Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Friday, November 5, 2021.
Foundation in honour of Maalim Seif launched in Zanzibar
A foundation in honour of the life of a reformist and a man who has been described as the icon of Tanzania’s opposition politics Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad was launched in Zanzibar on Friday during an event that attracted a number of local and foreign dignitaries, including President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Hamad, who is affectionately referred to as Maalim Seif by both his friends and foes, died on February 17, 2021, after contracting coronavirus. He was 77 and was serving as First Vice President in the government of national unity in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar. He was also serving as the national chairperson of the opposition ACT-Wazalendo party.
Named the Maalim Seif Foundation, the institution is said to be a product of cooperation between Maalim Seif’s supporters and the German foundation for liberal politics the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), a close ally of Mr Hamad since when he was the Secretary-General of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF).
You can read our full coverage on the launching of the Maalim Seif Foundation yesterday here.
Thermal coal developer says Rukwa coal upgrades boosted production, sales
Thermal coal developer in Tanzania Edenville Energy PLC said Friday that production, processing and sales at its Rukwa coal project increased in October after upgrades to the site were applied in the third quarter, a business website MarketWatch reported.
The AIM-listed company said that it mined 2,240 metric tons of run-of-mine coal and produced 1,024 tons of washed coal through its wash plant, more than double September levels.
“I believe the company remains on track to meet its stated objective of selling at a rate of 3,000 tons per month of washed coal by the end of the year,” Chief Executive Alistair Muir said.
Tanzania enters aviation agreement with Belgium
Minister for Works and Transport Prof Makame Mbarawa and Belgium Ambassador to Tanzania Mr Peter Van Acker on Thursday signed a bilateral air services agreement that is expected to result in the expansion of market segmentation and increase traffic movements for both countries.
The agreement was signed on Wednesday in Dodoma.
The agreement involves authorisation for non-discriminatory airline self-handling, open consultations between contracting parties and unlimited frequencies between Julius Nyerere International Airport, Abeid Amani Karume International Airport and the Kilimanjaro International Airport and international airports in the Kingdom of Belgium.
According to Prof Mbarawa, the agreement is the first to be entered between the countries. However, the minister pointed out, Tanzania already has 75 other air services agreements with other countries that he calls “aviation partners.”
“While we are vesting our commitment to Air Tanzania for starting direct flights to Belgium.We are also looking forth to receiving direct flights from Belgium airlines as the reciprocal designation”,clarified Mbarawa
Among the advantages that come with the signing of the agreement is the smooth travelling between the two countries. This is expected to boost the existing economic activities. The increase in flights is also expected to stimulate the aeronautical and ancillary revenues, thus improving the aviation business between the two countries.
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