Malawi’s President opens John Chilembwe Highway, a Bank-financed project

Malawi’s President opens John Chilembwe Highway, a Bank-financed projectMalawi President Peter Mutharika officially opened the 60-kilometre John Chilembwe Highway, formerly the Blantyre-Zomba road, on January 23, 2015, at Kachere Township in Blantyre. The project was financed by the African Development Bank Group, through an African Development Fund loan of approximately US $38 million to the Government of Malawi. Construction on the road began in March 2012 and was completed in December 2014.

The key objective for rehabilitating the road was to reduce transportation costs and to improve the overall efficiency in the conveyance of freight and people along the north-south road corridor in Malawi. In addition to the road rehabilitation works, the project also involved of the education of communities residing along the Blantyre-Zomba road on aspects of road safety, and prevention and management of HIV and AIDS. Read More…

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His Excellency Dr. Perks Ligoya, Malawi High Commissioner to India who is also accredited to Sri Lanka presents Letters of Credence to His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka

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His Excellency, Dr. Perks M. Ligoya, Malawi High Commissioner to Sri Lanka presented his letters of credence to the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka His Excellency Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa on 9 July 2013.

H.E. Dr. Ligoya conveyed fraternal greetings and a message of goodwill from Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi. He also discussed with the President, a wide range of bilateral issues of mutual interest to both countries.

The High Commissioner congratulated the President for ending the civil war which ravaged the country for almost thirty years. He observed that as a result of the ceasefire, the country was enjoying peace and tranquillity which he said had led to noticeable economic growth for the country.

The High Commissioner, then, informed the President that during his tenure of office, he would do everything possible to strengthen and deepen the already cordial relations that exist between the two countries. He further said he would like to enhance cooperation in health, education and agriculture sectors.indira_gandhi He noted that the volume of trade and investment between the two countries was relatively small. He therefore, pledged to do everything possible to ensure that the volume of trade between the two countries expand to significant levels over a period of time.

With regard to the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the High Commissioner delivered a message of solidarity from Her Excellency President, Dr. Joyce Banda. The High Commissioner assured the President that Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda would attend the Commonwealth Summit in the Month of November 2013.

In his remarks, the President of Sri Lanka welcomed the High Commissioner to Colombo and congratulated Dr. Ligoya on the beginning of his diplomatic term of office. He said he was confident that the High Commissioner’s accreditation to Sri Lanka would further consolidate equitable and mutually beneficial cooperation between Malawi and Sri Lanka.

The President further said, his Government valued the relationship with Africa because Africa and Sri Lanka share a lot in common. The President informed the High Commissioner that he was an ardent believer of the south-south cooperation and that his Government was ready to enhance cooperation with the Government of Malawi. He thanked President Joyce Banda for her message of solidarity and goodwill, vis â vis the hosting of CHOGM.

National Day Celebration of Malawi on 6th July, 2013 in Hyatt Hotel, New Delhi

National Day Celebration of Malawi on 6th
July, 2013 in Hyatt Hotel, New Delhi

 

 

Put Foot Rally ready to take off in South Africa

“The greatest social rally on the face of the Earth” kicks off from the shadow of the great mountain in Cape Town!

The Put Foot Rally is becoming increasingly popular. Founded by three aspiring young South Africans – Daryn Hillhouse, Mike Sharman, and Dan Nash – the Put Foot Foundation is Southern Africa’s newest “adventure charity.” Their goal is to raise funds for a minimum of 600 pairs of shoes and to provide donors and Put Foot Rally participants with the opportunity to see and feel first-hand the life-changing experience that gifting a brand new pair of school shoes to a young underprivileged child can deliver!

Crews sign up to travel 8,000 kms in 18 days in any type of vehicle over any route. This year there will be 60 crews competing. The rally starts in Cape Town and travels through Namibia to Zambia and then on to Malawi and Mozambique. All along the way, people donate shoes to deserving children. In Livingstone, they will be giving shoes to children from Zambezi Sawmills Primary School.

From June 18-19 the rally will start in Cape Town, followed by Namibia from June 21-24, then Zambia from June 26-28, ending up with Malawi from June 30-July 4, and the finish line crossing on July 5.

Zambezi Sawmills has over 500 children all of whom will be given new shoes. Participants in the rally will descend on Livingstone and hold up all the traffic with their antics. It is expected that there will be over 250 participants. Members of the Put Foot Rally will all be staying at the Waterfront.