Arusha Times (Arusha)

16 February 2013

Tanzania: Practices to Consider

The term good practice is subjective if based on individual and group interpretations of the term. But it is a fact that there are basic practices which form components of the term.

For example, an increasing number of people in Arusha consider eating nutritious foods to be good practice although it is difficult for them to avoid tasty foods which are not nutritious especially during an outing in town.

Needless to emphasize, it is a good practice to keep and learn how to use fire extinguishers. Many people have installed fire extinguishers in their vehicles or houses but they do not know how to use them. One of the reasons is that people install fire extinguishers to avoid penalties by authorities rather than to prepare to stump hazardous fires if they occur.

On a different note, statistics indicate that it is good practice for motorists to fasten seat belts all the time while traveling. That is if you believe in statistics.

Instead, many motorists fasten seat belts in order to comply with the law or the police regulations rather than acting for safety purposes. Travelers fasten seat belts before the traffic police stop them for inspection and they unfasten the belts soon after inspections.

Meanwhile, many people acknowledge that good conduct and competence in driving would prevent road accidents in Tanzania substantially. A bit of statics might be useful to support the proposition.

It is important to consider safe water, hygiene and sanitation for health purposes. Therefore, it is advisable to use available technologies and techniques to ensure that water to drink is safe. The technologies can be in the form of water guards and filters.

Techniques to ensure that water to drink is safe include water treatments such as use of chemicals and boiling of water. Various technologies and techniques to ensure water that water to drink is safe are available in Arusha.

Related to water, it is good practice to wipe utensils before using them just in case the water used to wash the plates or spoons is not safe.

Washing hands properly is a good practice. It is possible to find particularly men who wash hands before and after going to toilet. You wonder why they do it before and after.

In particular, it is good practice to inspect expiry dates on items. Like manufactured items, juice, water filters and water treatment chemicals expire thereby making them ineffective. Meanwhile, you hope that the stamp indicating expiry dates on the items reflect the true dates of expiry.

As a matter of courtesy, it is important to inspect the expiry dates on items before paying in Arusha because some shopkeepers in the City do not accept returned items after printing out receipts unless the customer opts to replace an item for another item of the same type, size and brand. The shopkeepers explain that they do not allow customers to replace expired items for a different item because it is difficult to change the receipts which are referenced to the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Tax systems.

It is good practice to inform relevant authorities about existence of bad practices. For example, it is good to inform the Tanzania Wildlife Protection Fund (TWPF) about people who poach wildlife or intend to do so. The Fund pays for investigations and rewards informers who lead to arrest or prevention of poaching. Clearly, there is much more to consider than what meets the eye.

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