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As of October last year, Tanzania, East Africa’s Largest producer of cement, was facing so much shortage that prices almost doubled.

A 50kg bag of cement that would, on normal market weather conditions go for about USD 6 the price shot up 30 per cent to a little over USD 8, show the National Bureau of Statistics data for October 2020.

It was a paradox, and the hardliner government wouldn’t have it, newly re-appointed into power, Tanzania’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa was swift to act.  He ordered a nationwide inspection of all known cement factories, warehouses, distribution points and even retail shops.…

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Twiga Cement (TPCC on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange) on Friday, May 22, 2020, released its Annual Report and audited accounts for the year ended 2019. Revenues grew 6% and net profits rose 5% in 2019 from the year earlier. Dividends were steady at TZS 290 per share for the third year running.  

Twiga is the dominant cement company in Tanzania. It is the 19th-biggest company overall in East Africa by market value and the fifth-biggest in Tanzania, according to the latest African Business rankings. 

The company is a subsidiary of German multinational Heidelberg Cement, which owns 69.3%. The other 30.7% trades on the DSE and is owned by thousands of small shareholders and investment funds.  

Twiga has a huge competitive advantage over the other cement industry players in Tanzania, because its production facilities are on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. Cement is heavy and expensive