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Tanzanian president John Magufuli inaugurates
construction of Rufiji mega hydro power project

by Lucas Liganga DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday officially inaugurated the construction of a mega hydropower project, saying the government wants to improve electricity supply to boost industrialization drive.

The 3-billion-U.S.-dollar project at Stiegler’s gorge inside the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is being jointly built by two Egyptian companies, Arab Contractors and El Sewedy Electric Co.

"This is the first day in the economic liberation of Tanzania. It’s a unique and historic day," Magufuli said at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the project televised live by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC).

"The investment and generation costs for the Rufiji project are cheaper than any other alternative source of electricity. Our manufacturing factories cannot be competitive if the cost electricity remains high," he said.

Magufuli said the 2,115-megawatt Rufiji power project would more than double the East African country’s current power generation capacity of around 1,600 megawatts.

"This project is expected to be completed in June 2022. Make sure you accomplish this project on time or before time," he told the Egyptian contractors.

Magufuli also ordered the country’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism to begin the process of splitting the Selous Game Reserve into two wildlife sanctuaries.

The game reserve, covering 50,000 square kilometers, is one of Africa’s largest protected wildlife sanctuaries.

Magufuli said he wants more than half of the existing Selous Game Reserve to be demarcated into a national park to be named after the country’s founding president Julius Nyerere.

The remaining area will continue to be used as a hunting reserve, he said.

The head of state said Tanzania had not benefitted enough from tourist hunting activities at the Selous.

The project has attracted intense scrutiny with conservationists both at home and abroad calling for a comprehensive strategic environmental assessment before it is implemented.
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Tanzania starts process to establish Nyerere National Park in Selous: official

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities said on Monday they have started a process to establish Nyerere National Park in the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO heritage site.

Adolf Mkenda, the permanent secretary in theMinistry of Natural Resources and Tourism, said the ministry will officially table a resolution in the next parliamentary session for the establishment of the Nyerere National Park in the Selous Game Reserve.

"The ministry will deploy a team of experts to the reserve to start the re-demarcation process upon the approval of the resolution," he told a news conference in Morogoro region.

The official added: "Today we have a management meeting to discuss the proposed initiative.

"After tabling it in parliament, we hope the president will approve it as soon as possible so that we start the process."

He said the re-demarcation process will be conducted in a scientific manner to ensure it did not impact wildlife populations in the reserve, adding that the creation of the new national park was intended to generate substantial income through tourism.

However, Mkenda did not specify the actual size of the reserve that will be used for the establishment of the proposed Nyerere National Park, insisting that the ministry will provide further details in the near future.

Last week, President John Magufuli ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism to begin the process of splitting the Selous Game Reserve into two wildlife sanctuaries.

The game reserve, covering about 50,000 square kilometers, is one of Africa’s largest protected wildlife sanctuaries.

Speaking at the inauguration of the mega Rufiji hydropower project located in the Selous Game Reserve, Magufuli said he wanted more than half of the existing Selous Game Reserve to be demarcated into a national park to be named after the country’s founding president Julius Nyerere.

The remaining area will continue to be used as a hunting reserve, he said.

The head of state said Tanzania had not benefited enough from tourist hunting activities in the Selous Game Reserve.
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Tanzania mega hydropower project set for takeoff in Rufiji

by Lucas Liganga DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The official construction of Tanzania’s mega Rufiji hydropower project, which is expected to produce 2,115 megawatts (MW) and promote the country’s socioeconomic growth, will be launched by Tanzanian President John Magufuli this coming Friday, a senior official has said.

Hassan Abbasi, director of the Tanzania Information Services Department and chief government spokesperson, told Xinhua in an interview Monday that the decision marks a major step of the government to fulfill its commitment of bolstering the energy sector for broader national industrialization as promised during the presidential campaign in 2015.

Abbasi said the launch of the 3-billion-U.S.-dollar hydropower project will take place at the Rufiji hydropower project site in Rufiji, formerly known as Stiegler’s Gorge Dam.

The project, located southeast of the country’s largest Selous Game Reserve, which covers an area of 50,000 square km and borders the Coast and Morogoro regions, will be the implementation of a 1980 plan that could not be put into effect because of resource constraints, the official said.

Despite the provision of adequate power supply to the country by adding 2,115 MW to the national grid, Abbasi said larger reservoirs to be constructed will contribute to multiple areas, including flood control, water supply, irrigation, fisheries and recreation.

"The project is expected to unleash a myriad of untold benefits to hardworking Tanzanians," said Abbasi, adding that an estimated 12,000 people will be directly employed during the three years of the project’s implementation.

The official said the project will also boost the tourism industry through sports fishing, boat rides and photographic safaris.

Another benefit of the project will be changing people’s lives through various socioeconomic activities in such areas as agriculture, aquaculture and fishing, said Abbasi.

The dam, once completed, will also create a permanent reservoir with a total storage capacity of 34,000 million cubic meters, said the official, adding that the reservoir would be a potential permanent reliable source of water.

In April, the Tanzanian government made an advance payment of about 309 million dollars to an Egyptian company for the construction of the hydroelectric project.

Doto James, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance, handed over a check for the amount to representatives of Egypt’s state-owned Arab Contractors.

The payment was part of an estimated cost of 3 billion dollars to be wholly funded by the Tanzanian government, said James.

In the same month, Tanzania’s CRDB Bank Plc and the United Bank for Africa signed a 737.5-million-dollar bank guarantee with the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) for the implementation of the mega hydropower project.

In May 2018, the Tanzanian government’s budget proposal contained an allocation of 307 million dollars for the construction of the project.

The government of Tanzania signed a 3-billion-dollar landmark deal with Arab Contractors on Dec. 12, 2018.

Shortly after the agreement was signed, Magufuli reiterated his dismissal of environmental concerns, saying the project will be eco-friendly.

He said only a tiny fraction of the Selous Game Reserve, a world heritage site, would be used to build the proposed hydropower dam.

The project has attracted intense scrutiny with conservationists both at home and abroad calling for a comprehensive strategic environmental assessment before it is implemented.
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UPDATE:

Tanzania police warn against criminal disturbances during SADC summit

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police on Friday said they will deal squarely with criminals who dare create disturbances during the forthcoming 39th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government.

The summit to be held in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam between Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 will attract 16 heads of state and government, and more than 1,000 other delegates from the regional bloc’s member countries.

"We want to see a peaceful and fruitful SADC meeting.

"We don’t expect any incident associated with criminality," Liberatus Sabas, the east African nation’s chief of police operations, told a news conference.

He said police were on full alert to ensure that security was maintained to the highest degree from now throughout the SADC meeting.

During the summit, President John Magufuli will assume the chairmanship of SADC for a year to August 2020.

SADC was established through a treaty signed on Aug. 17, 1992 by 11 founding members in which Tanzania was a member.

The SADC membership has over the years grown to 16.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Number of tourists visiting Tanzania rises to 1.5 million in 2018: official

by Lucas Liganga DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A Tanzanian government official said on Saturday the number of tourists visiting the east African nation has risen from 1.3 million in 2017 to 1.5 million in 2018.

Adolf Mkenda, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, said following the rise, tourist activities generated 2.4 billion U.S. dollars from 2.3 billion dollars earned in 2017.

Releasing the ministry’s latest tourism statistics at a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Mkenda said the top 15 tourist markets accounted for 71.8 percent of total visitors with the United States of America taking the lead accounting for 15.6 percent, followed by Kenya and the United Kingdom.

The tourism sector recorded 25 percent of earned foreign currency that contributed to 17 percent of the gross domestic product, said the official.

He said the statistics were collected by the ministry in 2018 in collaboration with the Bank of Tanzania, National Bureau of Statistics, Immigration Department and the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism.

"The rise in tourist arrivals is largely explained by the ongoing extensive promotional efforts coupled with beautiful tourist attractions in the country," he said.
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Tanzanian president inaugurates new airport terminal

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Thursday inaugurated here a new state-of-the-art terminal of the Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Terminal 3, which cost 722 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 314 million U.S. dollars) to build, will help the airport increase the number of passengers from 2 million to 8 million annually.

The president said in an event televised live by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation that the construction of the terminal had been done using local funding.

"By accomplishing this grand project it shows that Tanzanians can achieve toward implementation of mega projects without depending on foreign funding," said Magufuli.

He said it was now high time Tanzanians decided to implement and accomplish mega projects without donor dependence.

Magufuli mentioned other mega projected being implemented using local funding as the Rufiji hydropower project expected to generate 2,115 megawatts, the upgrading and renovation of 15 airports, the standard railway gauge, the longest bridge over Lake Victoria and the construction of roads, among others.

He urged the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication and the Tanzania National Roads Agency to ensure that the new terminal was well maintained because it acted as the country’s mirror for foreign visitors using the airport.
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Tanzania government to boost security in airports to control smuggling

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities on Saturday pledged to beef up security in all airports to control smuggling of goods, including natural resources, out of the east African nation.

Hamad Masauni, the deputy minister for home affairs, said the beefing up of security in the airports will involve deployment of enough security personnel and sniffer dogs.

He was speaking at an inspection tour of the newly built terminal 3 of the Julius Nyerere International Airport in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Masauni visited the airport four days after President John Magufuli had lashed out at Tanzania’s security and defense forces for laxity that led to the smuggling out of the country of 35.34 kilograms of gold in February 2018.

The gold was intercepted by Kenyan security officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in the capital Nairobi after it was transported through Mwanza airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.

"This is a shame to our security and defense organs," said the head of state, commending the Kenyan security and defense forces for intercepting the gold at the JKIA.

Magufuli ordered the country’s security and defense organs to reinforce security in the country’s airports in order not to repeat what had happened in February 2018.

The Kenyan government has handed over the 35.34 kilograms of gold to Tanzania.
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Tourists taken on two week train journey between Tanzania and Angola

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Luxury Across-Africa
Train Journey from
Tanzania to Angola

LOBITO BAY Angola (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on July 28, 2019 shows the train of 'Rovos Rail' in Lobito Bay, Angola.

The train comes from Dar es Salaam and passes through Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola, and takes about 4,300 kilometers. It finally reaches Lobito Bay, the port of Angola on the Atlantic coast.
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