TANZANIA Standard (Newspapers) Limited (TSN) has appealed to leaders in local government authorities to support it to provide better services to the public through its publications.
The Head of Research, Innovation and Publications at TSN, Ms Ichakaeli Maro, made the call when addressing delegates at the 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Local Authorities in Tanzania (ALAT) in Dar es Salaam.
TSN is the oldest media house in Tanzania and it currently publishes the ‘Daily News’, ‘Daily News on Saturday’, ‘Sunday News’ in addition to ‘Habari Leo’, ‘Habari Leo Jumapili’ and ‘Spoti Leo.’
And, given technological changes, Ms Maro informed the delegates that the company has an online versions on social media networks such as Tweeter, Facebook and Instagram. “Our company is impartial with no political affiliations because it acts as a bridge between the general public and the government,” she explained.
The TSN official informed ALAT delegates further that through the TSN subsidiary, the Standard Printers, the company publishes newsletters, leaflets and calendars and urged the local councils to make use of the public company for such publications at affordable prices.
“We, as well have a library with rich history of Tanzania from the colonial era; the library has been very useful for people conducting researches. Such publications, including the history of your councils, are available at just 20,000/- per copy,” she explained.
Ms Maro stated, on the other hand, that the TSN had entered into a co-operation agreement with ALAT for the AGM where it also gets an opportunity to interact with leaders from local councils wishing to work with the company.
She noted further that the company has launched an East Africa edition on every Tuesday through ‘Daily News’ and ‘Habari Leo’, taking on board news from the six-member states of the East African Community (EAC), as part of efforts to support regional integration.
Ms Maro appealed to local authorities with outstanding debts for adverts placed in TSN publications to settle the bills to enable the company improve efficiency and pay dividends to the Treasury coffers.