Kids playing during the Songo Songo Island kindergarten opening ceremony

Kids playing during the Songo Songo Island kindergarten opening ceremony

His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, presents the Presidential Award for the best oil and gas sector corporate social responsibility in Tanzania in 2012 to Jacqueline Kiwishe, Public Affairs Manager for PanAfrican Energy Tanzania Ltd.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (12 September 2013)  PanAfrican Energy Tanzania, has been honoured with a Presidential Award for its corporate social responsibility programs on Songo Songo Island and in the Kilwa District

His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, presented the award at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam 20 August 2013.  Jacqueline Kiwishe, PanAfrican’s public affairs manager, accepted the award from the President on behalf of all PanAfrican employees. The company received the top award for oil and gas sector corporate social responsibility projects delivered in Tanzania in 2012.

“We are extremely honoured to be the first recipient of this award,” said Dave Roberts, PanAfrican Energy’s vice president operations.  “Our corporate social responsibility programs in Tanzania have focused mostly on education projects. So far we’ve invested almost US$400,000 in youth education, teacher training on Songo Songo Island and the development of a new technology-based course for secondary school students in the Kilwa District .  PanAfrican Energy has a 20 year history in Tanzania and the company feels strongly about giving back to communities in which we operate.”

The awards are part of a program jointed launched in 2012 by the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals and the Mining Inter-Stakeholders Forum.  Potential award recipients are judged on their commitment to sustainable community wellbeing, human resource development and training, local industry participation, social infrastructure contributions and the integration of the energy and minerals sector with other sectors of the economy.

PanAfrican Energy Tanzania operates the Songo Songo gas field approximately 140 kilometers south of Dar es Salaam.  Natural gas produced from the Songo Songo field provides energy for the generation of more than 50% of Tanzania’s electric power.  PanAfrican also markets and distributes natural gas to industrial users in the Dar es Salaam area.