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What steps do you think Tanzania needs to take to assure the availability and reliability of their energy supply?
I personally think the availability and reliability of energy supply will reduce world wide as demand keeps increasing. The steps to improve things in Tanzania are 1: to improve power generation and 2: improve the management and budget of the utility company TANESCO. Power generation has already almost doubled in the last 12 months due to companies like Songas, Symbion and Aggreko feeding many hundreds of mega watts into the grid. Fixing Tanescos problems would then allow that power to be distributed effectively around the country. This is exclusive of important policy decisions the government should take with TANESCO life for instance making a policy for renewable energy to be easily fed into the existing grid at a fair tariff...
You mentioned earlier that the generator market in Tanzania has many unscrupulous players. Can you please expand on that for us?
There are many business in TZ that take advantage of customers by importing sub standard or fake products into the country. Very often they then charge customers more than a genuine supplier would! In my experience there are no more than a handful of generator suppliers that offer genuine products, back up and support to their customers excluding cost.
Do you think one of the solutions to keeping Tanzania's economy stable is the adoption of such technologies as solar panels?
Solar panels do offer a contribution to keeping Tanzanias economy stable. Two examples are to 1: use solar panels in towns and cities to feed into the utility power like they do in Germany. This increases the autonomy of the grid and therefore reliability of power to offices, industries and homes thus improving the environment and potential for economic growth. Secondly, solar off grid gives cheaper, safer and more reliable access to light for peri / suburban homes and business. The result allows business, students etc to work for longer hours in a healthier environment (when compared to kerosene light).
Could you see expansion of Sollatek's computer school from Kenya into Tanzania?
Potentially yes. Sollatek Kenya has their reasons for investing their corporate social responsibility into a computer school (amongst other charities like the Mombasa Yacht Club). In the past, Sollatek Kenya supported a sustainable farm north of Mombasa one of the first of its kind in Kenya. Sollatek in Tanzania has donated funds to charities through the British Business Group and British High Commission and given away products to other worthy charities. As the country manager I feel Tanzania needs some help with environmental issues and would prefer to donate to these types of causes in the more immediate future.
Do you think there's a possibility that Tanzania might lose it's political/social stability?
There's always a possibility this is Africa. But experience from the last decade shows Tanzania is stable, growing and more recently (and importantly) willing to accept a western influence in the way it governs the country. The biggest risk for Tanzania is the TZS/USD rate and the high rate of inflation. But as long as Tanzania continues to grow the economy things should be stable.
What can Sollatek Tanzania offer to investors looking to move to Tanzania?
As a business, we're interested in selling our goods and expertise. If someone is interested and wants advice, they should contact us via email or phone see the Sollatek.co.tz website and we will make sure a cost-effective solution is offered.
What ideas did you have of Tanzania before you moved here, compared to how you see it now?
The picture I had of Tanzania before I arrived was of a huge and beautiful country with vast potential. There are a lot of day to day challenges (more than most countries) but overall my outlook for Tanzania is the same. If you have your head to the ground and are prudent in the way you operate, there is a lot of opportunity here.
What makes Sollatek unique from other competitors?
Sollatek is the only genuine brand of voltage switcher in Tanzania. We offer up to 5 year warranty on our products and give genuine service and back up. The same morals go for our solar panel range - we're genuine and give genuine expertise.
Do you think that Tanzania offers a lot of opportunities for outsiders considering doing business in the country?
As an individual there is a lot of opportunity here. Anybody who can add any type of value to an industry can do well. There are high barriers to entry in Tanzania due to high costs, existing competition and sub standard products. However if you do a proper business plan and your findings are positive then there is no reason not to invest in TZ.
Are you confident in the future of Tanzania?
Yes, I am confident in Tanzanias future. I actually get more concerned when I see bad news about the next recession in the USA or Europe and how that's going to affect our business here in TZ. My view is that East Africa is growing and Tanzania appears to be very keen to take full advantage of its resources and grow accordingly.