Sarah McGregor
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/ 14 February 2008

New Tanzanian Cabinet faces vast challenges

A new, leaner Cabinet for Tanzania was sworn in Wednesday, its predecessor having fallen apart last week amid a corruption scandal. President Jakaya Kikwete dissolved his last Cabinet on February 7 after Edward Lowassa stepped down as prime minister. He and other lawmakers were implicated in a $179-million corruption scandal.

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/ 7 February 2008

Bush visit to Africa to centre on Tanzania

United States President George Bush will spend most of his time during a five-nation tour of Africa later this month in Tanzania, to spotlight development gains in the East African nation. "This is a success story," said US embassy public affairs officer Jeffery Salaiz of Tanzania, during a press conference held in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.

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/ 25 January 2008

Tanzania’s stock exchange: Small but motivated

Almost a decade on, Tanzania’s tiny stock exchange is still working hard to convince sceptical businesses it is a cost-effective way to raise capital and expand. "The problem is that not many people understand the mechanics of the stock exchange and how it operates. That takes time," Jonathan Njau, CEO of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), says in an interview at his downtown office.

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/ 19 November 2007

East Africa integration ‘good for growth’

The momentum towards regional integration in East Africa received encouragement from the United States this week, with US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson saying that it should boost economic growth in the five-member East Africa bloc. "This is a region that has showed great economic growth over the last couple of years," he said.

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/ 13 July 2007

Tourists versus traders in the Tanzanian economy

On display among the bold African patterns and chunky jewellery, a carved giraffe flashes a price tag of 20 000 Tanzanian shillings (about R100). Handicraft trader Rose Mfinga says she will have to bargain hard to get half that price. ”People refuse to pay. I [inflate] my prices. That is what we are used to doing,” she says.

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/ 24 April 2007

Is South Africa ready to produce biofuels?

While South Africa is planning to increase biofuels production, some experts warn the move may hurt subsistence farmers and cause more hunger in impoverished areas of the country. Proponents in the United States and Brazil say biofuels such as maize-based ethanol is a clean energy alternative that comes from resources that are renewable.

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/ 2 April 2007

‘He is better off at home than in the classroom’

For 16 years, Themba was proud to be a teacher in South Africa, but a wave of violence at her school has proven so nerve-racking that she may leave the profession.”I feel like a security guard, not a teacher,” said Themba, who requested anonymity. ”Some mornings I don’t bother getting out of bed. Students are out of control and parents do not care.”

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/ 15 March 2007

SA parents complain about Oprah school rules

Parents of students at Oprah Winfrey’s all-girl leadership academy want better access to their children, comparing the school’s restrictions on visits, phone calls and email contact to prison rules. A few mothers complained that a two-hour visit one Sunday a month was not long enough to reconnect with their daughters.

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/ 13 March 2007

Business urges more action against crime

A South African business group called on government on Tuesday to adopt new strategies to combat rampant crime and make the police force and Department of Justice and Constitutional Development more efficient. ”The previous solutions weren’t going to achieve results,” Siphiwe Nzimande, CEO of Business against Crime, told a forum.