YOUR FREE PRECISION AIR MAGAZINE Issue 101, March - May 2021
Heart of adventure EXPLORE TANZANIA’S MOST ROMANTIC PLACES
/ OMMY DIMPOZ / MOBILE AFYA / SWAHILI FASHION WEEK / PLANET-FRIENDLY PICNICS / WIN A MEAL-FOR-TWO
Grilled Cajun Shrimp – Page 26
Issue 101, March - May 2021
7 CAPTAIN CALLS TIME ON CAREER
Precision Air pilot looks back on a life in the skies
10 THE SCIENCE OF ATTRACTION
Why we can't help falling in love with love
4 LATEST NEWS
16 SWAHILI FASHION WEEK 2020
Musician and Bongo Star Search judge on how he has bounced back after health scare
The digital tool making professional health advice available to all
26 CHEF MONALISA
A follow-at-home recipe for grilled Cajun shrimp
31 PAA STAY... K HOTELS ENTEBBE
Rooms with a view of Lake Victoria
34 PAA MOTORING
A look under the hood at the Mazda CX-30 Paa Tanzania
15 COMPETITION Win a meal for two at Kitamu Coffee
Capturing the catwalk's coolest looks as Dar es Salaam hosts East Africa fashion showcase
18 OMMY DIMPOZ
6 THE WISH-LIST
Precision Air Info 4 Paa News 37 Paa Royal Benefits 38 Route Network 39 Paa Contacts 40 Welcome Aboard
28 PAA TECH Reassuring gadgets
36 NO-NONSENSE TALK WITH SONA Twenty years
Foreword Precision Air Services Plc Diamond Plaza PO Box 70770, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tel: +255 (0)22 219 1000 Fax: +255 (0)22 286 0725 www.precisionairtz.com Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager: Hillary Mremi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Paa Tanzania Magazine is published for Precision Air by: Land & Marine Publications (Tanzania) Ltd. Room A14, 3rd floor, Josam House plot Number 16, Mikocheni Area Along Coca-Cola Road, Dar es Salaam Tel: +255 686 118 816 www.landmarine.com ADVERTISING: Catherine O’Callaghan Tel: +44 (0)7944 212063 (WhatsApp) Email: email@example.com Godfrey S. Urassa Tel: +255 (0)686 118 816 (WhatsApp) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR: Mark Edwards Email: email@example.com Head office: Land & Marine Publications Ltd. 1 Kings Court, Newcomen Way, Severalls Business Park, Colchester, Essex, UK, CO4 9RA Tel: +44 (0)1206 752902 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The contents and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the editor, or any other organisation associated with this publication. While every care is taken to ensure accuracy in preparing the magazine, the Publisher and Precision Air assume no responsibility or liability for any inaccuracies or omissions. All submitted material is accepted on the understanding that the material can be edited, amended or abridged for publication. ©2021 Land & Marine Publications (Tanzania) Ltd.
Flying into the future It is my great pleasure to welcome you onboard your Precision Air flight and to the latest edition of our magazine, Paa. Precision has been serving its valued passengers since 1993, when it was first registered as a commercial airline. In each of those 27 years since we have without fail been awarded our Aircraft Operation Certificate (AOC) after inspection by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority. Such an unbroken record is a testimony to our commitment to serving our country and beyond. With our latest AOC awarded in January, we are looking forward to another exciting year as Tanzania’s second designated national carrier serving 11 destinations across East Africa. In ensuring this country continues to provide a skilled and dedicated workforce for the aviation sector, Precision Air has also launched its own international-standard training centre. If you want to see just how a job at Precision Air can turn into an adventurous and rewarding career, take a look at the feature inside on Captain Joseph Wakuwile, who flew with us for 22 years. He is an inspiration to so many. It just leaves me to wish you a pleasant flight and to let you know that we are always keen to hear your feedback, good and bad. Feel free to get in touch through our social media platforms or contact our call centre. Call centre: +255 22 2168000 / +255 784 108800 / +255 22 2191000
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You Are Why We Fly. Patrick Mwanri Managing Director and CEO Precision Air Services Plc
Latest from Tanzania’s leading airline Train with us, fly with us!
Do you dream of a career in the aviation industry, but are unsure where to make your start? Well, Precision Air has set up a training centre offering industry-recognised courses to get that dream off the ground. The centre, which is located in our headquarters in Dar es Salaam, has been approved by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority and launches in March with a Cabin Crew Initial course. Courses to come include Crew Resource Management, Aviation Safety Management, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Aviation Security and Aircraft Weight and Balance among others. Precision Air, Tanzania’s leading airline, has been serving the country since 1993. We bring that wealth of experience and knowhow to our courses to provide the growing aviation sector with a skilled homegrown workforce.
Precision Air Managing Director and CEO Patrick Mwanri said: “We are excited about this achievement and we are looking forward to produce competent candidates for the aviation sector in Tanzania and beyond. We have an established experience in this industry and we intend to use it train Tanzanians who will fill the manpower gap in the aviation industry in Tanzania.” The coming courses will not only cater to those hoping to make a start in the sector, but will also provide the opportunity for aviation professionals to increase their skillset and progress in their careers. Mr Mwanri said: “Our centre is not for beginners only, but we are also offering on-job training, recurrence trainings for air operators as well other aviation faculties. We are now accepting training requests from third-party organizations and ready to offer classes that meet international standards.”support the local economy.
Precision Air passes with flying colours for 27th year in a row Precision Air has once again been granted its Aircraft Operation Certificate (AOC), making 2021 the 27th year in succession that the airline has been judged to meet nationally agreed safety standards to fly its fleet for commercial purposes. Inspectors from the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) carried out their investigations in December last year before granting the renewal. Commenting on the achievement Precision Air Managing Director and CEO Patrick Mwanri said the renewal of the AOC is the continuation of our commitment to serving the country and beyond while observing rules and regulations of aircraft operations. “We are happy to receive our new AOC certificate and we would like to thank TCAA for a professional inspection process. On behalf of the management, I am also congratulating the Precision Air team for maintaining our standards
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Capturing the crater and always looking for areas of improvement, which has resulted in this achievement. This was also possible through their commitment to professionalism.”
What does the AOC renewal mean? The AOC is the certification granted by Tanzania Civil Aviation that gives an airline permission to operate commercially within the country and beyond based on Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA). This certification is issued after intensive review process done by TCAA Inspectors and it is renewable annually.
Many travellers to Tanzania overlook the lake-filled Empakaai crater in favour of its more famous neighbour Ngorongoro, but it too is a haven for wildlife and – as this image by Tanzanian photographer Daniel Msirikale shows – it is also Ngorongoro’s rival in beauty. Msirikale loves to capture some of the country’s more off-the-beaten-track attractions – check out his Instagram page @that_tanzanianguy for proof – and this image was recently selected among the top 15 photos in the Wiki Loves Earth 2020 global photo challenge. The 2020 edition of
the competition attracted more than 100,000 submissions from 9,095 content uploaders across 34 countries. Msirikale was the only representative from an African country to make the top 15, coming in at number 11. Such a high placing is understandable when you see the image. Msirikale has framed it to contain the brooding presence of a cloud-enshrouded Ol Doinyo Lengai, ‘The Mountain of God’ in the background while choosing a vantage point on the lip of the Empakaai caldera that crops the lake in such a way as to make it look heart-shaped. Beautiful.
Blessed with year-round sunshine, countless beaches and a wealth of natural beauty, Tanzania is a perfect picnic country. To ensure you leave your alfresco dining spot as pristine as when you arrived, here are some innovative ideas for plastic-free, re-usable picnic ware from Dar es Salaam store The Green Room.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES
BAMBOO STRAWS Hand finished at The Green Room’s workshop in Dar, these straws come in a pack of six beautifully tied with a kitenge ribbon.
#STREETSOFDSM PRINT AND KITENGE REVERSIBLE TOTE BAG Celebrating Dar’s colourful street culture, these tote bags are perfect for carrying your picnic food in line with Tanzania’s plastic bag ban. Available in more than 15 designs.
An eco-friendly alternative to carrying drinking water. The bottles keep drinks cold or hot for up to eight hours and each features an illustration by a local artist.
WHALESHARK ENAMEL MUG Celebrating Tanzania’s rich wildlife, this enamel mug can go anywhere with you.
HAND-CARVED COCONUT WOOD UTENSILS AND BOWLS Reduce the need for disposable plastic picnic ware and go green with sustainable and locally sourced coconut wood options.
BEESWAX WRAPS A set of four kitenge fabric beeswax wraps. Reusable, they fold around food bowls, fruit and sandwiches to keep items fresh in place of disposable wrap plastic.
The Green Room is a product and furniture design company with its flagship store on The Slipway shopping centre in Dar es Salaam. Inspired by sunshine, the sea and nature of beautiful Tanzania, The Green Room is committed to design products that are locally made, useful, beautiful and good to the earth. For more information, visit thegreenroomtz.com
Captain calls time on glittering career
In September last year Precision Air gave Captain Joseph Wakuwile a water salute after the long-serving pilot landed his last flight at Julius Nyerere International Airport, calling time on a 39-year flying career that included more than 27, 000 hours in the air. Here the 65-year-old talks about living his childhood dream, his most memorable flights and his pride at helping train the next generation of Tanzanian pilots.
hen Joseph Wakuwile
heavier-than-air machines, weighing
“Fear of flying has never been a
was a young boy
more than a ton, could fly in the air. I
part of me,” he says, “especially once I
growing up in Tabora,
was so determined to find out.”
have understood the capability and
his favourite pastime was to jump
He was to come to understand
mechanism behind the machine I fly.
on his bicycle and ride the 10 km
those machines close-up in adult-
Once I am airborne, I become totally
south to reach the town’s airport
hood, carving a career as a commer-
relaxed, although still alert.”
where he’d watch in wonder as
cial pilot lasting 39 years, 22 of them
the massive machines took off and
with Precision Air. He learned the
in Dar es Salaam, has logged more
came in to land.
mechanics of flight and found the
than 27,000 hours in the sky and his
wonder replaced with serenity once
skills as a pilot have seen him selected
he was up in the air.
by Precision Air to fly some of its
“The thing that fascinated me most,” he says, “was how these
Captain Wakuwile, who now lives
most high-profile passengers, such
modernisation programme saw him
as President of Zanzibar Dr Hussein
in the cockpit of the airline’s new
Mwinyi – “a proud moment,” Captain
ATRs with up to 70 passengers on
always away, missing important
Wakuwile says. During his long
board. The 22-year working relation-
functions like graduation of one of my
association with the airline, he has
ship has, Captain Wakuwile says,
children,” he says. “However, I thank
also been called on to train its next
developed into a familial bond.
my family for always being there for
generation of pilots. Sharing his skills,
offers opportunities to make up for it. “It was tough those days staying
me and giving me support.
he believes, is a way of giving back to
an industry that shaped his life and
“When I joined it was exciting time
to pursue projects I have been
he intends to continue mentoring in
being part of new growing venture.
interested in and of course spend
Precision Air was very supportive from
my time with family. There are a
“I’m looking forward to training
the beginning, funding numerous
lot of social programmes to get
young pilots as part of an upcoming
training courses for me. I enjoyed
involved in locally, especially at our
programme at the National Institute
the general attitude and feeling of
of Transport,” he says. “I am very
belonging to a bigger family. Even
optimistic about the future of aviation
now I count myself as part of the
The chosen one
in Tanzania and I feel I have to contrib-
Precision Air family.”
When Captain Wakuwile was in
ute to that story and be part of it.”
“Now I will use the opportunity
Life as a pilot necessitated long
his early 20s, he had to win over
Captain Wakuwile wears his
hours and extended periods away
his mother to pursue a career as
65 years lightly and feels he still
from Captain Wakuwile’s family at
a pilot. His first job after national
has much to contribute, despite
home. The married father-of-two and
reaching the Tanzanian Civil Aviation
grandfather-of-one says such separa-
Authority’s statutory retirement age
tions were hard, but that retirement
Flight team Captain Wakuwile in the cockpit with his co-pilot
for a commercial pilot.
“However, I could start feeling chronological age catching up. I think it was the right time to hang up the boots and let the young energetic colleagues, some of whom I have trained over the years, take over. “I still miss flying. I will miss
at the Bank of Tanzania, but seeing an advertisement in the national newspaper calling for applicants for a
“I’m 65, but I still feel strong and that I can go on,” he says.
service was as a statistical assistant
government-sponsored pilot training
Precision Air was very supportive from the beginning, funding numerous training courses for me. I enjoyed the general attitude and feeling of belonging to a bigger family
scheme relit his childhood dream. The advertisement had piqued the interest of many Tanzanians. There were around 1,000 applicants for the three-year pilots’ course at the Finnair Flight Academy at Helsinki Airport in Finland. After a rigorous six-month selection process, which involved checks by an aviation medical doctor, aptitude tests, flying test experience,
mostly those cross-wind
written exams and one-to-one
landings and the views of
interviews, Captain Wakuwile was
Mount Kilimanjaro above the
among the 15 cadets chosen. He
is far too modest to suggest the
Precision Air will certainly
qualities that saw him through, but
miss Captain Wakuwile. He
he does remember the Air Tanzania
joined in 1998, a pivotal time
team had a clear idea of what they
for the airline, which had
recently expanded to offer
“During our selection interviews I
scheduled services for the
remember the leading psychologist
growing tourist market. He
in the team, Dr Manfred Gardiziela,
began flying the 19-seater Let
told us he can’t tell who will be a
L-410 Turbolet before a fleet
pilot among us, but for sure he knew
Family feel Captain Wakuwile loved his time with Precision Air
I still miss flying. I will miss mostly those cross-wind landings and the views of Mount Kilimanjaro above the clouds who cannot be a pilot among us and
Finland, Captain Wakuwile had his
year. His last flight was a return trip
that was why he was employed to
commercial pilot licence and was
from Dar es Salaam to Arusha via
do the weeding out.”
soon flying for Air Tanzania, where
Zanzibar on September 9. When he
he would stay for the next 17 years.
brought the ATR 72-500 down at
He started off piloting the airline’s
Heading Julius Nyerere International Airport
Julius Nyerere International Airport
Once selected, Captain Wakuwile
19-seater DHC-6-300 Twin Otter with
quit his banking job. It was a brave
later highlights including in 1983
career change that even some family
being part of the crew who flew then
members were unsure was wise.
Tanzanian President Mwalimu Julius
fire engines sent fountains of water
“Mothers are always concerned
Nyerere and his vice-president Hassan
over the taxiway.
about their loved ones,” Captain
Mwinyi from Mwanza to Bukoba. He
Wakuwile says. “In the end she gave
was made Captain in 1993.
her blessings and let me be what I wanted in life.” After three years of training in
Captain Wakuwile switched to
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a crowd of Precision Air staff had gathered for an emotional farewell that culminated in a water salute as
It was a magical end to a career that lived out a childhood dream and helped many others live
Precision Air in 1998 and continued
theirs. Thank you for your years of
to serve until his retirement last
service, Captain. www.precisionairtz.com
The science of attraction
Why we love to love… Exploring the science of attraction
You’d think a blind date between love and science would result in an evening of awkward silences, but it turns out the pair have plenty in common. Paa looks at the chemical reactions in our bodies that occur when we feel attraction and selects some of the best romantic spots in Tanzania to share with your significant other. As is only fair, we also spare a thought for the singletons out there. What is Love? Whether you are looking for ‘Mr/ Miss Right’ or happy to make do with ‘Mr/Miss Right Now’, attraction can come with some strange symptoms. Think of the last time you unexpectedly met someone that enchants you. You start to sweat, suddenly become incapable of forming a coherent sentence and are struck by a physical clumsiness that makes even walking normally suddenly beyond your skill-set. OK, perhaps that’s just me, but there is plenty of scientific evidence that feelings of love release a potent chemical cocktail inside of us that can have
a transformative effect on our behaviour. Attraction floods our brain with the ‘happy hormones’ of oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, causing a surge of positive emotion. It’s one of the best feelings in the world, which is why finding love has been considered throughout history as life’s ultimate goal. The euphoria can be so consuming that the love-struck can struggle to give thought to anything else – even eating and sleeping. Scientists have found the rush of the release of these hormones induces a drug-like high and can be just as addictive. The beginning
Finding our other half Is love life's ultimate goal?
stage of falling in love – which scientists’ term ‘limerance’ – cannot be sustained forever and the hope is it develops into something deeper, more honest and understanding. If it
The 4 laws of (keeping) attraction Dating apps abound and the pool of eligible singletons is staggering. So why is it so hard to make it past the honeymoon phase? Sona Parmar reveals four ways to seal the deal.
Be happy first. Much like alcohol, a partner can’t make you happy; s/he simply amplifies what you already feel – a bit like icing on a cake. It’s your job to make sure the cake is already phenomenal.
Get clear on what you want. Unashamedly knowing that you prefer a quinoa salad to a mushroom souffle is a good thing. Think of what you’re looking for and how that will make you feel. It’s not about dating someone wealthy because they have money, say, but because of how you’ll feel when they spoil you. does, it might be time to put a ring on it. However, not all relationships end well and the sudden withdrawal from such a high can be hard to take. History is littered with relationships that famously did not work out: Paris of Troy and Helen; Mark Anthony and Cleopatra; and Diamond Platnumz and…well, take your pick. So, to ensure your hot date blossoms into a relationship that welcomes many more February 14 celebrations, here’s some advice from Nairobi-based life coach and Paa columnist Sona Parmar on how to make love last.
Start as you mean to go on. Relationship dynamics are like cement: malleable in the early days, impossible to change as time goes on. To quote relationship guru John Gray, “create a series of positive dating experiences”, show the other person how you want to be treated and trust that the right person will stay. Create a good flow.
Falling in love is easy; we see only the positive. The real question is, can you live with the traits that annoy you? This is what determines whether your new squeeze is a keeper. nutritionbysona.com @inspirationbysona on Instagram
The science of attraction
Best places for a romantic date in Tanzania If you’re looking to treat a budding influencer…
For more information, visit its
If there is a rival for your significant
other’s affections in as much as they
Facebook and Instagram pages at
they love you, Ahlan Restaurant, in
For a loved one who loves to be pampered…
Dar es Salaam, would make an ideal
The temperature may rarely drop
location for a dinner date. Its wall of
below 30°C in Zanzibar, but the
imitation red, pink and white roses has
island is still a wonderful place for
become the backdrop of choice for
chilling out and one of its most
Instagram selfie enthusiasts and this
relaxing spots – a haven of peace
Exfoliation just for her and a Karafuu
popular place, in hospitality hotspot
amid the bustle of Stone Town – is
(clove) and Coconut Exfoliation just
Oyster Bay, attracts a stylish, young
Cinnamon Spa. Here you can choose
for him. Then while one enjoys a full
crowd. The food is just as eye-catching
from more than 30 therapies and
body massage, the other can give
with the menu including a ‘burger
treatments using the finest organic
their skin some intense condition-
wheel’ – a selection of bite-sized burg-
ingredients from the archipelago. If
ing cocooned in Cinnamon Carrot
ers and sides arranged on a miniature
you are attending with a loved one
Hydrating Wrap. It’s all topped off
fairground wheel and brought to your
and want to be pampered as a pair,
table – and a tasty range of wraps,
the spa offers 60-minute couple’s
salads, mocktails and milkshakes.
massages as well as a specially
Spa date Pamper your loved one at Cinnamon Spa in Stone Town, Zanzibar
created two-hour package for which includes a Cinnamon Swirl
with an Indian head massage.
The food of love Ahlan Restaurant in Dar es Salaam
Image: Ahlan restaurant
love themselves almost as much as
For more details, visit cinnamonspa.net
The food is just as eye-catching with the menu including a ‘burger wheel’ – a selection of bite-sized burgers and sides arranged on a miniature fairground wheel
Pretty in pink Lake Manyara
Tree-top dwelling is the way to go around here with even the park’s lions getting in on the act and spending the days lazing on branches before descending to hunt at sunset. For more details, visit andbeyond.com
For a date with adventure…
To fly away with your dream date…
If your other half is a thrill seeker who
There can be few more romantic
feeds on adrenaline, they are going
sights than seeing the plains of the
to love you for ever if you organise
Serengeti wrapped in dawn’s glow as
a white-water rafting adventure for
you soar silently overhead in a hot-air
the two of you on the Rufiji river. The
balloon. The cool morning air means
river rises in southwestern Tanzania
this is an active time for wildlife here
and winds through the Selous Game
and you may catch sight of predators
Reserve before emptying into the
such as lions and cheetahs on the
Indian Ocean and there is some steep
hunt or, dependent of the time of
section along the way where the
year, get an appreciation from above
water picks up speed and turbulence
of the scale of the wildebeest and
for some Class 4 and 5 rapids. Tour
zebra migration. It’s a luminous, once-
Company Wantok Adventures runs
in-a-lifetime experience and made
rafting adventures here throughout
even better when shared with a loved
the year. For more information, visit
one. There are many companies offer-
ing hot-air balloon experiences here,
For escaping together…
but Scott Dunn ups the romance you’ve come back down to earth. Visit
one time with your partner then
scottdunn.com for more details.
Tree Lodge could be in order. You’ll also get some undisturbed quality time with some of the best wildlife Tanzania has to offer. These 10 luxury tree houses make up the only lodge in the whole of Lake Manyara National Park so you are alone to explore its wonders such as a flamingo-filled soda lake with buffalo, cheetah,
Laugh away the heartache… You don’t have to fall in love to get a serotonin hit. Laughter is also a natural tonic for mind and body. A night out at one of PunchLine TZ’s regular comedy nights in Dar es Salaam is sure to get you giggling. The PunchLine team have been pivotal in establishing a stand-up comedy scene in the city with its weekly Raw show at Flames Restaurant, in Masaki, and the PunchLine Comedy Club at Hamu Restaurant each month. Host Evans Bukuku and a revolving roster of international and local comedians are sure to get you in a good mood. For more information, visit punchline.or.tz
with a champagne breakfast once
If you want some exclusive one-ona few nights at the Lake Manyara
Valentine’s for singletons
Get some of your single friends together, get glammed up and sing your hearts out to your favourite tunes. The popular Dar chain of seafood restaurants Samaki Samaki holds karaoke nights every Wednesday and rooftop bar Level 8 at the Hyatt Regency is also a great place to belt out your favourite break-up songs. For more information, visit samaki.com and @HyattRegencyKilimanjaro on Facebook
giraffe and impala roaming its shores. www.precisionairtz.com
Win a meal-for-two at Kitamu Coffee – ‘Tanzania’s cutest café’
Kitamu Coffee is well known
from the range-baked fresh every day by
in Arusha as the place to
owner Leah Assenga.
go for delicious breakfasts
So Paa is delighted that this 100
and lunches packed with fresh, local
per cent Tanzanian-owned café is
ingredients. The café in the centre of
offering our latest prize. One lucky
town – just moments from the Clock
reader will receive a meal-for-two at
Tower – has two floors of cosy and comfy
Kitamu. The winner and their guest will
seating so it’s also the ideal place to
get their choice of main course and a
get together with friends over a freshly
dessert as well as an accompanying
ground cup of coffee sourced from the
coffee and fresh juice. It’s sure to be an
smallholder farms on the slopes of Mount
unforgettable meal. Good luck!
Kilimanjaro. There’s also the tempting option to pair your coffee with a cake
For more about Kitamu Coffee visit www.kitamuafrica.com
To be in with a chance of winning, answer the three questions below and email your answers along with a photograph of yourself taken with a copy of Paa 101 on your Precision Air flight to firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions: 1. What is the name of the latest single by Ommy Dimpoz that also features South Africa artists DJ Tira, Djadja and Prince Bulo?
3. Mobile app M-Afya dispenses health advice to subscribers in what language?
Last Issue's Winner Martha Abdul Congratulations Martha! You win a beautiful bed collection by Handmade From Tanzania. See more at www.handmadefromtanzania.org. Thank you for flying Precision Air.
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2. Can you name one of the ‘happy hormones’ your body releases when you are in love?
Terms and conditions: One entry per person. Entrants must be 18 years or over. The organisers' decision is final. The competition is not open to employees and their relatives of Handmade From Tanzania, Precision Air, or Land & Marine Publications Ltd. Email : email@example.com by 10th January 2021. Images shown are for representation only.
Swahili Fashion Week 2020 The cream of the East African fashion world once again convened for Swahili Fashion Week 2020 in Dar es Salaam last December. At the three-day event, now in its 13th year and held at the Serena Hotel, models strode the catwalk showcasing the latest collections by the region’s best designers and fashion houses. As ever, there were a host of prizes awarded at the event, which itself has just been crowned East African Fashion Week of the Year. Among those recognised were Afriposh, in Arusha, who won the Accessory Designer of the Year award, Nucy, from Sudan, who won African Designer of the Year and Gertrude Shoo, from Arusha, who won the Washington Benbella Award for emerging designer. For more details on the event and the full list of prize-winners, visit swahilifashionweek.com Hussein Awadh
All images courtesy of Simon Deiner / SDR Photo / Group of Creatives Swahili Fashion Week
Africa Attire For All
'My fans prayed for me… and that meant everything'
Images courtesy of Sony Music Africa
New label Ommy Dimpoz has recently signed a record deal with Sony Music Africa
Just under two years after falling seriously ill and fearing he would never sing again, Ommy Dimpoz is back and his profile is bigger than ever. He has just signed for major label Sony Music Africa, is one of the judges on TV talent show Bongo Star Search and has a new album all set for release. Paa talks fame, fun and fashion with the Kigoma kid. Where were you born in Tanzania? Was
You took time out from the music industry
music a big part of your life when you were
due to serious illness. Was there a time when
you feared you would not be able to return
A: was born in Kigoma. Yes, it was a huge part
to singing? (I heard you lost your voice for a
of me as long as I can remember, I used to love
time as a result of the surgery)
listening and dancing to music.
A: Yes, several times during multiple surgeries and especially when I lost my voice for about a
Tell us about Top Band, the first music group
month, after the first surgery. It was a terrifying
period for me.
A: It was headed by Khalid Mohammed, who is well known as TID, and I started as a back-up
Your single ‘Baba Ni Wewe’ thanked your
singer and eventually graduated by having my
fans for standing by you through your illness
solo session, performing cover songs before
and recovery? How important was it to know
branching out as a solo artist.
you had their support? A: It meant everything to me. I received so
You’ve collaborated with a lot of big names in
many messages, calls etc from fans across the
your career, such as TID, Vanessa Mdee and
world that wished me well, prayed for me,
Diamond Platnumz. Which artists would it be
others offering all sort of support. When you
your dream to collaborate with in the future?
receive such well wishes, it gives you strength,
A: I have a long list of several artists I would
faith and hope.
like to collaborate with but in the near future, I would be delighted to work with [Congolese
How is your health now? You certainly
singer-songwriter) Fally Ipupa and [US singer]
look fit judging by your Instagram page [@
ommydimpoz]. Do you exercise regularly?
Online Follow Ommy on instagram: @ommydimpoz and facebook: ommydimpozPKP
I won’t say I have a particular style; I just know what looks good on me and how to pair outfits considering the pattern, colours and style A: It is getting better by the day. I am
A: I am a fan of DJ Tira’s music and
You also are interested in fashion.
still adjusting to eating certain speci-
personality and I made and effort to
Endorsing GSM Malls here in
fied meals and portions. I have started
seek him out [for a collaboration]. He
Tanzania and Europa Art in South
exercising but nothing extreme just
was quick to respond and appreci-
Africa. How important is it for you
lightweights and stretches.
ated my work as well. I had great fun
to look good and how would you
collaborating with him alongside
describe your signature style?
Prince Bullo and DlaDla.
A: I love fashion. It comes second
You signed with Sony Music Africa in December last year. What do you
to my music. I won’t say I have a
hope this will do for your music and
You also have an album coming
particular style; I just know what looks
out very soon. What can you reveal
good on me and how to pair outfits
A: This is a great move for me
about it at this stage?
considering the pattern, colours and
especially now in my career. I am fully
A: Not much I am afraid (laughs). Just
style. I feel good when I look good.
committed in creating good music
know it will be a great album with the
that will now be able to be heard
best of other African artists
across Africa and globally, seeing the likes of Davido, Wizkid , ShoMadjozi’
I’ve read that you fancy yourself as
s growth and progress, I am truly
a comedian. Have you always liked
inspired to follow in their direction.
entertaining and making people
Future sounds Ommy has a new album coming out soon Chrislogan | Wikimedia Commons | CC-BY-SA-4.0
How has Covid-19 impacted on your recent music plans? Do you enjoy playing live shows and do you hope to schedule concerts in Tanzania in the near future?
A: It has affected my music plans
Sony Music Africa is based in South
A: That’s what people around me
greatly. We had to postpone our
Africa and there are a host of South
consider me. I am aware I have a great
album release and several other
African artists who are on ‘Dede’,
sense of humour and it comes easy
entertainment activities including
your first single release for the
in making people laugh but I am not
events and yes, I do love performing.
label. How did the collaboration
considering it as a career… not at the
It connects me with my fans, which is
moment at least.
important to me.
The start-up that dispenses well-being advice via text
Phone application Mobile afya seeks to bridge the digital divide in health awareness in Tanzania. The internet is not necessary to access the app’s government-approved advice on topics such as sexual health, family planning, first aid and nutrition written in Swahili by Mobile afya's team of medical professionals. Launched in October last year to be accessible and affordable to all, the app has the potential to change and even save many lives. Founder Mariatheresa Samson Kadushi talks to Paa, revealing how the idea for the start-up was born, the medical and tech expertise involved and plans to expand the app’s reach across East Africa Mariatheresa Samson Kadushi
information and education, including
describes the beginnings of Mobile
afya as an “accidental innovation”
“From there we started the process
that came to her while working
to develop an easily accessible solution
with homeless children on the
that provides sexual and productive
streets of Singida, in central Tanza-
health information to women in rural
nia, for her charitable association
and semi- urban areas. Building a dedi-
Kids of Africa…
cated team, we expanded to include
“M-afya was established as a result of a mere curiosity. In late 2015 I was
more general health information and
was lacking in the team.
Mobile afya was born.”
“Now we have 12 health profes-
in Singida where I noticed a high
sionals – including medical doctors,
number of homeless children living in
The Mobile afya team has grown
clinical officers, public health special-
poverty. I decided to start a case study
to include leading experts in the
ists and medical students – out of a
to investigate what was causing such
fields of medicine, health and
large numbers of street children in
the region and found the main reason
“In 2017, I along with co-founder Dr
team of 21 members.” User-friendly The app has been designed for all
The team creates the app’s health
was unplanned pregnancies. Many
Hilderruth Allan Shoo, who is a medi-
advice content from scratch and it
young parents were having more chil-
cal doctor and public health specialist,
all goes through a rigorous review-
dren than they were able to take care
started to build Mobile afya. As the
of. The average number of children
start-up took shape in 2019, Farah
per household was six. This factor
Rida, Ina Sclie and Anja Witte joined
their knowledge then it gets reviewed
exposed the underlying problem – a
forces with us to bring resources,
by different stakeholders and our
lack of sexual and reproductive health
new skills and knowledge that
advisors. Lastly content has to go to
“The team develops content from
Images courtesy of M-Afya
Leaders Mariatheresa Samson Kadushi and (bottom) Dr Hilderruth Allan Shoo
the Government’s Ministry of Health,
research underway to measure
Community Development, Gender,
knowledge improvement and the
Elderly & Children to get reviewed
impact that the app is having on its
and approved. Once all this is
users. For the future we are exploring
completed, we can upload content to
possibilities of expanding to voice
the app and start disseminating.”
messages, WhatsApp chat bot and
The only way to fight misinformation is to counter it with correct and accurate information
smart apps as well.” It costs just 3,000 TZS for an annual subscription to Mobile afya, which
With the app aimed at a mostly
mentored by a professor who is an
allows the user to access the
rural or semi-urban population
expert in HCD, which helped a lot.
regularly updated database of
with limited familiarity with tech-
information as many times as they
nology, it was crucial to make it as
want over the year…
user-friendly as possible…
“After paying the annual subscrip-
“The importance of making Mobile
In many communities, health Outreach Spreading the message
awareness is hampered as much by misinformation as lack of informa-
tion there’s no additional costs or
afya user-friendly has been a crucial
tion with traditional healers and
limits. We are constantly improving
part of its development since the
superstitions holding sway…
Mobile afya and collecting feedback
study in Singida. All our work has
from our users on information that
been grounded by human-centred
areas. Misinformation is a big problem
they want to see on the app and the
design (HCD) methodologies with
that we have come across in most of
topics are updated on a monthly
five stages –empathy, ideate, define,
the communities we have interacted
basis. We have an impact evaluation
prototype and test. I was lucky to be
with during our research phase. The
“This is the case not only in remote
only way to fight misinformation is to
it with my day job [as chief operations
counter it with correct and accurate
officer of Dar es Salaam start-up
information. We believe Mobile afya
ecosystem Safe Space Group] so it
serves this goal by making sure that
was a lot to manage. The experience
correct information is widely spread
of building Mobile afya has been
and is easily accessible by local
the most challenging task I have
communities through their mobile
embarked in my career but also
phones. People who encounter misin-
the most important work of my life.
formation will now have a point of
Strong will, consistency and persis-
references to oppose it and educate
tence have carried me through the
others as well.”
moments of exhaustion and many frustrations of building a start-up
Mobile afya was made available
throughout the years. I believe that
to the public in October 2020 and
I am part of the team that will trans-
already has more than 1,000 Tanza-
form public health as we know it by
nian users and there are plans in
capitalising on the impact of mobile
place to expand into neighbouring
technology for health inclusion.”
Initial funding came from family,
“For Dr. Hilderruth and I, Tanzania
friends and the team members’
is our home country hence the best
own savings, but the rising profile
place for us to pour our knowledge
of Mobile afya has attracted
and passion into. Kenya and Rwanda
the interest of international
are our next destinations. We are
looking to start expanding in the third quarter of 2021.”
In late 2018, a Hamburg-based company Freiheit.com gave their Christmas donation to our work so
It has taken more than three years
that we can prototype and test the
to get Mobile afya off the ground
app. In late 2019 and early 2020 we
and it has become something of an
secured our pre-seed funding from
obsession for Kadushi…
two European female investors who
“It has taken over my life. Before
believed in the potential of our work.
starting to work full time for Mobile
We are hoping with the new funding
afya in 2019 I was balancing building
this year we will be able to venture
‘I want my family to subscribe’ “During my pregnancy clinic visits I was told I had gestational diabetes, this was a shock to me and my family since we have never heard of gestational diabetes. Little was told to me about the condition at the healthcare facility where I went. Through Mobile afya I was able to learn more about the condition. I would also like for my family to be subscribed to the service so that they can also get information and learn about different diseases and health conditions. Testimonial from a 35-year-old woman in Mbezi, Dar es Salaam
Instant advice A member of the M-Afya outreach team shows off the app
out more to different regions and
ministry so we do not offer any expert
rural areas to spread the word on the
advice on the disease.
app and reveal its benefits. “In February we will be launching
Mobile afya may be the project
our second round of fundraising to
she’s in charge of currently, but
accelerate our impact and expand
Kadushi says she has always been
our reach in Tanzania and beyond.
We are looking for investors and
“I spent the first eight years of my
partners from all over the world who
life living in the Udzungwa Mountains
are interested in digital health, mobile
where my father was working as an
technologies and mobile apps.”
engineer at the Kidatu Hydro Power Plant. Being a first born in a family of
Health help Mobile afya offers advice on the symptoms, treatment and preventive measures for a wide range of health conditions and diseases. Among them are:
Covid-19 may have made everyone
six girls, three of them being triplets,
more aware of their health, but
I had a lot of responsibilities from a
launching Mobile afya in the wake
very young age. My first ever lessons
of the pandemic brought chal-
on leadership and organising were
learnt at home. I grew up loving to
Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancers, sickle cell and heart conditions.
step up and to do things that seemed
HIV and AIDS
“Covid-19 slowed down every aspect of our work. It took longer to
hard. I took on my first role leading
finalise legal and regulatory processes
a kids’ church group when I was
that we had to comply with. Also
nine, later I was a choir master and
during the pandemic, we had to
went to my first conference alone
close our offices for some time and
when I was 10. In character, I’m still
work from home. It brought a new
the little girl I was but now leading a
challenging reality that we had to
start-up and impacting lives through
the work that I do.
Food and nutrition (for the general public and for people in special groups such as pregnant women or those who live with chronic diseases)
ing and disseminating Covid-19
spending quiet time in mountains and
Sexual and reproductive health including adolescent health
information is managed by the
listening to audiobooks and podcasts.”
At the moment the role of educat-
Apart from work I love travelling,
Easy to use When a Mobile afya user dials *147*47# they get a menu with a list of health conditions topics and they choose the number of the one most relevant to them. This prompts options – for example symptoms or treatments for the chosen condition – and the user will receive texts with the information requested. For a video demonstration of how the app works, scan the QR code on the right or go to qrs.ly/lycbrxx
Paa Food / Grilled Cajun shrimp
A Cajun crowd-pleaser Paa is delighted to have Tanzanian chef Monalisa Rwechungura as its new cookery columnist. The business graduate’s culinary brand has its own YouTube channel, Diko by Monalisa, in which she shares short video recipes for international dishes as well as Tanzanian classics all in Swahili. For us, she starts with this fiery seafood dish and breaks down the steps to create it in English and Swahili. Furaha ya chakula!
et’s talk about the deliciousness
spicy as you want. It gives the shrimp
that is Cajun shrimp!!!
an amazing flavour! Perfect as a starter
Packed with big and bold flavours
for a party, or as a main course served
from the Cajun seasoning, this dish is
with rice/pasta or just add a simple
a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Not to
vegetable on the side and dinner is
mention that it is a total time-saver,
clocking in at just 20 minutes from prep to cooking time. This recipe includes homemade Cajun seasoning that you can make as
• Shrimp 0.5 kg • Dry spices for seasoning:
garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, black pepper, paprika, Cayenne pepper, thyme, basil, parsley, oregano, salt
• Diced pineapples.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes
To stream from the full list of video recipes, visit the Diko by Monalisa YouTube channel. More information is also available at the Instagram page @dikobymonalisa
And let’s not forget, it’s a healthy meal, which makes it perfect for most dietary requirements. Let’s get to it!
Method 1. If you are using wooden/ bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes, skip if using iron ones. 2. Clean, de-vein and wash the shrimp. 3. In a clean bowl mix all your dry spices to form a Cajun seasoning rub. 4. Season the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning rub and let sit for 30 minutes. 5. Skewer the shrimp while alternating with the diced pineapples.
6. Apply oil to the grill and set temperature to 170°C. 7. Once the grill is hot, place skewers on and grill for 2.5 minutes per side. 8. Drizzle with lemon juice and garnish with fresh parsley.
by Chef Monalisa Rwechungura
• Kamba 0.5 Kg, Kitunguu Swaumu
cha Unga, Kitunguu Maji cha Unga, Pilipili Manga Nyeupe, Pilipili Manga, Paprika, Pilipili ya Unga, Thaimu, Majani ya Mrehani, Majani ya Parsley, Majani ya Oregano, Chumvi na Vipande vya Nanasi.
Muda wa Maandalizi Dakika 15 Muda wa Kupika Dakika 5
Mbinu Kama unatumia fimbo za kuchoma za mbao, ziloweke kwa dakika 30, ruka hii hatua kama unatumia fimbo za chuma. Menya, safisha na kuwaosha kamba. Ndani ya bakuli safi changanya viungo vikavu vyote ili kupata mchanganyiko unaofahamika kama Cajun seasoning rub. Weka mchanganyiko wa viungo (Cajun seasoning rub) kwenye Kamba na uache Kamba wakae kwa dakika 30. Weka Kamba kwenye fimbo za kuchoma zikipshana na vipande vya nanasi. Paka mafuta jiko la kuchomea na uweke moto wa 170°C. Jiko likipata moto weka Kamba na uwachome kwa dakika 2.5 kila upande. Nyunyuzia maji ya limao na kupamba na majani ya parsley. www.precisionairtz.com
Don't worry, be tech-savvy We are living in uncertain times right now and that can be a cause of anxiety for many people. With enough to worry about in the wider world, gadgets that bring us a bit more security and comfort in our everyday lives are very welcome. Here are Paa’s picks for peace of mind.
TILE PRO Image: Tile Inc
If preparing to leave the house each morning sees you engage in a frantic ritual of patting down pockets, searching through bags
EMBER MUG 2 Image: firebox.com
and poking an accusing finger at your partner and/or children as
It may be a sign that the smart home technology creative well is
you struggle to find misplaced keys, your wallet or your phone
beginning to run dry that after smart phones, smart speakers and
then this Bluetooth tracker is essential. The Tile Pro is super slim so
smart TVs we are presented with the smart mug, but don’t knock
can hook onto keys or slip into a wallet with ease. Pair the tracker
the Ember Mug 2 until you’ve tried it. Hot drinks can be another
with your phone through the Tile app (on the App Store or Google
victim of our hectic, distraction-filled lives and the shock of a
Play) and should you have any trouble finding the item the tracker
mouthful of forgotten-about cold coffee is not a great way to start
is connected to, one click will activate its alarm (there is a choice of
your day. The Ember Mug 2 will keep your hot drinks piping hot for
nostalgic bleeps to choose from) alerting you to its location. If you
up to an hour (or all day with its charging coaster). Use the app to
can find your tracker, but not your phone, just press the button on
set the mug to your desired drinking temperature – so there’s no
its back of the Tile Pro and your phone will sound its own alarm to
chance of a cold cuppa or scalding your mouth – and you’ll always
make it easy to hunt down.
have a warming beverage to return to.
amazon.com US $33
firebox.com US $138.00
PHILIPS SMARTSLEEP LIGHT Image: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
The year 2020 was a stressful one with triggers including loss of income, isolation and health fears. All this anxiety can play havoc with your sleep, which in turn only compounds the symptoms. The Philips range of wake-up lights have been clinically proven in establishing a healthy sleep and wake routine in tune with your body clock. You set your own sunset and sunrise times. At night the light glows red before dimming to darkness and for further relaxation it will play a guided breathing meditation. In the morning the light builds until your room is filled with bright morning light accompanied by your soundtrack of choice. philips.com US$ 99
UV SANITISER BOX Image: firebox.com
The pandemic has made us all more conscious about cleaning hands and surfaces to curb the spread of germs. Thanks to the march of technology we can sanitise devices we are in close contact with through ultraviolet light exposure. You can pop keys, phones and face masks in this box and in five minutes UV radiation will have wiped out 99.9 per cent of any bacteria and viruses present. It comes with a USB cable for power and is super compact so ideal to bring with you on your travels. firebox.com US $69.00
AUN X3 MINI PROJECTOR 1080 Image: Amazon.com Inc
So you’ve got yourself together. You’ve got your hot chocolate steaming away in its Ember Mug, you can feel your sanitised keys and your Tile Pro in your pocket and you have had a great night’s sleep. Time to reward yourself with a movie on the big screen in your own home. This portable projector is so small you can put it in your pocket, but it will project streamed films or video from your IOS or Android devices 100 inches wide on a screen or wall at your home, the office or at a party. The picture quality is surprisingly good and brings the home cinema experience without the fuss or big price tag. amazon.com US $199
Paa Stay / K Hotels Entebbe
Uncover the ultimate in lakeside luxury
K Hotels is a recent arrival on the Entebbe hospitality scene and offers a wonderful leafy, lakeside location, classy facilities for both leisure and business travellers and one of the best sundowner spots in the city. Location
is a quite magnificent view. You can
Eight storeys The hotel makes the most of its height with a swimming pool, bar and gym on the top floor
Forest and Beach, which is around
At just 10 minutes’ drive from
step out from the hotel and wander
Entebbe International Airport and
amid the exotic plants and trees
30 minutes away on foot.
on the main road to Kampala, the
of the gardens while Entebbe Zoo
hotel is ideally placed for those
(Uganda Wildlife Education Centre)
The hotel has been designed to make
coming in to the city or planning
and the ferry dock for Ngamba
the most of its lakeside locations
further journeys. Yet, while Entebbe’s
Island – a forested sanctuary for 49
with floor to ceiling windows and
commercial centre is on its door-
orphaned chimpanzees – are also
balconies to soak in the view. The
step, it also fringes the city’s botani-
just a short walk away. This part
communal rooftop area gives every
cal gardens and its eight storeys
of the Entebbe peninsula is very
guest a share of the best vantage
means you can see beyond the
picturesque and tucked in among
point with its wraparound terrace
garden’s lush expanse of palm and
all the greenery you’ll find some
dotted with sumptuous sofas to
cypress tree tops to Lake Victoria. It
fantastic beaches such as Kitubulu
experience sundowners to die for.
Style and character
Paa Stay / K Hotels Entebbe The décor is tasteful and earthy
sushi and wraps. The top floor also
with shades of cream and beige
has a bar for drinks around the pool
throughout. The neutral colour
or to savour at the end of the day,
scheme adds to the spacious feel
watching the sun sink into the lake.
of the place with its double height reception bathed in natural light. Of course, that wonderful view out
An extensive buffet breakfast is also served each morning.
over the lake makes every room feel
This is a hotel well aware of just how
Service is attentive, yet relaxed and
good its lakeside views are so its roof-
friendly, offering a personal touch to
top is a centre of activity. Sharing the
eighth floor you’ll find an infinity pool,
which is open from sunrise to sunset, as well as a good-sized fitness centre
With 48 rooms, K Hotels can just
with cardio machines, free weights
about lay claim to being a boutique
and a personal trainer on hand.
hotel. Every room is spacious and styl-
The rooftop bar and dining area
ishly appointed, but, if you can, opt
becomes a chilled-out nightclub on
for the Junior Lake Suite or two-room
weekend evenings with DJs attracting
Classic Lake Suite, which have balcony
a local cool crowd.
views over the African Great Lake. All rooms provide an excellent level
With the hotel’s proximity to Entebbe’s CBD, K Hotels attracts
of refinement and comfort with invit-
plenty of business travellers and has a
ing beds dressed in fine linen sheets,
state-of-the-art conference room that
truly massive bathrooms with walk-in
can hold up to 100 guests as well as
showers, satellite TV, work and seating
rooms for smaller meetings.
area and complimentary wi-fi.
Food and drink The hotel’s dining options include an excellent à la carte restaurant with
The hotel also has some of the city’s best visitor attractions on its doorstep and excursions and guided tours can be booked at reception.
European and Indian dishes on offer.
It provides for a dramatic dinner with
Double rooms start at US$ 140 a night.
its floor-to-ceiling windows, but if you
The Junior Lake Suite (with views of
really want to embrace the views, the
Lake Victoria) starts at US$ 165.
rooftop restaurant serves an all-day menu of light bites such as burgers,
To book or for more information, visit khotels.ug
Corona safe K Hotels has extensive Covid-19 safety protocols in place, including daily health checks for guests, regular cleaning, sanitisers in all the public areas and wash rooms, periodic fogging of entire premises and Government-monitored health check-ups for staff, who are all equipped with gloves, face masks and sanitisers.
If you can, opt for The Junior Lake Suite or two-room Classic Lake Suite for their balcony views over the lake
Images: K Hotels
Fresh and healthy The restaurant offers a range of Indian and European dishes
Victoria view Guest rooms and the restaurant enjoy views of the lake
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Paa Motoring / Mazda CX-30
Looks that don't quite kill
very once in a while, and
CX-3 and a car that was probably the
solid-feel switches, stalks and knobs
probably far too frequently,
most visually appealing of any small
– all very classy. By contrast the CX-3
a car manufacturer launches
SUV. The CX-30, by contrast, seems
felt a bit flimsy in places. Mazda has
a new model that seems to go
to have lost some of the captivat-
also opted for a less in-your-face
backwards in terms of its design.
ing lines and standout good looks
SatNav and infotainment system.
There may be great strides made
associated with its much-admired
in the cabin, under the car’s skin
This is a significant change over the Choice The 2.0-litre petrol engine
and in efforts to improve its ride
Things are better, though, on the
and handling but when it comes
inside. The CX-30’s cabin is neat and
to visual appeal, then the new
tidy enough, but so was the CX-3’s.
There’s a choice of two 2.0-litre
model comes as something of a
There is a noticeable improvement
petrol engines (as there were with
when it comes to the quality of the
the CX-3). But now both use mild
Sadly, this seems to be the
interior materials used in the CX-30.
hybrid technology – that’s a small
case with Mazda’s new CX-30 – a
Full marks to Mazda for not trying to
electric motor coupled to a 24-volt
replacement for the ever-so pretty
skimp here. The same goes for the
lithium ion battery. A six-speed
All models get auto lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control, air conditioning and a handy head-up driver’s display
Interior Five trim levels are available
Images: Mazda Public Relations
manual gearbox is standard in
get auto lights and wipers, adaptive
monitoring, lane departure warning
some markets, with a six-speed
cruise control, air conditioning
with lane-keeping assistance, a rear
automatic most likely finding its
and a handy head-up driver’s
cross-traffic alert system and a driver
way to East Africa.
display. Stepping up to SE-L Lux sees
attention alert system as standard.
an electric tailgate plus heated front
There are further safety features on
frustratingly tiny. The CX-30's boot is
seats, climate control and keyless
a bit bigger but still too small when
entry. Above SE-Lux, there’s leather
compared to those of its rivals.
upholstery, and cars can be specced
What’s more, it’s not available with
with Mazda's pricey and thirsty
a two-level floor. On a positive note,
i-Activ all-wheel drive system.
The boot in the old CX-3 was
an electric tailgate is now standard on all but the entry-level trim. There are five trim levels to
The pocket-sized CX-3 was a Good looking The CX-30 is still gorgeous
wonderfully well-equipped small SUV that was both good to drive and, in my opinion, great to look at. In many ways, the new CX-30 is still fun to drive and probably
When it comes to safety, the CX-30
slightly better built but not quite so
choose from and all are pretty well
really stands out and has automatic
gorgeous to look at.
equipped. For example, all models
emergency braking, blind spot
No-nonsense talk with Sona
magine you are Aladdin. You rescue the
this concept that we need to work off certain
magic lamp and when you finally rub it,
things in this life. Another maybe.
the genie that appears isn’t interested
But I digress.
in granting your three wishes. Instead, he
What if you knew, that you just had 20
gives you a different gift: the date that you
years left? This is not the one week or one
year I sometimes talk about, rather a decent
The good news is that you’re not going to be wiped out by Covid-19. The less good news is that you have 20 years left. At what point in your life would that be
expanse of time to put your mind to work. What is your purpose? Why are you here? They say that the two most important days in your life are the day that you are
a welcome forecast? I wouldn’t mind being
born and the day you figure out why. Do you
told that at age seventy. I think I would then
know? Do you care? And if not, why?
feel that I’ve had enough time.
Yes, we are spiritual beings having a
But what if you were told today? What
human experience. Yes, there are certain
would you change? What would you stop
things that we have to experience for the
expending your finite energy? Where would
evolution of our soul. But there is a reason
you stop wasting your time?
that you are here – and this idea that you
What is your purpose? While “seize the day” is a popular motto, no one really thinks about their mortality as something they can prepare for. Maybe you get your finances in order. Maybe you spend
Sona Parmar Clinical Nutritionist Paa has a new columnist. Sona Parmar is a Nairobi-based clinical nutritionist certified by the Nutrition Therapy Council. In each issue the mum-of-three will take a wry look at the human condition inspired by events in her own life. To find out more about her work, visit nutritionbysona.com and instagram.com/inspirationbysona
have been given the date of your death, a mere 20 years into the future, is cause to start re-evaluating how you are living now. Do your actions today support your longterm life vision? Do you even have one? Every day, you are either moving towards
some more time with your kids, your spouse.
that goal or away from it. There is no
But what about the idea that we’re all put
in-between. There is no coasting. Coasting
on this earth for a reason, maybe to learn
is regressing. Coasting is opting out of life.
something, maybe to give something?
Coasting is not wanting to take responsibility
at the end of their lives, and the second at
and realise how powerful you are.
the end of the memory of their lives, when
I think about my grandmother, who now lives in a nursing home. After my grandfather passed away some years ago, she has deteriorated significantly. It’s like her reason
You create your future. Or I should say co-create.
for being, for getting up every day has gone,
Contemplate your legacy
and, as a result, without her purpose, it’s as if
You are going to die. We are all going to die.
the will to live has gone. I look at her inability
What will your legacy be? Or will you be
to walk and wonder why she’s still here.
forgotten as you as you are six feet under?
Don’t get me wrong; it’s not like I’m willing
In his book, Farthest Field, Raghu Karnad
her to die. It’s more that I wonder why we are
says that “people have two deaths: the first
all who remember them are gone. What exactly will you be leaving behind? And what steps are you willing to take now to achieve that? Maybe it’s about ego, to begin with at least, but it doesn’t have to be. Not at all. Contemplate. And then contemplate some more. The answers will come.
alive after our “purpose” is gone. Maybe hers was raising a family and being a companion to my grandfather. Or at least that’s what she might say. And then there’s the physical suffering that old people go through. Hinduism talks a lot about karmic debt,
They say that the two most important days in your life are the day that you are born and the day you figure out why
Paa Royal Benefits
Benefits that will make you feel like royalty Precision Air is always looking to give its customers an exclusive and memorable service experience; and the Paa Royal benefits programme is part of that mission. The membership categories* are as follows:
Jade Member benefits
Silver Member benefits
Upon enrolment, members will be given their unique Paa Royal number, which they must always show whenever they buy tickets as well as during check-in at the airport. After flying three times or more, members will be given a Jade membership card. With the card, they will be recognised as members of the Paa Royal Programme.
After attaining Silver membership level, the member will be issued with a Silver membership card which he (or she) must show at all Precision Air point of sales in order to receive the recognition that he deserves. Should a member book online by logging into Paa Royal Pages, he will automatically receive points earned to his account.
Other benefits of Jade membership:
Members will be entitled to special treatment and priority treatment whenever they travel.
• Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at the passenger’s arrival destination • An opportunity to get a free ticket within the Precision Air’s network after accumulating enough points in their account.
*Please note that, in each membership category, if a member is unable to maintain the required number of flights in a year, he or she will be downgraded to their tier level achieved in that current year.
Other benefits of Silver membership: • Free 5 kg baggage every time member travels on a PW operated flight • Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s arrival destination • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account • Priority telephone reservation in those times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line.
Gold Member benefits
Tanzanite Member benefits
After attaining the Gold membership, members will begin to experience royal and exclusive treatment whenever they fly. Members will be opened up to a new world of opportunities and experiences and, of course, receive more rewards. Should a member book online by logging into Paa Royal Pages, he (or she) would automatically receive points earned to his account. Other benefits of Gold: • Free 10 kg baggage every time member travels on a PW operated flight • Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s arrival destination • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account • Priority telephone reservation at times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line • Priority waitlist/airport standby each time you want to travel and your selected flight is full.
When members reach Tanzanite member they attain ultimate royalty. We will always strive to give these royal members an exclusive and memorable flight experience. At this level, members will already be used to royal treatment; royalty will be their way of life. Other benefits of Tanzanite: • Free 15 kg excess baggage every time the member travels on a PW-operated flight • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account • Confirmation on any flight if a member is prepared to pay Y class fare, regardless of the flight booking status • Priority waitlist/airport standby whenever you want to travel and your selected flight is full • Priority telephone reservation at times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line. • Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s destination.
• Silver,Gold and Tanzanite members also get discounts of up to 20 per cent when visiting GSM shopping malls Msasani and Pugu, Southern Sun Hotel, Akemi restaurant, East Point Restaurant and the Colosseum hotel and sports club - all in Dar es Salaam.
Contact Us For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +255684202022
Your nearest Precision Air office anywhere in the world TANZANIA DAR ES SALAAM HEAD OFFICE
Diamond Plaza, 1st Floor, Plot no 162 / 38, Mirambo Street / Samora Ave, Dar es Salaam Tel: +255 (0)22 219 1000 Contact Centre: +255 (0)787 888 409 / 408 / 417 Email: email@example.com
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Fly with a face mask
Safety and well-being on board PASSENGER SAFETY Precision Air takes passenger safety very seriously. Aviation safety isn’t just the pilot’s or the cabin crew’s job – it takes all of us. It is easy for our natural sense of caution to be dulled in our modern environment, where things don’t go wrong very often. Whether in the air or on the ground, your life and the lives of your family members could some day be saved if you make it a point, in every situation, to create a mental plan of action in case of emergency. Here are some important tips to help you enjoy your travel experience with Precision Air – in flight and around the airport.
EXIT ROW SEAT A passenger who is allocated an emergency exit seat: A. Must be both willing and physically able to open the exit doors in an emergency B. Must completely understand the printed emergency evacuation techniques C. Must be 16 years old and above.
PAY ATTENTION TO PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFING Although the information seems repetitious, the locations of the closest emergency exits may be different depending on the aircraft that you fly on and the seat you are in.
CARRY ON BAGGAGE There are strict rules about what you can bring on board an aircraft. Because:
Carry-on bags must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins. Please confirm with Precision Air rules before your travel to avoid delays. *Remember: All carry-on baggage must be left behind in an evacuation.
SAFETY ONBOARD Boarding and leaving an aircraft requires your full attention. As you move to and from the aircraft, you may be in a busy area with many other passengers and cargo, moving vehicles, other aircraft, slippery walkways and/or stairs.
RESPECT YOUR CREW AND FELLOW PASSENGERS Everyone has the right to safe and secure travel. That is why Precision Air employees and the aviation authority will not tolerate any behaviour that interferes with the flight or puts the safety of passengers and crew at risk.
SEATBELTS Seatbelts must be fastened during take-off, landing, during turbulence and any time the crew deem it necessary. Keeping the belt on when you are seated provides that extra protection you might need in case of emergency. If you are responsible for an infant or a child, you must first ensure that your own seatbelt is properly fastened, then secure the child and, if it is an infant, secure the child’s or the infant’s restraints.
A. Not all aircraft have space to store your carry-on baggage.
Important note: There are a number of events involving air turbulence that highlight the importance of keeping seatbelts fastened throughout the flight.
B. In an accident, baggage in the aisles makes it harder to get out of the aircraft quickly.
Though rare, in-flight turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to both passengers and crew.
For the your own safety and the safety of your fellow passengers and crew, we ask you to wear a face mask during the entirety of your flight today. Thank you!
You Are Why We Fly It’s a good idea to keep your seatbelt fastened even when the seatbelt signs are not on.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND PREGNANCIES If you have a medical condition and may need assistance during your travel, kindly ask the Precision Air offices or agents about procedures before your flight. If you are pregnant, you will need to fill a Precision Air medical form, to be signed by your doctor, to confirm that you are OK for travel. For further details, kindly ask while booking your ticket from our sales offices and/or customer services.
PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES Use of portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, MP4 players, iPads, etc are not allowed during take-off, landing, taxiing, descent and climb. Precision Air prohibits the use of some electronic devices during flight because they emit signals that can interfere with the aircraft's instrumentation. Some of the items prohibited include cellphones, radios, remote-controlled games/toys, laser pointers, iPads or tablets that transmits frequencies, portable printers, walkie-talkies, scanners and laptops. These items need to be stowed away for these phases of the flight to avoid injuries in case of an emergency.