Officials in Lilongwe, Malawi, are working hard to promote safe alternatives to the agricultural pesticide methyl bromide, which they hope to phase out by the end of the year. If they succeed, Malawi will beat South Africa to be the first country in the region to phase out all non-essential use of the chemical.
Malawi has launched a fishing project that will benefit more than 300 000 people who depend on fishing for their livelihood. The project, which was launched on January 24, is expected to improve fish stocks as well as catches from Lake Malawi. Declining fish stocks has raised alarm that Lake Malawi could be affected.
Elephants and humans have long found themselves at loggerheads in Africa, and Malawi is no exception to this trend. Now, villagers are also exploring a more innovative way of keeping the elephants at bay: the planting of chilli pepper plants. Once harvested and graded, the chillis are sold to European countries.
Conservationist David Bradfield had an interesting story to tell about one of his visits to Malawi's capital, Lilongwe. Wearing the disguise of a tourist, he asked a group of curio sellers in the city whether he could buy ivory from them. "When I asked if they could offer some for sale, one vendor produced three bags of worked ivory, ornaments and souvenirs.
It is Zondo's legal end game and will leave the former president, his supporters and those implicated in state capture to increasingly play fast and loose at imputing political motive to the commission