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TPB Bank Pretax Profit Increases in Q1

By Abduel Elinaza

TPB Bank has almost doubled pretax profit in quarter one of this year thanks to net interest, thus cementing further its bid to list on Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) main market.

The bank, formerly known as Tanzania Postal Bank, posted a pretax profit of 6.82bn/- up from 3.99bn/- of the same quarter last year. The profit was mainly attributed to the net interest income that increased by 50 per cent to 15.83bn/- from 10.56bn/- after loans and advances went up by 4.4 per cent.

The leading bank in group lending showed interest to list on DSE main market in a bid to raise a working capital of between 70bn/- and 100bn/-. TPB is fully owned by government. The bank profitability pushed up earnings per share by 46 per cent to 237/- in the first three months of this year from 162/- of similar period last year.

At the end of March the bank assets grew by over 27bn/- to clock 427.54bn/-, pushed, mainly by loans and advances that increased 4.4 per cent to 310.27bn/-.

The loans growth was the outcome of customer deposits increase 8.0 per cent to 315bn/- from 292bn/-. Like many banks, TBP also is struggling with nonperforming loans after its ratio to total gross loans climbed 5.33 per cent form 4.04 per cent of last December.

NPLs amount reached 17.12bn/- from 12.42bn/- compelling the bank to set aside 1.6bn/- for impairment losses on loans and advances against 1.0bn/- of previous period. The bank maintained the same number of branches but increases its workforce to 710 staff from 660 staff at the end of last March.

TPB started as Tanganyika Postal Office Savings Bank in 1925. Last March, the bank was incorporated under the Companies Act (Cap 212) as TPB Bank PLC since it was established by the Tanzania Postal Bank Act No. 11 of 1991.

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Incubation Plan to Help Entrepreneurs

By Alvar Mwakyusa

About 800,000 graduates enter the labour market each year and most of them fail to secure jobs; it is on this backdrop that the Entrepreneurship, Management and Development (IMED) Foundation is inviting potential young entrepreneurs for incubation programmes.

“We aim at supporting development of local micro and small companies to graduate to higher levels by offering comprehensive package of services for business planning and mentorship,” the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Donath Olomi, remarked.

Dr Olomi was speaking on the sidelines of a workshop on business model generation conducted jointly by the foundation and PUM Netherlands, an organization with over 3,000 retired experts on diverse fields working in 35 countries globally.

The workshop brought together over 14 entrepreneurs who are beneficiaries of the Tanzania Renewable Energy Business Incubator (TAREBI). They started the programme last year and are set to graduate in July, this year.

“The incubation programme enables upcoming entrepreneurs to receive business and technical support, coaching and linkages to markets and financial institutions to expand their businesses,” Dr Olomi stated.

He explained further that estimates indicate that there are over three million micro and small businesses in Tanzania, a large chunk of them in the informal sector and employing less than five people.

“It is our aim to enable these small businesses to graduate to medium and large enterprises; this will create more jobs and boost the economy,” he noted. IMED Foundation also provides pre-incubation programmes for start-ups entrepreneurs who are coached on establishing their ventures.

Speaking at the occasion, a senior expert with PUM Netherlands, Mr Ludo Kockelkorn, said there is a huge potential among the businesses enterprises being supported through TAREBI.

“The way forward is for them to join forces and work together to develop and expand their businesses. TAREBI is an ideal foundation for other entrepreneurs to prosper,” the expert stated.

Mr Saturnin Tarimo is the Managing Director of Galaxy Energy Solutions Limited; he is one among beneficiaries of TAREBI initiative.

“My company deals in installation of solar power systems, we started as a small company without an office and just two people; I now employ eight people and we have our own offices,” he explained.

Through technical and financial support, Mr Tarimo said his company has expanded quickly and now serves large consumers unlike in the past when it dealt mostly with individual housing units.

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Fake Insurance Cover Schemes Haunt Sector

By Issa Yussuf

Zanzibar — The Managing Director of National Insurance Corporation (NIC), Sam Kamanga has emphasized to member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to ensure that hitches hampering use of Yellow Card Scheme are removed.

Speaking on the sideline of the 42nd meeting of the COMESA management committee of the Yellow Card Scheme, he said efficiency of the service would be enhanced by computerizing operations of the scheme to curb forgery.

“So far the insurance business has been good and Tanzania has the chance to benefit more in the region because most of the vehicles pass through in the country,” he said.

Mr Kamanga said adding that fake insurance remains a problem and that they have been working with the police to stop the production. He said differences of official languages and legal framework regarding foreign financial operation have delayed the plans to introduce electronic payment, which is expected to end fake yellow cards.

According to the NIC board chairperson Mr Laston Thomas Msongole, the Yellow Card is essentially a Regional third party motor vehicle insurance scheme that provides third party legal liability cover and compensation for medical expenses resulting from road traffic accidents caused by visiting motorists.

He said besides offering third party liability protection to the insured or the driver whilst in a foreign country, the COMESA Yellow Card Scheme also offers emergency medical cover to the driver and passengers of the foreign motor vehicle involved in the traffic accident.

In his speech to open the meeting, the Zanzibar Minister of Finance Dr Khalid Salum Mohamed said asked members to create awareness and that the yellow card must be relevant to travelling motorists, road accident victims, insurance companies and the public in general.

“Accordingly, the general public in our countries and beyond also needs to be aware of the opportunities that are brought by these instruments.”

Ms Immaculate Morro- ‘COMESA Yellow Card Scheme’ Country Coordinator, said the scheme is currently operational in twelve COMESA Member Countries and one non COMESA member Country: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Learning By Practice – Students Exposed to Conservation

interviewBy Mugini Jacob

Principal of Singita Grumeti Environmental Education Center Mr Laurian Lamatus carefully explains a point to some students who attended an environmental course at the center recently .

SINGITA Grumeti’s commitment to conservation, development and community outreach come together in perfect harmony in the establishment of the Singita Grumeti Environmental Educational Center in Tanzania.The Center serves to engage and educate the community’s next generation of leaders on the importance of a balanced, sustainable ecosystem. The center conducts approximately 25 week-long courses per year which are attended by 300 youth from the 26 secondary schools in nearby districts border.

The center’s focus on education extends to the environment and the critical role each individual plays in minimizing their impact on the earth’s limited resources. Twelve students accompanied by their teacher are exposed to critical environmental issues such as deforestation, soil erosion, waste management and water conservation that affect each and every one of them. In this interview Staff Writer MUGINI JACOB talks with Laurian Lamatus the principal of the center since 2009 on conservation issues.Excerpts:

What does an average day at the EEC look like?

The first thing I do in the morning is inspect the kitchens to make sure that breakfast is ready for the learners. Classes then commence at 8.00am and run until 5.00pm, after which we keep the learners active with outdoor games for a couple of hours. After a short break we meet for dinner, which is usually followed by a conservation film before bed time around 9pm. Each day I will also have a slot for doing managerial work for the center.

How did you become aware of the importance of environmental awareness?

I was a shepherd as a young boy, taking care of our goats and sheep, and had a great passion for birds and insects. I frequently stayed with my Grandma during my youth and she taught me about various herbal plants; a set of knowledge that I am proud to use to this day. In primary school I joined Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots environmental club where I became a leader and this sparked a greater interest in environmental conservation.

What’s your favourite thing about engaging students with nature?

AI love to see how my students react when they hear and see while out on game drive or exploring nature. I also enjoy the community visits where we teach local youth about what environmentally conscious hospitality means for them and their families, and the important link between tourism, conservation and community prosperity.

What does the environmental education course entail?

The goal for this course is to impart both theoretical and practical skills amongst youth in secondary schools and their teachers on the sustainable use of natural resources. The center does this by encouraging a passion for the environment and creating an understanding of the ecosystem and our role in it. Knowledge shared includes soil and vegetation usage and management; water conservation; as well as the protection of local wildlife including birds, animals and insects. Leadership skills are also taught as part of a broader strategy to influence the mindset of the youth through KAP; knowledge, attitude and practice.

Based on the skills and knowledge they’re gaining, what impact do you think your students are having on their communities?

First of all the programme is creating future leaders with the experience and ability to correctly manage the use of natural resources. Secondly, the students’ families benefit from the ripple effect of their knowledge through activities like the planting of trees and vegetable gardens in nearby villages. Finally, and as a result of this ripple effect, the local community becomes more aware of the importance of conservation, ensuring that the message is spread far and wide.

Which of the projects you have carried out with the students have been most successful?

Apart from the “green programmes” (like the tree planting mentioned above), we’ve also had wonderful success with building awareness through an art competition. Students were encouraged to design something for use in a calendar which was then printed and used to create awareness for other youth and their communities.

The annual ‘Malihai’ (youth conservation clubs) conference which commemorates World Environment Day brings young people together to learn from one another and from our speakers, who are environmental experts and professionals. They benefit greatly from these presentations as it helps to keep them up to date with global projects and movements affecting conservation and tourism.

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Wake Up Dodoma! Sports Fortune On Your Way

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Ultra-Modern Stadium.

editorial

VARIOUS sports projects have been launched in support of Dodoma capitalization.

On Union day, April 26, President John Magufuli announced a planned construction of the ultra-modern arena, bringing once again a whiff of fortune to the residents of the country’s central region.

The president made these remarks at an occasion to mark the 53rd anniversary of the union between the then Tanganyika and Zanzibar, held for the first time at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma. Construction of the ultra-modern stadium was one of the projects announced during the visit of King Mohamed VI of Morocco.

The arrival of the modern stadium complex in the dead centre of the country coincides with government push for massive transfer of people and services from Dar es Salaam to the designated capital. The new stadium will cost between 80 and 100 million US dollars (about 200bn/- It will be bigger and better than the current National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, which had cost about 56bn/-.

But, the coming of both the new sports complex has not been well received by the residents, and it seems they will be just onlookers, watching others enjoy using the facilities. Earlier, Tanzania People’s Defense Force (TPDF) had announced a plan to construct a golf course in Dodoma for members of the government and private institutions who shift to Dodoma.

Yet, the region’s residents have not responded to the news of the arrival of the said sports projects. We would like to advice authorities and residents in Dodoma that they must put in place strategies that will also make them players in the newly launched sports initiatives.

Putting into consideration that the modern venue is aimed at making Tanzania host major continental and world events such as Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals or Africa Nations Champions for home based players (CHAN) finals, we would suggest the authorities in Dodoma to start grooming players and athletes who will effectively use the arenas.

Athletes come into focus as the new stadium will also host top athletics events such as the All African Games or World Athletics championships.

It’s almost late now, but not too late if Dodoma residents decide to run fast to catch a fast moving sports bandwagon carrying in it football, golf, cricket, motorsports, lawn tennis and other unpopular sports.

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When Healthy Nation Creates a Happy Nation

analysisBy Miguel Suleyman

NOW at 40 years, Fike Wilson, the former Mr Tanzania and body building champion, claims he looks younger than his 40-years. It is only physical exercise that makes him properly maintain his body, his health and appearance.

Wilson’s call for full participation in physical exercises seems to respond to the recently imposed government initiative that wants workers, including government officials to engage themselves in exercises.

Wilson goes on to call upon Tanzanians to seriously engage in physical training of any kind as it has been scientifically proved to make bodies sweat, control fats and enhance lungs performance. He believes if all Tanzanians take his word, the country will turn, in a few years to come, into a happy, healthy nation.

It was after leading a mass physical training to over 50 residents when Wilson, now turned a physical trainer, called on Tanzanians to take physical exercise as a culture since it has been approved to offer a remedy to a number of life style diseases.

Wilson, who led the public physical exercise that drew hundreds of residents, said the cause of human sufferings has been lack of body exercises, insisted it should be practised as a culture for both youthful and old Tanzanians.

Wilson, who was speaking to residents who attended the physical exercises at GMY Hall at Mayfair Plaza in Dar es Salaam, said modern life style and its food style have been the source of most complicated diseases.

From what he sees, most families spend long hours watching television programmes, a situation that makes their bodies remain idle, saying it is very dangerous to stay long without engaging in physical exercise. Over 50 sportsmen and women also participated in the exercise that mostly involving running from Mayfair Plaza to Zantel Headquarters and back.

After running, they conducted spinning and weight cutting before concluding with swimming. Wilson, the Mr Tanzania in 1996 and 1997, is now a technical director of Tanzania Body Building Federation (TBBF).

He was supported by the federation’s Secretary General, Francis Mapugilo, who said they have planned to make physical exercise a regular weekly practice in order to make it customary. He said the principal exercise will be body-line, which he named as an essential exercise to keep the body fit and attractive.

He added that in other countries, Saturday and Sunday are sports days and every family participates. In many countries, there is a day specially picked for mass sports activities. In Burundi, Sunday has been named a sports day and families participate fully, including children and grandparents.

While it still looks alien in Tanzania, having a sports day has become a common, healthy innovation widely practised in many countries today.

National Sports Day in most countries aims to boost health awareness. Creating a special day for sports is costless, besides its huge health benefits. On that day, you can see an array of sports and health awareness activities with the participation of the working staff and families’ as well as elderly people’s clubs and youth and children’s clubs.

In modern day Tanzania, what is seen today in most families, is that more than half of children are not vigorously active on a regular basis, as physical activity declines dramatically in the middle class families where children hardly walk a hundred metres a day.

Widely seen among children in English medium schools, a seven year child can weigh over 50 kg while those above 15 might weigh up to 75 kg in some extreme cases. Wilson believes physical fitness if turned into national level necessity can enhance the health and mood of every member of the family, whatever the age.

People who are physically fit are at reduced risk from a variety of illnesses and disabilities.

Fitness also keeps weight down and helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.As health experts recommend everyone to incorporate at least 20 to 60 minutes of physical activity into most days of the week, once there is a weekly sports day, one can easily meet the 60-minute time of exercise.

In suburbs such as Keko, Temeke, Mtoni, Tandika, Buguruni and Mbagala, there are many jogging clubs that usually draw about 20 members who engage in jogging.

They are well organised and operate in a very professional manner. As Wilson elaborates, achieving family fitness does not mean one must go to the gym, but in areas where there are no clubs, whatever form of exercise can be used as long as one enjoys doing it.

Only then can it become a routine, rather than a chore in your life.

Peace and Stability Is Assured Under the United Republic of Tanzania

columnBy Makwaia Wa Kuhenga

We have just marked the 53rd anniversary of the founding of the United Republic of Tanzania. This country known as Tanzania is beyond half a century old today.

This is no mean achievement compared to what is happening elsewhere in this continent and beyond. But as we move forward beyond half a century of our existence as Tanzanians, it is important to reflect on our past and present and what has happened in the intervening period both locally and externally to prove the point that people everywhere are better off together; least of all Tanzanians.

In the intervening period, a lot of water has passed under the bridge with the Union overcoming considerable tests poised by some separatist sections of the Tanzanian society. One way or another some have pushed for a break up of the Union in favor of former colonial arrangements of a Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

The pressures have come under different guises- most notably through recent constitutional debates -one in favor of a two-tier system of government with another pushing for a three-tier arrangement. These pressures are not likely to recede as this nation surges forward.

But there are paradigms in much older states elsewhere in this mutual world we share. Countries such as the United States of America and United Kingdom, much more developed than us in Africa have shown the way that people are always better off together.

As for Britain, leaving aside its recent move to leave the European Union famously dubbed “Brexit”, one would remember that notable vote about four years ago in Scotland (an integral part of the United Kingdom) which vote opted against separate nationhood away from the United Kingdom.

That vote by Scottish people to opt to stay as part of the United Kingdom or Great Britain had set the agenda and opened the eyebrows of many people across the globe. Eh! Bwana! That vote had many people on their toes and was instructive to many globally as it was equally instructive to separatists elsewhere.

The win of the ‘NO” vote against separate Scottish nationhood in favor of British nationhood is instructive to comparatively young states in the developing world like Tanzania which were once British colonies -known then as Tanganyika and Zanzibar before the Union took place, resulting in the birth of the United Republic of Tanzania known today.

Leaders of post independence Tanganyika, Mwalimu Nyerere and post Revolution Zanzibar, Abeid Karume decided to unite the islands of Zanzibar and mainland Tanganyika to become a United Republic. Thus Tanzania became the chosen name for the new state.

That was 53 years ago, a shade more than half a century ago. To avoid the prospect of a bigger fish i.e. Tanganyika swallowing a smaller fish, Zanzibar, the two leaders, Nyerere and Karume decided then that Zanzibar should have its own government.

When a contest was made to choose the right name for the two countries, the name, Tanzania, was chosen -thus the two countries were, hence forth, united into a United Republic, thus the United Republic of Tanzania.

It was also agreed that there should be one Government for the United Republic of Tanzania that would absorb affairs of former Tanganyika (mainland Tanzania) and, within its umbrella, this would be an inclusive government that would have persons from Zanzibar sharing Cabinet positions and other public offices with their counterparts from the mainland in the government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

This has been the stride of a Tanzania in the last half a century, and one can say with certitude that we have been better off this way together. There is another element from the Scottish vote about four years ago today that had taken many people by surprise. I will tell you which one.

That Great Britain or the United Kingdom, that always came to my mind was always one nation inhabited by one people. But the following remarks by the British Prime Minister after the Scottish vote had enlightened me; inter alia: “The people of Scotland have spoken. They have kept our country of four nations together… ” He went ahead to name the four nations as: England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

These are the ‘nations’ that constitute Great Britain or the United Kingdom. When I was attending the University of Wales, Cardiff in the early nineties, hardly did I know that I was in a Welsh nation – all I knew I was in Britain (Uingereza) – nothing more and nothing less!

Nobody I met in Cardiff brooded anything like separating from the United Kingdom or declaring an independent state of Wales. So why should our former colonial masters consider themselves better off together as citizens of one Great Britain than us in Tanzania?

As enticed elsewhere in this column, we have separatists here both in the islands and mainland Tanzania. There are political parties that have campaigned for a resurrection of a Tanganyika as much as there are people on the islands of Zanzibar who think they are better off outside the United Republic of Tanzania.

As one may recall, in the process to re-write the Tanzanian Constitution in the course of the Kikwete Administration, a Pandora Box was let loose by our separatists here.

But the question to ask these people is: If Great Britain with its four ‘nations’ see the need to stick together as one country, why not Tanzania? What is there to gain from a separate Tanganyika or Zanzibar? The vote in Scotland recently is instructive to our own separatists here to see the sense that we are better off together as Tanzanians and not in fragmentation.

Actually, one would go further. Our continued peace and stability will to a large extent depend on how we stick together as one people in one nation and not as what is on the agenda of separatists we have around.

As the founder President of the United Republic, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere had time to warn us: we should never be deceived that we are any better than other Third World countries in Africa or elsewhere. Told us Mwalimu: “You are as fragile as Somalia.

Somalis look alike, speak one language and are almost all believers in one religion, what is happening to them?” He warned us that once the United Republic of Tanzania is gone and we are landed with a Tanganyika or Zanzibar, that will be the beginning of civil strife – a row will exist between those who will identify themselves as ‘Wapemba’ and those who will assert their being ‘Wa- Unguja’ – the two ethnic islands of Zanzibar i.e. Pemba and Unguja.

And the same may happen on mainland Tanzania or former Tanganyika -people will begin chasing each other on tribal grounds or on areas where they claim to originate. As one local political observer told me: “If you watched seriously in the last vote in the preceding elections, this divide on tribal zones was very clear…

” The message here is simple and clear: the terrain one knows is better than a new one. We are used to a two-tier system of government for half a century today and have not got at each other’s throats. Lets stick up to sustain our national unity and peace.

Extraction of Uranium in Bahi to Start Early Next Year

Photo: Daily News

(file photo).

By Valentine Oforo

Extraction of uranium in Bahi District in Dodoma Region will start soon after Geological Survey of Tanzania finalises surveying the area in December.

This was revealed in the Parliament on Friday morning by deputy minister for Energy and Minerals Dr Medard Kalemani, when responding to a supplementary question from Special Seat Member of Parliament, Ms Josephine Genzabuke (CCM).

Ms Genzabuke wanted to know why the extraction of uranium hasn’t started.

The deputy minister reiterated that the government will take all safety precaution to make sure that the extraction of the mineral wouldn’t affect wananchi health and environmentw.

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Doctors Blocked From Kenya, Told to Report in 2 Weeks

Photo: The Citizen

Doctors during operation (file photo).

By John Namkwahe

Few days after President John Magufuli ordered employment, locally, of 258 doctors who initially registered to work in Kenya, the government on Friday published the names of doctors and areas where they have been posted.

Notice issued by the government asked the doctors to report to their respective duty stations within 14 days from the date of the announcement.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Dr Mpoki Ulisubsya indicated in a statement that some of doctors will work under President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government and others will be under the ministry.

According to the statement, the doctors have been directed to report with their original birth certificates, original secondary education certificates, their professional certificates, certificates issued by Medical Council of Tanzania and two passport size photos.

According to the government plans, doctors aged below 45 years will be offered permanent contracts they will be directly enrolled in the pension fund while those aged above 45 will be offered a two year contract employment which can be renewed.

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We Can’t Employ All Graduates – Govt Admitted

Photo: Jonathan Kalan

Graduation ceremony at a secondary school in Tanzania.

By Valentine Oforo

The government has admitted that it has no capacity to offer employment opportunities all youth who are graduating from higher learning institutions.

The admission was made on Friday morning in the Parliament by deputy minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office dealing with Labour, Youth and Employment, Mr Anthony Mavunde, during question and answers session.

He was responding a basic question from Special Seat Member of Parliament, Ms Ester Mmasi (CCM), who sought to know why the government shouldn’t ban employment for foreigners in order to employ locals, who are graduating from higher learning institutions.

The deputy minister advised graduating youth to think of self-employment as a solution instead of looking at government as source of employemnt.

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