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MTN Uganda announces national Grassroots Football Development Program

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MTN Uganda has unveiled its Grassroots Football Development Program where it will support local football teams countrywide with kits.

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MTN Uganda has today unveiled its Grassroots Football Development Program where it will support local football teams countrywide with kits. The pilot program will see MTN Uganda acquire over 900 football kits which will be donated to football teams across the country covering all regions of Uganda.

In the first phase of this initiative MTN has invested over Ugx 50 million and it will see over 66 village football teams acquire new, quality football uniforms and soccer balls. The program was unveiled by the MTN General Manager for Sales and Distribution Mr. Keith Tukei who was ecstatic about the potential of the program in developing the game:
“The initiative is aimed at enhancing football playing experiences amongst children across the four regions of Uganda. Our aim as MTN Uganda is to grow the game of football, create inroads in spotting and identifying young, local talent and uplifting this talent to a national level”.

Speaking at the launch, Valery Okecho the MTN Manager for Corporate Communications stated: “Football as a sport unites us all. The love for the game challenges our team at MTN to continuously seek ways to supply talent towards national excellence. This program is aimed at supporting young footballers who felt that their talent would lead them nowhere, who had no hope of exporting it from the dusty playgrounds in the countryside to national recognition. We do this in tandem with the pre-existing grassroots football development initiatives spearheaded by the local football governing body. It is our strong belief that through this support we shall develop a nation full of confident, talented footballers not only from Central Uganda but also from Northern, Eastern and Western Uganda”.

The Grassroots program was envisaged after MTN Uganda Senior officials noticed there were lots of local, village teams playing with promise, participating and excelling in local tournaments but lacked the basic football kits like a team jersey or even a standard soccer ball.

“This program is really personal for us as a company, seeing kids and the youth alike out there enjoying themselves was touching. We thought to ourselves why not take this talent and nurturing it by supporting it using this program. When we talked to the local footballers, most of them had never won a new kit nor even played with a new ball. We therefore look forward to creating extra motivation to the footballers to train and have a great playing experience” Mr. Keith Tukei said.

Grassroot football teams that are talented, have a good track record, show promise, participate in local football tournaments and are not part of the top flight teams in the national league will be targeted through this program. It is expected that this initiative will be carried out annually.

For teams that are interested in benefitting from this program, they will have to officially register using a certain criteria that will look into their performance, promise and good conduct. The team should not be participating in any of the organised football leagues.

“In Uganda, grassroots football is used by some as a recreational activity, for others as a sport and for most as an avenue to express their talent. However many don’t see this talent go through to the next level. It is therefore our hope that through this program more local footballers will be discovered by the larger clubs and eventually play for the national team” Mr. Keith Tukei said.

Beneficiaries will be seen to be competitive, represent the MTN brand and espouse its values, will henceforth be brand ambassadors and observe good conduct. Using its Regional Business Managers, MTN Uganda will scout for new talent and beneficiaries in the course of their field visits.

This project is being implemented by the Sales and Distribution team. The Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) hailed this initiative by MTN Uganda. “As USPA we welcome this initiative to develop football from the grassroots because Uganda is full of potential but most of the talent remains untapped. We thank MTN for giving young footballers across the country a platform to showcase their potential and also for giving them a chance to dream and dream big. As a sports journalists’ body we are happy when sports grows because it means that our sector is moving in the right direction” read a statement signed by Mr. Patrick Kanyomozi the General Secretary of USPA.

Internationally, FIFA supports Grassroots Programs by offering everyone the chance to play football, without discrimination and without the need for major infrastructure. With its core statement of ‘Grassroots football is football for everyone, by everyone, everywhere’ MTN Uganda’s program is in line with supporting the development of grassroots football by facilitating the much needed football kits that are a preserve of a few.

The MTN Group abides by its Brand Mission of making customers’ lives a whole lot brighter. In line with this mission the program will indeed make the lives of all footballers brighter.

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UBA unveils solution to allow customers access bank services via Facebook

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Johnson Agoreyo, the Managing Director UBA Uganda addresses guests during the launch of Leo.

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United Bank for Africa (UBA) has unveiled a digital solution dubbed Leo, a chatbot that enables customers use their Facebook accounts to carry out key banking transactions. This was during a ceremony held at their Head Offices on Tuesday.

According to Johnson Agoreyo, Managing Director/CEO, UBA Uganda, this product offering was developed to match customer’s lifestyles since more people are spending more time on social media.

“The formulation of this product is consistent with the bank’s customer-first philosophy, where we are doing things not the way we like but exactly what the customers want, where they want it, and in the exact platform they want. Therefore, we at UBA have collaborated with Facebook to come up with this. In future, Leo will show up on other platforms,” he said.

He further explained that Leo is a very interactive and easy to use  platform which will offer more convenience in how customers interact with the bank.

With Leo, customers are able to open new accounts, carry out money transfers and airtime top-up among others right on their mobile phones.

Gloriaus Byaruhanga, the Head, Digital Banking, UBA Uganda, emphasized that the platform is secure, noting that “the security with this platform is that for every transaction, an OTP (One Time Password) is generated to the phone number that is registered on the account.”

She also explained that to use the chat banking platform, a customer just needs to log in to Facebook Messenger and open up chat with Leo, who then takes over the conversation by telling the customer what steps to take.

The bank is continuously innovating and developing strategies aimed at making banking seamless and effortless for millions of its existing and potential customers, while also ensuring utmost safety of their transactions.

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Plascon Uganda announces 3-year partnership with Buganda Kingdom

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Owek. Charles Peter Mayinga addresses guests

Owek. Charles Peter Mayinga addresses guests

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Kansai Plascon Uganda, a leading paint manufacturer in Uganda, has sealed a three-year partnership with the Buganda Kingdom. This was announced during a ceremony presided over by the katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayinga at Bulange, Mengo on Tuesday.

Speaking during the ceremony, Owek. Mayiga noted that this partnership was merely a renewal of the working relationship that the Kingdom has enjoyed with the company for a while, though it is only the first partnership since the rebranding process to Plascon.

“I’m grateful that this long term relationship has been revived under the new Plascon brand. We believe the Kingdom and everyone that stays within its boundaries is going to partake of the benefits that are already coming through as a result of the new business acquisition. From today onwards Plascon is Buganda Kingdom’s exclusive painting partners of choice,” he stated.

Plascon’s Managing Director Chris Nugent was equally appreciative of the renewed relationship stating that it was further confirmation of the company’s status as the dominant paint brand in Uganda, especially in view of the new products introduced on the market this year.

“This is a really significant occasion in the journey of Plascon. It confirms that the rebranding process to Plascon was only a change of name but we retain the same value system, which is anchored on investing in the communities in which we operate,” said Mr. Nugent.

As part of the partnership, Plascon will be painting of 11,573 square meters of selected institutional buildings including Bulange, Kasubi Tombs and the Lubiri.

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MTN Uganda 21 Days of Y’ello Care Comes To An End With Career Expo

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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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This is what MTN Uganda is aiming for as the end of the 2018 edition of the 21 Days of Y’ello Care comes to an end.

The MTN Uganda 21 Days of Y’ello Care will climax with a two day career expo from 20th to 21st June, 2018 at the MTN Office in Nyonyi Gardens.

On 20th June, a panel discussion with key leaders in the Ugandan business and entrepreneurship space will address the youth at MTN offices, Nyonyi Gardens, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

The panel discussion will also focus on the available opportunities for the youth as well as providing career and life skills. The panel discussion will feature the following individuals:

  • Wim Vanhelleputte – MTN Uganda CEO
  • Japheth Kawanguzi – Innovation Village Team Leader
  • Dickson Mushabe  – Founder and CEO of Hostalite
  • Diana Nandagire Ntamu – ‎Director Entrepreneurship Centre, ‎Makerere University Business School

On 21st of June, the action will start at 10am and end at 4pm with a full blown career day. The career day will offer a platform for MTN Uganda staff across different departments to offer guidance, inspiration, mentorship and insight to how the youth can be better prepared for the opportunities available in both the formal and informal sectors.

Youth Groups that have benefitted from 21 Days of Y’ello Care will also exhibit at the venue, as well as MTN partners Huawei, NITA and Enable Belgian Development Agency.

Diana Ntamu Muwanga Nandagire will be speaking at the Career expo

Every year, MTN Uganda staff step out of their offices to make a difference in the lives of the communities within which they work in.

2018 was no different as MTN Uganda staff outdid themselves as they took part in the twelfth edition of its global award winning staff voluntary program 21 Days of Y’ello Care.

This year, the 21 Days of Y’ello Care focused on one of the most critical issues affecting countries across the globe – Youth Empowerment – under the theme ‘Creating a Brighter Future’. Activities were carried out in Kampala, Mbarara and Gulu.

The theme, aimed at undertaking initiatives to tackle the unemployment problem amongst the youth, saw MTN Uganda staff take part in special activities that sowed seeds of change, provided empowerment and brightened lives of those involved.

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