Blantyre — One of the country's mobile telecommunication service providers, Telekom Networks Malawi Limited (TNM) has donated a K500, 000 cheque to Blantyre Press Club (BPC) as part of the contribution towards a two day post election conference.
The conference which is scheduled to take place in Mulanje starting from July 18 to 19, will among other things reflect on how the media covered the 2014 tripartite elections in preparation towards other elections in future. Speaking during the handover ceremony of the cheque Thursday at TNM head office in Blantyre, The Marketing Manager, Sobuza Ngwenya said the company recognizes the pivotal role the media play in disseminating various messages to the public.
"The company believes that TNM and Media are partners in growth because the press acts as a channel of spearheading businesses and spreading of other related messages to the masses.
"For instance, this year we had elections that have not only impacted on politicians but also business environment and it was the media that was informing the public that included our customers.
"So TNM thought it wise to contribute this amount to assist the BPC to hold a fruitful conference that will help to reflect on how the media had handled the elections and how best they can cover better in future that shall not compromise the business environment," explained Ngwenya
He therefore emphasized that the donation symbolized the cordial relationship that exists between the company and the media in the country.
"This is a right investment because by doing this we are making the media prosper as well as the society at large," he said.
On his part, BPC President, Blessings Kanache expressed gratitude for the donation saying it has come at an opportune time when the club is soliciting funds from various organizations to finance the conference.
"We are so thankful for this K500, 000 cheque because it has come at a very short notice. We believe this amount is going to assist us in conducting a successful conference that will help journalists express their views on how they fared in the elections and how they intend to move forward in reporting professionally as well as responsibly," he said.
Kanache, therefore, assured the public to use the funds for its intended purpose for a successful conference.