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Rwenzori Mineral Water contributes Ugx 150 million to MTN Kampala Marathon

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CCBA Public Relations and Communications director, Simon Kaheru, CCBA commercial director Patrick Oyuru, MTN's Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Prentnot pose with a dummy cheque during the announcement of the contribution towards the MTN Marathon.

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda will once again participate in the annual MTN Kampala Marathon through its brand, Rwenzori Mineral Water.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa confirmed participation with a cheque handover of Ushs 150 Million at the Rwenzori Water Bottling Plant premises in Namanve Industrial Area this morning.

Handing over the Company`s contribution to positive social change within communities in Uganda, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Directors said the company was committed to improving Uganda through its regular business operations and partnering with causes like the MTN Marathon.

“It is a pleasure to be here today as we once again handover our sponsorship package to the MTN Marathon. Our relationship with MTN and this prestigious marathon dates back many years. This is mainly because of the value that we attach to this marathon and to the thousands of Ugandans who have benefited from the different causes over the years,” said CCBA Commercial Director Patrick Oyuru.

CCBA Public Affairs and Communications Director Simon Kaheru said Rwenzori Water was an appropriate flagship brand for the MTN Marathon because of its refreshing qualities, and its acceptance across the country regardless of faith or culture.

“Our heritage in Uganda is not just pegged to being a symbol of refreshing hydration; it also includes decades of humanitarian causes either initiated or sponsored by us. It is therefore natural for Rwenzori Water to be part of the MTN Marathon – which brings together people from different nationalities, with different beliefs and speaking different languages, all for one common goal – to give back and improve the lives of those in less privileged communities.”

Kaheru advised the runners to ensure that during and after the MTN Marathon they discard the plastic bottles carefully to enable recycling at the Plastic Recycling Industries, another subsidiary of the Coca Cola Beverages Africa Group.

“The PRI is one way we give back to the Community by removing used plastics from the environment, therefore limiting environmental hazards; but on top of that we recycle these plastics and export plastic flakes, thus bringing in foreign exchange through exports, and also provide a raw material for increased local manufacturing – which creates employment,” he said.

CCBA will deploy plastic collection points along the MTN Marathon route in order to limit the wrongful disposal of used plastic water bottles by the thousands of people who will be participating.

Kaheru said that the PRI collects and recycles more plastics than the quantity put onto the market by Coca Cola Beverages Africa, including Rwenzori Bottling products.

“If all Ugandans join hands in limiting environmental damage by collecting plastics for recycling then we will have an even bigger positive impact in Uganda. The MTN Marathon is giving us another opportunity to demonstrate this, even as we run together for other causes,” he added.

This year, Coca-Cola`s contribution will go towards improving maternal health through providing better facilities in Kiswa and Komamboga health centres.

Oyuru said Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda was proud of creating impactful partnerships which ultimately benefit the entire country, and pledged continued support for the MTN Marathon.

MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Prentout welcomed CCBA’s sponsorship of the MTN Kampala Marathon. ““We are delighted that our partners are keeping their promises and embracing our vision. As always, all proceeds from the Marathon will go to charity and we are proud that our partners show confidence in our ability to ensure that the runners support the charity of their choice. We welcome the Coca Cola Beverages Africa contribution through Rwenzori Water. We are proud to enjoy such a strong partnership with Rwenzori Mineral Water. To rally behind initiatives to cause a better standard of life for our customers and Ugandans at large is what true corporate social responsibility is.”

Adding, “The marathon this year will have runners choose whether to run for improving maternal health or to prevent exposure of our school children to cancer causing agents present in asbestos roofing materials in over 20 Kampala school. We pledge a flawless event to enable you represent your cause.”

Senior Manager Corporate Affairs, Justina Ntabgoba said, “Hydration is critical during the marathon and as a daily health regimen. Rwenzori Mineral Water’s timely sponsorship of the MTN Kampala Marathon will ensure that more than 20,000 runners are adequately refreshed as they run to represent their cause this year. We look forward to your participation at the marathon this November 19th.”

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Distell Group officially launches in Uganda

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Duif Ritcher General Manager Distell North & East Africa

Duif Ritcher, the General Manager Distell North & East Africa addressing guests.

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The Distell Group, a multinational beverage and liquor producer and Africa’s leading producer and marketer of wines, spirits, ciders and other ready-to-drink beverages, has officially launched distribution of its high quality products in Uganda.

Distell, based in South Africa, has a diverse portfolio of brands that include the popular liquer Amarula, Nederburg and 4th Street wines, Hunter’s Ciders, and Scottish Leader whisky.

Announcing its official entry into Uganda, Distell said it had appointed Rwenzori Bottling Company to manage the distribution of its drinks portfolio, leveraging on the company’s nationwide logistics and sales distribution network.

Duif Ritcher, the General Manager Distell North & East Africa, said the company aims at reaching out to new consumers of diverse adult age groups in over 5,000 bars, restaurants and outlets countrywide within the first year.

Unveiling Distell brands at a grand celebration at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Ritcher said, “We are pleased to introduce more premium brands to the Ugandan market that we hope will do as well as Amarula has. Our drinks are tailored to deliver a unique and enjoyable experience, but at an affordable cost as well.”

“Distell will make use of an innovative and highly efficient national distribution network into the trade, targeting local and regional distributors, supermarkets, malls, bars and restaurants countrywide. We will make our premium products available to the Ugandan adult population at better prices than before,” he added.

With offices in Cognac, London, New York, São Paulo and Singapore, Distell’s products can be enjoyed around the world via a network of agents in more than 80 countries. Distell has more than 40 trading and distribution outlets in South Africa, with regional offices across the African continent as well.

Following a merger on 4th December 2000 (18 years ago) Distell Group Limited can be traced back to Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery (SFW) and Distillers Corporation, Distell has gone to globally expand its reach by production of premium beverages that include Spirits, Wines, and Ciders & Ready to drink products. The plant has its headquarters in South Africa, and employs over 5,500 people, while raking in profits of up to R215 billion annually.

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MTN Introduces ‘MomoPay’ To Enable Cashless Payments

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  • Customers can pay for goods using MoMoPay, the better way.
  • MTN already connected to 25,000 merchants like supermarkets, restaurants, hardware shops, fuel stations and salons among others.
  • Service will be available by dialing *165*3# or MyMTNApp

MTN Uganda, in a bid to further Uganda’s cashless economy has today introduced to customers a payments solution, MoMoPay. MoMoPay allows customers to pay for goods and services at no extra costs. Retailers like supermarkets, wholesale traders, shop keepers, pharmacies, restaurants and bars among others are now merchants that accept payments using MoMoPay. For customers, they will be making payments for the goods and services using MoMoPay at no extra cost – like sending withdrawal fees.

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“When we introduced MTN Mobile Money, it revolutionized money transactions in the country. However, there is still one problem we need to solve. That is reducing cash transactions by taking out withdrawal charges, which makes it quite costly. It is the better way to pay,” explains Christopher Ssali – Senior Manager Mobile Financial Services Products – MTN Uganda

For several months now, MTN Uganda has been recruiting merchants like supermarkets, garages, shops and restaurants among others. There are now in excess of 25,000 merchants that customers can use to receive payments. Upon a merchant being approved, they receive a special merchant code to indicate that they accept MoMoPay. For a customer to make a payment, they will dial *165*3# or use the MyMTNApp, enter the merchant code and pay the exact amount for the goods they have purchased.

“Currently, when customers want to make payments using mobile money, they will be asked to add withdrawal fees to the amount. With MoMoPay, the customer pays the exact amount for the goods purchased, providing that incentive not to move around with cash,” Christopher Ssali added.

MTN Mobile Money, which currently has over 8.8 million customers, has transacted over Ugx30trillion since inception in 2008. What still exists are the cash transactions that put customer and merchants at risk, when moving the money.

“The risks of carrying money by both customer and merchant are high, unlike MoMoPay. The merchant will receive payment directly into their mobile money account and they will be able to use it for several other features like making salary payments, transferring it to their bank account, purchase airtime for customers – and earn a commission, among others,” said Elsa Muzzolini, the General Manager Mobile Financial Services at MTN Uganda.

Merchants will be charged 1% on each transaction for an individual and 2% on a business merchant payment.

“The benefits for the merchant are many. They can earn commission for selling airtime. There will be improved financial control because they will avoid cash shortages and safety and security of the funds received, at the premises and for the merchant’s employees. Furthermore, merchants can even pay their suppliers with MoMoPay. For instance, a hardware shop may want to re-stock cement. Using MoMoPay, they will transfer funds directly to the account of their supplier and the cement will be delivered,” Muzzolini explains.

MoMoPay is the latest addition to Mobile Money’s arsenal of tools that helps combat the pain experienced by customers when making transactions. Over the next months, MTN will be looking to recruit merchants and where the MoMoPay will be displayed means payments are now acceptable.

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About MTN Uganda: Launched in 1998, MTN Uganda is the leading communications operator in Uganda, offering Mobile & Fixed telecommunications, Mobile Money Services and Internet Service Provisioning. As at 30th June 2018, MTN Uganda recorded 10.5 million subscribers across Uganda. Visit us at www.mtn.co.ug  or follow us on www.youtube.com/mtnug and www.twitter.com/mtnug or www.twitter.com/mtnugpro for assistance.

 

About the MTN Group: Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 30th June 2018, MTN recorded 223.4million subscribers with 24.1 million active Mobile Money users and 71.2 million active Data users across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. Visit us at, www.mtnbusiness.comwww.mtn.com and www.mtnmmo.com 

 

For more information, please contact:

Justina Ntabgoba on mediadesk.ug@mtn.com or +256 312 121 064

Val Okecho on mediadesk.ug@mtn.com or +256 312 125 665

Paul Mwirigi on paul.mwirigi@tbwa-uganda.com or +256 776 888 750

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Buganda Katikkiro calls upon Ugandans to embrace the new K2 telecom

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Following the recently signed Brand Endorsement agreement between Airtel Uganda and K2 telecom, the Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga has called upon Ugandans to register their brand new Airtel-powered K2 SIM cards and start enjoying a stronger and more reliable K2 network.

This was at the Luwalo Lwaffe event held last week at Bulange Gardens in Mengo presided over by the Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga and attended by K2 Telecom team led by CEO Godfrey Kisekka and Airtel Uganda team led by Ali Balunywa, the Sales Director.

The Luwalo Lwaffe program involves Buganda’s traditional institutions to raise funds in support of the Kingdom development programs.

Addressing the guests, the Airtel Uganda Sales Director Ali Balunywa applauded the Buganda Kingdom officials for seizing opportunities that benefit the kingdom subjects and called upon everyone to subscribe to the new network and celebrate the pride of Buganda Kingdom.

“The new K2 is backed by Airtel’s countrywide 3G network and high-speed internet service. Products and services such as Airtel Money, international roaming and affordable devices at any of our shops, kiosks and agents are all available to you,” he noted.

As part of the event, the Katikkiro toured the K2 offices and took time to register his new SIM card at one of the SIM card registration centers set out for the customers.

“It is a new day for us at K2. We thank our partners Airtel Uganda for the harmonious working relationship that has enabled us to achieve yet another milestone. I call upon Ugandans across the country to buy a SIM card and enjoy what the new K2 has to offer,” he concluded.

Airtel Uganda and Buganda Kingdom work together on a number of projects in the sectors of health and sports. These include the annual Kabaka Birthday Run, the Masaza Cup tournament, the Kabaka birthday celebrations, the Kabaka coronation, Eid El Fitri and most recently, the Airtel – K2 Brand endorsement agreement.

As part of the agreement, Ugandans will get an opportunity to buy co-branded K2-Airtel SIM cards in the 0708 series and connect onto the quality services offered by Airtel Uganda across the country such as wide coverage, high speed internet, 3G/4G network, Airtel Money, affordable packages, roaming and international services as well as all Value Added Services.

The new SIM cards can be purchased from any Airtel service center and other authorized outlets at a price of UGX2, 000 and all new SIMs will be subject to the existing KYC registration regulations.

Existing K2 customers will undergo a migration process, which will include a SIM-swap to provide them with new Airtel-K2 branded SIMs.

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