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After holding the country’s first-ever food carnival, Ovation Fusion Festival has been invited to attend South Africa’s food and music extravaganza. Ovation Advertising Agency’s Chimwemwe Matonga said in an interview the event, DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival presented by Nedbank, takes place in October in Johannesburg with a number of firms expected to participate. Ovation Fusion in Lilongwe included a performance by Edgar ndi Davis“It is South Africa’s biggest food and music extravaganza and it promises to be the not-to-be-missed event on the 2016 events calendar. “The music festival for music lovers and the food festival for food lovers returns to Johannesburg from October 8 to 9. Festival organisers are promising patrons mouth-watering finds in food, street-chefs and delectable trends as well as a music line-up of world-class entertainment and local acts,” he said. Matonga said participating at the festival presents them an opportunity to discover more and apply best practices in the country. He added: “We want to learn from our colleagues who have been in the game for a long time. Delicious Festival is now in its fourth year, so there is a lot to learn from them. We are going to draw lessons for Malawi’s Food and Music Festival. “We will attend both days and then we have a number of meetings with various players there and see how we can rope them in for our Ovation Fusion Festival next year.” Apart from kid zones and restaurants, with celebrity chefs such as Siba and Johnny Morris, there will also be music performances by Hugh Masekela, The Jacksons, Macy Gray, Judith Sephuma, Mi Casa, Elements of Life, Arrested Development and Lira, among others.
The Southern Region Police says it is stepping up efforts to act accordingly in protecting children during natural disasters and other emergencies. Senior deputy commissioner of police for the south Arlene Baluwa was speaking during a day-long training for police officers from southern region on how to protect children from abuses during emergencies. Baluwa said children particularly girls become vulnerable when disaster strikes as some men manipulate them in the name of providing them with basic amenities such as food, shelter and protection. Baluwa; There are cases of transitional sex“There are cases of transitional sex whereby women and girls are abused sexually after being promised some favours. This has led into some being impregnated, infected with diseases or enter into forced marriages. As for boys, there have been cases where some have been forced to drop out of school and concentrate on means that will help provide for their families rendered helpless due to disasters,” she said. She expressed hope that through the training police officers will be equipped with necessary skills aimed at promoting the rights of children in such situations. In his remarks, national child protection officer Alexander Ngwala said this year, police officers will be deployed in strategic places close to campsites to ensure they monitor properly whatever happens in the camps. He called on children not to suffer in silence but report all forms of abuse to the police. “We will also empower what we call camp chairpersons, overseers of whatever happens in the camps, to make sure they are able to protect the rights of children,” he said. Ngwala hailed the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) for setting up a lot of camps in flood prone areas in Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe districts to make sure flood victims do not seek shelter in schools and end up disturbing classes.
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