| Africatime
Wednesday 29 March 2017
(The Independent 03/06/17)
Th term was coined by sceptical officials, worried about the importance given to Commonwealth trade deals ahead of Brexit negotiations. Plans by government ministers to boost trade links with African Commonwealth countries are being internally branded “empire 2.0” by sceptical officials who are worried about the importance being placed on such deals ahead of the UK’s negotiations of leaving the European Union (EU). International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is expected to promise to build better links with the whole of the 52 member countries of the Commonwealth when ministers from each country meet in London later this week. But as the UK is prepares itself to leave the European Union, The Times reports that British ministers are planning to talk...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
Tanzanian authorities on Thursday closed four liquor making factories on the first day of the crackdown against the outlawed sachet-packed liquors The crackdown was conducted by officials from the Vice President's Office, National Environment Management Council (NEMC), Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Tanzania Revenue Authority and the police. Heche Suguta, the NEMC Senior Legal Officer, said in a statement that most of the closed factories were operating illegally and most were based in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Suguta explained that soon after the government announced the ban, most of the manufacturers opted to produce and hide the liquor. According to the NEMC official, some of the factories were also found producing goods...
(Bloomberg 03/03/17)
Polar Star Management Ltd., which runs one of the best-performing African and Middle East hedge fund over the past five years, plans to start a private-equity unit that will invest in agriculture to exploit rising demand for food. The Cape Town-based firm plans to use its own money to buy small farms and processing companies in South Africa this year, then increase efficiency through consolidation and better management, said Murray Derksen, a director at Polar Star. It aims to raise 1.5 billion rand ($115 million) for the fund, which may also buy commodities such as grains, while targeting an internal rate of return of 8 percent to 12 percent, he said. “We looked at the increase in corn demand globally,...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
Tanzanian civil society organisations have launched a year-long campaign calling on the government to respect freedom of expression and assembly. Launched on Wednesday, the campaign "seeks to safeguard the freedoms of assembly and expression," said a statement from Tanzania's Legal and Human Rights Centre, one of the eight organisations behind the move. "Without freedom of expression and freedom of assembly there can be no development," they said of the campaign which involves putting on seminars, discussions and debates. Since taking office in 2015, President John Magufuli has been accused of heavy-handed and authoritarian rule and of passing laws limiting
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(Xinhuanet 03/01/17)
The World Bank announced on Tuesday that it has approved 130 million U.S. dollars in additional financing for infrastructure investments in seven cities in Tanzania. The bank said in a statement that residents in the seven rapidly urbanizing cities in the East African nation will benefit from the funding to scale up infrastructure investments and promote growth. The statement said the Tanzania Strategic Cities Project (TSCP) covering seven strategically important cities of Tanga, Arusha, Mwanza, Kigoma, Dodoma, Mbeya and Mtwara will enable them to keep up with the pace of rapid urbanization. "Improving services in Tanzania's medium-sized cities is critical to support the government's industrialization goals," said Bella Bird, the World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi, Somalia and Burundi...
(Xinhuanet 03/01/17)
The Tanzanian government on Tuesday commended Chinese investors for a decision to build a giant cement manufacturing plant in the northeastern coastal city of Tanga. The proposed plant is expected to be the giant in east and central Africa. "The Chinese investors' move is recommendable as it meant to meet country's cement demand as well as making the products is available at a relative low price," said Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa. He made the remarks when he met with representatives of Sinoma and Hengya Cement (T) Ltd, Tanga Regional Commissioner, Martin Shigella and officials from the Tanzania Investment Center (TIC). The proposed cement plant, which will be built along the Indian Ocean coastline in Tanga, will provide lots of...
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Tanzania is set to include the Africa's tallest indigenous tree into the list of the country's must-visit tourist hotspots, authorities have said. The 81.5-meter Entandrophragma excelsum sits on one of the foothills of yet Africa's tallest mountain, the world-famous Mountain Kilimanjaro. Said Mecky Sadiki, Kilimanajaro Regional Commissioner, said Monday he would lead a team of regional senior officials on the tour to tree's location to pave way for its pending launch and international publicity. "This is one of the untapped products, when it comes towards promoting it so that it lures more visitors as other tourist destinations do," the official said. The approximately 600-year-old tree matches Africa's previous tree-height record established by a specimen of the introduced Sydney blue gum...
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Authorities in north-western Tanzania have arrested 11 persons for allegedly smuggling timber and charcoal in Lake Victoria, police said Monday. The suspects were arrested in Tanzania's north-western district of Sengerema for smuggling more than 3,000 pieces of timber and consignment of charcoal using three boats. The consignment of timber and charcoal came from as far as the western region of Kigoma through Geita Region located on the western shores of Lake Victoria, the Africa's largest freshwater lake. Ahmed Msangi, Mwanza Regional Police Commander said that the untaxed consignment was later transported through boats to one of the islands in Lake Victoria waters, which is some kilometers to Mwanza city. Msangi said that the consignment was transported through three boats-MV Safari...
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office within the last three years. The award comes with $5 million (4.7 million euros) paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on. The prize, founded by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim, has only been given four times in its 10-year existence. The philanthropist has said in the past that making no award sent just as strong a message on African leadership. "A very high bar was deliberately...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
Tanzania on Monday backed out of its plan to publish a list of names of gay people accused of selling sex online, saying this would "destroy evidence". Deputy health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla had called a press conference on Monday to publicise the list, after announcing the plan earlier this month. "We cancelled the press conference. We are not going to announce the names of (LGBTs) who publicly market themselves for technical reasons," he wrote on Twitter. "For strategic reasons and to avoid destroying evidence we will deal with this issue differently and will keep you informed at every step." He also said that releasing the names would be akin to "freeing a devil in a bottle." Kigwangalla's threat to publish...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/17)
Tanzania has started re-mapping and demarcating all key national parks, game and forest reserves with the planting of new beacons around the borderlines of the sanctuaries, a senior official said Sunday. The move is meant to reduce human-wildlife conflicts, taking into accounts that some people have been encroaching into the protected areas for pastures, poaching and illegal logging. "We are executing the directives from Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa who ordered that boundaries surrounding all national parks, game and forest reserves to be clearly identified and beaconed so as to avert future land conflicts and solve the existing territorial strife between conservationists and villages surrounding protected areas," said Paschal Shelutete, Public Relations Manager for Tanzania National Parks. He said the exercise...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou. "There is a...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/24/17)
President John Magufuli has showered praise on the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), in particular, surgeons and staff who saved the life of one Neema Mwita Wambura who suffered severe burns on her body two years ago. Ms Neema was allegedly burnt with boiling porridge by her husband in Kyagata village of Tarime District in Mara Region in 2014. She suffered severe injuries on her chest, neck and hands. The Director of Presidential Communications, Gerson Msigwa, delivered the message yesterday when he took the patient to the hospital for further medical investigations as directed by President Magufuli. "Medical practitioners at MNH have done a great and patriotic task ... saving the life of Neema whose severe injuries two years ago had...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
East African Community (EAC) member states are fast tracking a comprehensive review of the Common External Tariff (CET) in order to protect infant industries, officials said on Friday. Kenya's Ministry of EAC Affairs, Labour and Social Protection Permanent Secretary Betty Maina said the EAC will review the criteria used in classifying goods that enter the EAC. "The intention of the review is to make the rules of trade facility as well as attract investments into the region," Maina said during the third EAC manufacturers' network meeting. "The review will also include reforms of duty remissions and exemptions schemes in order to create a fair play ground for manufacturers in the EAC partner states," she added. The two-day event brought together...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Over two million wildebeests that were supposed to give birth to 500,000 new calves this year reportedly delayed their reproduction exercise biologically, waiting for rains. And when the precipitation took longer, they shifted their breeding location. Susuma Kusekwa, the Senior Tourism Promotion Officer for the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) said on Thursday that the wildebeests are capable of holding on to pregnancy for an extended 2 or 3 months, awaiting favorable condition before releasing their babies into the world. But, the official said that effects of climate change have driven millions of ungulates that were supposed to give birth to nearly 500,000 new wildebeest calves in Serengeti National Park and parts of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, to relocate their breeding sites...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in Africa. "The spread of artemisinin resistance in Africa would be a major setback in the fight against malaria, as ACT (artemisinin-based combination therapy) is the only effective and widely used antimalarial treatment at the moment," said lead author Arnab Pain,...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/22/17)
ANNUAL value of exports of goods and services has increased by 5.2 percent to 9,381.6m/- US dollar in December 2016, according to the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) monthly economic review for January, 2017. According to the report, to a large extent, the increase came from improved performance across the major exports, save for manufactured goods exports that slightly declined. Annual value of traditional export rose by 11.6 percent to 885.6m/- US dollar in December 2016 from the corresponding period in 2015. The report shows that except for coffee and sisal, all other export crops increased. Moreover export value of cotton, tea, tobacco and cashew nuts increased on account of both volume and price. Cloves export also improved due to volume,...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/22/17)
THE Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange equity market turnover weakened by 44 percent, closing this week at 228m/- compared to 406.46m/- posted on the previous week. The top trading equities that dominated the market share in this week were Tanzania Breweries Ltd (TBL) at 33 percent, followed by Mwalimu Commercial Bank (MCB) at 20 percent and the self-listed Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) at 18 percent. Others in the list include Mkombozi Commercial Bank (MKCB) at 9percent, CRDB Bank PLC at 7 percent and Tanzania Cigarette Company (TCC) at 5 percent. None of the domestic equities value per share appreciated this week compared to last week. Although, top loser for this week was DSE, depreciating in value by 5.66...
(Daily Nation 02/22/17)
Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka has been caught up in a high stakes trade war between Kenya and Tanzania after an Arusha company alleged he had instructed it to label fertiliser bags it was exporting "Made in Kenya". Tanzania took the matter so seriously that Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Monday visited Minjingu Fertiliser Plant, a few kilometres from Arusha on the Dodoma Highway. This was after it was discovered the company had several 50kg-bags labelled "County Government of Bungoma-Nafaka Plus". They had been marked as packaged in Minjingu Mines and Fertiliser Ltd, KenBro Industrial Park, in Nairobi, on Mombasa Road. The company's management told Mr Majaliwa that they were packaging the consignment as ordered by their clients. The Prime Minister...

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