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RFP to hold International Grand Conference on Combining Spiritual and Academic Excellence

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Raised For a Purpose Ministries (RFPM) says it will hold the annual International Grand Conference on Combining Spiritual and Academic Excellence (IGCSAE) on Saturday, the 30th Of September 2017, at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC), Lilongwe, Malawi.

Senior Pastor Aubrey told a press briefing on Tuesday at the Tent of His Love and Glory (TLG) that the full day conference complements Government’s effort of increasing national development through adding intellectual value to the residents of the country.

“With a thorough appreciation of the diverse challenges faced by this country, and having read both the Vision 2020 goals and the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS); it is quite evident that the Government [current and future] cannot singlehandedly achieve all these goals without the continual support and efforts from non- governmental bodies of which the Church is a part” said Pastor Aubrey.

He explained “We believe that if we can increase the individual success and excellence of the people that will attend this conference, then we can in turn increase the success and excellence of the country at large” adding “this is because the people that will attend this conference are the same people that hold different positions in Government and private sector, while some are students that will soon hold these same positions of influence in Government or private sector”.

Pastor Aubrey addressing the media

Explaining how the conference aims to achieve the outlined goals, Pastor Aubrey said the IGCSAE is a 2-in-1 Conference comprising a Combining Spiritual and Academic Excellence Conference as well as the Combining Spiritual and Career Excellence Conference

“The Combining Spiritual and Academic Excellence Conference aims at teaching intellectuals at any level of education, be it certificate, degree, or PDH, on how to not only to pass in their academics but also to attain excellent or outstanding results. From previous conferences held, we have had countless testimonies of how people moved not only from failing to passing, but even to become credit and distinction students”

Pastor Aubrey further pointed out the Combining Spiritual and Career Excellence Conference as a newly introduced segment to the IGCSAE initiative. This segment aims at drawing the attention of professionals and entrepreneurs to the fact that academic success does not automatically translate to success in employment or in entrepreneurship. There are other principles that need to be applied.

Speakers at the conference are Pastor Aubrey and Maria Mhlandire. He said the speakers have been chosen to ensure practical and relevant information.

Mhlandire, an expert presenter is a highly academically qualified with vast experience and has achieved outstanding results in employment and entrepreneurship.

Before moving to fulltime entrepreneurship, Maria accumulated 16 years’ experience in various corporate executive management roles, including being the Former Africa Region Head of Corporate Innovation and Skills for DHL Global. She then founded her consultancy firm called “Accelerate Africa” which provides consultancy services both in Africa and beyond.

Pastor Aubrey then told journalist’s that another highlight of this conference are the annual CSAE Awards.

“These awards are for those that have demonstrated a sound Christian life while at the same time attaining outstanding results in their academics. Applications are being received from all around the world and from these; a select 3 will be awarded with winners going away with valuable prizes plus CSAE branded materials”

“It is also worth mentioning that this conference is international and will host delegates from different countries around the world and districts around Malawi. It will be streamed LIVE worldwide to all those that have registered. Last year, it was streamed by people from over 50 countries of the world; this year we expect more”. He added.

Clarifying on monetary issues, Pastor Aubrey said the event is free to all though attendance is strictly by registration.

“However, having it free does not mean it is a Project financed or affiliated to any organisation or donor as some people have attempted to mislead others” said the Pastor.

He categorically said the finances for the event are coming from church resources. Despite not giving the figures publicly, estimates run up to 10 million Kwacha.

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MEC to start receiving by election nomination paper

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Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it would receive nomination papers for candidates taking part in the October 17 by-elections on Friday.

According to a Press release from the Commission issued Wednesday, candidates representing various political parties are asked to stick to their schedule and allocated time.

The Commission is informing all political parties that there would be no provision of nomination by substitution once a candidate is disqualified. In view of this, they should ensure that candidates meet all the qualifications under the electoral laws,” the statement reads.

The Commission states that aspiring candidates should ensure that they have attached to their nomination papers evidence that they have deposited their nomination fees which should be done before presenting their nomination papers.

The nomination fee for male Parliamentary candidates is K200, 000 while females are paying K150, 000.

Males aspiring for the position of Councillors on the hand will have to pay a nomination fee of K20, 000 whilst female aspirants are expected to pay K15, 000.

“Candidates are being reminded that nomination papers can be presented on their behalf by their representatives in the event that they are unable to be present during the nomination day,” MEC states.

A total of 6 by-elections are expected to be conducted by MEC on October 17, 2017 in Lilongwe, Nsanje, Dedza and Blantyre.

Three of the by-elections involve Parliamentary elections whilst the other three will see candidates vying for the position of ward councillor.

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Tonga’s to celebrate heritage

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Tonga heritage celebrations are slated to take place on August 26, 2017.

Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecelia Chazama will grace the occasion which will take place at Chintheche in Nkhata Bay.

According to Reverend Mezuwa Banda, the celebrations will help accelerate development.

Rev Banda says they have lined a number of activities that will promote preservation of environment, good agricultural practices and Tonga language.

“This is a very important event in Tonga circles because besides promoting our culture, it would be used as catalyst to disseminate information of social issues such as education and health,” the prelate said.

Banda said being a cultural grouping people different tribes from other district were invited to attend saying this is an event for Malawi.

The celebrations will be spiced up by traditional dances such as malipenga, chilimika and honara.

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Standard Bank in 3.7 million sponsorship to Lake Malawi Sailing Marathon

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In its drive to support different sporting activities in the country, Standard Bank has pumped K3.5 million into this year’s Lake Malawi Sailing Marathon.

This year’s water marathon comes a week after Standard Bank launched its own version of land marathon, the ‘Be More’ race which aims to promote wellness and fitness amongst Malawians while raising funds for education.

Speaking during the presentation on Sunday at The Makokola Retreat Hotel in Mangochi, Standard Bank Head of Information Technology William Nuka said the bank is very proud to be a partner of this year’s Lake Malawi Sailing Marathon.

He said Standard Bank takes pride in its purpose “to drive growth for Mother Malawi” through the development of the local sailors who take part in the race and also the socio-economic impact.

“The Sailing Marathon is not only a sport, it is a source of revenue for the country through tourism as the event occurs on a water body and environs of great historic value and tourism lure in Africa so as a bank we excited to join in efforts to promote the marathon as it also provides us an excellent opportunity to connect with local and international business associates,” he said

Nuka, who also chairs the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee noted that in addition to being a sport, the marathon is of great tourism value to Malawi as a country as it puts Lake Malawi on the map as the host of one of the longest marathons on fresh water, globally.

“As a race, it is not for the faint-hearted; it is for the brave, strong-driven and the daring participants who want to push adrenaline and challenge them to achieve more. Most importantly, the sail offers a real test of endurance. Thus this marathon exemplifies all the qualities that Standard Bank stands for: “Being more than just a bank,” said the Head of IT.

 

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TNM maintains 25 percent discount on e-ticket prices for Blantyre Derby

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Telekom Netwoks Malawi (TNM) has maintained e-ticket prices for the Blantyre Derby to be played at Bingu National Stadium on Sunday.

The league sponsors, TNM, have maintained their 25 percent discount on e-tickets bought through their mobile money service, Mpamba.

TNM’s Senior Manager (Public Relations) Akossa Hiwa said the introduction of e-ticketing through Mpamba aims at increasing access to games by fans and boost the quality of revenue for clubs and stadiums, which should go a long way to develop football in Malawi.

 

She said the discount offer remains intact and will also apply for fans that bought their tickets prior to the derby’s postponement following the death of Wanderers FC Chairman George Chamangwana.

“All e-tickets, including those bought before the postponement will be valid and enjoy the same level of discount of 25%,” she said.

Hiwa reaffirmed that Mpamba has slashed the tickets with 25 percent in all stands with open stands selling at K1, 500 on Mpamba instead of the regular K2, 000 match day purchases at the gate.

“So we look forward to an exciting derby on Sunday as we expect as many fans from both Wanderers and Bullets to pack the stadium,” she said.

Hiwa said TNM also expects fans from both sides to exercise high level of discipline, which will be in keeping with the solidarity seen at the weekend when both camps held hands together to mourn Wanderers chairman George Chamangwana who passed away on July 27 and was laid to rest on July 31.

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Heavy K to perform at Fifteen Sports Bar and Lounge’s 1st Anniversary

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South African star Heavy K real name Mkhululi Siqula, will perform in the country at the 1st anniversary of Blantyre’s high end Fifteen Sports Bar and Lounge.

Co-owner of Fifteen Sport Bar and Lounge, James Makunje Jnr confirmed this in an interview saying they want to make the 1st anniversary an extra special day for its customers

“Yes it’s confirmed, the contract has been signed and he will be performing at our 1 year celebration party which we hope will make the day extra special for our customers” he said.

Makunje Jnr explains he has worked with Heavy K a few times in the Rainbow republic and have kept in touch so it was simply an issues of telling him to come and be the headline act.

“I have worked with Heavy K a few times in South Africa so we have been in touch for some years. The last time he came to Malawi l mentioned to him that we would be opening a lounge soon and would like him to perform there one day”.

“He (Heavy K) was very open to the idea, so we have been in communication since January trying to identify the perfect time for him to come and we felt this was the ideal time to bring him over as the headline act for our birthday celebration” says Makunje Jnr.

Fifteen sports bar and lounge is a fairly new bar that is determined to bring a truly modern and diverse entertainment experience to Malawi which promises a vibrant atmosphere.

Makunje Jnr adds “We strive to host the most unique events in the city and on most occasions we achieve that of which we will continue to do so in future”.

Keeping true to their word the bar and lounge is one of the highly regarded top places in town to drink, socialize, network and cool off steam after a long day’s hard work.

Situated along Mandala road the bar offers its customers cozy atmosphere and a wide selection of sports.

Supporting acts at the 1st anniversary are “resident Dj at Fifteen Dj Flame and we have Dj Nathan tunes coming from Lilongwe” says Makunje Jnr.

Recently the bar and lounge hosted an exquisite independence celebration activities which went on into the night and patroness expressed satisfaction with the organization.

During its short period in business it has hosted top notch artist in Africa like Zahara, Lira and Malawi/Swedish group ‘The Very Best’.

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Malawi to have Hip Hop Awards and Festivals

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For the first time in Malawi, Wize Scholar Entertainment a newly established entertainment outfit which has pledged itself in full time Hip Hop events management has announced that plans are in final stages for the inaugural Hip Hop Awards and festival.

The Awards are meant to reward and honor artists in the Hip Hop industry whilst the festival is meant to celebrate Hip Hop cultural elements such as Mcing, Break dancing, Dee Jaying, Visual Arts and Beat Boxing.

Wize Scholar Entertainment founder, Geoff Chirwa also known as Black Mind says, “Elsewhere in the world, people celebrate Hip Hop through Awards and festivals. We shouldn’t be the only country out of the picture. We will be hosting Hip Hop events including awards, festivals and conferences in the country”.

“After seeing a void where much effort is put in other genres, I thought it wise to start something which will focus more on Hip Hop as a culture. I started this idea 3 years ago but now am going full throttle.”

The Wize Scholar manager points out lack of sponsorship in Hip Hop events to bad publicity that the older generation has been exposed to through the mainstream media.

Black Mind explains, “Most of the companies are owned and managed by old people who have a bad feeling towards Hip Hop. They shun us because they don’t understand us. So, since they don’t understand us and can’t help us, we are going to do it ourselves. This genre is more than music. It’s more than what people hear on the radio or watch on TV. It is a culture that promotes peace, love, unity and having fun. But on TV, all you see is sex, drugs, guns and alcohol which is contrary to what the culture advocates’.

According to Black Mind, the events are also meant to bring sanity between new and old school artists wrangle which has currently rocked the industry.

With these events, Malawi joins a list of countries such as USA, South Africa and Zambia among others which have annual Hip Hop Awards and festivals to celebrate the culture.

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Mulanje Water Project starts August-BWB

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Blantyre Water Board has revealed the water project to tap water from Mulanje Mountain to the city of Blantyre and other districts will start this coming August.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Henri Bakuwa said the project is scheduled for the second week of August.

About K17 billion (US $23.5 million) will be used to implement the project  which will supply up to 20 percent of the city’s water in efforts to reduce frequent water shortages in the city and surrounding districts.

Bakuwa divulged that expects from and Indian company which has been contracted to undertake the project, SMS Infrastructure will arrive in the country on July 23.

Contractual agreement are scheduled to be held the following day on 24th.

“At the end of these negotiations we’re going to sign a contract that symbolizes the actual commencement of construction works in the project which will be two weeks after the 24th of July,” said Bakuwa.

SMS infrastructure is going to build a weir; which is a structure which helps return the water, starting from the intake itself. There will be two pipes which will form the intake, they will come from Likhubula Mountain or Mulanje Mountain as it were from a place called Chambe coming down a distance of about 9 kilometres going towards Nkando area.

From there, they will join into one pipe, then from that distance they will be one pipe line which is going to go all the way to Nguludi at the turn-off to the Catholic University, where they will be a water treatment plant. Explained Bakuwa

 “At the moment, water consumption for Blantyre city is at 100, 000 cubic meters of water per day, and from this project we expect it will deliver 20, 000 cubic meters of water so 20 percent of the water demand will be coming from this project,” he said.

Blantyre Water Board has intensified its social responsibility activities in Mulanje District as the project nears kick-off.

On Friday, BWB officials donated desks and exercise books to 2 primary schools in the districts worth K2 million

The beneficiary schools were Ulongwe Model Primary School in Mulanje Central Constituency and Chambe Primary School in Mulanje Pasani Constituency.

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​TNM sponsors Mulanje porters’ race to a tune of MK5million 

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Telekoms Network Malawi has pumped K5million as sponsorship for this year’s Mount Mulanje Porter’s Race. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Likhubula valley right at the foot of the Mulanje Mountain.

Chief Officer Daniel Makata said this is in line with the company’s commitment of developing all sporting disciplines as well as promoting Malawi’s tourism industry.

“As a Malawian brand we are committed to the development of all sporting disciplines in the country. Aside from being the long term sponsor of the Super League, we have been sponsoring golf, cricket and the triathlon held in Cape Maclear” reads the company communication signed by Makata

The race has produced athletes that have put the country on the international map hence TNM is proud to be associated with the event, which takes place at one of highest mountain in Africa; Mulanje where TNM has invested significantly in network coverage.

Makata added “The event will also create a platform for promoting conservation of Mulanje Mountain and protecting extensive biodiversity which is currently under threat. This is in line with the spirit of our ‘Grow Green’ initiative which aims at conserving nature and the environment that will encourage tourism in the country”

Mount Mulanje porters race is held annually and is patronized by both local and international athletes.

The race will also see Malawi UK achievers award winner Faith Mutha and Sonyezo performing.

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Lush Africa partners with Latitude 13 Hotel for Africa Fashion Festival 2nd edition

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Lush Africa, organizers of Africa Fashion Festival have partnered with Latitude 13 Hotel ahead of the three days of fashion events. 

Last year, the Festival took place at Bingu International Convention Centre. 

Dates for the Festival have been announced as 24th to 26th of November 2017 with showcasings from renowned Africa designers, music artists. 

In addition there will be shoppers paradise; where people will be able to buy African arts and craft and fashion items from the designers.

Lorraine Mopiwa Kljajic, Lush Africa manager said “Lush Africa and Latitude 13 Hotels have teamed up to bring back the epitome of fashion in Malawi” 

“Last year’s event was a success and we are back by public demand”

“We have decided to include music, arts and craft as a way of celebrating the African creative and entertainment industry”

Lush Africa has also teamed up with Nigerian and Tanzania fashion Organisers to bring a bigger and premium fashion show to Malawi, he says. 

Latitude 13 Hotel Marketing and Sales Manager Bridgette Sadyalunda said Latitude is proud to be partnering and hosting the event at the hotel as a way of recognizing fashion as an art.

“We were impressed with Africa Fashion Show last year, the show saw Malawians and expatriates coming together to appreciate fashion from across Africa”

“This year, since Lush Africa has included art and music, what better venue embraces such talents than Latitude 13,” says Sadyalunda.

Meanwhile, designer applications have been opened and interested designers are encouraged to send profiles to lushafrica@gmail.com. 

In 2016, before the two nights of glamour and fabulosity in the first edition of Africa Fashion Festival, Latitude 13 Hotel hosted a cocktail to welcome international designers.

The main showdown attracted both local and international 20 designers and 25 models.

Among others, Nyalisa wear, Mafrica (UK-Malawi), Sandra Designs (Uganda), Adam’s Needle, Bonono Merchants (Lesotho), Esnart Nkosi (South Africa) showcased at the event with music performances from Lulu, Dali, Blaze and John Paulo.

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