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South African company gets Malawi lottery licence

The Malawi government in conjunction with the National Lotteries Board, on Wednesday awarded a licence to Gidani International Limited, a South Africa-based lottery company to operate the National Lottery in the country, thats according to Malawi news agency (mana).

Speaking during the award ceremony in Lilongwe which also marked the signing of pre-operations agreement between government and Gidani International, Minister of Information, Kondwani Nankhumwa said government appreciated the role investors play in the development of the country.

“The coming in of Gidani International Limited to operate the national lottery means investing money into the business. While operating the business, the company will be paying tax which government will be using in developing the country, including infrastructure development,” Nankhumwa said.

He also expressed happiness that foreign investors are coming into the country and hoped that Gidani will follow rules and regulations as stipulated in the licence when operating.

Professor Bongani Khumalo

Professor Bongani Khumalo

Also speaking during the function, Chairman of Gidani International Limited, Professor Bongani Khumalo said his company was happy to accept the licence from the Malawi Government which he said, makes them partners in the country’s socio-economic development.

According to Khumalo, the company will soon start training selected and accredited businesses and individuals who have been nominated to become retailers and will be provided with equipment, consumables, shop fitting and support for free.

The company, is expected to start its operations in November, 2015, and intends to roll out 2,500 point of sale terminals and 200 mobile instruments in the near future.

source : Mana

Singer Nelson ”Nel K’ Katsache has died

Reports reaching Radio 247 newsdesk suggest one of Malawi’s talented singer and producer Nelson Katsache has died. Katsache also went by the name Nellie K.

Katsache who became famous after the release of his single “Timakhala ku Blantyre”- an answer version to Peter Mawanga’s Amakhala ku Blantyre. He went on to release a number of albums before venturing into music production.

Nelson Katsache

Nelson Katsache

Up until his death he has been the owner and main producer at Nel K Studios in Lilongwe
It is reported that Katsache has died after a very short illness at his base in Lilongwe

paying tribute to the fallen star, Tv producer and musician Andrew Chikusa posted on his facebook that “ I am shocked to hear the passing of Nelson Katsache , another musician gone too soon”

Details of the late singers burial will be announced soon