Go-kart training attracts Dar teens

02Sep 2019
Mohammed Ugasa
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Go-kart training attracts Dar teens

THE first ever Go-kart training staged at the Mlimani City in Dar es Salaam over the weekend has attracted huge crowd of teenagers.

The acting National Sports Council secretary Neema Msita flags off the first go-kart car driven by Ali Salum at the Mlimani City in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. To her left is Automobile Association of Tanzania CEO Yusuf Ghor and to her right is the body’s president Nizar Jivani. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CORRESPONDENT FIROZ GHOR

Organised and backed by Federation of International Automobiles (FIA) and Automobile Association of Tanzania (AAT), the event has opened a series of others to follow in the next three months.

Yusuf Ghor, AAT chief executive officer, said after success of the opening training, another event of similar nature will be staged later this month at the Shaaban Robert Secondary School venue for more teenagers from the age of 12.

Acting secretary of the National Sports Council Neema Msita presided over the event on behalf of the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Harrison Mwakyembe. Mwakyembe had Parliamentary commitments.

Msita hailed AAT for staging this kind of training with an objective of building a foundation stone for future drivers in the professional way.

She said this training is an investment towards grooming future drivers with an intention of stamping professionalism in motorsport.

She also hailed AAT for organising training of road safety to teenagers in schools that would also play huge role in minimizing road fatalities.

 “I have been highly impressed by AAT initiatives in safety improvement to avoid loss of manpower and injuries through road fatalities,” she disclosed.

She also said teens need to be trained at a tender age if the country wants to produce competent sportsmen and women. It is her belief that sporting activities will ease employment woes.

Over 11 young drivers took part in the weekend training held at Mlimani City’s open yard. The children turned out from various Primary Schools of Dar es Salaam Region.

Head of Traffic Police responsible for education and training Superintendent Abel Swai said AAT has shown the way in grooming of competent future drivers.

Ghor said more training are expected to be staged in the three months while expressing sincere appreciation to firms and organization that provided support.

Mlimani City, Shaaban Robert Secondary School and Sea Cliff have been outstanding in providing their yards to facilitate training.

Trainers of go-karts who attended the clinic for two days from July 26 displayed effectiveness to impart their knowledge to young drivers.

Ghor said after training of go-carts for teens then competitions will be staged.

However, he humbly requested other firms to support the trainings the way Milkcom, Watercom, Mayfair Insurance, Hanspaul Automech and Makita firms have done.

Beneficiaries of the opening go-kart training included Aziza Ugasa, Ali Salim, Salim Mchume, H. Baker, Shahid Shafiq, Dev Mawji, H. Fahad, Farid Omar, Mohamed Mohamed, M. Ashur and S. Mohamed.

AAT president Nizar Jivani said 12m/- was paid as tax to TRA for release of the two go-karts that were donated by FIA.

He requested the authorities to consider tax exemptions for equipment and facilities earmarked for sports development.   

He also tabled a request to responsible ministry to provide between 50 and 60 acres of land that would be used for building motorsport yard to stage competitions.