DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
At least 50 multinational companies have
expressed their bids for the construction of the Rufiji
hydropower project at Stiegler’s Gorge in the Selous Game
Reserve, one of the largest faunal reserves of the world,
located in the south of Tanzania.
Magufuli said in Arusha city on Saturday that the bidding has
attracted 50 foreign companies after the Ministry of Energy and
Minerals announced the tendering process in August this year.
According to the
Ministry of Energy and Minerals, bidders were required to have
minimum average annual construction turnover of 500 million U.S.
dollars calculated as certified payments received for contracts
in progress and or completed within last five years.
The Selous Game
Reserve covers 50,000 square kilometers with the proposed
project expected to use a mere 3 percent of the area.
The project will see
the construction of the largest dam in Tanzania along the Rufiji
River in the Selous Game Reserve.
Once it comes to
completion, the proposed power station is expected to generate
2,100 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Currently, Tanzania
generates only 1,460 MW of power.
The proposed project
however has its fair share of controversies.
The World Wildlife
Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, said
in a report that the project threatens an important wetland as
well as the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people in
The Selous, which
covers nearly 50,000 square kilometers, has been under pressure
from poachers who have decimated its elephant population to
supply the illegal ivory market, said the WWF report.
The reserve is also
home to the critically endangered black rhinoceros.
Magufuli has insisted that the implementation of Stiegler’s
Gorge power project will go ahead despite criticism from various
sections, including environmental conservation stakeholders.
Tanzania vows tough measures to
tackle reckless killings of elephants
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is to get tough measures with the groups
and individuals responsible for the mass poaching of elephants,
a senior official warned on Sunday.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and
Tourism called for stern actions against poachers and other
people engaged in illegal wildlife trade in the east African
He said poachers and
other people engaged in illegal wildlife trade would be punished
severely to deter would-be offenders.
that wildlife crimes such as poaching and illegal trade in ivory
would pose serious threats to biodiversity, nature tourism, and
foreign investment,” Milanzi said in an interview.
Milanzi called upon
villagers and local government to team up in the fight against
elephant poaching, a move that threatens the future of tourism,
which is one of leading sectors in Tanzania as it contributes 2
billion U.S dollars to GDP.
He also said that
Tanzania has set aside September 22, every year as a special
national day for elephants aimed at encouraging local people to
take part in the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife
According to Milanzi,
the idea has emanated from the 15th Conference of the
Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC), on the convention on international
trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora.
This year’s National
Elephant Day was held in southern Tanzania’s district of
Namtumbo, which is close to Selous Game Reserve, and Niassa
nature reserve in Cabo Delgado Province and Niassa Province,
It is estimated that
Selous Game Reserve generates over 6 million U.S. dollars in
annual revenues, which are distributed between the reserve, the
national government, and more than 1.2 million people living in
the surrounding area.
Tanzania plans relocating
invaders of wildlife corridors
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is set to relocate all people who have
invaded the wildlife corridors between Lake Manyara and
Tarangire national parks, located in northern part of the east
Babati District Commissioner said on Sunday that the Tanzanian
government will soon start removing out all invaders in the
areas, which are potential for wildlife migration between the
“We’ll soon start
the operation to remove them out of those areas so that those
areas continue to perform its ecological role,” the official
said in an interview.
wildlife corridors as important when it comes towards managing
wildlife as it allows an exchange of individuals between
populations, which may help prevent the negative effects of
inbreeding and reduced genetic diversity that often occur within
He cited people who
have invaded the key corridors that link between Lake Manyara
National Park and Tarangire National Park as Maasai
pastoralists, farmers, and illegal fishermen.
“There are some
people have gone far to the extent of building houses within the
corridors...we’re going to demolish all building structures
built in those areas and no compensation will be paid,” Mushi
Commissioner cited Kwakuchinja corridor between Lake Manyara
Biosphere Reserve and Tarangire National Park as one of the
highly affected corridors despite its significance to
maintaining the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, recognized for its
globally significant biodiversity.
Lucas ole Mukusi, a
local conservation expert, described invaders as people who
threaten the survival of wildlife sector.
According to him,
there are invaders who have set up permanent settlements in the
wildlife corridors, something which contributes to poaching and
between Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks are under
serious threats to go away. As much as I know, corridors help to
facilitate the re-establishment of populations that have been
reduced or eliminated due to random events (such as fires or
disease). So, putting anything within threatens the development
of wildlife sector,” the expert said.
He also suggested
serious measures be taken to address the challenge before things
get out of hands as these wildlife corridors need to remain open
throughout the year as they can moderate some of the worst
effects of habitat fragmentation, wherein urbanization can split
up habitat areas, causing animals to lose both their natural
habitat and the ability to move between regions to use all of
the resources they need to survive.
According to Mukusi,
habitat fragmentation due to human development is an
ever-increasing threat to biodiversity, and habitat corridors
are a possible mitigation.
Tanzania set to open a new
museum to promote archaeological sites to tourists
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
A state-of-the-art museum aimed at promoting
archaeological sites for tourists will soon be opened at the
Olduvai Gorge, a site in Tanzania that holds the earliest
evidence of the existence of human ancestors, an official said
Joyce Mgaya, the
Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) public relations
manager, said the new facility will be officially opened on
October 3, this year.
Mgaya said the new
museum will be opened by Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
However, Mgaya declined to reveal the cost of the construction
of the new museum whose construction started in 2013.
have found hundreds of fossilized bones and stone tools in the
Olduvai Gorge dating back millions of years, leading them to
conclude that humans evolved in Africa.
The construction of
the museum was part of deliberate measures taken and aimed to
promote the archaeological sites as among the major tourists’
attractions in the world acclaimed Ngorongoro Conservation Area
(NCA), she said.
The facility has
been constructed close to the old museum which is too small to
accommodate hundreds of visitors to the site during the tourism
peak season and not well equipped, said Mgaya.
Mgaya said the new
museum was part of a bigger project to upgrade the hominid
(early man) sites in the area in order to attract more visitors
and that it would be well equipped of vital information.
She said it was part
of a wider project which will also include Laetoli footprints
and geopark project.
Laetoli, some 60
kilometers from Olduvai, is the home of the footprints of human
ancestors experts say roamed that part of the country in
pre-historic times. It was discovered in 1976.
Laetoli and Olduvai
Gorge were discovered by Mary and Louis Leakey in the 1950s and
1960s, transforming the remote landscapes west of the Ngorongoro
highlands into world famous areas of early man evolution studies
conservator Freddy Manongi said last month the historical and
hominid sites were now becoming important areas for revenue
collection due to the rising number of visitors.
watchdog to issue investment permits
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s environmental watchdog said on Sunday it will now
start issuing permission certificates to investors in three
days’ time, a move aimed at stimulating the east African
nation’s industrialization drive.
Vedasto Makota, the
acting Director General of the National Environment Management
Council (NEMC), said provisional environmental permission
certificates would allow investors to continue mobilizing
materials needed for their investments prior to commencement of
provisional permission certificates is designed to help the
investor from unnecessary bureaucracy in the initial stages of
investment procedures,” Makota was speaking at a four-day
capacity building training program for the NEMC’s environmental
technical personnel and other stakeholders on environmental
evaluation and implementation in real estate and mining projects
in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
He added: “We want
investors to continue with their investment activities as NEMC
continued with the process of the environment impact
Makota said that
issuance of provisional permission certificates in three days’
time would initially focus on investors in manufacturing
industries that played a vital role in the industrial sector
growth and development.
permission certificates are very important to an investor
because they will give an opportunity to continue with
preliminary preparations while other environmental evaluations
are underway,” he said.
were not allowed to start preparations for their investments in
manufacturing industries before being given environmental impact
assessment certificates by NEMC and upon submission of their
environmental management plans, Makota told Xinhua by telephone.
emphasized that the environmental watchdog will continue with
its role of educating the public and investors on the importance
of protecting the environment.
commencement of production, an investor will be required to
present to NEMC the environmental management plan as a part of
requirements to meet environmental protection standards,” he
The move by the NEMC
to issue provisional environmental permission certificates to
investors in three days’ time came hardly a week after the
Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) announced that the investment
climate in Tanzania has tremendously improved where foreign
direct investments (FDI) have also increased.
Last week, TIC
Executive Director Godfrey Mwambe said the center has simplified
investment procedures by putting all the services in one stop
center, adding that the objective was to avoid bureaucracy and
According to TIC
statistics, in the year 2016/17 alone, Tanzania has registered
investments worth 4.3 billion U.S. dollars.
Tanzania was now a
leading country for FDI flow in the Eastern African region, said
Tanzania set to employ 3,000
additional junior army officers
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Saturday the
government will employ 3,000 junior army officers to enhance
service efficiency of the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF)
in the east African nation.
doubles as the commander-in-chief-of the armed forces, said only
those who passed through National Service will be eligible to
fill the vacancies.
He announced the new
employment in Arusha at the commissioning ceremony of 422
officer cadets at the Tanzania Military Academy.
“In our quest of
striving to improve the military and its services, we have
created 3,000 vacancies in the army this year. Those who have
served in the National Service will be our top priority,” said
Apart from the
vacancies in the military, the government will also employ
50,000 public servants this financial year, he said.
government job vacancies arises from the recent purge of “ghost
workers” and those with contestable certificates, along with
dividend of cost-cutting measures initiated by his government
which he said had saved 600 million U.S. dollars.
TPDF efforts in maintaining peace and security in the country
and in several missions abroad.
“TPDF missions in
war-torn countries are clear testimony of its astuteness and
readiness to maintain peace and security outside our borders,”
he said. “Your vigilance and readiness in protecting peace and
security is commendable, every Tanzanian is proud of you.”
TPDF, is taking part in United Nations peacekeeping missions in
Darfur of Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and