NEVET GIVE UP THE STRUGGLE IN LIFE:

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we used the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

Suzgo Chingati is a trained entreprenuer who writes in his own capacity.

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HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS

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Business startup

1.Come up with an idea: You will need an idea for a business before you do anything else. This should be something you are passionate about, since your new business will consume a great deal of your time and money.

2. Come up with business ideas by identifying things people need which no one else currently provides, that isn’t provided in your area, or which you can provide better than anyone else.

3. Be sure it’s unique. Whatever your idea is, be sure it’s as unique as possible. This will help you eliminate or significantly combat competition, which will make your business more successful. Simply putting a small spin on a currently existing product (making blue Redvines or something like that) is not usually enough to build a business on, so push the envelope!

4. Determine your cost of operation. You will need a solid business plan to present to any investors and the best place to start would be with determining your basic cost of operations. This will outline and help you determine how much money is needed to produce the product or offer the service you intend to offer or produce. It includes production costs, shipping, taxes, worker’s wages, rent for workspace, etc. [1]

Knowing your cost of operations will be vital to determining if your business will be profitable, since you will need to make more than this baseline in order to remain in business.

5. Create ideas fitting your budget. Once you know how much money you have, research the costs of different types of marketing and come up with ideas which fit those methods and are effective for the price range. If you have a lot of money to spend on marketing, for example, you can consider shooting a commercial. If you have almost none, you’ll want to think about ways to use social media effectively, which is very effective for requiring little money.

Suzgo Chingati is a trained entreprenuer who writes in his own capacity.

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MALAWI 50 YEARS IN PICTURES

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Malawi national flag.

Malawi’s national flag adopted in 1964 and readopted again in 2012 by parliament.

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the 1st and Life President of Malawi Dr. Kamuzu Banda

Doctor kamuzu Hastings Banda is the longest serving president of Malawi from 1964 until 1994. Born in kasunga, central region. After losing the presidency to Bakili Muluzi during the first multi-party polls he ensured a peaceful and smooth transfer of power.

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Dr. Bakili Muluzi. Malawi's second serving president and first multi-party president

Bakili Muluzi served as Malawi president for a decade from 1994 to 2004. Muluzi lead his UDF to victory during Malawi’s first multi-party elections in May 1994 during his tenure Malawi wrote a new constitution that came into effect on 1 January 1995. Towards the end of his presidency he tried to change the constitution to allow him to serve a 3rd term, but the open term bill was rejected by Parliament. His also the first muslim to be a president in Malawi.

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Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika. Malawi's 3rd president an indian trained economist.

Bingu wa Mutharika served as Malawi’s 3rd president from 2004 until his death from a cardic arrest in 2012. During his tenure Malawi witnessed an economic growth rate of 7% for 5 years and in 2008 was named the second fastest growing economy in the world after oil rich Qatar. During second term he fail out of favour with the international community and the Malawi economy began a downfall and witnessed forex and fuel shortages.

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Dr. Joyce Banda. She is the first female and shortest tenured president in Malawi.

Madam Joyce Banda made history in 2012 when she became president of Malawi. She is the first female and shortest tenured president of Malawi. Her tenure only lasted two years from 2012 to 2014. She became president after the sudden death of Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012. 
During her tenure Malawi witnessed an economic recovery from one and a half week import cover to a three months import cover, Forex and fuel avaliablitiy among other things. She lost in her first election test in May 2014.

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Prof. Peter Mutharika an international law expert is Malawi's fifth president.

Peter Mutharika is the fifth and current president of Malawi. He was elected in May 2014. His a former foreign affairs minister in the cabinet of his elder brother Bingu wa Mutharika.

OTHER NOTABLE MALAWIANS:

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Hon. John Tembo is the longest serving member of parliament

Honorable John Tembo is the longest serving member of the Malawi parliament. He joined politics in 1961 and became a member of parliament for Dedza south from 1964 to 2014, he was the leader of the opposition in parliament from 2004 to 2014. He tired to be president on two elections and lost he was declared number two on both poll outcomes. During his political career he also served as vice president of Malawi congress party, Govenor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi, finance minister, CEO auction holdings, leader of the opposition in parliament, etc.

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Dr. Chakufwa Chihana. The father of Malawian democracy

Hon Chakufwa Chihana served as Malawi’s second vice president during the coalition of his AFORD party and Muluzi’s UDF. Chihana is credited as being the father of democrary in Malawi. He was the leader of the first underground movement in Malawi that challenged kamuzu to call for a referendum We was arrested for six years without trial. His death in 2006 was acorded a state funeral.

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AFRICA’S LAST WETLAND

Botswana’s Okavango Delta was named the 1,000th World Heritage Site by UNESCO this week, a hard-won designation that affords special protection against human development.

The delta encompasses a 3,000-square-mile (7,770 square kilometers) plain whose nutrient-rich water provides a sanctuary of channels, lagoons, and islands for thousands of plant and animal species. Among the area’s inhabitants: the largest population of elephants on Earth.

After some initial work to expand the delta’s tourism infrastructure, the delta’s new status will bring a halt to development.

Suzgo Chingati is a trained entreprenuer who writes in his own capacity.

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WE CAN TRY BUT THE WORD IS CLEAR:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” ~ Romans 12:2

So when we try to make our wrongs right or acceptable in our relationships, marriages, and lives because of the world, the Word of God is clear.

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COSAFA CHALLENGE PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY

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The cosafa castle cup trophy.

Gaborone: Botswana will host the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) senior challenge in September. The associations chief operations officer, Sue Destombes said now that the African Youth Games were over, preparations for the COSAFA games were underway.

“The local organising committee had its first meeting on June 3 in Gaborone, and we are also negotiating with several potential sponsors for the games,” she said. She appealed to local companies to seize the opportunity to sponsor the tournament.
Fourteen countries: Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe will participate in the tournament.

Meanwhile, a press release from COSAFA stated that the 2014 edition will have a West African flavour after Ghana confirmed their participation in the championship that would run from September 13 to 27.

The Black Stars, who will be competing at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil later this month, notified COSAFA of their acceptance of the invitation last week.

The release further said the African giants will take the place of the Comoros Islands, who opted not to compete in this year’s championship, and will hope to become the first non Southern African side to lift the trophy in the 17 year history of the regional showpiece.

“Ghana are a powerhouse of the continent and have been the most successful African side at the last two world cup tournaments, narrowly missing out on a place in the semi-finals in South African in 2010,” said Timothy Shongwe, chairperson of COSAFA’s organising committee.

The format of the 2014 competition will be the same as last year, where two first round groups will be contested with the winners advancing to the quarter-finals. (BOPA)

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KHUMBO KACHALI ADVISES PRESIDENT MUTHARIKA ON GOOD GOVERNANCE

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Former VP Kachali: move Malawi forward

Friends, I found it necessary to share with you my thoughts which I have already shared with the new administration of President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, on how best they can move Malawi forward on an inclusive path of economic growth and development.
I reminded my colleagues that as they say the past is for us to learn from, DPP and its leadership should avoid its obvious past mistakes and the recent mistakes by our own PP administration.
I insisted that the DPP regime should resist and avoid among other things: Nepotism where ONLY members of one tribe are given all influential positions including a cabinet dominated by members of one tribe; Awarding almost ALL Government contracts to one business person; Mismanaging our relationships with our traditional partners, new friends and especially our neighbours; Destabilising the macro-economic environment which will result in forex, fuel, basic commodities, medicines etc being unavailable; Arrogance; Temptation to change the constitution to suit present needs of the administration without taking into account long-term aspirations of Malawians; Corruption and fraud like cash-gate.
I believe the most important thing for the new administration is to put the interests of all Malawians first whilst upholding our constitution. It is my sincere hope that this will be the new Government’s guiding principle.
God bless you all. Thanks.

Suzgo Chingati is a trained entreprenuer who writes in his own capacity.

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