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The Chanzo Morning Briefing – May 23, 2023. 

In our briefing today: Agreement underway for U.A.E firms to operate, improve and develop Tanzania ports ; Almost a quarter of Tanzania’s private primary schools are found in Dar es Salaam. Here’s why; Australia’s Adavale secures prospecting licence for nickel project in Kagera.

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Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Monday, May 22, 2023.

Agreement underway for U.A.E firms to operate, improve and develop Tanzania ports 

The Ministry of Works and Transport informed the parliament yesterday that the government expects to ratify an agreement with the U.A.E government to improve, operate, and develop Tanzania’s ports.

The Ministry says the moves comes after government has taken effort to find new investors following a series of challenges with the Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS). TICTS is a private operator who has been handling containers and cargo in the Dar es Salaam port since the year 2000, port authority decided not to renew its contract in November 2022.

The report from the Ministry comes more than a year since the Tanzania Port Authority and Dubai based firm DP World signed a USD 500 Million agreement for improving ICT and other infrastructural systems at the Tanzania’s port.

The agreement was signed in February 2022 at the Dubai Expo 2022, where Tanzania had its own expo day officiated by President Samia Suluhu.

In a bid to boost foreign direct investment, Tanzania has recently made efforts to attract investors from the Gulf states. Following Dubai expo 2022 and visits by several U.A.E officials, several U.A.E firms have shown interests of investing in Tanzania.

Some of the concluded deals with U.A.E firms include the construction of petroleum receiving and storage infrastructures by the UAE-based Emirates National Oil Company Group (ENOC), an agreement between Masdar and Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) for developing renewable energy projects  as well as a gold refining centre by ISRA Gold Tanzania Company.

Other deals include a joint environmental conservation program between Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS) and UAE-based Blue Carbon LCC and  a contract between Dar es Salaam Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (DAWASA) and Dubai-based water management company Metito.

Almost a quarter of Tanzania’s private primary schools are found in Dar es Salaam. Here’s why

Being the most populous city in Tanzania with over five million inhabitants, which is nine per cent of all people in Tanzania Mainland, Dar es Salaam accounts for the highest number of private schools, with 22 per cent of all private schools in the country.

According to an analysis of data from COBET, the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA), and the Population and Housing Census 2022, Dar is the only city whose number of private primary schools exceeds that of public schools by seven per cent.

While almost a quarter of all privately owned primary schools are located in Dar, the second quarter belongs to the regions of Mwanza, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, and Pwani, which is the closest to Dar.

In other words, 50 per cent of all privately owned primary schools in Tanzania are located in just five out of 26 regions of Tanzania Mainland.

On the contrary, only three per cent of private schools are located in the bottom five regions that, include Katavi (nine schools), Mtwara (13 schools), Simiyu (14 schools), Rukwa (15 schools) and Lindi (15 schools).

Full analysis here.

Australia’s Adavale secures prospecting licence for nickel project in Kagera

Australian mining company Adavale Resources announced on Monday that its subsidiary had secured a prospecting licence at the Kabanga Jirani nickel project in Kagera, Tanzania.

The prospecting licence covers an area of 3.74km² and is located within the broad Luhuma trend.

Adavale applied for Luhuma after considering it a geologically significant addition to its exploration tenure. The trend has historical results and falls within the broader 15km Luhuma trend, which the company discovered.

It is said to have a historical 8.4m intersection of massive sulphide grading with 1.14 per cent concentration of nickel.

The company owns a 65 per cent stake, with rights to own up to 100 per cent interest in the project.

Despite being small, the trend has coincident magnetic and gravity anomalies based on proximal surveys conducted by the company and historic drillholes undertaken by BHP in the 1990s.

Adavale plans to drill another hole and conduct downhole electromagnetics (DHEM) and audio magnetotelluric (AMT) surveys at the site.

This will further help the company assess the potential step-out drilling to understand the extent of the mineralisation and its orientation fully.

Adavale Resources chairman Grant Pierce said the company has, from the outset, applied for its licences on geological merit rather than neurology alone.

“The company recognised Luhuma Central as a coveted area, being within favourable lithologies and with demonstrable nickel sulphide mineralisation. It will play a key role in our broader exploration success,” he said.

“The granting of Luhuma Central is opportune timing as Adavale has recently recommenced drilling, being a ~5,000m programme, and Luhuma Central will definitely feature in this programme,” Pierce added.

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