Sunday 19 November 2017
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to conduct joint verification exercise on all imports and exports to help solve trade issues between the two neighboring countries. The exercise, once established, will see goods such as lubricants, edible oils, cement and textiles produced outside Export Processing Zone trade un-prohibited between the two countries, according to a joint communique between Kenya's Principal Secretary for Trade Chris Kiptoo and his Tanzanian counterpart Adolf Mugenda issued in Nairobi on Sunday. In the communique issued following three days of intensive talks, the duo underscored the significance of having regular bilateral meetings to discuss concerns and opportunities with a view of promoting trade for the mutual benefit of the two countries and its people. "The two sides...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Tanzania said on Saturday it planned to nationalize diamonds whose value it put at $29.5 million belonging to a mine majority owned by London-listed Petra Diamonds after it accused the miner of under-declaring its mineral exports. The diamonds were seized at the main airport in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam on Aug. 31 as they were being exported by Williamson Diamonds Ltd to Antwerp, Belgium. The government first confirmed the confiscation on Thursday, when President John Magufuli was receiving audits by parliamentary committees on the mining sector. “While Williamson Diamonds Ltd declared in its documentation that the value of the diamonds was $14.798 million, a fresh valuation done by the government established that the actual value of the diamonds...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Protected forest in northern Tanzania's Chome Nature Reserve is threatened by illegal activities of artisanal gold mining, authorities warned on Sunday. Rosemary Staki, Same District Commissioner, said groups of artisanal miners have stormed the reserve in search of gold, polluting rivers and the ground with toxic substances. The reserve lies in the Eastern Arc Mountains, and is located few kilometers from Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Staki said that Tanzanian government plans to set up a patrol camp deep into the forest to save the 14,000 hectares of forests located in the Pare Mountains, between the West Usambara and the North Pare Mountains. "I have witnessed the environmental destruction of highest scale. In some areas, 2 kilometers of the forest...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
For Andrew Kilula, the wastewater perpetually seeping from his toilet presents a daunting and costly challenge. “When my children step in it, they get sick. I don’t always have the money to treat them,” he said. The father of six, who lives in the Kigogo area of Dar es Salaam, about 20 minutes by car from the center of Tanzania’s biggest city, has no choice other than to discharge the sludge from his toilet in the nearby Msimbazi River. ”I do it at night because it’s not allowed. If you get caught they can fine you heavily,” said the 41-year-old. Most residents in this crowded neighborhood lack access to sanitation services, such as cesspits emptied by private firms. “It’s far...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(AFP (eng) 09/10/17)
The Tanzanian government said Sunday it had confiscated diamonds worth nearly $30 million after accusing British company Petra Diamonds of having declared a lower value when trying to export the gems. Speaking on government television channel TBC 1, Finance Minister Philip Mpango said the diamonds extracted from the Williamson Diamonds mine had been "nationalised". The mine is 75 percent owned by Petra Diamonds, with the remaining stake held by the Tanzanian state. The diamonds were seized on August 31 at the airport in Tanzania's main city of Dar es Salaam as they were being shipped to Belgium.
(Bloomberg 09/08/17)
Two Tanzanian ministers resigned after President John Magufuli told government officials suspected of wrongdoing in an investigation into the nation’s diamond- and Tanzanite-mining industries to step down. Edwin Ngonyani, a deputy minister of works, transport and communication, said he resigned Thursday evening, declining to comment on the allegations. George Simbachawene, a minister in the office of the president in charge of regional administration and local government, who was also named in the probe, announced his resignation in a YouTube video posted by Azam TV
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create a more integrated region and help move its communication systems forward. "An accessible, affordable and reliable telecommunications is essential for us to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has the potential to leapfrog SADC region economically and socially as...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(AFP (eng) 09/07/17)
Prominent Tanzanian opposition politician Tundu Lissu, an outspoken government critic, was shot and wounded at his home in the capital on Thursday, his party said. "The attack took place at his Dodoma residence at midday," the main opposition party CHADEMA said in a statement, adding that Lissu was seriously wounded and rushed to hospital. The motive for the shooting is not known. Lissu, 49, has had a series of run-ins with the government of President John Magufuli and has been arrested at least six times this year, accused of insulting the president and disturbing public order among other charges. Lissu serves as chief whip for the parliamentary opposition and president of Tanzania's bar association, the Tanganyika Law Society, as well...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/07/17)
When Asteria Lymo saw her prepaid electricity meter was short of units, she grabbed her smartphone and bought some using Tigo Pesa, a local application that allows customers to pay their utility bills on their mobile phones. “I simply transferred the money from my bank account into my phone to buy electricity,” said the 35-year-old mother of three. “It’s fast, easy to use, efficient and saves a lot of time and money.” With 10,000 Tanzanian shillings (about $4.50), Lymo bought 28 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy - enough to power her home for one week. Previously, that would have meant standing in a queue for an hour to buy electricity coupons at a vending kiosk. Lymo, who lives in the Kimara...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/06/17)
Tanzania’s energy regulator raised the maximum retail prices of petrol and diesel on Wednesday, citing rising costs of petroleum imports, but cut the price of kerosene. Fuel prices have a big effect on inflation and the local currency in East Africa’s second-biggest economy, which relies on oil imports for transport and power generation. The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) raised the retail price of petrol by 0.53 percent and diesel by 3.10 percent. Kerosene prices were cut by 1.04 percent in the latest monthly caps, which take immediate effect. “The increases in petrol and diesel local pump prices have been caused by increases in the world oil market prices and bulk procurement system (BPS) premiums,” EWURA said in...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/06/17)
Gold miner Acacia, which is locked in a dispute with the Tanzanian government, said it has bought put options covering 210,000 ounces of gold at $1,300 per ounce. The options, worth $3.2 million, provide a minimum price for the majority of the group’s expected doré bar production for the next six months above its budgeted gold price of $1,200 per ounce, the miner said on Wednesday. Doré bars are rough gold, an alloy of gold and silver. Options will expire in equal installments of 35,000 ounces per month. Put options will give the company the right to sell gold at the strike price when it is struggling with negative cash flow due to its conflict with the government in Tanzania...
(Xinhuanet 09/06/17)
With his six-acre farm, Gallus Kayombo, an 85-year old farmer in Kyela district of Tanzania, used to get good cocoa yields annually, but with daunting challenges facing the crop, he gets a small number of beans leaving him languishing in poverty. "We have been growing cocoa for decades and it means everything to us, but the declining production and price truly made our lives harder," said Kayombo. Kayombo is among the hundreds of cocoa growers living in Kyela, a well-known district in southwestern Tanzania for growing organic cocoa. At the moment, around 80 percent of the country's crop comes from Kyela district, and the majority of plants are grown there in organic conditions, by smallholders on plots well below a...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/17)
A Tanzanian court has sentenced six men to 20 years in jail each for chopping off the hand of an albino boy in the hope of selling it as a witchcraft charm. The men were charged with severing the left hand of 12-year-old Mwigulu Matonange in February 2013 and running away with it, before some were caught scouting for a prospective buyer, the local Daily News reported. The United Nations estimates that at least 75 albinos were killed in Tanzania between 2000 and 2015 but says that could represent a fraction of the attacks as most occur in secretive rituals in rural areas. Albinos are attacked for their body parts, which are prized in witchcraft and can fetch a high...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/04/17)
Gold miner Acacia, which is locked in a dispute with the Tanzanian government, said it will have to reduce operations at its Bulyanhulu mine and cut its mostly Tanzanian workforce as it aims to return to profitability in 2018. Tanzania’s largest miner, which is majority-owned by Barrick Gold, is in dispute with Tanzania over tax payments and caught up in sweeping changes to the country’s mining industry spearheaded by President John Magufuli, who believes his country is not getting its fair share of profits. “As a result of the planned reduction in operating activity at Bulyanhulu, Acacia now expects annual production to be in the order of 100,000 ounces lower than the bottom of the previous guidance range of 850,000-900,000...
(Dw-World 09/04/17)
The government in Tanzania relentlessly continues to harass members of the opposition. While" there is no war, there is also no peace," says Tanzania political commentator Jenerali Ulimwengu. It is now becoming a near daily occurrence to witness this or that leader of the opposition arrested by the police on some charge that is not necessarily supported by the penal laws of Tanzania. A new normal is becoming acceptable in which even people's representatives - members of parliament and district councilors - can be held by security agents without the least regard for their status in the society or the propriety of the charges they are being arrested for. In one instance, Godbless Lema, the Member of Parliament for Arusha,...
(The Citizen 09/04/17)
Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan will award five women for their contribution to the country's development during this year's gender festival to be hosted by Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP). Others, who will be honoured for their notable contribution during the festival dubbed "The Transformation of Oppressive Systems for Gender Equality and Sustainable Development" are former Speaker of the National Assembly Anne Makinda, Dr Ester Mwaikambo, the first female in Tanzania to acquire a doctorate degree from University of Dar es Salaam, Ms Getrude Mongella, the first President of Pan African Parliament and Bunda Urban Member of Parliament Ester Bulaya and Fatuma Baraka (Bi Kidude). Speaking to reporters yesterday, TGNP Executive Director Lilian Liundi said TGNP recognised the role the...

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