12 February 2016
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Malawi not Poor - SMEDI

  Lilongwe, February 11, 2016: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute (SMEDI) Charles Kazembe has said if the number of people in Malawi is actively involved in economic activities, the country’s economy would increase.
In an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) Kazembe said utilization of the resources that the country has is very critical to development. “The country is not poor, it is a land of huge opportunities for development and growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) to every Malawian is possible and Malawians are capable of doing something regardless of their status, income levels or educational levels. Determination and mindset shift is what is needed.” “If we change our mindset Malawi will develop. People are now drinking Malambe juice, Thobwa drink as well as Bottled water locally made and numerous others, these are economic activities. Let us challenge ourselves that this is what I want to achieve,” said Kazembe. Kazembe said Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) are very vital for the country’s development in terms of wealth creation and job creation and disclosed that two thirds of the people that are employed are from SMEs not big organisations. 2012 MSME survey established that there are almost 1 million MSMEs in Malawi which collectively employ a million people and contribute 50 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Malawi Government merged operations of SEDOM, DEMAT and MEDI to form a new organisation, SMEDI. It is a Parastatal organisation under the Ministry of Industry and Trade and was registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act of the laws of Malawi.


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Government to consider recommendations made on the new Bingu National Stadium

  Lilongwe, February 11, 2016: The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports says it will take on board suggestions that various Government departments have put forward as regards the Bingu National Stadium.
Chief sports officer responsible for infrastructure in the ministry of youth development and sports Joseph Kayamba, Wednesday said this after the ministry officials conducted a special tour at the stadium for the government departments representatives to appreciate the new Bingu National stadium in Lilongwe, which has a space to hold capacity of 41, 100 people. “We organized this function for these officials to appreciate the features of the new stadium and at the same time for them to take note of any shortfall that may be there so that these defects could be recommended to the contractor for improvement. “We have received several positive suggestions from the government representatives which we may wish to take into account. Some officials have highlighted on the need of re-working on the VVIP stand and improve on its current design. For example, there is need to include a canopy, space and maybe even some stairways that may lead into the field.” Said Kayamba. He further said as Bingu National stadium is unique in Malawi, the function today has been of great importance as it has encouraged the ministry to move forward. Some of the government departments that were represented are the department of Public Events, the Office of the President and Cabinet, State House, Ministry of Information, the Malawi Police Service and the Malawi Defense Forces.


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Ministry trains CBE facilitators on new curriculum

  Mponela, February 11, 2016: Ministry of Education Science and Technology is training stakeholders on Complementary Basic Education for children between the ages of 9 and 17 who dropped out of school.
Speaking when she officially opened the training in Mponela, Chief Director for Basic and Secondary Education Thokozile Banda said the idea to mainstream child labour issues into CBE was arrived at after realizing that children who drop out of school were more prone to child labour.  “CBE gives a second chance of schooling to children and youth aged between 9 and 17 years who dropped out of school before reaching standard 5. It also gives a school opportunity to those who have never been to school before. “The mainstreaming of child labour and its methodology will help to teach our children causes, effects and consequences of child labour, thereby empowering them to protect themselves and others from child labour,” said Banda. She said it was critical for the sustainable development of the country to protect children from child labour by ensuring that they remain in school adding through CBE the country was on the right track to attain accessible, equitable and quality education for its citizens.     Added Banda: “By implementing CBE, there will be increased access to education by the marginalized and poor.” Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) with support from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is reviewing its CBE curriculum to incorporate issues of child labour into the programme as one way of combating the vice On his part, Commissioner for Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development Hlalerwayo Kelvin Nyangulu said the new curriculum would increase awareness among CBE learners on evils of child labour and the need to eliminate it. “Child labour deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity and this is harmful to physical and mental development of the children. This [new curriculum] will certainly go a long way in creating knowledge and promote decision making based on informed choices. “It is likely that those that go through the training will be drilled to be good ambassadors to spread the knowledge and champion the elimination of child labour. This will in the long run ease the burden of enforcing the prohibition of child labour and protecting young persons from hazardous work,” said Nyangulu.    Government through MoEST started implementing CBE in 2006 targeting districts with high dropout rates. Currently the programme is in its fifth phase with a total of 540 learning centres in nine districts.
The districts include Kasungu, Ntchisi, Salima, Lilongwe Rural East, Lilongwe Rural West, Dedza, Phalombe, Nsanje and Chikhwawa.  


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Chief offers K3000 to anyone who plants 10 fruit trees

  Nsanje, February 11, 2016: A traditional leader in the disaster prone Nsanje district has embarked on a massive reforestation initiative amid catastrophic effects of climate change facing the Lower Shire district.
Acting Chief Chimombo has instructed his subjects to plant 10 fruit trees each and those whose trees survive would receive K3, 000. He said as a traditional leader, he wants every individual in his area to participate in tree planting especially fruit trees so that the area can mitigate the effects of climate change and encourage culture of taking care of the planted trees. “As a leader, I want to instill the culture of planting and taking care of the trees in my subjects. My area is prone to disasters hence the need to encourage my subjects to plant more trees and take care of them so that they can survive. “I am encouraging my subjects to plant 10 more fruit trees. I have decided to reward individuals whose trees survive in every three months after reaching a height of one meter and above. I will be giving them K3, 000 each to encourage others to come in,” said Acting Traditional Authority Chimombo. The traditional leader said his focus is on orchard as communities will not face hurdles to access fruits which are good for health adding that they will enable them improve their economic security after selling some. He expressed grief over government’s failure to promote planting of fruit trees in the tree planting season.  “It is my wish that every household should have an orchard so that after five years, they can start harvesting fruits and make some sales to improve their economic and nutritional status. Government should encourage planting of fruit trees as it can also contribute to the country’s economy,” said the traditional leader. He further called on other stakeholders to support the initiative so that more can be achieved in his area. Chimombo is targeting to plant than 100, 000 fruit trees which is equal number to the households in his area.


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How safe are consumers?

  Minibuses in Mzuzu are using space outside the main market for loading and offloading passengers. This is because mid last year, Mzuzu City Council (MCC) banned them from operating inside the city’s bus depot. 
However, on Thursday morning, a vendor was caught on camera drying usipa on thevery space the minibuses use at the mercy of dust and mud triggered by moving vehicles to and from the area. How safe are consumers? 


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Malawi not Poor - SMEDI

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Chief offers K3000 to anyone who plants 10 fruit trees

Written By Martin Chiwanda on Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:41
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  Nsanje, February 11, 2016: A traditional leader in the disaster prone Nsanje district has embarked on a massive reforestation initiative amid catastrophic effects of climate change facing the Lower Shire district. Acting Chief Chimombo...

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