Tanzania: Mtwara cement plant to offer 10,000 jobs

15 January 2015

Over 10,000 people are expected to be employed directly and indirectly at the Dangote Mtwara cement factory, slated to commence production in August.

The factory has also announced plans to improve social amenities in Mtwara region by constructing a state-of-the art hospital, a modern marketplace, a school and a police station.

Dangote Tanzania’s country representative, Esther Baruti-Kroll, said the cement plant will be the largest in the East African region.

“When the plant starts production, it will provide 1,000 direct and 9,000 indirect jobs to the local people. We are highly optimistic that the cement plant will play a crucial role in boosting the local economy and curb unemployment.

These vacancies will be advertised through ‘Daily News’ and ‘HabariLeo’,” Baruti-Kroll stated. She also announced that, from next month, 450m has been allocated for loans to 10 villages surrounding the factory. Construction of a 75-megawatt gas fired electricity generating plant to provide power to the factory and neighbouring villages is planned, as is construction of its own anchorage at Mtwara Port.

The anchorage will be 20 km from the factory to enable easy transportation of cement within and outside the country. Dangote Cement will be the leading producer in the East and Central African region.

There are plans to acquire a fleet of 600 trucks to facilitate transportation and distribution of cement to all parts of the country.

The total cement demand in Tanzania is 3 million tpa, but existing factories only produce 1.2 tonnes. Dangote Cement will be producing 3 million tpa for local and foreign markets.

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