Africa Bank director general Tonia Kandiero dies: Body to be repatriated to Malawi for burial

African Development Bank (AfDB) director general for the Southern Africa Region, Dr. Tonia Kandiero, has passed on after collapsing in her office in Pretoria, South Africa on Wednesday night.

No more: Kandiero

One of AfDB Malawi senior officers, Benson Nkhoma, confirmed the development saying her death was a “shock” to the AfDB family and the whole world.

Nkhoma said AfDB was still looking into what really has led to Kandiero’s death but mentioned that she had “complained” of “health issues” prior to her collapse.

According to Nkhoma, arrangements are currently being made to have her body repatriated to Malawi.

He said funeral details would be announced to the public soon but Malawi funeral vigil is in Chigumula-Blantyre.

Kandiero’s office was basically concerned with development and business delivery in the region.

She was promoted to her position in November 2016.

Before joining the Bank, DKandiero worked at the South Africa’s National Treasury, first as Director, Trade and Macroeconomic Policy and later as the Director for Global Development Policy and International Economics. At South Africa’s Treasury Department, she analysed trade issues at national, regional and multilateral levels and managed South Africa’s relationships with International Financial Institutions.

Kandiero held a Bachelors degree in business administration from Morehead State University, USA (1993) and a Master’s degree (1997) and PhD (2001) in economics, respectively, from Howard University, USA

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Rehema Ahmed

May her soul rest in peace Dr tonia Kandiero

Dumisa Jele

Sad to learn of Tonia’s passing. Worked with her in the SA National Treasury & she was an astute academic!! Really sad indeed!!


Indeed am saddened by the untimely death of Dr TK. May she Rest In Eternal Peace. AMEN

Waga dugu

My condolences to the family of Kandeiro, she was a charming, friendly woman.
May her soul rest in peace, Amin.


What a loss. She was one of the few patriotic Malawians that I know
May her soul rest in eternal peace


Its a lose to the whole nation. Sad indeed

Kalekeni Kanene

What a loss to Malawi as a nation, the continent of Africa and the Kandiero family. Pepani kwambiri. Tikulira nanu ndithu. Munthuyu anali waphindu kwambiri. Pepani ndithu. Ambuye akuyang’anireni mu nthawi yowawitsayi.


So sad to loose such people who were working to develop and promote business in Africa…Mainly to this Nation….May her soul rest in pieace..

Nashilongo Shivute

Tonia, Tonia her death is a real lost to Africa. May the family and friends be consoled and may God ‘s promise that ” I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” keep the family , friends and colleague going forward the way Tonia would have wanted.

clement Mvone

I am very sorry although I did not know this brilliant young lady from Malawi doimng wonders out there. God should hold the Kandiero family together during this trying moment. Very sad indeed. My prayer to all the family members.

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