On the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's commercial capital, a new terminal at Julius Nyerere International Airport is entering the final phase of completion. The terminal, built at an estimated cost of $170-million (about R2-billion), will be completed later this year. Tanzanian President John Magufuli, nicknamed "Bulldozer" for the way he gets things done, has ordered this. His style is loathed by some, but he has delivered results.Across Dar es Salaam projects are going up. Multistorey buildings and offices are near completion. Road construction is under way, including the Tazara flyover at the junction of Nyerere Road and Nelson Mandela Expressway that leads from the airport to the CBD. The changing face of the city under Magufuli can be partly explained through his past. An engineer, he worked almost 20 years in the ministry of works before his election as president in 2015. However, Dar es Salaam's rise is also part of a race for supremacy among cities in East Africa. It ...

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