Tuesday, August 18, 2015

330 city bus plan drivers for training


By Felix Lazaro The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. A training programme for 330 drivers for the interim phase of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was officially launched here yesterday by the minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Regional Administration and Local government), Ms Hawa Ghasia.

She said it was a good idea to train the drivers to meet the objective of having the modern city transport, given that passengers need excellent services.

She said there would be an automated system of operating the system to establish any misconduct.

The training is offered by Chinese trainers in cooperation with the National Institute of Transport (NIT) and the Vocational Education and Training Authority (Veta).

According to Veta Chang’ombe Principal Samuel Ng’andu, 149 drivers have been trained in driving and the next phase is to train 181 others to make the total of 330 drivers. A hundred technicians for the project will also be trained. “There is a need to continue training our drivers to equip them with driving skills that fit the technological changes,” he said.

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Said Mecky Sadick warned the trainees to avoid malpractices when doing their job as driving needs high care and discipline to avoid accidents.

“You will be operating a 20km route from Kimara to Kivukoni which has an average of 450,000-500,000 passengers daily. You must be disciplined.” The chairman of the Steering Committee, Dr Didas Masaburi, praised the government for allowing local bus operators to give services in the interim phase of the project.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Air Tanzania’s Dar-Mwanza flights resume


By The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) has resumed its scheduled flights between Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.

The aim is to improve the airline’s business. The state-owned company had suspended the route in August 2014 and resumed it on Saturday evening.

It will be deploying its 50-seater CRJ 200 aircraft on the route – with two flights daily. Speaking on arrival at Mwanza Airport, ATCL acting public relations officer Lily Fungamtama, said the decision to resume flights to Mwanza was in response to the customer demand.

“As you know, a road journey between Dar and Mwanza is long and tiresome while a flight takes about one hour at a very affordable fare,” said Ms Fungamtama.

She said Dar es Salaam to Mwanza was a key route in terms of the airline’s business growth strategy of meeting its customers’ diverse requirements.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Borrowing cost falls slightly

Bank of Tanzania governor Prof Benno Ndulu

Bank of Tanzania governor Prof Benno Ndulu 

By Veneranda Sumila The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. The cost of borrowing among Tanzanians decreased slightly in June despite speculations that the rates would increase.

Stakeholders had been worried that the borrowing rates could increase due to the fact that interbank rates — at which commercial banks borrow from each other — were on the rise since May.

But the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) latest figures reveal that the lending rates decreased in June to 6.07 per cent from 6.10 per cent a month earlier.

The fall means that Tanzanians can access loans at affordable rates for economic development. The interbank rates increased in June to an average of 27.97 per cent, the highest since April 2012.

CBA Bank treasurer Khamis Mwakibete said recently that if the pace of increase continued or remained as they were, there was a possibility that banks would find a way of passing the cost on to consumers.

“The cost of borrowing among banks has gone up significantly. This significantly affects individual banks as the interest expense is very high compared with the interest income,” Mr Mwakibete said.

According to the BoT, in June overall time deposit rate averaged 8.89 per cent compared with 9.01 per cent in May.

The 12- month-deposit rate decreased to 10.54 per cent from 10.66 per cent in May 2015. The average short-term-lending rates, which range up to one year, increased to 14.65 per cent from 14.27 per cent in the preceding month.

The spread between the one-year-deposit rate and short-term-lending rate widened to 4.11 percentage points from 3.61 percentage points in May 2015.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bodaboda riders get donation of thousand reflective jackets

Traffic Police Commander Mohammed Mpinga urged

Traffic Police Commander Mohammed Mpinga urged bodaboda drivers to effectively use the reflectors for their own safety and that of other road users. 

By The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. Digital broadcasting operator StarTimes has donated 1,000 reflectors worth Sh14 million to bodaboda riders to reduce road accidents. Speaking on behalf of StarTimes CEO Lanfang Liao here at the weekend, the company’s operations director Kelvin Geng said: “StarTimes would like to see road accidents are minimised if not averted completely in the country, and that is why we see it is important to support the government’s efforts towards its campaigns on road safety.” He said the reflectors would help reduce the risk of accidents especially in night hours.

He also said StarTimes acknowledged government efforts on creating awareness towards making roads safe for all users. “StarTimes will continue supporting the government apart from today’s donation.”

Traffic Police Commander Mohammed Mpinga urged bodaboda drivers to effectively use the reflectors for their own safety and that of other road users. “You have to use these reflectors and meet the intended objective of reducing road accidents. These reflective jackets are for your own safety especially during the night hours.”

He thanked StarTimes Tanzania for its support and urged other companies to support the government in its campaigns toward road safety.