RECENTLY, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) governing body postponed yet again a decision to stop accepting money from the tobacco industry for its projects to end child labour in the tobacco growing sector.Add a comment
“IF you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today”—so goes an African proverb, crystallising the solutions to the continent’s socio-economic inequalities. Africa is second only to Latin America in economic inequalities. Dollar millionaires in Africa doubled to 160,000 between 2000 and 2015, while people living on less than $1.25 a day—the poverty threshold—increased from 358 million to 415 million between 1996 and 2011, according to the Brookings Institution,Add a comment
IN the intervening period, we have been mourning the passing away of the mother of the South African nation, Winnie Mandela. But not many people know about the family of Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, left behind. More importantly, the mould of those children and grandchildren in terms of political outlook is not much in the limelight. I, for one, had a pleasant surprise the other day when I came across an item online that was actually a formal letter to the King of Morocco.Add a comment
ONCE again, the country’s oldest clubs Simba and Young Africans are engaged in a cut throat race for the Mainland Premier League title, as it has always been the case in the past years. As the 2017-18 league season slowly comes to an end, a lot is being said by football fans in the country mainly on the general assessment of the unfolding league, as the top three teams namely Simba, Young Africans and Azam FC are going toe to toe.Add a comment
IN this article, I ‘m sharing with you a list of 12 tips on how to sustain a healthy marriage. I have been motivated to share with you the above title because of several reasons. Nevertheless, I’m narrating the reasons not in any order of importance.Add a comment
LAST year, I wrote a similar article about binge drinking but with a different take home message. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grammes per cent or above.Add a comment
PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday inaugurated new four radars and the third Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) Bombardier Q400NG turboprop aircraft touched down at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam in the afternoon after a delayed delivery.Add a comment
MARCH 21 in Kigali, Rwanda, saw African leaders launch the biggest free trade agreement since the establishment of the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation 23 years ago. The African Continental Free Trade Area is a culmination of an agreement reached in 2012 and the intense negotiations of African heads of government that started in earnest in 2015.Add a comment
WE don’t – will never – tire to stress that peace is a jewel that the majority of Tanzanians treasure highly. We wish to hastily explain why we are alluding to ‘majority’ instead of ‘all’ nationals.Add a comment
THE nation has been hit by yet another heart rending road accident after a slim spell--26 travellers died in a ghastly incident when a mini-bus got involved in a head-on collision with a lorry that was loaded with 32 tonnes of salt at Mwalusembe in Mkurunga District.Add a comment
UNIVERSITY graduation ceremony-related photographs are one of the major decorators of some sitting rooms in Tanzania.Add a comment
PEACE from time immemorial has been the beauty of life. It is the smile everyone wants in the family that graduates to form a nation, and for the nation to advance in its development, the same citizens must respect it and see into it that everyone maintains it at all costs.Add a comment
ENTHUSIASTS of old-era musical hits never grow tired of listening to the lyrics and instrumental mixture of the compositions.Add a comment
THERE are remarkable changes in Tanzania’s top flight league that makes it lure talented players from almost all parts of the continent. The presence of Vodacom, Azam, KCB Bank and SportPesa as major sponsors of the big leagues and teams is pushing Tanzanian football further ahead.Add a comment
THE country’s envoys in the CAF interclub championships --Young Africans and Simba--will be forced to play with all the available football tricks to progress into the next stages of the competitions during their away return encounters slated for tomorrow.Add a comment
TANZANIA Meteorological Agency (TMA) recently joined its counterparts in East Africa to predict and issue an alert over oncoming seasonal rains in the region saying it might lead into floods, and no doubt the presence of floods normally come along with outbreak of water borne diseases.Add a comment
IF you want to kill a monkey, so the liberally translated familiar Kiswahili saying goes, you should not stare it straight in the face. The inference is that, eye contact between you and the animal might prompt you to change your mind, because, in spite of being a nuisance around your household, it is generally a friendly creature.Add a comment
LAST Sunday, 62-member-countries of International Solar Alliance (ISA) adopted the ‘Delhi Solar Agenda’ that seeks to raise the share of solar power in their energy basket so as to mitigate climate change and provide clean, affordable electricity to the underprivileged.Add a comment
IT is a pretty much familiar fact that extensive travelling, more-so beyond one’s country of birth, is a big eye-opener. One of the shocking discoveries that Tanzanians have made during trips abroad, is the psychological anguish to which elderly persons housed in old people’s homes are subjected.
Someone who would have been given only a casual briefing on the subject would wonder what the whole fuss was about. The curiosity would stem from the fact that the mostly frail and sickly men and women are housed in spacious rooms that have television facilities, they are fed and cleaned up by kind-hearted staff, who also respond to other requests of theirs.
The senior citizens are also regularly taken on trips to fanciful locations like beaches, to cheer them up. There’s one big vacuum in their lives, however, that is virtually impossible to fill – loneliness stemming from detachment from close family members, who include biological children. Whereas some of the family members, plus friends and acquaintances, pay them regular visits, what the ‘wazee’ miss most is the solid, rich companionship that would be manifested by living amongst them.
For a hostel-oriented life smacks of artificiality. That’s one area in which African culture has earned much praise elsewhere, one of whose manifestations is the love and care for elderly persons. Naturally, Tanzania shares in that credit. Relative poverty notwithstanding, our ‘wazee’ are generally well catered for, compassion and companionship being among the anchors.
Those are tonics that cheer them up, as opposed to their kind in some parts of world, for whom loneliness is psychologically destabilising, and a few visits by younger family members, on occasions like religious festivities isn’t very helpful.
Healthcare, however, is one area that needs consolidating, to boost the morale of our senior citizens. It is by clearing the mismatch between intentions and actions on free medical care for them.
We are thus heartened to hear that the Ubungo Municipal Council in Dar es Salaam has set aside 60 million shillings to cater for them during the 2018/2019 financial year. It is a fantastic gesture worthy of emulation. Lest we forget, inherent in uplifting the spirits of senior citizens are blessings for the rest of community members.Add a comment