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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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Jumia Uganda appoints new CEO, launches Black Friday campaign

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Ron Kawamara(L), the new ceo for Jumia Uganda addresses media. Looking on is Massimiliano Spalazzi, Jumia’s co-CEO.

Ron Kawamara(L), the new CEO for Jumia Uganda addresses media. Looking on is Massimiliano Spalazzi, co-CEO, Jumia Africa.

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Jumia Uganda has announced that Ron Kawamara will take over as new CEO for Uganda. This was during a press briefing held at The Hickory restaurant on Thursday morning. Ron has previously served as the Regional Managing Director of Jumia Food, East Africa, and comes with a wealth of experience in the African Commerce industry.

Speaking at the briefing, Massimiliano Spalazzi,the co-CEO Jumia Africa said, “After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are thrilled to have Ron take on the CEO role. Ron brings a stellar leadership reputation, a wealth of consumer experience, and a lifelong passion for eCommerce to Jumia – all of which are critical ingredients in the continued evolution of our company. We are absolutely confident that Ron is the right leader for Jumia who can create value for customers and vendors by marrying Jumia’s numerous assets with the opportunities ahead.”

Kawamara has extensive experience leading, innovating and scaling technology businesses globally, including having guided Jumia Food through critical transformation periods. Through his startup experience, Ron has frequently worked with SMEs to effect business models that embrace technological changes.

“I cannot imagine a more important and exciting time to join Jumia,” said Kawamara. “With a massive, diverse and highly engaged audience, a market-leading online business, a best-in-class product portfolio and an extremely passionate and talented group of people, Jumia is well-positioned to capture an even greater market opportunity. As a lifelong entrepreneur and exuberant technology enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to combine my industry experience with my love for business. I look forward to working with this great team, having a lot of fun, and leading Jumia through its next exciting phase.”

Meanwhile,  this year’s Black Friday campaign was also launched during the event. Black Friday is a massive sales event that will run from November 16th to December 7th, 2018. The campaign is normally characterized by a buzz of activities at Jumia as online shoppers enjoy the best deals.

 “This year will be our biggest campaign yet,” Ron noted. “We’ve invested in a lot in negotiating with retailers so that we can give our customers the best value. We shall feature discounts of up to 70% on over 5000 products and shoppers will enjoy free delivery for purchases over 200,000 UGX.”

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Emirates rewards Ugandan winners in the global destinations competition

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The Emirates Country Manager Puneet Kohli (2R) poses with some of the winners in the emirates radio competition.

The Emirates Country Manager Puneet Kohli (2R) poses with some of the winners in the Emirates radio competition.

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has rewarded lucky Ugandan winners in the Emirates global destination competition. The just concluded competition was aimed at having listeners answer questions about Emirates’ global destinations and create awareness about the airline’s products and services.

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The winners participated in a two-week competition where two winners were chosen every Friday at the end of the week. The winners received Emirates amenities that were handed over by the Emirates Country Manager to Uganda, Mr. Puneet Kohli, who applauded them for their knowledge on Emirates.

“This goes to show that many people know a lot about Emirates and its products, services and global destinations. Our decision to reward these fans reflects our commitment to everyone who knows about our business. We have received immense feedback and we thank everyone who contributed to the competition,” said Mr. Puneet Kohli.

Emirates boasts of an unrivaled on board product experience with the world’s best infight entertainment system, ICE, which offers over 3,500 channels of entertainment including over 100 kids channels and 850 movies from around the world. Travelers can enjoy chef prepared regional and international cuisines using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages. All this is complemented by the airline’s international team of over 21,000 cabin crew come from over 135 countries.

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Over 50 women lawyers trained in financial literacy

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Victoria Byenkya, the Manager dfcu Women in Business speaking to women lawyers during the training

Victoria Byenkya, the Manager dfcu Women in Business speaking to women lawyers during the training.

Under the Women in Business (WiB) program, dfcu bank in partnership with the Uganda Law Society (ULS), recently held a financial literacy training session for over 50 women lawyers in Kampala. The session conducted at the dfcu Head offices in Nakasero last Friday is a component of the programme aimed at inspiring and empowering women to tackle the challenges faced in the business environment.

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Commenting on the women lawyers’ training, Jacqueline Namazzi, Chairperson ULS Female Lawyers Committee said; “dfcu has a strong partnership with the female lawyer’s committee. We work with them and we come in to advise their businesswomen especially those who work in Kikuubo, but this time we felt that the female lawyers themselves needed financial literacy training. We know so much about the law, about court, but little on personal and business finances. We felt that the lawyers needed that extra education. It’s not a bad idea for them to be exposed to the different investment and saving avenues that the bank offers but also mainly how to manage finances.”

“Investment avenues are out there but managing ones’ own finances as a person, as a law firm whether you are in government or civil society is daunting and that is why we decided to be part of the financial literacy training to gain that extra skill set.” Jacqueline added.

According to Victoria Byenkya, Manager Women in Business, women bring their own unique perspective and voice to the world of finance and as their voice becomes more prevalent, everyone will continue to benefit from the financial literacy conversation. “More women today are realizing the importance of being financially literate. They feel more empowered to control their personal, family and business finances,” she added.

“From the training I was able to be educated about the basics – things that you know but don’t really do. The more you hear them, you realize the need to take action on saving, investment and living a simple life. I would highly recommend more sessions for financial literacy are set up for us and of course, I appreciate dfcu bank for putting this together” said Charlotte Nalumansi one of the trainees.

So far, a total of 1,370 women have benefited from the dfcu WiB business trainings since the start of the year. Since inception of the programme in 2007 over 25,000 women have benefited from the capacity building sessions.

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