Category: africa

IHT: The 53 places to go in 2008

The International Herald Tribune writes: 29. MALAWI Blame Madonna. Safarigoers tended to overlook Malawi, but that has changed since she began her effort to adopt a 1-year-old boy from this tiny African country that lies within the Great Rift Valley. Next July, the luxury lodge Pumulani (www.pumulani.com) is set to open 10 villas on spectacular […]

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The van der Post trail

Found this interesting read at Times Online: A voyage round my father A daughter follows her father’s footsteps to Mount Mulanje. Page three of the article includes travel tips. Malawi is Africa as it once was, so there are no vast luxurious holiday compounds and few sumptuous lodges to insulate you from the masses. Here […]

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Ant hill phone booth

Remember I wrote about the villagers in northern Malawi that climb an ant hill to get GSM reception? Looks like Soyapi saved the newspaper article and passed it on to Mike: Ant hill phone booth (Insert comment on power of blogging, impossible is nothing, etc.)

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120 registered nurses leave Malawi per year

Article on the continuing brain drain in the health sector of Malawi. Some excerpts: Official figures show around 120 registered nurses have migrated to Britain and the United States alone every year in the last decade with the health ministry unable to even begin to match the wages on offer abroad. Malawi currently has only […]

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Bush League

Interesting read: Cy on his Malawi experiences The contrast between rural and urban areas in Malawi is huge. I remember an article I read (probably The Nation or The Daily Times) during my last stay, on how people in a remote village in the northern region near Rumphi can get reception for their mobile phones […]

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Most People Are Multilingual

Here’s my comment I submitted a couple of minutes ago at Climb to the Stars on Most People Are Multilingual (cos I’m not sure if my comment wasn’t gobbled): In southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, SA) most people are multi-lingual with varying levels of language competency in at least 3 languages. For example in Malawi, […]

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Radio show on the web: Daybreak Malawi

Capital FM is uploading its daily morning show to the web: The only early morning radio show in Malawi with a complete range of the latest news, views and interviews from across the country. You can now listen to daily recordings of Daybreak Malawi Online and keep abreast with what is going on in Malawi.

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Exploring economies

I found this site via Development Gateway. It compares economies and offers rankings to quantify how easy it is to set up or shut down a business: Doing Business in Malawi

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Windmill builder

Lunch over IP on young Malawi windmill inventor: William Kamkwamba, a 15-year-old Malawian (…) built a windmill in his rural village based on a picture he saw in a book. He used old bicycle parts, wooden poles, plastic pipes, and an old car battery for energy storage. The windmill now powers four lights and two […]

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in the summertime

I tried to capture today’s awesomely red fireball of a sunset in Basel. My cameraphone snapshot doesn’t quite do it justice. But heh, that’s one moment in time captured and stored and uploaded and tagged and online. Stumbled across this blog entry: We googled you! And it definitely raises an important discussion point… what will […]

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Situation Report

United Nations Regional Inter-Agency Coordination and Support Office (RIACSO) on Malawi: Malawi will produce bumper crops of maize and other food crops this year. Some of this surplus will be exported to neighbouring Zimbabwe and other countries to address expected wide-spread food shortages. via ReliefWeb

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Malawi photos

Today’s recommended link: Cy Kuckenbaker’s photos from Malawi: http://cysfilm.com/ The corresponding Flickr album is at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cykuck/

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Malawi bloggers

When I started blogging back in Jan 2003, one of my high flying and lofty ideas was to help cross the digital divide and point to content about Malawi. A goal I haven’t really managed to keep. But from time to time I’ve pointed to various Malawi sites. It’s great to see that the number […]

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The power of insects…

We got to see the destructive power of tropical insects…. One of our cars stood idle for 3 weeks cos it needed to be repaired. Within those 3 weeks termites got into the seats, started eating away the insulation on the wiring, and created short circuits with their discharge in the fusebox, and thus corroding […]

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Textiles

Here are a couple of snapshots of wall hangings I saw: Tribal Textiles, based in South Luangwa, Zambia is making some very nice and original cloth. There’s a shop in Blantyre that has some of their textiles: La Caverna in Mandala House. Mandala House is one of the oldest buildings in Blantyre, built by the […]

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