Tanzania’s transport minister Dr Harrison Mwakyembe has been widely applauded for his introduction of commuter trains at Dar es Salaam in October 2012. According to the Tanzania Daily News, the service is so popular that the trains have been given the name Mwakyembe. This the paper explains is because they provide the “fastest and most [...]
Until recently, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) reportedly had nine operable locomotives. In terms of the 14th Protocol of Economic and Technical Co-operation signed by the governments of China, Tanzania and Zambia in December 2009, a loan of $US39 million was granted to Tazara. Of this, $24 million was spent on six new 3,000hp diesel-electric [...]
On 24 April; Dar es Salaam’s Tanzania Daily News reported that the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) accomplished the delivery of more than 7,500 metric tonnes of freight in the preceding five days. This followed the resumption of freight and passenger services, both suspended on 10 April when the line was blocked some 64km west of [...]
on May 1, 2013 in Tanzania
In 22 April, Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) resumed commuter train service between Dar es Salaam and Ubungo. The operation was suspended following infrastructural damage caused by heavy rain. According to TRL spokesman Midladjy Maez, fares remain at 400 shillings for adults and 100 shillings for students. He told the Tanzania Daily News that informal traders [...]
on April 23, 2013 in Tanzania
New fares applicable to Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) as approved by Tanzania’s Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) are as follows: First class (25% increase): • Dar es Salaam to Morogoro 21,100/- (was16,852/-) • Dar es Salaam to Dodoma 34,700/- (was 27,788/-) • Dar es Salaam to Tabora 54,800/- (was 43,859/-). Second class (25% [...]
According to Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) public relations head Conrad Simuchile, the board of directors has appointed Ronald Phiri as acting managing director for three months. The three-year contract of previous MD Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika expired in February but was not renewed. Chairman Dr Muyenga Atanga explains that Phiri, himself a member of the board, has [...]
on April 9, 2013 in Tanzania
The current $US330 million upgrade of Tanzania’s metre-gauge railway includes its conversion to 1,435mm gauge, transport minister Harrison Mwakyembe confirms. The East African quotes him explaining that this is to bring the railway “in line with other networks across central and Southern Africa”. An important objective is the ability to move 35 million tonnes of [...]
on March 19, 2013 in Tanzania
Tanzanian Railways’ Central Line – from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika (together with the branch to Mwanza on Lake Victoria) – was built by the German colonial administration from 1905 to 1914. During a recent visit by high-ranking government officials from Germany, state secretary in the ministry of economics and technology Anne-Ruth [...]
At a recent meeting with two of the major customers of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara), acting managing director Dr Damas Ndumbaro said the organisation is undergoing a “radical transformation” that will lead to improved performance following the introduction and tying of managers to performance-based contracts. To date, the two regional general managers for Tanzania [...]
on March 12, 2013 in Tanzania
According to a recent study reported by East African Business Week, goods transport volumes in Tanzania grew 400% in the past five years. A study by the Tanzania Truck Owners’ Association (Tatoa) demonstrates that road freight constitutes 95% of the total. Concern is being expressed over the capacity and operation of the port at Dar [...]
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