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Etihad Airways introduces its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Johannesburg

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A state-of- the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Johannesburg yesterday afternoon after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Airways flight EY604 took off from Abu Dhabi at 10.15am and arrived on schedule at 4.45pm local time. The return flight EY603 departed Johannesburg at 7.50pm last night, touching down Abu Dhabi on schedule at 6.10am this morning, 2 November.

Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arrives at O .R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arrives at O .R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

Operating daily on the route, the two-class B787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said the decision to upgrade to the Dreamliner aircraft on the Johannesburg route was to meet the needs of growing numbers of business and leisure passengers travelling to and from South Africa.

“Today’s modern traveller is constantly searching for comfort, innovation and convenience, and we aim to provide the highest standard of hospitality and technological advancements to make any journey a memorable one.”

John Friel, Etihad Airways General Manager South Africa, added: “The introduction of the Boeing 787 is a welcome development that will further enhance our guests’ experience on this route. Our luxurious Dreamliners offer a best-in-class experience, and attention to every last detail.”

All Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft feature the airline’s highly acclaimed next-generation interiors with 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.

The Business Studios all offer direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long, and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space. Upholstered in the finest Poltrona Frau leather, the Business Studio is equipped with an in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control system which enables guests to adjust the firmness and comfort of their seat. Each Business Studio has an 18-inch personal touch-screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets.

The 271 Economy Smart Seats provide enhanced comfort with a unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat, adjustable lumbar support, a seat width of approximately 19 inches, and an 11.1” personal TV monitor.

In addition to full mobile and Wi-Fi service with USB and power points at every seat, the Dreamliner fleet features the latest in entertainment innovation, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, including seven live TV channels, improved gaming and high definition screens across all cabins.

The airline’s renowned hospitality includes innovative services such as Flying Nannies trained by the world-famous Norland College in the UK, who provide assistance to families on board. Food and Beverage Managers handpicked from the world’s finest hotels and restaurants guide guests in Business Class through the extensive a la carte and ‘dine anytime’ options, and provide recommendations on the best food and wine pairing.

Guests on the Dreamliner also enjoy the industry’s largest windows; air that is cleaner, more humid and at a lower cabin altitude for better comfort; large overhead stowage bins, soothing LED lighting; and technology to sense and counter turbulence for a smoother ride.

Etihad Airways uniquely offers travellers from Africa the convenience of US Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi International Airport. This facility, exclusive to Etihad Airways in the Gulf region, allows guests to complete immigration, customs and security clearance procedures for the USA while in transit at Abu Dhabi – avoiding lengthy queues upon arrival at US airports.

Johannesburg is the ninth city to be served by Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft is also deployed to Brisbane, Düsseldorf, Perth, Riyadh, Shanghai, Singapore, Washington DC and Zurich.

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Eddy Kenzo lands mega tourism deal

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BET International award winning artiste Eddy Kenzo is in for big things this year.

The star who rose to international recognition thanks to his ‘Sitya Loss’ jam has landed a mega tourism deal with Uganda Wildlife authority as the official ambassador for tourism in Uganda and the world.

The deal comes hot on the heels of a similar deal that he had in Kenya where he was charged with promoting tourism in the popular tourist destination for many international visitors.

While announcing the new appointment, Uganda wildlife through their Twitter handle said that it was an exciting moment for them to announce Kenzo as their new representative. They also noted that Kenzo will unleash to the world Uganda’s unique wildlife and promote Uganda’s tourism destinations.

An ecstatic Kenzo then revealed that he is going to do his best to make sure that he sales Uganda to the world. He said; ‘I will work hand in hand with all the different tourism departments to promote our country and it’s tourism attractions.’

Well done Eddy Kenzo. Keep the Ugandan flag flying high.

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MTN Uganda revamps Kabarole Hospital, donates hospital equipment

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Wim Vanhelleputte the CEO MTN Uganda hands over part of the beds, blankets and mosquito nets to the staff of Kabarole Hospital.

Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO MTN Uganda hands over beds, blankets and mosquito nets to the staff of Kabarole Hospital.

MTN Uganda Foundation has handed over the revamped out-patient department (OPD) block of Kabarole Hospital Church of Uganda (C.O.U) and donated hospital equipment to benefit hundreds of patients who frequent one of Western Uganda’s busiest public hospitals.

During the handover ceremony, 10 hospital beds, 10 hospital mattresses, 10 hospital blankets and 10 mosquito nets were received by officials from the Ministry of Health and Kabarole Hospital.

This activity was done as part of the corporate social responsibility efforts of MTN Uganda carried out by its humanitarian arm, the MTN Uganda Foundation.

Speaking at the event, the MTN senior leadership was excited by the potential impact the donation will make to bring about long lasting change to Ugandans through provision of health care equipment.

“As part of the Access to Health Care initiative project, it is our aim as MTN Uganda to support the delivery of better quality health services to all across Uganda through the provision of hospital equipment” said MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte, who was in Fort Portal to officiate at the event.

Access to quality health services is enshrined in the Goal Number 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The nine goals were developed in order to direct the path for development around the world.

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the third SDG is “Good health and well-being” which targets “access to quality essential health-care services” for all.

“Our donation today is small but will go a long way to assist each and every patient who comes here to get better treatment by ensuring their stay here is made as comfortable as possible in order to aid their full healing and recovery” said MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte.

The ‎Senior Manager Corporate Affairs at ‎MTN Uganda, Ms. Justina Ntabgoba-Kayemba, praised the work done by the staff of Kabarole Hospital, which has been in existence for almost 115 years, in delivery of health services to residents of Fort Portal.

“We congratulate the Kabarole Hospital staff for the great work done towards provision of outreach services, core clinical services, community health services and medical operational services. This donation will rejuvenate them to carry out their duties better”, she said.

The Medical Superintendent Kabarole Hospital, Mr. Edward Mugisha noted that the donation will enable the private-not- for-hospital become more self-sustaining and deliver affordable healthcare.

“The hospital is reliant on donor funding but this has been declining. The funds are used to cover utilities and provide for the staff leaving less money for us to finance our several infrastructure projects. This donation and renovation frees some resources to ensure we deliver affordable healthcare.”

The event was part of various corporate social responsibility activities carried out by MTN Uganda Foundation whose main objective is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in education, health, art and sciences, sports and other national priorities.

Last month, Valery Okecho, Corporate Communications Manager, handed over 30 beds, ​30 ​mattresses, ​30 ​bedsheets, ​30 ​blankets and ​30 ​mosquito nets to the State Minister for Health (General Duties) Hon. Sarah Opendi and the Commissioner of Curative Services in the Ministry of Health Dr. Jackson Amone. The donations were given to benefit the services of Bwera Hospital in Kasese.

The MTN Uganda Foundation Access to Health Initiative (AHI) will see 500 hospital beds, 500 mattresses, 500 blankets and 500 nets be given out to hospitals around the country.

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda invests $8.35Million in brand new manufacturing line

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The official grand breaking of the Manufacturing bottle Line.

The official grand breaking of the Manufacturing bottle Line.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Uganda) officially broke ground for a brand new US$8.35million (UGX 30.7billion) Manufacturing Line to bottle more on Friday.

The new bottling line at the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Uganda) Namanve site operated by Century Bottling Company will have a capacity of producing 24,000 bottles an hour, accelerating the production of natural mineral water to refresh and rehydrate Ugandans.

The US$8.35million (UGX30.7billion) investment will bring to Uganda the newest bottling line technology out of Germany, enabling the Company to innovate further for increasingly changing consumer demands.

The investment is part of a US$15 Million investment plan Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has for Uganda alone in 2018.

Minister of State for Investment and Privatisation, Hon. Evelyn Anite, officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony after conducting a tour of the Namanve Plant and welcomed Coca-Cola Beverages Africa’s additional investments.

She lauded Coca-Cola Beverages Africa for focusing on Uganda and spending the bulk of the US$8.35million (UGX30.7billion) within Uganda to benefit citizens and support the economy.

“Of this, I am told US$3.5million will be spent inside Uganda on civil works and construction and auxiliary services. That is a very significant amount for many reasons. First of all, that means that the bulk of the investment that we are launching today is going to be spent inside our own country and will directly benefit Ugandans. That fits well within our ‘Buy Uganda, Build Uganda’ policy and I applaud you for that. Also, your investment in a new Manufacturing Line creates more jobs for very many categories of Ugandans – which fulfills the NRM pledge to create more jobs and wealth especially for the youth of Uganda,” she said.

“As Government, we acknowledge and thank Coca-Cola for being a development partner of Uganda. On top of these investments, you also pay taxes – I understand you paid UGX140billion in taxes last year. This is a highly significant amount and we look forward to seeing it increase once this new investment begins to bear results. During the tour of the facility, it was gratifying to see the quality of your equipment and to note that you have two other bottling facilities in Uganda, and that you are still setting up more. By bottling high quality international brands in Uganda you are promoting the economy within Uganda and also promoting the country internationally,” she added.

Ag. Managing Director, Mr Patrick Oyuru assured guests of the investment commitments of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Uganda), which runs three subsidiaries bottling Coca-Cola products (Century Bottling Company), pure natural mineral water (Rwenzori Bottling Company) and recycling plastic waste taken from the environment (Plastic Recycling Industries).

“We employ about 1,800 Ugandans in our three plants in Kampala, Mukono and Mbarara, and support more than 90,000 businesses across our extensive retail distribution network. Coca-Cola Beverages Africa is proud to make these contributions on top of paying taxes to the tune of more than UGX140billion annually. We are serious about doing business in Uganda and supporting this economy,” he said.

He added that the investment in the brand new US$8.35million Manufacturing Line was a strong demonstration of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda`s commitment to the development of Uganda despite the tough economic conditions.

“Because of this new Manufacturing Line, our 1,800 employees and hundreds of thousands of other Ugandans involved in selling our high quality products around the country will be assured of ongoing employment because production will increase. As well, the biggest bulk of this investment will be spent inside our own country and will directly benefit Ugandans. This fits well within the “Buy Uganda, Build Uganda” policy that Government is advocating. The new will create more jobs for various categories of Ugandans – which fulfills the Government pledge to create more jobs and wealth especially for the youth. This includes employees during the construction as well as additional employees when the new line is completed. We are happy to be contributing to the development of Uganda,” he added.

CCBA management emphasized that the Company will continue to be a relevant partner with Government and called upon the officials to ensure they work to limit the challenges private sector faces in doing business

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