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2018-10-04-Mwalimu Nyerere Leadership School

04 Oct, 2018 – 00:10, Raymond Ndhlovu  Correspondent

President John Pombe Magufuli officiated at the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the college with the Head of International Liaison of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Song Tao

THE Mwalimu Nyerere Leadership School is being established in Tanzania to serve southern Africa in honour of the late founding President and former chairperson of the Frontline States.

The leadership college is a joint effort of six liberation movements from sadc, who are now governing parties, and whose countries gained independence with the support of Nyerere and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Liberation Committee that was hosted by the United Republic of Tanzania.   …

The Mwalimu Nyerere Leadership School will offer training in leadership skills and political principles with the aim of strengthening unity and cooperation in liberating African economies. The project will be carried out with Chinese financial support and built over the next two years by the China Railway Jianchang Engineering Company (CRJE) at an estimated cost of $45 million.

2018-09-11-Tanzania to commence construction of SGR

Published : September 11, 2018

The first such consignment of rails which will be used in the construction of the rail stretch from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro have been imported from Japan.

Tanzania’s SGR project manager Maizo Mgedzi told the Guardian in an interview recently during a visit to the construction site at Soga, in Coast region, that the government was finalizing the rails’ clearance procedure to pave way for their offloading.

He said that unlike the metre gauge railway, the new SGR rails will be of 120 pounds to enable them adequately withstand bulky weight.

Commenting on the progress of the project, he said it was at different stages of development, such as precast girder production, cutting and filling of gaps to make a level surface, and production and supply of concrete sleepers.

According to the manager, the project had reached 22 per cent, noting that at that pace he was optimistic they would meet the deadline.

2018-01-15 Rwanda, Tanzania agree on joint construction of SGR

Rwanda, Tanzania agree on joint construction of SGR

By Collins Mwai, Published : January 15, 2018

Rwanda and Tanzania have agreed on joint construction of a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Isaka (northwestern Tanzania) to Kigali, a move which will facilitate movement of goods between the two countries.

The agreement was reached following a meeting between President Paul Kagame and his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli, during the former’s one-day working visit to Dar-es-Salaam, yesterday.

President Magufuli said that they have instructed the Infrastructure ministers of the two countries to meet in the coming week to deliberate on an agreeable financing model.

The meeting between the ministers will, among other aspects, consider the financing models of the project before a tender announcement for the project is issued.

Magufuli said that they expected to break ground for the project within this year.

The railway line is expected to link Dar-es-Salaam and Kigali via Isaka, and expected to improve movement of goods into and out of the country considering that over 60 per cent of Rwanda’s imports and exports go through Tanzania.

Studies conducted by the East African Community (EAC) indicate that the Tanzanian railway route would cost Rwanda about US$800 to $900 million.

The Standard Gauge Railway from the port of Mombasa via Uganda is expected to cost Rwanda close to US$1 billion, initial studies had shown.

Rwanda has maintained that the country intends to implement both routes (via Tanzania and Kenya) to increase efficiency and reduce cost of transport of goods.


2018-07-11 Nairobi-based bank to lend Tanzania $400m for SGR railway

Nairobi-based bank to lend Tanzania $400m for SGR railway, gas plant

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, By Benny Mwaipaja @TheCitizenTZ

Dar es Salaam. The Trade and Development Bank (TDB) will give a $400 million soft loan (about Sh900 billion) to Tanzania for the construction of the standard gauge railway (SGR) and a gas power generation project in Kilwa.
This was disclosed in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday by Mr Admassu Tadesse, president of the bank headquartered bin Nairoby, Kenya. …
Mr Tadesse clarified that his bank has allocated $200 million for the construction of the SGR and the same amount for the Kilwa gas power plant in Kilwa Lindi region.

2018-03-23 Tanzania begins work on Morogoro-Dodoma SGR project

Friday 23 March 2018

Construction is now underway on the second phase of the 1,219-kilometre Tanzania standard gauge railway, which seeks to connect Dar es Salaam to the port city Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania.

Phase two of the standard gauge railway project will involve construction of a 426 km line from Morogoro to Makutuporo region in Dodoma in a move that is expected to gift Tanzania with its first high-speed railway.

Work is proceeding on the first phase of the project, which involves replacement of the existing century-old Dar es Salaam to Morogoro narrow gauge line with a new standard-gauge railway line.

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2018-02-13 Tanzania Says Impressed With Progress On Construction of China-Funded Library

13 February 2018

Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Joyce Ndalichako said construction of the state-of-the-art library at the campus has completed 90 percent and the remaining 10 percent will be completed by June this year.

„The facility has met the required academic standards and we hope it will help students to broaden the scope of learning and research,“ the minister said during an inspection tour of the construction site. The 40-million-U.S.-dollar library complex comprises two major structures, one a library and the other housing Confucius Institute, which has been teaching Chinese language and culture at the university.

„The construction of the library is also part of strengthening the bilateral cooperation between the two countries that has existed for many years now,“ Ndalichako said.


2018-03-02 Tanzania awards Turkish firm US 1.92 billion dollars railway deal

Friday, 2 March 2018

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) — The government of Tanzania has awarded a 1.92 billion U.S. dollars contract to a Turkish firm to construct a 336-kilometer standard gauge railway (SGR) line from Morogoro to Makutupora in the east African nation’s political capital Dodoma. …  „The new railway line will have a capacity of transporting 17 million tonnes of cargo each year, with a 35 tonne axle load capacity.

„It will be used by electric trains moving at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour,“ added the statement.  … The Tanzanian government wants the new standard gauge railway to replace the existing narrow gauge railway line built some 112 years ago.

In February this year, the same Yapi Merkezi company was awarded by the government a deal worth 1.22 billion dollars in joint venture with a Portuguese company to build a 300-kilometer SGR line from the port of Dar es Salaam to Morogoro.

The government did not immediately say how it would pay for the cost of building the Morogoro-Makutupora line, but it previously announced that it was constructing the railway section from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro using its own funds.

Speaking at a signing ceremony for the Morogoro-Makutopora rail deal, RAHCO’s acting managing director, Masanja Kadogosa, said the line would be built within 36 months. … …

In total, the government expects to spend 14.2 billion U.S. dollars over the next five years to build a 2,561 kilometers standard gauge railway network connecting the country’s main Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam to eastern and southern Africa’s hinterland.


2018-01-15 Construction of Isaka-Kigali standard gauge railway to start this year

Magufuli: Construction of Isaka-Kigali standard gauge railway to start this year. January 15, 2018, by The Citizen Reporter–Construction-of-Isaka-Kigali/1840340-4263448-dcpsjhz/index.html

2017-11-20 Afrikas Infrastruktur hat gewaltigen Bedarf. FAZ


Ohne bessere Straßen und Eisenbahnen wird es keine Entwicklung des Kontinents geben. Milliarden-Investitionen sind dringend nötig. Doch wer bringt das Geld dafür?

Von Philip Plickert

DÜSSELDORF, 19. November. Verfallene Eisenbahnstrecken, bröckelnde Fernstraßen und verstopfte Städte: Die Verkehrsinfrastruktur in Afrika ist in einem beklagenswert schlechten Zustand. Dies ist auch eines der wichtigsten Entwicklungshemmnisse für den Kontinent. Die Weltbank schätzt, dass die Produktivität in Afrika – also das Wohlstandsniveau – ohne Infrastrukturdefizite bis zu 40 Prozent höher sein könnte. Hohe Transportkosten sind einer der Gründe für den nur schwachen innerafrikanischen Handel. Hinzu kommt die Energiekrise. Wegen häufiger Stromausfälle in vielen Ländern Afrikas verlieren Unternehmen jedes Jahr rund 5 Prozent ihrer Umsätze.
Die Infrastruktur hat sich in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten eher verschlechtert. Das zeigen die Zahlen zum Eisenbahn-Streckennetz. In den achtziger Jahren gab es 65000 Kilometer Eisenbahnen in Subsahara-Afrika, heute sind weniger als 60000 Kilometer Bahnlinien in Betrieb. Zum Vergleich: Das deutsche Eisenbahnnetz umfasst 43500 Kilometer.


Der Ausbau der Eisenbahnen werde kommen, versprechen die Regierungen. In den 54 Ländern des Kontinents würden derzeit 300 Eisenbahnprojekte geplant, allerdings seien die Projekte in sehr unterschiedlichen Stadien, sagt Kenneth Odero vom Namibian-German Center for Logistics. Laut Regierungsangaben liege das Investitionsvolumen bei mehr als 500 Milliarden Dollar, erklärt der Institutsleiter. „Wir reden hier über einen riesigen Markt.“ Ob die Pläne aber verwirklicht werden, steht auf einem anderen Blatt. Eines der Haupthindernisse ist ein Mangel an Finanzierungen.
Im vergangenen Jahr, als der Rohstoffpreisverfall Afrikas Wirtschaftswachstum stark gebremst hatte, ging die Finanzierung für Infrastrukturprojekte laut Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) um 21 Prozent auf 62 Milliarden Dollar zurück, davon 25 Milliarden Dollar für Verkehrsprojekte.


Die Chinesen haben vor mehr als einem Jahrzehnt begonnen, den Kontinent systematisch als Investitionsfeld und Markt zu erobern. Sie kleckern nicht, sondern klotzen. Berühmt-berüchtigt sind sie für ihre großen Investitionen, für die sie gleich eine Finanzierung mit anbieten. Eine chinesische Staatsbank vergibt einen Kredit mit anfangs erstaunlich günstigen Konditionen, wenn afrikanische Länder den Auftrag für eine neue Eisenbahn, Fernstraße, einen Flughafen oder Hafen an ein chinesisches (Staats-)Unternehmen vergeben. Die Baufirmen bringen oft ihre eigenen Arbeiter mit, zu Tausenden sind Chinesen auf afrikanischen Baustellen tätig. Die Kehrseite ist, dass sich afrikanische Länder oft zu langfristigen Rohstofflieferungen verpflichten.

2017-10-2017 Govt to ‘buy’ abandoned locomotives

Saturday October 14, 2017, The Citizen

Dar es Salaam. The Government has said it will „buy“ some 11 locomotive engines whose abondonment ath the Dar es Salaam Port has raised controversy about their procurement,.

Works, Transport and Communications minister Prof Makame Mbarawa said the locomotives would be “bought” after an evaluation to determine their suitability.

The minister’s remarks made on Friday during an inspection tour of the port will likely draw murmurs as information on record shows that the locomotives were bought by Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) for SI170.9 billion deal in 2013. The amount was paid in full ahead of delivery.

Prof Mbarawa did not expound on his remarks or allow questions from journalists about his supposed plan on the locomotives.

“We currently need more locomotives and wagons as we undertake several railway constructions and extensions …. so we plan to buy these locomotives if they meet our standards,” said Prof Mbarawa during the inspection of the installation of new scanners at the port.