Tanga, Tanzania's second port and the third biggest in East Africa, is playing an important part in the nation's export drive.
Tanga, Tanzania's second port and the third biggest in East Africa, is playing an important part in the nation's export drive. Tanzania's Minister to the East African Community, Mr. Malecela, said at the weekend that the country's exports of goods of local origin to neighbouring Kenya rope by nearly 50 per cent in 1970. Much of the trade flows through Tanga.
Most of the port's international trade is in tea and sisal which are grown in the hinterland in the Usambara hills and along the railway which the German colonialists started building upcountry from Tanga 80 years ago.
This feature film covers work on the docks and takes a look into the port's past including relies of the Arab and German occupations, with graves of German officers killed in the British shelling of the town on 4 November 1914.
SYNOPSIS: The Tanzanian and East African Community flags fly over the Port Office in Tanga, which is playing a growing role in Tanzania's exports. Tanga is East Africa's third biggest port.
Tea from the inland Usambara mountains is exported to many parts of the world. The port also takes a leading part in East African trade. Tanzania's Minister to the East African Community, Mr. Malecela, said at the weekend that the country's exports of goods of local origin to neighbouring Kenya rose by nearly 50 per cent last year. Many of them go through Tanga.
Tugs take lighters full of exports to the 500 or so ships which anchor every year in the natural harbour. Sisal is another major export from Tanga. It is grown in plantations along the railway line built from the port by the German colonialists at the end of the 19th Century.
New developments in the port go side by side with buildings and streets which reflect its changing history. The architecture gives many reminders of the Arabs who once held sway along this coast.
There are memories also of the Germans who ran the country until the First World War. Many are buried there--among them Tom von Prince, and East African explorer and administrator who died as the British launched their attack in November 1914. They lie in the shade of an ancient baobab tree which has seen power revert to the country's own sons.