| Africatime
Wednesday 29 March 2017
(24 Tanzania 03/28/13)
New minimum wages which private employers will be obliged to pay their workers will be announced next month (April). In her inaugural address of a Trade Union Congress of Tanzania general council meeting, Minister for Labor and Employment, Gaudensia Kabaka said it’s been a long time since the statutory minimum wage was announced. “My ministry will announce the new minimum wage next month after consultations of sector boards which determine such wages,” Ms Kabaka said in Dar es Salaam. She said it took a long time to review the wages because of the need to increase the number of boards and sectors which normally sit and adjudicate such processes from eight to 12. She urged union leaders to be united...
(In2 East Africa 03/28/13)
Tanzania received 6,730,178 tourists between 2001 / 2002 and 2011 / 2012 seasons, bringing in total a revenue of 614,385,301,993/-, the Director General (DG) of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Mr Allan Kijazi, has revealed. He said last year alone there were 945,794 tourists, who visited Tanzania, earning for the nation 109,372,608,221/- from the tourism industry in contrast to the previous year when a turn-over of 102,515,251,757/- was generated from 1,019,027 tourists. Mr Kijazi said a revenue earned last year from tourism was the highest so far compared to 15,748,972,000/- earned during 2001 / 2002 when the country received 345,796 visitors. During 2010 / 2011, a record number of visitors visited the country, he added. The DG also said that TANAPA...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(CNN 03/26/13)
(Financial Times) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to unveil a big port project in Tanzania during his first visit to Africa as head of state, highlighting China's growing infrastructure investments in the resource-rich continent. Chinese investment in and trade with Africa have soared over the past decade, with China's lending to developing country governments and companies surpassing that of the World Bank during certain periods. The visit to Tanzania is rich in symbolism because the Tanzania-Zambia railroad, built in the 1970s, was one of China's first major infrastructure projects in Africa. During his trip, Mr Xi is expected to sign several co-operation agreements with Tanzania, including plans for a $10bn port project in Bagamoyo, Philip Marmo, Tanzania's ambassador...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(24 Tanzania 03/20/13)
China’s new president, Mr Xi Jinping, is expected to officially inaugurate the construction of the proposed modern Port at Bagamoyo, in Coast Region, when he jets into Tanzania on his first state visit abroad. Addressing a forum of Chinese Companies that are investing in Africa at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beijing, the Tanzanian envoy to China, Mr Philip Marmo, said that the proposed ultra-modern port to be constructed at Bagamoyo will be a crucial point of entry linking Africa to Asia and Europe through a special export processing zone. Mr Marmo said that China will be supporting Tanzania in executing the ambitious project which will also include a satellite city and airport. This, he said, will be in addition...
(24 Tanzania 03/20/13)
The government will continue to demonstrate a strong political commitment to achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number four and five towards reducing child mortality and maternal health respectively. Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Rashid, said in a speech read on his behalf by Assistant Director for Reproductive and Child Health Division, Dr Neema Rusubamayila that despite efforts to reduce child mortality, there is still work to be done to achieve the goal. “While under-five mortality in Tanzania has decreased to 112 deaths per 1,000 live births, up to 47 per cent of children die in the neo-natal period or during the first month of life,” Dr Rashid said. Dr Rashid made the remarks while...
(The Citizen 03/19/13)
Dar es Salaam. The Chadema director of Defence and Security was charged yesterday with conspiring to kidnap and poison the managing editor of Mwananchi, Mr Dennis Msacky. Mr Wilfred Lwakatare and Mr Ludovick Rwezaura Joseph were arrested last week after a video clip in the social networks allegedly linked them with a torture plot. The two, who face four counts, denied the charges before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court and were taken back to remand prison until Wednesday, when the court will rule on their bail request. The accused appeared before principal resident magistrate Emmilius Mchauru. According to the charges read by the prosecution, Mr Lwakatare and Mr Joseph committed the offences on or about December 28 last year at...
(24 Tanzania 03/18/13)
Members of the private sector in the Lake Zone Region have been urged to unite and take advantage of natural resources in the area for their development and that of the nation at large. Speaking at a meeting to sensitize them on the need to work in clusters, the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) Executive Director, Mr Godfrey Simbeye, said strengthening of relations among TPSF members will see the private sector prospering and meaningfully contributing to national building endeavours. According to Mr Simbeye, clusters arrangement will allow more inclusiveness, more diverse membership and strengthening good governance in TPSF operations. Mr Simbeye told lake zone members in a meeting held over the weekend that there is every reason for the private...
(24 Tanzania 03/18/13)
The Secretariat of the East African Community (EAC) has approved 53tr/- for implementation of the region’s largest ever economic project to construct a deep-sea free port at Mwambani in Tanga Region and a new heavy haul standard gauge railway. In an interview with the ‘Daily News’ in Dar es Salaam, a co-Director of the project, Mr Cuthbert Tenga, said the Mwambani Economic Corridor would link the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean from Tanzania, through Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He said top officials of the MWAPORC, an acronym for Mwambani Port and Railway Corridor, a Tanzanian Project Company, met with the EAC Secretariat in Arusha on March 8, this year, to present details of the modern, efficient...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Ipp media 03/12/13)
High frequency Government interference into the Tanzania Football federation’s affairs has prompted FIFA to inquire details that might be used to impose suspension. FIFA has inquired from the TFF secretariat a confirmation if there is any Government intervention in the football body’s activities. According to an official communication from FIA to the TFF dated March 10, upon confirmation an indefinite suspension will be deployed against Tanzania. FIFA learned the recent development through Tanzanian media on the antagonism between TFF and the Ministry for Information, Culture, Youth and Sport that has reiterated its stance to force TFF use the 2006 constitution in its general election that has so far stalled. FIFA has revealed that there is evidence through various media reports...
(Ipp media 03/12/13)
The government has reaffirmed its commitment to work with Chinese investors in Tanzania for the mutual benefit of both countries. The acting Executive Director of Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), Raymond Mbilinyi said that the government through the agency will continue to improve the investment climate in Tanzania to enable Chinese investors and others to succeed in their businesses and investment ventures. Mbilinyi, who was speaking during the conference titled ‘Security and Investment in Tanzania’ in Dar es Salaam at the weekend which involved Chinese investors said the government is committed to strengthen the historical relations between the two countries by promoting investment opportunities. “If improved, these (investment and business) are the areas that can bind us together and mutually develop...
(Inter Press Service (IPS) 03/08/13)
ARUSHA, Tanzania (IPS) - The local Tanzanian community bordering Lake Nyasa is no nearer to understanding what the conflict between their country and Malawi is about, nor why so much is at stake, as mediation efforts between Malawi and Tanzania are expected to begin soon. The 29,000-square-kilometre tranquil lake, known as Lake Malawi by Malawians, is a tourist spot, source of revenue and food for local populations. But since July 2012, it was discovered that the lake could potentially be a lucrative oil and gas source, and it rekindled a border dispute between the southern African neighbours over who owns the lake. Malawi claims sovereignty over the entirety of the lake that straddles the borders of Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania...
(Ipp media 03/08/13)
The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) has opened a money distribution centre that will serve financial institutions based in Pemba Island by supplying them with coins as well as increase the frequency of currency exchange to reduce the old ones in circulation. BoT Deputy Governor, Policy, Economy and Finance, Dr Natu Mwamba, was speaking during a brief ceremony to launch the centre on the island earlier this week. He said that the central bank has decided to establish the centre in a bid increase availability of coins for the financial institutions on the island and to in the process increase coin circulation to the public and raising their spending power in the process vitalizing the islands economy. The centre is located...
(Ipp media 03/08/13)
China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) has said it will continue working with foreign customers and local partners to establish long-term and stable relations. CITCC Deputy Director Haijun Jiang said in an interview with this paper early this week that the move would enable the company to build a stable information platform for communication between China and other countries, including Tanzania. “We want to enhance cordial working relations with all countries we are operating in and extend more cooperation with others,” he said, adding that they currently boast business relations with more than 60 multinational corporations in 35 countries worldwide. “We are all over the world providing customers, among them telecommunication operators, government organisations, manufacturers of a wide range of...
(BBC News Africa 03/08/13)
Nine years ago, without any experience in journalism, Tanzania's Emelda Mwamanga started her country's first lifestyle publication, Bang! magazine, which now also reaches audiences in neighbouring Uganda, Kenya and Zambia. She had returned home from South Africa shortly after completing a degree in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies at the University of Cape Town, and was working as a human resource officer for Coca Cola when she decided to publish her magazine on the side. Her starting capital was $3,000 (£2,000) that she had saved from her job and $6,000 she borrowed from a bank. "Since I was in university, I had this passion of magazines and I used to collect a lot of lifestyle magazines in South Africa. Back...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
Malawi has expressed its displeasure that the executive secretary of the Forum for Former Heads of State, which is currently mediating the Lake Malawi border dispute with Tanzania, is a Tanzanian national. Foreign Affairs minister Ephraim Mganda Chiume told reporters in Lilongwe on Saturday that submissions Malawi presented to chairman of the Forum, former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano, that it had observed the presence of a Tanzanian national, Professor John Tesia, as executive secretary of the Forum. "We expressed the same to the forum. We were also concerned about the security of our submissions considering that the executive secretary is Tanzanian. As to whether he should remain executive secretary or recuse himself, is a matter for the forum to decide,"...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
Three former presidents from the Sadc region, including South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki, are expected to form a panel to mediate in the Lake Malawi border dispute between Malawi and Tanzania Nation Online has learnt. The revelation has come barely one week after Tanzania submitted its position on the dispute to the Forum of Former African Heads of State and Governments, which is currently being chaired by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano. In an interview on Monday, Malawi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Principal Secretary Patrick Kabambe said the forum proposed that the mediation process would be done by a panel of three former presidents comprising Chissano, Mbeki and Botswana’s Festus Mogae. Kabambe, who also confirmed that Malawi has...

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