Vending of SIM Cards illegal

Subscriber Identification Module

Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Nicholas Dausi says phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards are not supposed to be sold anyhow as users need to register them with service providers.

Dausi said this Wednesday in Mzuzu during a meeting with Mzuzu City Executive Committee members where he briefed them on the newly enacted Electronic Transactions and Cyber Security Act, 2016 and the revised Communications Act, 2016.

Dausi, Minister of Information and Government Spokesperson

“From 1 June, according to Communications Act, everybody who would like to have a telephone number must register with service providers; failing which, one will not be allowed to have a local SIM card,” the minister said.

He said the registration will among other things expose people who have a tendency to threaten and insult others through mobile phones.

Dausi added that registration of SIM cards will also assist the police to easily trace burglary or theft at somebody’s house since the card and the phone number will be able to show the holder’s particulars.

“Let me tell you, Malawi is the only country in SADC region that did not register SIM cards,” he said.

He said during registration, subscribers are not supposed to pay anything apart from the usual payment for the purchase of the SIM card.

Following this development, Dausi said vendors are not allowed to sell SIM cards on an open market otherwise the law will take its course.

He explained that people are now required to go direct to subscribers such as Airtel Malawi and Telecom Network Malawi (TNM) to buy and register their SIM cards.

He further said, alternatively, the service providers are required to set up proper selling and registration points in various places convenient to customers.

“We have already discussed with the executive officers of Airtel and TNM so that they comply with this; otherwise, we will not allow vendors to sell SIM cards anymore,” he said.

Commenting on the development, Mzuzu District Aids Coordinating Committee chairperson, Evans Katsilizika Mwale thanked the government for introducing registration of SIM cards.

However, Mwale said there is need for mobile phone service providers in the country to ensure reliable network across the country.

“Our network is not reliable and we sometimes spend a lot on units and lose them without making any call due to poor network connectivity,” Katsilizika said.-Mana

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Breaking News: Mutharika to officially open Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care on Tuesday

Mercy James Institute

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will officially open the Mercy James Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre on Tuesday.

Chief Secretary to government, Lloyd Muhara has communicated this in a statement issued Monday.

Muhara says the President is expected to arrive at the venue at Half Past Two in the afternoon.

Attendance to the official opening is by ‘invitation only’ according to the statement.

The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will enable Queen Elizabeth Central hospital to double the number of surgeries performed on children each year and will increase the chance of survival after critical surgeries.

In addition to serving more children, this new facility will become a training center of excellence for Southern Africa, with more local doctors acquiring the skills needed to perform pediatric surgery.

The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, named after Pop icon Madonna’s 11-year-old daughter.

The singer’s charity Raising Malawi announced Friday that the clinic is the first of its kind in the country and was developed in partnership with the organization and the Malawian Minister of Health, the group said.


“The Institute will help Queen Elizabeth hospital double the number of surgeries performed on children each year and will increase the chance of survival after critical surgeries. In addition to serving more children, this new facility will become a training center of excellence for Southern Africa, with more local doctors acquiring the skills needed to perform pediatric surgery.”

Mercy is one of Madonna’s six children. The singer is also a mother to Lourdes, 20Rocco Ritchie, 16, David Banda, 11, and 4-year-old twins Esther and Stella. Madonna adopted the latter three from Malawi as well. She brought the twins home earlier this year.

“Malawi has enriched my family more than I could have ever imagined,” Madonna said. “It’s important for me to make sure all my children from the country maintain a strong connection to their birth nation, and equally important to show them that together, humans have the power to change the world for the better.”

“When you look into the eyes of children in need, wherever they may be, a human being wants to do anything and everything they can to help, and on my first visit to Malawi, I made a commitment that I would do just that,” she said through her charity.

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Humanitarian missions take a leap into technology


Humanitarian services in the country have taken a leap into technology as first trials of Africa corridor use of drone has taken place.

The initiative of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been launched by the by United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Malawi.

Kasungu aerodrone will be used as a test site for aerial scouting in crisis situations, delivering supplies and using drones to boost internet connectivity. The drones will be tested for a year on the corridor which is five kilometers in radius, from Kasungu Airfield, but will be extended to a radius of 40 km as the tests progresses.

The project will run up to 2018 with Universities and other partners also have access to the site.

Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango amplified that drone have shown and proven to be very important technology adding that this is what the country needs.

“Drones have proven to be very important in transporting medical supplies to areas that are not accessible by roads. They have also been seen useful during disasters where they have been used to take images for assessing situations for effective response. Malawi as a country faces several problems, from disasters to diseases, we therefore need these innovations to help the people in times of need,” said Mhango.

Johannes Wedenig, Unicef Malawi representative said poor infrastructure in the country makes the drones very relevant and cost effective.

“With UAVs we can easily fly over the affected area to see clearly what the impact has been on the ground. This is cheaper and better resolution than satellite images,” said the Unicef Malawi boss.

“This is our opportunity to shape new technology in a positive direction. To take something known for commercial and military purposes, and make it a tool for development and humanitarian response,” said Wadenig

The Department of Civil Aviation has given permission and specifications for operating delivery drones in the air corridor.

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C Track – A Viable Solution to Eradicating Preventable Road Accidents in Malawi


The recent spate of accidents in the country has gripped people with fear over travel safety.

Family and friends have to rely on prayer when their loved ones take trips as they are never sure whether they will arrive alive due to so many accidents being reported across the nation.

Parliament has recently taken up the road safety issue, seeking solutions on how to reduce road accidents. In the meanwhile, until such a panacea is found, people have to travel – a dangerous entrapment which the people cannot avoid as they have to go to work, visit family, businesses, and attend funerals among other reasons.

A visit to Lilongwe Bus depot is a true testimony of the death traps masquerading as buses. Most of them are not road worthy but people clam into them just to get where they are going.

 Not only are the buses the reason to be worried when one is traveling, everything on the roads these days is gateway to an untimely demise.

Take for example the truck which hurled other vehicles in Blantyre over faulty brakes.

While Parliament and stakeholders try to find ways to eliminate these tragic deaths the answer to having a peace of mind that you or your family, friends will arrive safe and sound is with C-Track.

Imagine a vehicle which is being monitored 24/7: everything from brakes, idling, acceleration, location, movements, mileage, when service is due and whether there is a fault with the car. This saves both lives, property and cost of repairs.

C-Track has real-time data on this and much more; including how fast the driver is traveling, and better still they are able to contact the driver for alerts and any problems that may develop on the road before any tragic incidents may take place.

For long route travel owners, being able to view your vehicle’s status, movements and trips on any of your devices in real time, as well as an electronic logbook, no-go area alerts is a plus.

C TRACK gives you access to live tracking information and driver behavior monitoring.

Prevention of road accidents is of great concern to every member of society and needs to be addressed swiftly by having incident alerts and alarms.

For ongoing safety and security, C-TRACK alerts you when detecting battery tampers, high g-force incident alarms or rollovers, and even when your vehicles approach a country’s border – allowing you to manage by exception.

Drivers can also raise an alarm through a remote or wired panic button, or by simply pressing an e-panic button on their mobile phone.

If only bus owners, companies, government and other stakeholders engage CTRACK, road accidents can be minimized.

The solution to tragic accidents in the nation is also in the hands of the passengers. Cars fitted with C-TRACK logo at bus terminals will be a great way to have surety that you are safe and will arrive alive.

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Lilongwe Motor Show Returns 1st JULY at BICC


The Lilongwe Motor Show, a pioneer automotive exhibition event in Malawi will make a comeback on the 1st of July 2017 and this time it’s returning to Bingu International Conference Centre in the Capital, Lilongwe.

The event is expected to court all the Major Car dealers in the country and it will as well attract key stakeholders in the motor Industry including banks and insurance companies.

The Show this year promises to be Grand and ecstatic as the owners of the show have hinted that they have caught the eye and attention of some of the biggest players in the Industry, locally and abroad. 

“We can see that all the major players are doing some sort of marketing to stay ahead of the competition. It will be interesting to see most of them on the same platform all trying to get leads as well as connect with the consumer base of the corporate and government sectors”

Customer connection is also an important element when it comes to those who exhibit at the event. We want them to connect with the consumer and gain new leads on the market” says Njolomole

Nissan Patrol V8 on Display

The Lilongwe Motor Show aims at solving the dealership’s need to reach out directly to the consumer and showcase their products at the same time creating  a healthy competition to the major players in the industry.

They will embark on inviting a key demographic of corporate clientele including the procurement teams, senior managers, CEO’S Managers and Controlling officers and Principal Secretaries and Diplomatic consulates.

These are perceived as those who have a say in decision making of purchase of automobiles and related services at the corporate and Government level.

The organizers of the show have since appealed to corporate entities to support this initiative as it has the potential to create positive social-economic impact on the country and solve youth unemployment as well as  boost Malawi’s tourism as events such as these create a high value industry and can attract foreign car enthusiasts and car manufacturers.

Countries across the globe host their own Motor shows and the success of these shows heavily relies on the support we receive.

Corporate companies can make use of this platform to build connections and networks critical for their business success.

Found in 2016, the Lilongwe Motor Show offers valuable services and significant gains for participating brands.

The show last year managed to attracts dealerships, banks, as well as auto service related businesses to showcase. It was graced by the former Minister Of Transport Mr Malison Ndau and various corporate sector executives

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National Budget to foster economic development

Goodall Gondwe arriving at Parliament building to present budget

Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Honourable Goodall Gondwe says the 2017-2018 National Budget is expected to foster an economic development rebound from the effects of cash gate such withdraw of budgetary support by the international donors.

The Minister said this when he presented K1,108.0 billion 2017-2018 National Budget to Parliament on Friday, 19th May, 2017.

Honourable Goodall Gondwe told the House that conducive macroeconomic conditions were emerging which, he said, are expected to provide necessary foundation for the resumption of a robust growth.

Gondwe says economic growth is projected to rise to 6.1 percent from 2.7 percent.

Gondwe presenting the budget in the August house on friday

“The recent resumption of the World Bank budgetary support, the expected confirmation by the IMF that Malawi is on track in its pursuance of fiscal management reforms as well as the pending European Union’s resumption of budgetary support, are all welcome signs of international confidence in what is being achieved,” said the Minister.

He assured Malawians that the economy could register an increased growth rate of between 5-6 percent in 2017 and thereafter, depending upon good weather conditions.

Gondwe unveiled tax measure of an increase in free threshold from MK20.000 to MK30.000, a new tax bracket of 35 percent from wage income above MK3.000.000 per month and an exception of Value added Tax on fresh milk.

He said this environment, if sustained, will result to public and private sector capital investments which, could provide the cornerstone for a needed robust growth.

The 2017-2018 National Budget, he said, dispels pessimism that Malawians have had on the possibility of experiencing favourable economic conditions.

Membership of the august House are analyzing the Budget in cluster committees from Monday, 22 May, 2017.

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TEVET to award Best Graduate Business Plan and Entrepreneur of the year


Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) has announced it will awards Best Graduate Business Plan and Entrepreneur of the year.

The aim to fulfill the promotion of self-employment and increase youth opportunities awarding various outstanding TEVET business graduates to opt for entrepreneurship when they finish their studies.

The awards attract cash prize of MK200.000.00, a trophy, linkage to financial institutions and support in the business training and incubation.

TEVET Executive Director Dr Ndaona Chauluka says eligible apprentices to win the awards have to be final year students in registered TEVET institutions.

Dr Chauluka, TEVET Executive Director

He adds the apprentices should develop business plans preferably within their field of study that are legally acceptable within the laws of Malawi.

Apprentices have the liberty to develop the plans on their own or in partnership with others.

Filling of Application will close on May 31, 2017, according to TEVET officials.

TEVET is mandated to promote growth of entrepreneurial culture and the spirit of self-employment.

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700 sugar farmers to benefit from EU irrigation project

Pata irrigation scheme

700 sugar farmers in Chikwawa will now benefit from an irrigation project put together by the European Union.

Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann, Head of the EU Delegation to Malawi says “the irrigation project will lead to higher incomes and better livelihoods”

Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann, Head of the EU Delegation to Malawi

Gerrmann was speaking on Wednesday when he visited the newly embarked on irrigation system at Pata sugarcane cooperative in the district.

Pata irrigation scheme

The EU is a partner for growth in Malawi, supporting various projects in the agriculture sector through its new agriculture program.

It is supporting Dam construction at Lake Chilingali in Nkhotakota where farmers surrounding the area are eager to embark on irrigation farming.

Further, it has been an influential partner in dealing with armyworms, making progress towards recovery of bananas as part of it agenda to scale up use of good agricultural practices.

This has been facilitated by trials of natural pesticides by Malawian farmers are in line with United Nations call for reduced chemical pesticides.

The EU has indicated that it supports such healthy practices.

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Malawi launches Fibre backbone: New era of digital transformation beckons

Mutharika shakes hands with the Chinese ambassador at the launch of the fibre backbone project

President Proffesor Arthur Peter Mutharika has described the Malawi National fibre backbone project a timely solution in cleaning up the civil service which, has been for some time, termed home of ghost workers.

Speaking Wednesday at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe while commissioning the long awaited connectivity project, Mutharika said for decades the country has been battling with the influx of fake government workers who kept on draining public resources.

He said this will however be a thing of the past as the project will among others connect the country’s human resource systems which will keep up to date data for genuine government employees.

Mutharika said “Malawi will have improved delivery of services as various government offices will now be connected to an information super highway. With the fibre backbone project, we expect transformation in sectors such as national identity programme, education, health and the finance.”

The President further said, “Apart from flushing out ghost workers, Malawians will have easy access to information through the fast internet and that payments of salaries for civil servants will no longer be delayed as everything will be done with speed.”

The Malawi National Fibre Backbone Project is a brain child of President Mutharika and mainly seeks to integrate government operating systems and improve quality of service delivery.

There are high expectations that the project once finished will also strengthen the Integrated Financial Management Systems (IFMIS) which was a loophole for cash-gaters.

Furthermore, Malawians will have a chance to transact business and make payments by using the mobile phones.

Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Wang Shi Ting commended Malawi for joining the global world in as far as information connectivity is concerned.

He said once completed, Malawi will have fast speed internet, reduce internet cost and vibrant information access by all Malawians.

“I believe that this project will bring more business to Malawi and offer numerous benefits. Soon we should be able see the introduction of E-learning, E-commerce and E-economy.

“Malawi will have improved access to the internet, increased speed of internet and an enhanced connection between Malawi and the outside world,” said Wang.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Nicholas Dausi said the ministry will try its level best to ensure that the project progresses.

Dausi also said it will be the role of the ministry to educate Malawians about the importance of the project.

“As directed by the President, we will go to every part of the country and conduct awareness programme on usage of internet and the significance of this project,” he said.

Malawi becomes the third country in Africa to be connected to the global world.

The projected will be implemented by the Huawei technologies company of China and will connect to all the 28 districts of the country-Mana-Solister Mogha


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​Rotary Club of Bwaila to raise 5 million to buy medical equipment 


Rotary Club of Bwaila says it will raise 5 million kwacha to buy medical equipment for 2 hospitals.

The hospitals to benefit are Kamuzu Central Hospital and integrated clinic at Mtsiliza in Area 56 in Lilongwe.
Some of the equipment to be purchased include cx31 Olympus Microscope, Bed screen 4 fold, vital sign monitors as well as an examination couch and autoclave pots 50L valued at 4,055,000. 

This comes as the club celebrates its 10 anniversary on Friday march 31, 2017 whose theme is ‘Rotary Striving for Health for all’

Guest of honour at the event is Edith Jiya, Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual.

Edith Jiya, CEO Old Mutual

To mark the occasion the club has organized ta dinner and dance eat Crossroads Hotel from 6 o’clock in the evening.
Rotary club of Bwaila was chartered in April 2007 and has about 50 members with 35 percent being females from different professional backgrounds.

Among some of the reputable works the club have done in health include donating equipment to High Dependence Unit of the pediatric ward at Kamuzu Central and other districts. 

Rehabilitating clinics by redoing civil works, installing solar powered energy and drilling boreholes to provide safe and potable drinking water. 

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