Government to seek international help and to open a new investigation on this matter with a view to bringing the real culprits to justice. May the Lord comfort the families of those that were killed, may He continue to strengthen Prophet T.B. Joshua and the SCOAN family and may He grant peace eternal to the souls of those that were so cruelly murdered on that evil day.”

SOURCE: The Herald, Nigeria – https://www.herald.ng/how-jonathans-govt-killed-200-in-synagogue-church-collapse-fani-kayode/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWtLR7qdJQk

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Fabiano says Malawi President Peter Mutharika will leave Friday for UNGA

United Nations Day
Flag of the United Nations

Lilongwe, September 19, 2018: President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika leaves Friday for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in the United States of America.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, disclosed this at a press briefing Tuesday morning at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.

Fabiano said the President will be accompanied by Six Cabinet Ministers from Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare (Dr. Jean Kalilani); Health and Population (Atupele Muluzi); Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development (Francis Kasaila); Home Affairs and Internal Security (Cecilia Chazama); Defence (Everton Chimulirenji) and himself representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

He said all the six ministers will play a crucial role in attending various meetings together with the President and also in their own right representing Malawi for the benefit of the nation.

UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, officially opened the 73rd UNGA on Tuesday. However, the General Debate, a session during which Heads of Delegation present their Governments’ views through National statements on any item before the Assembly, will be held from 25th September to 5th October, 2018.

He said the theme for this year’s General Debate is “Making the United Nations Relevant to all people: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”

Fabiano described the 73rd UNGA as a very important meeting that is crucial to Malawi’s development aspirations.

“At a time when the country is experiencing rapid economic growth, it is the expectation of the Malawi Government that the trip to New York, USA, will tap the much-needed resources to further move forward the development aspirations for Malawi,” said Fabiano.

He added that this will be achieved through His Excellency the President’s meeting with other world leaders and development partners through a number of meetings. The UNGA 73 will also accord an opportunity to Malawi as a nation to lobby for more investors to come to Malawi and contribute to socio-economic development of the nation.

Apart from the prepared agenda of the UNGA that includes the President’s address of the General Assembly on the afternoon of 25th September, President Mutharika will also attend a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings that include the High Level Meeting on Global Peace (Nelson Mandela Peace Summit), the United Nations Private Sector Forum, Launch of the Young People’s Agenda (UNICEF), HeforShe Impact Summit, High level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Fight Against Tuberculosis, and the High Level Panel on Migration and Structural Transformation in Africa among other meetings.

The minister further disclosed that the President will co-host the UN International Commission on Financial Global Education Opportunity with former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

According to Fabiano, ‘A Leader’s statement will be issued at the end of the High-Level meeting adding that His Excellency the President as Champion on Education will utilize the opportunity to highlight the Government’s efforts in improving education in the country and seek international support in ensuring that all children are afforded an opportunity to good education and a bright future.’

Fabiano added that “every opportunity will be taken to enhance Malawi’s current international cooperation with various partners in a bid to support the country’s development efforts.

In response to media queries about the cost and full delegation list, the minister said each ministry uses own funds and comes up with their own officers to attend the UNGA depending on requirements, referring the media to respective ministries for more details.

The UNGA is one of the six principal organs of the UN, the only one in which all member nations have equal representation, and the main deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the UN. Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN, appoint the non-permanent members to the Security Council, appoint the Secretary-General of the United Nations, receive reports from other parts of the UN and make recommendations in the form of General Assembly Resolutions and meets once every year during this

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Corruption denying President Mutharika the legacy he desperately needs

 Peter Mutharika
Malawi President Peter Mutharika

By Patseni Mauka

On Thursday, 13th September, Malawi President Peter Mutharika officially opened the Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College. The college is one of the community technical colleges being built in the country as one of the electoral promises of Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). One of the few things that Peter Mutharika passionately talked about in the run up to the 2014 general elections was the construction of technical colleges. Even now, DPP apologists are calling the technical colleges ‘the DPP flagship project’.

According to reports, Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College has been constructed to the tune of 446 million Kwacha. Knowing the rampant corruption in the construction industry, the actual figure should be much lower with some millions of Kwachas lost in the process. When I saw the 446 million Kwacha figure, I immediately remembered a similar figure being mentioned recently.

Earlier this year, the country learnt with shock that DPP and Mutharika benefited from a Malawi Police Service fraudulent procurement deal. The party pocketed K145 million in a procurement scandal masterminded by some senior police officers that defrauded the taxpayers of K466 million in a ration racket of over K2 billion through a fraudulent contract the police entered into with businessman Zameer Karim trading under a company called Pioneer Investments. The Police paid him an extra K466 million on the contract without following procedures. Out of this money, Karim paid K145 million to DPP through an account which President Peter Mutharika is a sole signatory.

Most of the times, when figures like 466 million Kwacha are mentioned in corruption scandals, it is not easy for some people to visualize what such money could have done if it was used properly for the development of the country. The 446 million figure mentioned as being the amount used to construct Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College helps to visualize the magnitude of loss of resources due to corruption. In short, the amount of money lost in the Police scandal could have built another community technical college!

There is one name which is the common denominator in the construction of Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College and the money lost in the Police Scandal. That’s the name of President Peter Mutharika. The same person that is being applauded as being the one who made it possible to build the 446 million Kwacha technical college is the same person mentioned in the loss of 466 million Kwacha in the Police scandal.

The significance of this can not be overemphasized. By being involved in the misappropriation of taxpayers money, Mutharika is denying the country the same things that he ‘passionately’ wants the country to have. He is also denying himself the legacy that he desperately needs.

At the official opening of Aida Chilembwe Technical College, Mutharika said by December this year, all districts in Malawi will have technical colleges. This would have been good news had it been that the colleges opened so far were built to high quality standards, with good equipment and constant flow of funds for managing them.

The stories so far are disappointing. Earlier this year the nation newspaper reported that inadequate funding had slowed down the push to provide quality training in the community technical colleges. The newspaper reported that Ngara Community Technical College in Karonga, where Mutharika officially launched the skills development initiative in March 2015, is one of the affected colleges.

It further reported that during a tour, Ngara Community College Principal Green Nyirongo said inadequate funding force instructors to contribute money for the running of the institution, especially settling utility bills. Can you believe that? The billions of Kwachas being lost to corruption could have gone a long way to make the community colleges successful. It’s unfortunate that the same leader who want’s to develop the country is presiding over unprecedented corruption in the country.

The community colleges are a good initiative which, if implemented correctly, would indeed help in improving skills for the youth. However, with current implementation strategy, the students will come out half-baked or worse still without any improvement whatsoever.

It seems, the DPP government is just interested in numbers. “We have built community colleges in every district as promised and many students have already graduated, here are the photos, DPP woyee!” Poorly equipped colleges, lack of highly trained instructors and perekani perekani type of funding means that the students graduating from these colleges can only manage kuperekera matope during brick making. This project, as being implemented now, is a failure.

In the remaining eight months of his Presidency, Muthakira and DPP should  stop concentrating on benefiting from proceeds of fraudulent deals and get back to the work of fulfilling the many promises they made in 2014. The billions lost so far have denied Malawi the necessary development that would enable it move away from the status of being one of the poorest countries in the world.

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Corruption denying President Mutharika the legacy he desperately needs

 Peter Mutharika
Malawi President Peter Mutharika

By Patseni Mauka

On Thursday, 13th September, Malawi President Peter Mutharika officially opened the Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College. The college is one of the community technical colleges being built in the country as one of the electoral promises of Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). One of the few things that Peter Mutharika passionately talked about in the run up to the 2014 general elections was the construction of technical colleges. Even now, DPP apologists are calling the technical colleges ‘the DPP flagship project’.

According to reports, Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College has been constructed to the tune of 446 million Kwacha. Knowing the rampant corruption in the construction industry, the actual figure should be much lower with some millions of Kwachas lost in the process. When I saw the 446 million Kwacha figure, I immediately remembered a similar figure being mentioned recently.

Earlier this year, the country learnt with shock that DPP and Mutharika benefited from a Malawi Police Service fraudulent procurement deal. The party pocketed K145 million in a procurement scandal masterminded by some senior police officers that defrauded the taxpayers of K466 million in a ration racket of over K2 billion through a fraudulent contract the police entered into with businessman Zameer Karim trading under a company called Pioneer Investments. The Police paid him an extra K466 million on the contract without following procedures. Out of this money, Karim paid K145 million to DPP through an account which President Peter Mutharika is a sole signatory.

Most of the times, when figures like 466 million Kwacha are mentioned in corruption scandals, it is not easy for some people to visualize what such money could have done if it was used properly for the development of the country. The 446 million figure mentioned as being the amount used to construct Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College helps to visualize the magnitude of loss of resources due to corruption. In short, the amount of money lost in the Police scandal could have built another community technical college!

There is one name which is the common denominator in the construction of Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College and the money lost in the Police Scandal. That’s the name of President Peter Mutharika. The same person that is being applauded as being the one who made it possible to build the 446 million Kwacha technical college is the same person mentioned in the loss of 466 million Kwacha in the Police scandal.

The significance of this can not be overemphasized. By being involved in the misappropriation of taxpayers money, Mutharika is denying the country the same things that he ‘passionately’ wants the country to have. He is also denying himself the legacy that he desperately needs.

At the official opening of Aida Chilembwe Technical College, Mutharika said by December this year, all districts in Malawi will have technical colleges. This would have been good news had it been that the colleges opened so far were built to high quality standards, with good equipment and constant flow of funds for managing them.

The stories so far are disappointing. Earlier this year the nation newspaper reported that inadequate funding had slowed down the push to provide quality training in the community technical colleges. The newspaper reported that Ngara Community Technical College in Karonga, where Mutharika officially launched the skills development initiative in March 2015, is one of the affected colleges.

It further reported that during a tour, Ngara Community College Principal Green Nyirongo said inadequate funding force instructors to contribute money for the running of the institution, especially settling utility bills. Can you believe that? The billions of Kwachas being lost to corruption could have gone a long way to make the community colleges successful. It’s unfortunate that the same leader who want’s to develop the country is presiding over unprecedented corruption in the country.

The community colleges are a good initiative which, if implemented correctly, would indeed help in improving skills for the youth. However, with current implementation strategy, the students will come out half-baked or worse still without any improvement whatsoever.

It seems, the DPP government is just interested in numbers. “We have built community colleges in every district as promised and many students have already graduated, here are the photos, DPP woyee!” Poorly equipped colleges, lack of highly trained instructors and perekani perekani type of funding means that the students graduating from these colleges can only manage kuperekera matope during brick making. This project, as being implemented now, is a failure.

In the remaining eight months of his Presidency, Muthakira and DPP should  stop concentrating on benefiting from proceeds of fraudulent deals and get back to the work of fulfilling the many promises they made in 2014. The billions lost so far have denied Malawi the necessary development that would enable it move away from the status of being one of the poorest countries in the world.

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The cheap propaganda behind Nankhumwa’s recent statement on his academic credentials

Blood sucking
Nankhumwa (centre) bemoaned the service delivery interruption – File Photo

By Patseni Mauka

This week the social media has been awash with a video clip in which two men alleged that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President for the South and Minister of Local Government, Kondwani Nankhumwa’s real name is George Malemia. The men further alleged that he started using the name Kondwani Nankhumwa after ‘inheriting’ his deceased brother’s academic certificates. This is not the first time this allegation has come out. Of all people, why Nankhumwa? Of all the names why George Malemia? Only Nankhumwa can explain this.

 

Credit to Nankhumwa, he came out this week and issued a statement on the matter on Facebook. However, in trying to refute the allegations, he demonstrated that he is an accomplished liar. His statement can’t go without scrutiny, not only because of the lies and propaganda, but also because with the poverty of leadership in DPP, Nankhumwa is one of the proverbial swiswiris (mbewa zikatha amanona ndi swiswiri) that are being considered for DPP running mate position in the 2019 elections. Malawians need to know the depth and credibility of people who are jostling for the country’s leadership.

 

In his Facebook statement, Nankhumwa said, “As you are all aware that in all my political meetings I have tried to advance issue-based politics not mudslinging to gain political mileage because I’m a firm believer of Peace, Love and Harmony.” This statement is both laughable and false. Nankhumwa is a master of mudslinging. In 2015, while serving as Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa asked President Peter Mutharika to commission special investigation over the death of his elder brother, the former president Bingu WA Mutharika claiming he didn’t die a natural death but was rather killed by immediate past president Joyce Banda.

 

Nankhumwa made the allegations during the commemoration of Bingu WA Mutharika at Ndata farm in Thyolo. Subsequently, Joyce Banda sued Nankhumwa and MBC, which aired the remarks live, for defamation and the High Court of Malawi ruled in favor of Banda saying her reputation was injured. The two defendants were ordered to pay damages. Without tangible evidence against Joyce Banda, this allegation was perfect mudslinging.

 

In the same year, Kondwani Nankhumwa lied that government handed over to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), footage of meetings between former President Joyce Banda and Cashgate convict Oswald Lutepo that implied the two were discussing something sinister bordering on corruption or fraud. This was despite the fact that CCTV systems were not working at state house the time Joyce Banda was President. He failed to prove that the footage existed. He lied about the CCTV footage just to score some political points.

A few weeks ago, we watched DPP gurus taking turns to castigate members of the opposition at a rally in Bangwe, Blantyre where Nankhumwa was the most senior DPP figure in attendance. We saw how Hophmally Makande, in trying to justify Peter Mutharika’s 2019 presidential candidacy despite his old age, went to the extent of calling for the retirement of the Catholic Pope before Mutharika because he is ‘also too old’. Nankhumwa didn’t rebuke his members at the rally. By not rebuking the foul mouthed members of his party, he endorsed their speeches. Why is he lying now that he does not promote mudslinging? Words only do not meaning anything.

In the statement, Nankhumwa also said, “I am aware that some lawyers who know me already started filing defamation case against the two men in the video clip. Much as I appreciate their concern as a friend, I urge them to STOP.” This is pure propaganda. Who are these lawyer friends who have nothing to do but file defamation cases on behalf of someone who has not instructed them to do so? Where was the case filed?

Nankhumwa further said, “And if it is true that some Police officers are hunting for the duo I urge them also to STOP that and let them come back home to lead a normal life.” This is more cheap propaganda. Nankhumwa is a Minister in government and a senior ruling party member. It’s very easy for him to find out if the police are acting on his case. A simple phone call would do the trick. Why would he write a statement that starts with ‘if it is true’ without first confirming with the Police? He is an accomplished liar.

 

He further went on to say that “Unconfirmed reports are also indicating that some overzealous (DPP) supporters went ahead to assault the duo, I order an immediate stop to such behavior. I for one will never sanction nor condone torturing of any soul using my name.” Mr. Nankhumwa, what about known torture of innocent people using DPP’s name? Are you not concerned?

 

Few months ago, Malawians saw a video of a DPP cadet, Isaac Osman also known as Ntopwa One suffocating a young man just for wearing opposition MCP regalia . Until now the police have not arrested him. What has Nankhumwa done about it? If he is the personality that his statement wants to portray, he should act on this clear violation of the freedom that we fought for.

 

Nankhumwa should stop thinking Malawians are stupid. The stories of DPP thuggery are many, including the recent removal of United Transformation Movement (UTM) flags at Nkando Trading Centre. If he wants to be seen as leadership material that Malawi desperately needs, he should show his spine and reign over DPP thugs who terrorize innocent people even in the presence of the Police. He should stop issuing mere statements whose aim is to try to paint a good picture of him. He should also try again to explain why he is being referred to as George Malemia and how he got ALL of his academic certificates.

 

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Malawian seed company, Global Seeds introduces seed loan facility to farmers

A Malawian seed company, Global Seeds has introduced seed loan facilities for Malawian farmers and Malawian workers who have gardens or buy seeds for their dependents in the villages, the company’s Operations Manager, Shane Phiri has announced.

Phiri said his company has come up with lay-buy arrangement and seed loan for Malawian farmers and workers whose relatives in the village depend on them for farm inputs in order to ease pressure Malawians have during farming season.

The lay buy arrangement, Phiri said is for individuals who wish to pay for seeds in advance instalment or employed person who are unable to obtain seed through their employer.

“Customers will pay for seed in four monthly advance instalments before seed is delivered to them,” said Phiri. “Customers can choose to pay in less than four instalments depending on their financial capacity. The seeds will be delivered upon completion of full payment.”

On the other hand, Phiri said the seed loan facility enables employees to purchase seed on credit and is open to workers who will have to pay in four instalments after the seeds have been delivered.

“Our loan facilities, including the lay-buy facility, are interest free and we don’t require any collateral. With the loan facility all we will require is an endorsement letter or guarantee from their employers. The facility is open to all employed person and self employed people with the capacity to repay the loan within the specified period of four months,” he said.

He said the minimum order is 10 kilograms per product. The seed will be collected from Global Seeds Offices or authorised Agro-dealers for customers’ convenience. According to Phiri, bulk orders will be delivered by Global Seeds for free to customers’ premises.

To apply for the facilities customers will have to fill a form which they can download on the company’s website on www.globalseedsmw.com or collect from their offices in Karson House in Lilongwe’s Area 5. A 25 percent initial deposit will be required in order to commence the lay-buy contract, Phiri said.

Global Seeds produces hybrid maize seeds called Mwazangati, which is MH 34 variety, drought resistant CG7 groundnuts seeds, Kholophethe and Nua 45 bean varieties and Tikolore and Makwacha soybeans varieties.

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Lions Return to Malawi’s Liwonde National Park as Majete’s Population Grows

Malawi Lions
Lions in boma in Liwonde National Park © Frank Weitzer

African Parks has completed a series of lion translocations as part of wider efforts to restore Malawi’s parks; and for the first time in 20 years, a population of the iconic predators has been re-established in Liwonde National Park.

African Parks partnered with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, the Dutch Government, the Lion Recovery Fund and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to translocate twelve lions from South Africa to Malawi.

On the 22nd of August 2018, conservation non-profit African Parks, in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), and with support from the Dutch Government, the Lion Recovery Fund and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, announced the completion of a series of lion translocations from South Africa to Malawi. Wild lions have been reintroduced to Liwonde National Park two decades after a breeding population was present. Seven lions from South Africa joined two males brought from Majete Wildlife Reserve in March to re-establish the species in the park. Their arrival also follows the recent reintroduction of cheetah to Liwonde in May 2017, as part of a wider initiative to restore predators to the region. This translocation also included introducing an additional five lions into Majete from South Africa to enhance genetic diversity of the founder population in the reserve, where the predators were also reintroduced by African Parks in 2012, years after being poached out. These latest introductions highlight the ongoing restoration of Malawi’s natural heritage by the Malawian Government and African Parks for the long-term benefit of the people of Malawi.

“We are immensely proud of the restoration of our country’s parks and are committed to ensuring the ongoing protection of these extraordinary national assets” said the Director of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Brighton Kumchedwa. “The reintroduction of lions and other emblematic species form a core part of this vision, enabling the rejuvenation of wildlife populations, enhancing tourism and socio-economic development, and contributing to the wellbeing of those living around the parks”.

In Liwonde, years of human-wildlife conflict and poaching eradicated resident predator populations, but, before bringing predators back, African Parks overhauled law enforcement to secure the park, constructed a robust perimeter fence, removed thousands of snare traps, established rigorous ranger patrols, and worked with local communities to prevent poaching and human-wildlife conflict. With infrastructure and security in place allowing a prey base to recover, African Parks began the process of reintroducing wildlife.

The latest translocation marks the return of an iconic predator to Liwonde but also represents a new chapter for Majete Wildlife Reserve. In addition to the seven lions sent to Liwonde from South Africa, five lions were introduced into Majete, bringing the reserve’s population up to 17 while ensuring greater genetic diversity. The new arrivals, fitted with tracking collars to facilitate daily monitoring, were released on Wednesday August 15th into the wider park from enclosed bomas which supported their adjustment and social bonding.

A century ago, Africa contained more than 200,000 wild lions but in recent decades, habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and diminished prey have caused Africa’s lion population to plummet to just fewer than 20,000, eradicating them from up to 90% of their historical range. Lions are now extinct in 26 African countries, but Malawi has become a bright spot among efforts to conserve the species.

“Alongside Malawi’s Government and people, African Parks has shown what the pinnacle of lion recovery looks like,” said Dr. Jeffrey Parrish, Vice-President of the Wildlife Conservation Network, founder of the Lion Recovery Fund. “Rewilding Malawi’s parks and restoring this flagship predator to its past domain serves as a beacon of hope that we can indeed recover lions and their landscapes across Africa, with and for communities and economies.”

Predators serve an important ecological function. “Bringing back lions restores a key species that is critical to the healthy functioning of the natural system” explains Patricio Ndadzela, African Parks’ Deputy Director of Conservation, “Symbolic of the Malawian Government’s commitment to revitalising its parks and wildlife, the translocation also contributes to the establishment of a significant national predator population and to the development of sustainable tourism economies to promote local livelihoods and socio-economic growth”.

“Parks are the cornerstones of conservation and rewilding parks with their top predators makes a park complete,” said Justin Winters, Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. “We are honored to support the bold actions of African Parks through the Lion Recovery Fund.”

African Parks has worked closely with the DNPW since assuming management of Majete in 2003. Since then, African Parks has transformed the reserve into a big five destination by overhauling law enforcement and repopulating Majete with more than 2,500 translocated animals, among them lions, rhinos and elephants. After its success restoring Majete, African Parks signed long-term management agreements with the Malawian Government for Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in 2015. The Dutch Postcode Lottery, the Wyss Foundation, WWF-Belgium, the People’s Postcode Lottery and Stichting Dioraphte have provided key multi-year support to African Parks for the overall management of these parks.

Source: MalawiTourism

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TNM in Lake of Stars promotion for social media, 5 fans to win tickets to Lake of Stars festival

TNM Promotions
Sobhuza Ngwenya_Head of marketing

Blantyre, September 5, 2018TNM Plc, mobile telecoms and ICT partner of the Lake of Stars Festival is proud to announce that it will give out five tickets to lucky winners of its social media competition ahead of the arts and culture event.

To stand a chance of winning, fans and festival lovers are asked to post “Like” on TNM’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

For Facebook (TelekomNetworksMalawi), users are required to answer a question on “Which TNM product allows them to cash out  your bank even when there is no ATM around” whilst for Twitter, fans are being asked to “post a video of them singing the most popular Sauti Sol Song with caption #IssaFestivoo.

For Instangram (@alwayswithyoumw ) TNM is simply asking fans post their best photo having fun in the sun with the hashtag #IssaFestivoo.

Head of Marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said the bank is excited to offer five tickets to lucky fans who interact with TNM via the telecoms social media platform.

“This is an opportunity for our customers who interact with TNM through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The more “likes” they generate for us on these social media platforms, the higher their chances of winning these five tickets to be party to the  festival and save K37,000,” he said.

Ngwenya said those who “like” TNM and follow our social media activities will have greater chances at winning tickets for the 2018 festival.

Apart from giving out free tickets, TNM Plc is also offering a 13.5 % tickets discount tickets to the festival for customers who buy tickets through TNM’s mobile money service Mpamba.

 

“We are still offering a 13.5 % discount to customers who buy their tickets to the three-day festival through the TNM mobile money service. Festival goers will pay K 32,000.00, down from K37,000.00 saving K5,000 if they buy the tickets on Mpamba,” said the Head of Marketing.

 

Fans can win the tickets by interacting with TNM the via Facebook at Telekom Networks Malawi; via Twitter at @alwayswithyoumw; and on Instagram at alwayswithyoumw

 

The three-day festival will host a fusion of local and international music acts, food, technology, and wellness on the beaches of Kabumbu Hotel, on the fringes of Lake Malawi in Salima, Central Malawi.

A number of acts will come from Europe, including Germany group, Makatumbe Band and Scotland’s Michael Pedersen. Sauti Sol from Kenya and Major Lazer Sound System from USA also part of the line up.

 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the critically acclaimed festival since its inception and promises to be a mix of local and international talent, a bevy of holiday fun by the lake and a relaxing getaway on the beach

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Malawi Government committed to protect women and child rights – Kalirani

Patricia Kalirani
Committed to protection of women and children: Kalirani – Pic by Stanley Makuti

Lilongwe, September 1, 2018: Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has expressed government commitment to continue protecting women’s and Children’s rights in the country.

The portfolio’s Minister, Dr Jean Kalilani (MP) said on Friday at a press briefing in Lilongwe that her ministry was working tirelessly in promoting women’s and children’s rights and for the underprivileged, through diverse programmes.

“My ministry has various interventions aimed at improving the social economic status of women and children with focus on protecting vulnerable groups, including persons with disability,” Kalilani said.

According to the minister, the Gender Ministry has mandate to promote equal participation of Girls and boys, women and men, including older people and persons with disabilities in the country’s national development agenda.

“Some of the programmes that we implement include early childhood development, disability scheme, women empowerment schemes, empowerment of the elderly, social cash transfer and protection of children among others,” she said.

The minister further said her ministry has achieved a milestone in harmonizing the Malawi Constitution with gender-related laws by setting 18 years as marriage age for a person in Malawi.

“This has resulted in the removal of parental consent for marriages of children below 18 years of age,” said Kalirani.

The Ministry of Gender has developed the National Children’s Policy, Social Welfare Policy and the Child Adoption Act, according to Kalirani. She said the documents are about to go to cabinet through Parliament.

“Parliament is committed to discuss issues of children once it starts meeting,” she said.

The minister also disclosed that a girls’ hostel has been constructed at Chilwa and Mpemba reformatory centres to reduce the number of children in prisons.

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