Sister Cities & Regional Cooperation
Since 1984, the cities of Salzburg and Singida in East African Tanzania have been strongly connected as Sister Cities. The expansion at the province level ten years later led to the founding of the Regional Cooperation and thus, to the Sister Cities and Regional Cooperation Salzburg – Singida / Tanzania, in short: SCSS.
For many years infrastructure projects in the areas of health and education were supported. Numerous school classes, teachers’ offices, teachers’ accommodations, rainwater tanks, toilets and health stations as well as homes for street children were established. Further successful projects were reforestation activities, waste collection places, a major water project in cooperation with the European Union (2003) and a bus station with attached infrastructure (2009).
In recent years, the focus has shifted from infrastructure projects towards direct empowerment of the people. Expertise is imparted through various trainings. Women are increasingly addressed by projects focusing on the quality of life. Thereby new framework conditions are created that open up new perspectives. Infrastructure projects remain an issue that is embedded in a local strategy with coherent actions.
Sister Cities & Regional Cooperation refers to two cities, municipalities or regions with the common goal of cultural and economic exchange. International partnerships are also used for expert exchange in the sense of a local Agenda 21 and is seen as a platform to foster democratization in states, in which the rule of law and freedom are not yet considered to have been achieved (“local foreign policy”).
The Sister Cities
The city of Singida is located in the center of the country at an altitude of 1,500 meters. In the middle of bizarre granite hills this central market town is framed by salt lakes. The two regional capitals Salzburg and Singida have a similar size with around 150,000 inhabitants. The region of Singida has about 1.4 million inhabitants and, at 49,340 km2, is about seven times the size of the province of Salzburg, which counts 552,614 inhabitants and an area of 7,156 km².
The partner organization
SCSS works closely together with its partner organization CIP (Community Initiative Promotion Trust Fund) in Singida. Project strategies are developed and implemented together. Know-how and commitment on both sides make the cooperation successful. In the year 2008 CIP replaced the CTDF (Community Trust Development Fund) as a partner organization.
Team in Salzburg:
Team in Singida:
Honorary Board members of SCSS Salzburg: Johann Padutsch, chairman, Gernot Himmelfreundpointner, deputy chairman., Helmut Hüttinger, secretary, Guggi Daurer, treasurer
Advisory council: Judith Schröcksnadel, Andrea Rainer, Anita Rötzer, Dieter Rachbauer, Herta Fuchslechner, Herwig Viechtbauer, John Mataro
Controllers: Rupert Rechberger, Werner Steinacher
Honorary Board members of CIP Singida: Samwel Mdungu, Lenatus Myovella, Ngasa Maliwa, Permenas Mashanjara
Since 2002, city councilor Johann Padutsch has been chairman of the association. Until 2002 the former mayor Heinz Schaden acted as chairman. Together with the voluntary members of the managing board they have contributed significantly to the development and preservation of the association.
The Sister Cities & Regional Cooperation originated from the love of travel of Wilhelm Kaufmann and his daughter Eva Schröcksnadel. Driven by their initiative and with the support of the former mayor of Salzburg, Josef Reschen, the foundation for the Sister Cities Salzburg – Singida agreement was laid in 1984. The Regional Cooperation was founded in 1994.
Until her death in 2004 Eva Schröcksnadel – Mama Eva – was the driving force and good soul of SCSS. She used to travel to Singida at least once a year. Together with her Tanzanian partner Amos Maliwa (deceased in 2011) she campaigned for the people in Singida. Her seemingly endless commitment and her love for Africa have promoted the Sister Cities for 20 years.
Other founding members of the SCSS were Ilse Hanak, who was committed her entire life to the women of Africa, Herta Fuchslechner, formerly a nurse and world traveller who is actively involved from the beginning to the present and Vera Müller, who was a contributing member until her death in the year 2015.
The painter Wilhelm Kaufmann, (1901-1999), initiator and co-founder of the Sister Cities Salzburg – Singida, spent a lot of time in Africa (Togo, Gabon, Lomé) in the 1960s. Together with his partner, Lotte Gerhold, he repeatedly lived several months in the jungle hospital of Dr. Albert Schweitzer. In the year 1989 he visited Tanzania at the age of 88 together with his partner and his daughter Eva. His deep connection with the people and the beauty of Africa is sensible in his pictures.