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Eskom Uganda sinks Shs110m to upgrade Njeru Primary School

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In line with its policy of shared values among communities, Eskom Uganda has embarked on a facelift project that will give a whole new look to the currently dilapidated Njeru Primary School, a government school under the Ministry of Education and Sports started in 1960.

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The School was previously located in the present day Nalubaale power station and it was displaced to pave way for construction of the then Owen falls dam and transferred to Njeru village, where its presently location.

The School is currently dilapidated with broken windows and roofed with asbestos roofing materials which is said to be a Health risk for the pupils.

Eskom Uganda, the generating company running the Nalubale and Kiira power stations has now come out to reinstate the lost glory of the School which faded away with the reduced number of children currently standing at 400, by injecting110 million Uganda shillings, to cover the renovation works which shall in the first phase include, replacement of the asbestos roofing material with iron sheets, replacement of the damaged window glasses, painting of both the interior and exterior surfaces and replacement of the doors and locks.

Eskom Uganda Managing Director Thozama Gangi (3rd Left) and Technical Director Mohammed Mahsen (Extreme left) in a group picture with Njeru Municipal council officials after a stakeholder engagement meeting at Eskom offices in Jinja.

Eskom Uganda Managing Director Thozama Gangi (3rd Left) and Technical Director Mohammed Mahsen (Extreme left) in a group picture with Njeru Municipal council officials after a stakeholder engagement meeting at Eskom offices in Jinja.

Speaking during an engagement meeting with the Njeru municipal council executive officials at Eskom offices today, the Managing Director Eskom Uganda, Thozama Gangi noted that the first phase of the renovation is expected to be completed by 31 st January 2017 before the beginning of the new term. She said that the second phase will include installation of proper electricity supply, water harvesting, renovation of staff housing and a computer lab. “We are in a changing world with fast moving technology we should not live the children behind. We are looking for partners who will join us to create a conducive environment for the children in Njeru primary school,” said Thozama.

She further said that Eskom is willing to help the parents by finding innovative ways to utilize the available land so that they may be able to feed their children hence motivating them.

The Chairman of the school board Pastor Fred Kiwanuka said that the idea by Eskom to give Njeru Primary School a face lift will not only change the School, but the entire Education system in Njeru.

“We welcome this humanitarian initiative that Eskom is implementing in our community. Indeed, Eskom has always been here for the community whenever we need their intervention. This spirit of giving as being demonstrated by Eskom should be emulated by other companies around us”, he said.

In line with its policy of shared values under its CSR program, Eskom MD will also meet with Jinja Municipality Mayor Majid Batambuze to explore areas of intervention in 2017. Currently, Eskom together with Hon. Moses Balyeko have embarked on a project to upgrade Kimaka Health centre.

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Pizza Hut Uganda unveils their largest pizza ever

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Guests try out "The Epic" pizza during the unveiling ceremony.

Guests try out “The Epic” pizza during the unveiling ceremony.

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Pizza lovers are in for an epic treat at Pizza Hut Uganda. This after the pizza restaurant company unveiled their new pizza offering which is being touted as the biggest ever on the market.

Dubbed “The Epic” pizza, it was unveiled during a ceremony held at their Muyenga branch on Thursday where invited guests and media personalities got the first taste.

According to Laura Sseezi, the Marketing coordinator Pizza Hut Uganda, “The Epic” pizza is their largest ever and is almost twice their current large size. “‘The Epic’ pizza is 16 inches long, making it 75% larger than our current large size.” She noted.

Pepperoni pizza

Pepperoni pizza

James Ouma, the Area Coach Pizza Hut Uganda, explained that the decision to introduce the extra large pizza was influenced by continued demands from their customers for a bigger size. “One of the biggest complaints from our customers has been the size of our pizzas,” he explained. “And because we listen to our customers, we have decided to introduce, ‘The Epic’, the biggest pizza on the market.”

The Epic pizza comes in five offerings — Pepperoni, Tandori Chicken, Veggie, Meat and Cheese. It is available at Ugx 55, 000.

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Emirates Airline Foundation transforming communities in Western Uganda

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The main classroom block (L) and the administration block which also houses the  science and computer laboratories.

The main classroom block (L) and the administration block which also houses the science and computer laboratories.

The Emirates Airline Foundation along with Outreach to Africa (OTA) has established a school with three sections; nursery, primary and secondary; The Emirates Airline Foundation campus in Geme village near Fort Portal, Kabarole District, Western Uganda. The campus is presently catering for 850 pupils and students in both day and boarding sections. What began as a collaboration to provide basic health care services to residents in 2010, has grown to become a fully-functioning school. Upon the completion of the on-going construction and renovation work currently underway, the capacity of the school will increase.

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The Paul Devlin School was started by OTA in 2008; an NGO located in Fort Portal, Kabarole district, Western Uganda with a mission to empower communities by providing quality education, health care and economic empowerment projects. In 2014, The Emirates Airline Foundation in partnership with OTA announced the commencement of a project valued at over US$ 1.5 million towards a building project that would transform The Paul Devlin School. The construction of The Emirates Airline Foundation Campus – a new wing of the School, will enhance the infrastructure and capacity of the school, allowing more students to enrol and receive a well-rounded education.

“The Emirates Airline Foundation is deeply committed to helping disadvantaged children around the world. The school that we are building with OTA will contribute to empowering communities and transform the lives of so many children,” said Sir Tim Clark, Chairman, The Emirates Airline Foundation.

“Our work in Uganda over the past eight years has enabled us to meet our objectives as an organization, and this project also ties in with the goals of the Ugandan government to eradicate poverty through increasing access to education,” he added.

The Emirates Airline Foundation Campus is expected to be completed by December 2018; in time for the start of the new academic year in February 2019. The new facility of the Emirates Airline Foundation Campus will include dormitories for boarding students, sports fields, staff housing, a library and computer laboratory, a dining hall, and classrooms.

Over the years, the Paul Devlin School has enrolled thousands of students from vulnerable communities. Mr. Edward Nyakabwa, a board member with OTA said, “we have the responsibility to significantly meet the needs of and improve the lives of the communities in which we are stationed. The new wing whose construction was funded by The Emirates Airline Foundation will enable us to increase the number of students who will, in turn, reap the invaluable asset of education.”

“We admit students from the surrounding Rwenzori region and other districts in Uganda. A large number of our students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are in need of a quality education that will improve their socio-economic standing. This expansion means that we are now equipped to improve the lives of many students who might have otherwise not received any form of formal education,” Mr. Nyakabwa added.

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dfcu Bank appoints new COO

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Andrew Kabeera

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dfcu Bank has appointed Andrew Kabeera as the new Chief Operating Officer. A seasoned banker with experience spanning over 13 years, Andrew Kabeera is responsible for among other aspects establishing operational excellence and great experience across all touch points and driving the strategic goal of Superior financial performance on cost income ratio.

His role entails management of Business Technology Operations; Procurement; Facilities & Administration; Credit Operations and Banking Operations – all aimed at supporting the delivery of the Bank’s strategic agenda.

Andrew Kabeera joins dfcu from Standard Chartered Bank where he was the Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking Operations. Prior to that, Andrew held a number of senior positions as Head of Consumer Banking Operations; Head of Risk; Head of Governance for Technology and Operations plus Head of Banking Operations.

He has a good understanding of Banking Operations and how to derive efficiencies through a broad range of IT services. Andrew brings on board a wealth of experience having worked in a number of big centralisation projects for both Operations and IT and also has international exposure from Nigeria, UAE, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Singapore and Malaysia.

Andrew was the chairman of the Operations Committee at the Uganda Bankers Association for 2 years where he delivered a number of industry wide initiatives.

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