Category: Thoughts

Adoloscent Girl Literacy

Giving Girl Dropouts a Second Chance at an Education

This past few days I have been participating in a Unicef sponsored Social Media for Youth and Bloggers workshop in Mangochi. The participants including secondary school youth from Mangochi district and established bloggers and journalists from Blantyre and Lilongwe.

Mangochi declared a town… finally!

President Joyce Banda has declared Mangochi a town… and it’s about time! Will this boost the tourism drive Malawi has been pushing for?

Lake Malawi, Mangochi

Wasn’t Mangochi a better candidate for city?

For the past few years, there has been a lot of talk from the government about turning Nsanje into a city with its own airport, port, banks and other modern amenities. We have seen a scramble for land and construction...

Electricity demand to rise 70% by 2015

The Ministry of Development Planning and Cooperation has said that electricity demand is expected to rise by 70% from the current 344 megawatts to 571 megawatts by 2015 and 854 megawatts by 2020.

Party all night

Power all day, party all night!

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has finally succumbed to public and consumer rights pressure and changed its slogan from Power All Day, Every Day to Towards Power All Day, Every Day. A rarity in Malawian corporate history? Can’t really...

Local television content in Africa

Local Malawi television content

Two years ago while at a filmmakers and distributors conference, an issue was raised about film and documentary distribution in Africa particularly English speaking countries. I learnt that most television stations prefer to broadcast local country content above anything else....

of speed traps

of speed traps

There was an article in one of the weekend papers where some official from the National Road Safety Council was trying to justify the introduction of speed traps. He claimed they had so far fined over 1,000 people for ‘overspeeding’...

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