Author: Giza Mdoe

Giza Mdoe is an experienced journalist with 10 plus years. He's been a Creative Director on various brand awareness campaigns and a former Copy Editor for some of Tanzania's leading newspapers. He's a graduate with a BA in Journalism from the University of San Jose.

There is need to regulate the wage amount paid to labourers in Tanzania particularly in the construction industry  if the country is to reduce poverty levels and increase professionalism in the sector. Last month I hired a Dar es Salaam based wage labourer to do some basic construction work for me. As he worked, we ventured into conversation deliberating the working conditions of wage labourers in the country. ‘Richie’ the only name he was willing to offer me, said his regular day starts before dawn. “I have to wake up before the sun comes up,” he chuckles but…

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Tanzania has shutdown all activities at one of its largest open air livestock market, the Meserani Livestock Auction Market in Monduli, Arusha. To enforce the ban, the government sent down armed police officers to stop any trading from taking place; a daunting task when you take into consideration the fact that the market handles well over 1,000 traders every single day. The move is in line with the national ban on mass gatherings in the face of the ongoing Covid-19 threat. Safety first, but the close to 200 000 pastoralists who exclusively rely on cattle trade now have to find…

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As the rest of the country shuts down all entry ports, heavily reliant on tourism, the spice Isles of Zanzibar are allowing charter flights to land but with strict conditions. Isles authorities have permitted charter flights bringing tourists to the island to land but on condition that all persons on board enter a 14 days quarantine stay, at their own expense. This surprising turn of events happens in the backdrop of ongoing global threat of the spread of coronavirus. Even leading sports leagues have been cancelled and regional high profile meetings are been held on conference calls. Across Africa, the…

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There are now more than 100,000 mini-grid stations across Africa, these little power generation stations are serving to bridge Africa’s rural power gap and Tanzania is no exception. While the country leads Africa in rural electrification efforts, there is still huge gap between demand and supply and the solution to cover it lays in mini-grids, small power stations that generate power at localized remote points. To date, Tanzania has well over 100 mini-grids that provide electrical power to over 250,000 people in remote corners of the country. These mini-grids provide close to 200 MW using biomass, fossil fuel and solar…

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More than ever before, Tanzania and the rest of Africa need to employ rain harvesting technology. Global climate changing is drastically affecting weather patterns, rains are heavier or missing completely, droughts in otherwise tropical areas, cyclones and tornadoes ravaging through coastlines. Weather is now less predictable than ever before. For both economic and social reasons, Tanzania needs to make the best of the rains when they come, Tanzania needs to harvest rain water. While at national or even city levels, there are some sophisticated equations involved in rain harvesting, like building reservoirs and purification sites, but all in all, the…

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When it comes to extractive industries, Tanzania is one of Africa’s richest countries. From minerals to marine resources, Tanzania has it all. It is the World’s only source of Tanzanite, a blue gem said to be 1000 times rarer than diamond. It is home to the highest mountain on the continent and Lake Tanganyika, the World’s deepest lake. How to manage the extractive industries is an insurmountable task that has seen many countries plunge into endless civil wars. At the center of this strife is a matter of much deliberation but one word can describe the complex mechanisms that are…

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Coffee production in South America is on a sharp increase and the resulting market flood is severely hurting East African coffee growers. As supply increases, the market price is steadily falling. For trading blocs like the East African Community (EAC) where coffee is traditionally among the leading export commodities, the lower market prices spell a gloomy period up ahead. In fact, for most of the East African countries, coffee accounts for 76 percent of the value of all agricultural exports put together. So losing the coffee market is a severe blow to economic development in East Africa and across the…

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Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has today launched the SADC industrialization week ahead of the upcoming Summit of SADC Heads of state. This is the fourth SADC industrialization week and it is running under the theme; A Conducive Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, Increased Intra-regional Trade and Job Creation. The event isbeing held from the 5th – 9that the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC) in Dar es salaam. It highlights ongoing regional efforts to realize the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063. Speaking at the launch, President Magufuli, who took office in 2015 on the industrialization ticket said…

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The Phantom 9 is the newest edition in the TECNO Phantom series following release of the Phantom 8 in 2017. In collaboration with TIGO, this package of advanced smartphone technology comes with 98 GBs for its customers. According to TECNO, Communication Manager, Eric Mkomoye the Phantom 9 is the leader in smartphone camera technologies and will undeniably beat competition “In this new digital age, the traditional camera is getting a lot of competition from the smartphone camera technologies and the Phantom 9 has all the features that meet the needs of our customers who love capturing events with their phone…

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Demand for affordable and reliable energy is on the rise in Tanzania owing to the fast paced economic growth of the country. The African Development Bank (AfDB) estimates the demand for energy is growing by 10 per cent every year which the bank says ‘reflects the country’s high economic growth.’ To meet this demand, PanAfrican Energy Tanzania (PAET), the first fully Tanzanian owned company has entered into a long-term Gas Sales Agreement (“GSA”) with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (“TPDC”). The agreement provides for the supply of up to 20 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) of natural gas to…

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