There is value in going back to basics

Reading Time: 3 minutes A few years ago, an individual stated in one of the WhatsApp forums to which I was affiliated that it was retrogressive for the Road Traffic Directorate to require trainee drivers to get tested in manual transmission vehicles. His contention rested upon the premise that assessing individuals with manual vehicles proved futile for those destined

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What a marvel it will be!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tucked away in the serene environs of the Shire Valley is a project of gigantic proportions. It takes a physical visit to the facility to appreciate the vastness of the Shire Valley Transformation Programme. Those who just hear about it through the media or other secondary sources think it is comparable in scale to the

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We have created social distances

Reading Time: 3 minutes When the British administrators ruled us during the colonial era, they literally lorded it over us, creating a huge gap between them and us. We resented colonialism because, among other things, we wanted the majority of our people to participate in the running of affairs of government and commerce. Blantyre and Lilongwe were never settler

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Kudos to creative Kwizombe

Reading Time: 3 minutes The recent revelation concerning a youthful Malawian’s intent to embark upon the local production of electric bulbs imparted a revitalizing vigour amidst the stifling ambiance of an economy riddled with the dearth of manufacturing endeavours, emblematic of our nation. Let me yet again state that production is the proverbial goose that lays the golden egg.

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Serious industrial power consumers will soon be needed

Reading Time: 3 minutes One problem that has beset this country for a long time is inadequate foreign exchange reserves. Our currency undergoes perpetual devaluation due to the absence of adequate reserves to support its valuation against foreign currencies. Frequently, our authorities find themselves compelled to uphold an artificially inflated value of the Kwacha, relative to other currencies, in

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Lessons from Benjamin Carson

Reading Time: 3 minutes Benjamin Carson, whom I have featured a number of times in the past ten or so years, remains one of my heroes. The African American neurosurgeon has achieved a number of firsts in his life. He was the first human being, for example, to successfully separate conjoined twins in 1987. He has since then successfully

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Are we a socialist economy?

Reading Time: 3 minutes At the peak of the cold war, there were two Germanys – East and West. One had a market based economy, the other a communist/socialist economy. Berlin was a city shared by both Germanys. It too was portioned, by means of a brick war, into East Berlin and West Berlin. Having been trained and/or practiced

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