International Committee of the Red Cross
Since its creation in 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross’ sole objective has been to ensure protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and strife. It does so through its direct action around the world, as well as by encouraging the development of international humanitarian law (IHL) and promoting respect for it by governments and all weapon bearers. Its story is about the development of humanitarian action, the Geneva Conventions and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Within central Africa, the first branches were established through the British Red Cross Society, a society formed in 1870.
- Keith Harrop
- Walter Herdzik
Opening of Kamuzu Academy
21 November 1981
Kamuzu Academy was officially opened 21 November 1981 in Mtunthama, 150 kilometres north of Lilongwe. Initially it had 300 pupils. It was named after, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the former President of Malawi.
Whilst Kamuzu Banda was still in power, the school only accepted the three best students from every district, who had to write a separate examination from the Primary School Leaving Certificate. Everything from uniforms to bedding, shoes, socks, textbooks, lab equipment, paints and sports attire was free.
The academic facilities comprise a library modelled on Washington’s Library of Congress, an auditorium, science labs, band, art, and home economics rooms, an outdoor amphitheatre and computer rooms.
The school’s sports facilities include a 33-metre swimming-pool, a 10-hole golf course, a pavilion overlooking a running track and main sports field, tennis courts, squash courts, two further sports fields, as well as outdoor basketball and volleyball courts.
It is now a private boarding school.
Malawi Postal Stationery
1970 – Air Malawi Air Letter
Malawi Independence Trade Fair
4-7 July 1964
On 6th July 1964, Malawi achieved independence. The newly formed republic held a trade fair at Blantyre during independence. Delegates visiting included those from Ghana and Liberia.
- Department of State News Letter, Issues 33-44 (USA)
Royal Tour of South Africa
19 July – 4 August 1979
In 1979, Queen Elizabeth II, on behalf of Britain toured Tanzania (19-22 July), Malawi (22-25 July), Botswana (25-27 July), and Zambia (27 July – 4 August). The tour was to coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being held in Lusaka. She toured with Prince Philip and her son, Prince Andrew.
The aim of the tour, with the United Nations, was to achieve peace and justice in Southern Africa and to play an active part in the development and strengthening of the Commonwealth by promoting successful co-operation between industrialised and developing countries for the benefit of both.
The visit to Zambia was considered a risky undertaking due to the questionable level of safety for a visiting monarch in Zambia at the time – a VIP flight had recently been attacked in Zambian air space. Many were strongly of the belief that the Queen should not go ahead with the tour. However, Elizabeth was resolved to make the trip.