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Bernard Zingano mourned, to be buried today

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The body of former member of The Times Group Board of Directors, Architect Bernard Zingano, is expected to be buried today at St Peter’s Cemetery in Lilongwe’s Area 3.

Zingano died on Monday at the age of 75.

He served on The Times Group board from 2004 to 2018.

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One of the company’s board members, Ken Kandodo, has eulogised the fallen architect as an intelligent person who served the board with distinction.

“When he was first appointed to the board, the company was in a very precarious situation. But through his contribution, the company grew from strength to strength, resulting in, among other things, the establishment of a national radio and a television station,” Kandodo said.

He added that with the foundation that Zingano helped to build, The Times Group has been clinching various accolades of excellence.

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“We are now a formidable media house. As a company, we are all indebted to Dr Zingano and may his soul rest in peace,” Kandodo said.

Former board chairperson for The Times Group, Francis Perekamoyo, also expressed sadness over Zingano’s death.

“I recall when we were working in The Times Group board, we recommended the opening of the television and radio stations. He was action minded. We used to joke that we should always be forward looking and be proactive,” Perekamoyo said.

Meanwhile, President of Malawi Institute of Architects Catherine Sani has described Zingano as an architect who was well respected in the profession.

“He will be remembered for being a passionate architect who loved to share his knowledge and, throughout his career, he taught and impacted many lives. We have lost a brother, a friend, a mentor, a seasoned architect,” Sani said.

Zingano was a holder of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Solar Thermal Applications in Buildings, a Masters in Physics and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Architecture.

He was registered as an architect in 1977 in the United Kingdom and a fellow of the Malawi Institute of Architects, a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of London and a member of the Steering Committee of the World Renewable Energy Network.

Before establishing his practice, Zingano worked for the Malawi Government in various positions including being Principal Secretary in the then Ministry of Works.

In1996, he established his firm called Zingano and Associates based in Lilongwe.

He published six research papers on various subjects internationally.

Throughout his career, he served on various boards and committees including being chairperson of the Board of Architects and Quantity Surveyors and Chief Examiner of the Architectural Professional Training Examinations.

He also worked on the establishment of Mzuzu University and the National Construction Industry Council of Malawi, among several other engagements.

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