Wednesday, 29 September 2010

RE-OPENING of Wag Hill Lodge

Mwanza Guide 'online' welcomes back 'Wag Hill Lodge'

Dear All,

Bill & I are very excited to advise you of the long awaited RE-OPENING of Wag Hill Lodge.

We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce Andy Murray as our new Operations Manager for Wag Hill Lodge.

There are quite a few changes which have been made at Wag Hill and we are now offering the opportunity of self-catering at the Lodge as well as maintaining the “All Inclusive” offer.

Should you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Andy or myself.

Kind regards

Robyn Light
Marketing Manager
Wag Hill Lodge
P.O. Box 3088
Phone +255 754 917 974

Friday, 24 September 2010

St Albans students’ African charity mission

From Advertiser24, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK
By Laura Roberts

The 36 students, who are members of the St Albans School Combined Cadet Force (CCF), travelled out to Mwanza in Tanzania during the summer holidays, and helped local craftsmen and builders construct two orphanages and a primary school.

Over the course of three weeks, the students painted classrooms at the Ilemela Primary School and Mt Zion Orphanage and helped plaster walls at the Watoto Wa Africa Orphanage. The cadets were prepared for the work with basic lessons in wall rendering from Seddon Property Services at Cheapside Farm, prior to their departure.

Derek Todd, bursar at St Albans School, who travelled with the students to Tanzania, said: “The boys did brilliantly. They had a great time and got quite competitive in their work.

“We achieved everything we hoped for – it was definitely an experience to remember.”

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From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DAILY NEWS Reporter

THE second edition of the Rocky City Marathon to be held at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza tomorrow is expected to attract 3,000 athletes, the race organizers said on Friday.

The event co-ordinator Raymond Kanyambo said all preparations ahead of Sunday’s showdown are well on place and that the registration exercise officially opened on Friday and will go on until today evening.

“There is a good response of people, we expect around 3,000 participants, we’re looking for a successful event,” Kanyambo said yesterday.

He said as of Friday, nine regions had already confirmed to participate in the race. He named the regions as Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Manyara, Mara, Mwanza, Singida, Kigoma, Tabora and Rukwa.

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TZ leads way in Ozone protection

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Ray Naluyaga, Citizen Bureau Chief in Mwanza.

Tanzania has been able to reduce the use of Cloroflourocarbons (CFC) chemicals which affect the Ozone layer by 86 percent from 254 tonnes in 1999 to 35.8 in 2009.

Speaking during the commemoration of the International Ozone Day which was officially marked in the country yesterday, the Mwanza Regional Administrative Secretary, Ms Doroth Mwanyika said the success was achieved as a result of the implementation of the Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol.

Tanzania is a signatory to the Vienna Convention of 1985 and the Montreal Protocol of September 1987 together with its amendments of London in 1993.

To mark the day, Ms Dorothy through her representative Elias Makoyi, the Nyamagana District administrative secretary inaugurated the Refrigeration Recovery and Recycling Centre recently established at the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) centre in Mwanza.

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Chief Chemist died of high blood pressure, wife reveals

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Alex Bitekeye

The departed Chief Government Chemist, Dr Ernest Mashimba has died of blood pressure, his widow said yesterday.

She made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday during the mass to bid her husband farewell before the body was transported to Kinamweri village in Kwimba district, Mwanza region for burial tomorrow.

Ms Rose Mashimba told reporters yesterday that his husband has been suffering from blood pressure for long time. She asked media to stop speculating as to what has killed her husband and give the family time to mourn the great loss.

At the same time, Kifungilo secondary school has offered to educate Ms Happy Mashimba, the late Chief Chemist daughter, who studies at the school.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

On The Road To Kigosi

From The Market Financial, Toronto, CANADA

My Dear Extended Family,

The sun has just risen over the magnificence of Lake Victoria. On one hand you can feel the excitement of the adventurers Burton and Speke as they first viewed this vast body of water on their march to declare it as the headwaters of the Nile.

You might think of the hallmark movie, “The African Queen,” as Bogart finally leaves the mango forest and wetlands to embark on Lake Victoria in search of the one German warship plying these waters in the early 1900s.

I, like Burton, am taken with the sincerity and friendliness of Tanzania, then Tanganyika people. I see the deep spirituality resident here, but almost destroyed by the missionaries. It was so for Burton then and is for those that care to see it now.

As the sun rises the multi-million dollar estates that dot the mountain ridges around Ryan’s Bay stand in stark confirmation of the economic explosion that has and is occurring here in Mwanza.

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Monday, 20 September 2010

12,000 Jobs at stake

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Damas Kanyabwoya

Tens of thousands of permanent and temporary jobs in the textiles subsector are at stake following an acute shortage of cotton currently facing the country, The Citizen has learnt. About 12,000 jobs could soon be lost in textile factories alone, while more than 5,000 seasonal jobs would be lost in ginneries in the cotton producing regions of Mwanza, Shinyanga and Mara.

As most factories remain with stocks of raw materials to last only a month or two, all the cotton harvested this season is reportedly sold out. This leaves textile mills with no option but to close down if they are not restocked with cotton.

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Tanzania means well with Serengeti road

From The East African, Nairobi, KENYA

The plan by the Tanzanian government to construct a major highway through the Serengeti has elicited sharp reactions from varied quarters.

Critics are calling for a resolve of the “Serengeti row” without examining at length the reasons why the Tanzania government has taken that road.

Environmentalists have argued that the construction of a tarmac road would dent tourism earnings, destabilise the natural ecosystem of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Parks and most importantly, interfere with the wildebeest migration which has gained international recognition as the seventh new wonder of the world.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Closure of Dar venue mars live broadcast

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Clara Alphonce

The closure of Uhuru Stadium has forced Star TV, a station that has exclusive rights to broadcast live Premier League matches, to televise Kirumba Stadium games only.

The Mwanza- based TV station secured the rights to broadcast the matches early this season after eclipsing its competitors.

Star TV director Samwel Nyala told The Citizen yesterday that the closure of the venue dealt them a blow since their Open Broadcasting Van (OB Van) could not travel long distances.

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Sunday, 12 September 2010

2010 Global Festival for Peace - 'Embracing All Traditions'

Mwanza Guide 'online' informs:

The HUGE party is coming up on the 18th of September 2010 - at Ilemela Beach.

EVERYONE’s invited between 2pm and 2am and it’s going to be wild bigger than anything Mwanza’s ever seen!

What’s it all about?
EarthDance is the world’s largest synchronised music and dance initiative for peace - it celebrates in festival style through music, dance and all forms of creative arts, bringing people of all backgrounds together - and it’s arrived in Mwanza!

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Friday, 10 September 2010

Three drown in Lake Victoria

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THREE people have drowned in Lake Victoria on Wednesday when a canoe they were travelling in capsized.

The Mwanza Acting Regional Police Commander, Mr Nonosius Komba, told reporters here that the accident occurred at Isakuliko village, Sengerema district after the canoe was hit by strong winds.

He mentioned the deceased as John Saguye, a Misasi resident whose age could not be known, Fikiri Kafura of Kasomeko village whose age could neither be known and one who was identified by a single name as Keja (30).

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14 arrested over Std 7 exam fraud

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Reporters, Mwanza and Songea

A total of 14 teachers and invigilators have been arrested in Ruvuma and Mwanza regions for alleged cheating during the just completed Standard Seven national examinations.

Five primary school teachers in Sengerema district, Mwanza were on Tuesday arrested by police in possession of answer sheets of the just ended examination while in Songea nine teachers and invigilators were arrested in two incidents on allegations of providing answers to the finalists.

Photo: Minister for Education and Vocational Training. Hon. Prof Jumanne Maghembe.

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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Foreigner destroys banknote

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Frederick Katulanda, Mwanza

Police in Mwanza are holding a Pakistani national allegedly for deliberately tearing up a Sh 5,000 note in public.

The 35-year-old Pakistani was about to board a plane at Mwanza Airport when he committed the offence.

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Sunday, 5 September 2010

Nigeria louds Tanzania for successful preparation of fifth EA trade fair

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

NIGERIA High Commission to Tanzania Dr Ishaya Majanbu has commended the country for its successful preparation of the 5th East Africa Trade Fair recently held here at Ilemela grounds.

The Ambassador gave the praise here when he toured various business stalls for both local and international companies which came from the East African member states. “It is really a great honour for me with my delegation to be here.

For sure, I am so much impressed with what you have done here as a country, to make this huge economic trade fair to be possible, this is not a little thing,” he said.

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Saturday, 4 September 2010

Disabled spell out their reasons for polls apathy

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Gerald Lumanyika

Disabled people in Mwanza Region say they have not participated in this year’s General Election by contesting in various posts because of being stigmatized.

They made the remarks recently through the Nyamagana district chairman of the Tanzania Society for the Disabled, Mr Anthony Chacha.

Speaking to The Citizen after receiving five wheelchairs and as many tricycles from the Mwanza City Council director, Mr Wilson Kabwe, he said the Tanzania society does not yet have confidence with disabled peoples’ ability to lead.

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Thursday, 2 September 2010

Tanzanians urged to buy local products

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

TANZANIANS have been urged to buy locally-made products to boost the economy.

This was said here on Tuesday evening by the Permanent Secretary in the East African Co-operation Ministry, Dr Stergomena Tax Bamwenda at the official opening of the East African Trade Fair at Saba Saba grounds on the outskirts of Mwanza City.

She said that it is high time for Tanzanians and the other members of the East African Community (EAC) to be proud of their products.

“The East African people should be proud of what they produce instead of buying goods from abroad”, she said.

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Police net Cameroonian with 74 fake dollars

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

POLICE in Mwanza have arrested a Cameroonian, Gerald Njii (28) for allegedly possessing 74 fake 100 dollar notes.

Mwanza Regional Police Commander (RPC), Simon Sirro, told reporters on Wednesday that the suspect was nabbed at Rehema Guest House, following a special operation against criminals in the city. He was also found with four 10,000/- fake notes.

“We are still investigating his case and once we are through we will send him to court,” he said.

He advised people to be very careful when exchanging paper money to avoid being given fake notes.

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Rebounding Nile perch linked to Lake Victoria conservation effort

From Business Daily, Nairobi, Kenya

Coordinated conservation measures to arrest the steep decline of stocks of the Nile perch in Lake Victoria are showing encouraging results - for fish, if not for fishing communities around the lake.

At the end of each day, the boats return to Mwanza, a city on the edge of Lake Victoria, in the northeast of Tanzania.

The catch is not what it once was: each boat’s crew quickly sells the 50 or so fish they have landed.

Paul Johaiven is one of the fishermen. Like many of the others, the 25-year-old got no further than primary school.

For want of alternatives, he turned to the lake to earn a living.

The Nile perch was introduced to the lake in the 1950s while Tanzania was still a British colony.

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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Bank to open 2 more branches

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Victor Karega

The Mkombozi Commercial Bank Limited (MKCB) has set aside Sh2 billion for opening new branches in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.

“It's all about expanding our network as fast as possible,” managing director Adwina Lupembe told The Citizen yesterday in Dar es Salaam. MKCB had Sh9.1 billion customer deposits during its first year of operation.

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