Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Lobby group reveals blatant consumers' rights abuse

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Felix Andrew

The level of consumers' rights awareness in Tanzania is awfully low, according to the latest survey.

The Tanzania Consumer Advocacy Society (TCAS) Executive Director Bernard Kihiyo said over the weekend that the study has exposed that consumers` perception and attitudes with respect to businesses' accountability and responsiveness to consumers` needs and interests in Tanzania is almost near to the ground.

The survey was conducted in five regions on Mainland Tanzania namely Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Coast and Mwanza Regions in February this year.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

World Disability Day

By Lizzie Cameron is in Musoma

The Musoma Engineering Project is the only charity of its kind in the region and aims to provide teaching and support for local disabled children and teenagers.
With the project Lizzie will be helping the teachers teach skills like woodworking, leatherwork and dressmaking. Follow her experiences in her blogs and video diaries.

November 27, 2007
Tomorrow, Dennis, 25 of the students and me leave for Mwanza to start our three-day sponsored cycle and World Disability Day celebrations.

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Fistula in Pictures

From The RH Reality Check
By Shaleece Haas

Fistula is prevalent throughout the developing world and women are susceptible to getting fistulas anywhere there is a breakdown in the health system.

One by One provides grants to support the work of organizations working to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in the developing world. One by One’s primary grantee for 2007 is the Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania.

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Life saving HIV laboratory for infants launched

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Simon Kivamwo

Hardly a week to go before Tanzania marks World's AIDS Day (Stop AIDS: Leadership), another step towards fighting the pandemic was recorded this weekend in Mwanza when a new laboratory, able to carry out early infant HIV diagnosis (EID) using dried blood spot (DBS) was launched at Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) by the Minister responsible for Health and Social Affairs Prof. David Mwakyusa. Correspondent Simon Kivamwo witnessed the event and narrates further.

This laboratory is the first of its kind in Tanzania and will be able to detect HIV infection in children as young as four weeks of age.

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Record High Gold Values Reported by Tanzanian Royalty From RC Drill Program at Kigosi Project in Tanzania



Tanzanian Royalty is pleased to announce that a Phase 4 Reverse Circulation (RC) drill program has returned record high gold values at the Company's Kigosi Project in Tanzania. In addition, the Company has discovered a seventh gold bearing shoot containing encouraging values within one of two previously established shear zones on the Kigosi property which is located in the prolific Lake Victoria Greenstone Belt.

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Saturday, 24 November 2007

Kigoma - Mwanza line

From Railway Gazette International, United Kingdom

After visiting Germany in September, Rwandan Prime Minister Bernard Makuza said Railion would assist with the construction of a route to provide the country with its first railway to access the Indian Ocean through Tanzania.

About 400 km of new construction is needed to link the capital Kigali to Isaka on Tanzania's Kigoma - Mwanza line.

Friday, 23 November 2007

It Was Hard Enough, Now Authorities Want Their Carts

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam

A commuter bus filled with passengers leaves the Chai ya Kwanza bus stop along Nyerere Road heading towards the central market. Suddenly, from the opposite direction, a man pushes his cart into the road as he attempts to cross from right to left heading for Balewa Street. The driver jams his foot on the brakes as he swerves the car to the right, missing the cart and its pusher by a mere whisker. The sudden braking irritates many passengers some of whom are heard shouting in anger.

Recovering his breath, a passenger seated next to the driver remarks,"Oh dear, that was close!"

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Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Zahara Solar in Mwanza wins NBC award

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Gadiosa Lamtey

The National Bank of Commerce (NBC) Sunday night awarded best twelve small and medium entrepreneurs nominated by the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) for their excellent performance last year.

Speaking during occasion, NBC Company Secretary Alfred Woiso said that this was the second time running for such an event to be organized by TCCIA under the sponsorship of NBC.

The competition was restricted to TCCIA members, though for this year, even non-Chamber members are legible for participation.

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Saturday, 17 November 2007

1000 Now Jobless As Kiltex Grinds to a Halt

From Arusha Times, Arusha

Just six years after being re-opened, Arusha's third largest textile firm, the New Kilimanjaro Textile Mills (LKILTEX) has closed down. The management has confirmed the closure but said it will be for a few months. Workers on the other hand are pessimistic.

KILTEX closure has so far sent about 1000 people who were employed at the factory down the streets looking for new jobs. That will not be easy however, because the other two big textile mills in Arusha, Sun-Flag and A-to-Z , are also trimming their work forces apparently to cut down overhead costs especially in view of the recently announced salaries.

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Thursday, 15 November 2007

WiMAX debuts in Tanzania

From ArabianBusiness.Com, Abu Dhabi, UAE
By Ronan Shields

Tanzania will get its first WiMAX network with telecommunications provider Hotspot Business Solutions pairing with Canada's Redline Communications Group to deploy the wireless network.

The first phase of the deployment starts today as Hotspot launches the service in the country's commercial centre Dar es Salaam and Mwanza, with the rollout eventually extending to Arusha in December 2007.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Banro's wiley Afrikaner

From, South Africa
By Allan Seccombe

Banro plans to use Mwanza in Tanzania as its services base. Mwanza services the Tanzanian mining industry and can be supplied via the Dar Es Salaam port.

IT JUST might be that in the unassuming, home-grown demeanour of Mike Prinsloo, Canada’s Banro Corp. has chosen a man perfectly suited to coping with life’s logistical difficulties, large and small.

Having had clothes and other personal affects seemingly left behind in Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport by the country’s national carrier, the veteran miner calmly set about some late Sunday afternoon shopping in Nairobi.

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Sunday, 11 November 2007

Pope Benedict XVI names new Musoma bishop

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DAILY NEWS Reporter

THE Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Father Michael Msonganzila (51) of Mwanza Archdiocese, the new Bishop of Musoma Catholic Diocese.

A press release issued by the Catholic Secretariat in Dar es Salaam yesterday said that until his new appointment, Father Msonganzila was the national director of the Pontifical Missionary Works at the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC).

He was born on July 17, 1956 at Bukumbi, Mwanza. He studied at Nyegezi minor seminary and later joined Ntungamo Major Seminary in Bukoba for philosophical studies.

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Saturday, 3 November 2007

192 babies dumped countrywide - 18 in Mwanza

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

SOME 192 babies, ninety of them girls, were found dumped in the past two years, the National Assembly was told yesterday.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Aisha Kigoda, said during the question and answer session that the babies were being cared for at various centres in the country.

“Unfortunately my ministry has no details over how many dumped babies died,” She said when responding to a question asked by Ms Mariam Kasembe (Special Seats). Dar es Salaam led with 139 dumped babies, she added.

It was followed by Mwanza , the country’s second largest city, with 18 dumped babies and Kagera 11, she said.

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Friday, 2 November 2007

Upcountry train leaves with rickety coaches

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Passenger train service from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza and Kigoma that was suspended by the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) for almost one year resumed effectively yesterday under a new name, Tanzania Railways LTD (TRL).

The nearly defunct railway, which was bought out by the India-based company on September 3, was originally slated to have a full overhaul of repairs and reopen by January next year, but trains left the station ahead of schedule yesterday. The Central Line is now back in full swing, running from Dar es Salaam to western, central and Lake Zone towns, and then to Lake Victoria, where wagon ferries will link up the former East African Railway lines.

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