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Old September 9th, 2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Tanzania Daily News
TAZARA Workers Ordered to Report Back to Work

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Dodoma — THE two week strike staged by workers of the Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has caused a loss amounting to USD 1.4 million.

The standoff has now been resolved and all workers have been ordered to report to work next Monday, without fail.

Minister for Transport, Dr Harisson Mwakyembe, informed the National Assembly in Dodoma that despite the fact that the strike, organised by the Tanzania Railway Workers' Union (TRAWU) was not legal, government took into consideration the suffering of workers and their families and issued instructions that no punitive measures should be taken against the workers.

The strike started on August 23, 2013 with workers demanding arrears in payment of salaries for the months between May and August this year. Mr Mwakyembe assured the workers that effective Thursday monies were deposited at the bank and remission to individual accounts is going on.

"Assessment by the two governments (Tanzania and Zambia) on the mode of operation revealed that despite a growth in volume of cargo transported with TAZARA, the company's expenditure exceeded profits.

Over the last six months, TAZARA collected USD 1.53 million per month but spent US Dollar 2.5 million monthly," Mwakyembe explained.

He said salaries and fuel consumption alone amount to US Dollar 1.9 million a month and the rest goes to other managerial expenses.

"After long discussions with my Zambian counterpart, Yamfwa Mukunga, the government of Zambia has disbursed US Dollar 5 million already received by the management of TAZARA and Tanzania has given 2bn/- as contingency for TAZARA.

The company has been instructed to recover debts from clients amounting to USD 3.17 million," he said.

The minister assured the House that the workers have already received salaries for the month of May and arrears for the months of June, July and August would be taken care of.

Commenting on the effects of the strike, the minister said 13 freight trains with 252 wagons carrying 10,080 tonnes of copper, manganese, fertilizers, oil and cement suspended activities. Again more than 46,000 passengers missed out on the services.

"I call upon all workers to resume duties and work to bridge the loss created during the strike. TAZARA Board of Directors has been instructed to meet ahead of a ministerial summit scheduled for this month to review the situation for appropriate measures. TAZARA was established as a turnkey project in the early seventies.

The project was financed by an interest free loan of USD 500 million from the Peoples Republic of China. It started commercial operations in July 1976. TAZARA is an integral part of the southern Africa Regional Rail Transport Network.

The railway line currently handles exports and imports of both Tanzania and Zambia, as well as Malawi, The Democratic Republic of Congo and the rest of the Great Lakes Region.

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North-West Railway to Be Advertised
BY JUDITH NAMUTOWE, 9 SEPTEMBER 2013

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Government is in the process of advertising the North-West Railway (NWR) project to both local and foreign investors who would be interested to develop the economically viable infrastructure.

Transport and Communications Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda said the Government would soon advertise the project which was currently at the planning stage.

In an interview in Lusaka at the weekend, Colonel Kaunda said Government was seriously considering constructing a railway line to link Chingola to Solwezi and eventually Angola as soon as negotiations with project initiators were finalised.

He said Government would before the end of this year, advertise the project to allow the would-be interested partners to bid.

"Currently the project is on the planning stage, but we expect to advertise and allow interested investors to bid," Col Kaunda said.

The deputy minister said their Angolan counterparts had since started building the railway line from that country which would go up to Jimbe, where the NWR line was expected to connect.

Last month, Government said it would re-engage the NWR Company to chart the way forward on plans to construct a railway line to link Chingola to Solwezi and Angola.

Transport Minister Yamfwa Mukanga said the Government would re-engage NWR chairperson Enock Kavindele to revive plans for the project.

He said Government had opened discussions with Mr Kavindele but that, they did not come to a conclusion, hence the need for the resumption of talks so that the matter could be finalised.

"We believe that though it is a private investment, we as Government, are major stakeholders, so we need to link up with him and discuss it. We had opened discussions but we never came to a conclusion, so we are waiting for him to come back to the ministry to ensure that we finalise," Mr Mukanga said.

Once that was done, Mr Mukanga said the two parties would have to agree on the feasibility study that had been conducted so that Government would know how much it needed to invest.

He said Government believed that the feasibility study, which had been conducted previously, needed to be upgraded to enable concerned parties come up with the correct values.

Sometime back, a meeting between Government, NWR and the Democratic Republic of Congo where a detailed presentation on the project was rolled out took place in Lusaka.

The project is important for the country as it would open up North-Western Province to a lot of mining activities.

The province now produces large quantities of copper but there are no proper means of bringing ore to the smelters on the Copperbelt.
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Tanzania Commuter Rail

The Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) is a state-owned enterprise that runs one of Tanzania's two main railway networks.
TRC was formed to take over EARH's railway, harbour and inland shipping operations in Tanzania. In 1997 the inland shipping division became a separate company.
Rail transport in Tanzania is conducted by two companies:
TRC (Tanzania Railways Corporation)
TAZARA (Tanzania and Zambia railway authorities.)
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TANZANIA MOVES TO REVIVE DAR ES SALAAM COMMUTER RAIL


Tanzania has unveiled a plan to transform public transportation in the capital city, Dar es Salaam, by reviving the near nonexistent commuter railway service.

State-owned Reli Holding Company Limited (Rahco) says it intends to bring on board an independent operator to implement the expansion, modernisation and operation of the railway network.

Rahco is, thus, seeking for eligible firms, companies, investors, consortiums or transport operators to redevelop and operate the existing network.

The operator will need to upgrade some 32 km of existing rail lines, which cross various busy areas and suburbs in the city, terminating in the central business district. The network within the city traverses from the Dar es Salaam main railway station to Ubungo Maziwa (about 12 km) and to Pugu station (about 20 km).

“Dar es Salaam city, with a population of over four-million, is currently facing a serious problem of traffic congestion, particularly during rush hours,” Rahco said in a statement, adding that public transport solutions will be required as the city continues to expand.

The new operator will be expected to rehabilitate and upgrade the existing track lines and improve the telecommunications and signalling systems. It will also need to develop associated infrastructure, such as passenger termi- nals, pedestrian flyovers and crossings.

The operator will be expected to supply and run appropriate locomotive and passenger coaches maintenance facil-ities, marketing, ticketing and financial management, while fostering partnerships with the business community.

The train service project is part of a larger master plan for the capital, dubbed the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit Project.
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New Zealand trains sold to Tanzania and Zimbabwe
27 Feb 2014


The Ganz-Mavag Class EM/ET electric multiple-unit cars are to be used in Tanzania and Zimbabwe

AFRICA: An initial 34 Ganz-Mavag Class EM/ET electric multiple-unit cars which a South African rolling stock broker has acquired from Greater Wellington Regional Council for reuse in Tanzania and Zimbabwe has been shipped from New Zealand.

The 44 Hungarian-built two-car EMUs entered service in 1982. They are being replaced by a fleet of 83 Matangi EMUs which GWRC ordered from a consortium of Hyundai Rotem and Mitsui in 2007, 2008 and 2013.

On arrival in Africa the 1 067 mm gauge EMUs will be converted into locomotive-hauled stock. Some will be changed to metre gauge to operate an airport shuttle service in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, while the rest will be used to reinstate services from Harare in Zimbabwe to the coast, a route served by 500 buses a day.

The remainder of the 42 Ganz-Mavag units which have been sold will go to Africa once the next batch of Matangi EMUs arrives in Wellington in mid-2015. One unit is to be retained for heritage purposes.
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ERTMS Regional contract in Zambia
19 Mar 2014


Zambia Railways is modernising the rail network using government funding

ZAMBIA: A consortium of Bombardier Transportation, Huawei and local company GMC Technologies has been awarded a US$51m contract to deploy ERTMS Regional on Zambia Railway Ltd's 980 km Chingola - Livingstone line. The route is being upgraded and double-tracked using government funding allocated last year.

Pioneered in Sweden, ERTMS Regional uses onboard and trackside elements of ETCS with GSM-R and computer-based interlockings to provide a cost-effective train control and automatic train protection system for low-density lines.

Bombardier is to supply its Interflo 550 signalling and train protection technology, with Huawei responsible for GSM-R. Backhaul between the base stations will use microwave technology, which Huawei says has lower capital costs and is less vulnerable to theft than fixed transmission networks.

ZRL has awarded 32 local companies contracts for infrastructure modernisation to increase speeds on 500 km of the route to 80 km/h. The contractors have been asked to include women in the works.
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Some photos of my trip in 2008:

Tanzania Central Railway http://www.flickr.com/photos/youthwi...7626282187667/

Tazara and Zambia http://www.flickr.com/photos/youthwi...7626282187667/
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Progress Rail have released a brochure of the Tanzanian GT38LC-3 http://www.progressrail.com/cda/file...C-3_web_A4.pdf

Order for 13 subcontracted to DCD at Boksburg in South Africa
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City centre-airport train coming



By Henry Mwangonde , The Citizen Correspondent

Posted Thursday, October 2 2014 at 10:52




Dar es Salaam. Plans are afoot to establish a 13-kilometre commuter train route from the Central Business District (CBD) to the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) by the end of this year, the government said yesterday.

The project aimed at reducing traffic jams is expected to start operating by December this year or early next year.

It will be rolled out by Shumake Rails, a private company from the US, which was expected to sign a contract with the Tanzania Railways Authority yesterday. The firm is expected to deliver wagons for the job later in the year.

The ministry of Transport through TRL will extend the meter gauge railway from the city centre to the airport and is expected to operate under the Public Private Partnership (PPP), according to the PS, Dr Shaaban Mwinjaka.

Dr Mwinjaka told reporters yesterday that talks over the project have already been finalized and a memorandum of understanding between TRL and Shumaka Rails prepared.

“We are very committed to the project and as soon as the wagons arrive the route will start operating,” he said.

Upon the starting of operation the train is expected to transport an approximate of 800-1000 passengers per trip.

Dr Mwinjaka was speaking in the city after introducing a delegation of 12 US businessmen from the US who is in the country to explore investment opportunities in the transport, tourism and hospitality sectors.

The start of the project is an outcome of the tour of President Jakaya Kikwete’s tour of the United States who assured American investors wishing to do business in Tanzania of abundant opportunities available in the country.

Currently the leading investor in Tanzania is the UK.

In his words thje Honorary Consul for Tanzania in the United States Mr Robert Shumake said they have come to Tanzania to explore some investments opportunities in various sectors including transport.

“We see various investment opportunities in Tanzania and we believe that we will explore as more opportunities as possible” he said.
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City centre-airport train coming



By Henry Mwangonde , The Citizen Correspondent

Posted Thursday, October 2 2014 at 10:52




Dar es Salaam. Plans are afoot to establish a 13-kilometre commuter train route from the Central Business District (CBD) to the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) by the end of this year, the government said yesterday.

The project aimed at reducing traffic jams is expected to start operating by December this year or early next year.

It will be rolled out by Shumake Rails, a private company from the US, which was expected to sign a contract with the Tanzania Railways Authority yesterday. The firm is expected to deliver wagons for the job later in the year.

The ministry of Transport through TRL will extend the meter gauge railway from the city centre to the airport and is expected to operate under the Public Private Partnership (PPP), according to the PS, Dr Shaaban Mwinjaka.

Dr Mwinjaka told reporters yesterday that talks over the project have already been finalized and a memorandum of understanding between TRL and Shumaka Rails prepared.

“We are very committed to the project and as soon as the wagons arrive the route will start operating,” he said.

Upon the starting of operation the train is expected to transport an approximate of 800-1000 passengers per trip.

Dr Mwinjaka was speaking in the city after introducing a delegation of 12 US businessmen from the US who is in the country to explore investment opportunities in the transport, tourism and hospitality sectors.

The start of the project is an outcome of the tour of President Jakaya Kikwete’s tour of the United States who assured American investors wishing to do business in Tanzania of abundant opportunities available in the country.

Currently the leading investor in Tanzania is the UK.

In his words thje Honorary Consul for Tanzania in the United States Mr Robert Shumake said they have come to Tanzania to explore some investments opportunities in various sectors including transport.

“We see various investment opportunities in Tanzania and we believe that we will explore as more opportunities as possible” he said.
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RAHCO intends to transform the transport system of Dar es Salaam city by introducing new railway lines to cover the following destinations from Dar es Salaam station:

1) Luguruni along Morogoro road
2) Chamazi along Kilwa road
3) Pugu via Julius Nyerere International Airport
4) Kerenge along Bagamoyo
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200+ modern wagons for central railway
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THE Tanzania Railway Limited (TRL)
has introduced new state-of-the-art deluxe train services, which are set to commence operations from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma and Mwanza on April 1, after meeting regulations set by the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA).

Acting TRL Marketing Manager Charles Ndenge, said that SUMATRA has already approved commencement of operations of the 22 wagons, which will significantly reduce transport problems faced by passengers bound for Mwanza and Kigoma."We have been directed to issue a public notice on applicable fares two weeks before operations commence.

We have already done that to keep the public posted on proper information regarding TRL operations, including fare," he said.

Mr Ndenge said that they will start with 15 wagons as currently only one locomotive was available, which was not able to pull all the 22 wagons.

He further said that TRL was also conducting training to workers who will be providing services in the train, while the process of printing tickets was also underway.

The trains will spend 30 hours to reach their destinations after transiting through 14 major stations between Dar es Salaam and Kigoma and Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.

According to the TRL official, the deluxe service will mainly provide first class services to business persons. The manager said that the train will be operating once in a week (Sunday), in which there will be 10 wagons for the Third Class (80 passengers each), three wagons for the Second Class (60 passengers each) and Second Class - Sleeping wagons (36 passengers each).

Mr Ndenge put the fare for Third Class wagons from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma as at 18,500/-, Second Class - Sitting (24,700/- ) Second Class - Sleeping (41, 200/-); Third Class - from Dar es Salaam to Tabora (25,400/); Second Class - Sitting (33,900/-) and Second Class - Sleeping (56,500/- .)

Others are Dar es Salaam to Kigoma -- Third Class (35,700/-), Second Class - Sitting (47,600/-), Second Class - Sleeping (79,400/- ); Dar es Salaam to Mwanza - Third Class (35,000/-), Second Class - Sitting (46,700/-) and Second Class - Sleeping (77,800/-).

Mr Ndenge also refuted allegations circulating through the media that the wagons were not working properly, adding that they have been approved by SUMATRA and TRL, were not defective are ready to commence operations.

"The only thing that caused the new train not to commence operations was that SUMATRA was still working on our request for fares, which we submitted on November 2014. It was not until last month when they responded," he said.
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Chinese to build two new lines in East Africa
Thursday, June 04, 2015



TWO contracts valued at $US 9bn have been awarded by the Tanzanian government to Chinese civil engineering companies to construct two new standard-gauge railways, one linking the country to Burundi and Rwanda, and the other connecting mines to a port

China Railway Materials will lead a consortium in a $US 7.6bn project to build a 2561km line from Dar es Salaam to its land-locked neighbours of Burundi and Rwanda. This would be the first railway to be built in the latter two countries

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China Railway Materials will lead a consortium in a $US 7.6bn project to build a 2561km line from Dar es Salaam to its land-locked neighbours of Burundi and Rwanda. This would be the first railway to be built in the latter two countries









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