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Uganda Refinery Holding Company hires first ever General Manager

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nkamboThe Uganda Refinery Holding Company Limited (URHC) has recruited of its first General Manager. URHC has recruited Dr. Michael Nkambo Mugerwa, a Chemical Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the oil refining industry, as its pioneer General Manager.

Dr. Michael Nkambo has vast experience in process engineering, project management, project controls, risk management and oil refinery technologies, among others. He has managed Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) aspects of large capital refining projects while working for TECHNIP (USA), a leading EPC contractor for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

He will be tasked with leading the structuring and development of the first oil refinery in Uganda.

He has built competencies in technology, business and innovation and has experience in start-ups in the oil and gas sector. The URHC will benefit from his leadership, international network and strong technical and project management skills.

Dr. Michael Nkambo holds a PhD, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering all obtained from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

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Infinix Hot 6 has been launched in Uganda

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Infinix has launched something new for the Ugandan market. The World’s fastest growing brand has unleashed a new model called the Infinix Hot 6 that defines fashion and technology.

The new smart phone combines latest in technology and lifestyle aspects using the latest design technologies like the 6 Inch 18:9 HD+ Infinity display which allows the user to view more content on their screens, the latest XOS 3.3 Hummingbird built around Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition) which is well optimized to give you a smooth experience on the Hot 6 plus a massive 4000mAh battery with a standby time of over 2 days and also comes with quick charge. It comes with 1GB/2GB RAM and 16GB ROM.

For music lovers, this is the phone for you as it puts more focus on the mobile sound of the device hence the slogan #PlayItLiveIt. The Hot 6 incorporates dual Dirac 3D Stereo Surrounding speakers for an immersive audio experience, carries a 13MP + 5MP and also has a fast fingerprint scanner for security purposes as well as Face Unlock which allows you to unlock your phone by scanning your face.

Amongst the key advantages of Android Oreo Go Edition are a seamless but fast user experience plus enhanced data experience.

The Hot 6 will be available in Sandstone Black, Blush Gold, Bordeaux Red and Sapphire Blue. It is available at all Infinix Branded shops near you at only UGX 463,000.

Grab yours today.

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Taxify Boda marks 100 days in Kampala

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Kampala, 21st May 2018: Taxify, the world’s fastest-growing ride-sharing app, looks back at the first 100 days of Taxify Boda in the pioneer city where the category was offered. The company has seen hundreds of Boda boda drivers sign up to drive on the platform since the launch in February 2018.

The Taxify Boda category has continued to grow exponentially. The number of Taxify Boda trips today is twice the number of vehicle trips completed in Kampala. Taxify records show that Boda Boda trips grew 5 times within the first 100 days of the category launch in the Ugandan capital.

The volume of trips completed on a Boda boda in Kampala grew 500% compared to a 200% growth in the number of vehicle trips on the Taxify application within the same period.

Kampala was the first city where Taxify Boda was launched and offered as a category to riders. Boda Bodas are a preferred means of transportation in Kampala by riders seeking to avoid city traffic and to get to their destinations faster.

Operating in 26 countries globally, Taxify attributes its success to its driver-friendly platform. The ride-sharing platform takes only 15% commission from its driver – partners while also offering them added benefits, such as loyalty awards and the ability to set their own radius for pickups. The lower commission allows Taxify to offer lower prices for riders and more take-home pay for driver- partners.

Taxify continually commits to meeting the unique needs of riders in every city in which the company operates. New secondary categories in East African cities like Boda boda in Kampala, and Bajaji (three wheeled rickshaws) in Dar es Salaam have seen the firm increase its user base tremendously.

Julian Byamugisha. Operations Manager for Taxify in Uganda, said, “The growth we have seen in the Boda Boda category is a reflection of the needs of the people in Kampala. Being able to meet the needs of the local people in every city is what will eventually result in business success .”

Fun Facts

  • There are about 300,000 Boda bodas in Uganda
  • Boda Boda driving is the second highest source of employment after agriculture
  • Taxify launched in Kampala in October 2017. 4 months later, in February 2018, Taxify introduced the Boda Boda category: Taxify Boda
  • The most popular Boda boda model on the Taxify Platform is the Boxer
  • The highest fare ever paid on a Boda trip was UGX 71,000 for a trip from Kulambiro to Entebbe
  • The longest trip on a Taxify Boda lasted about 18 hours
  • 5PM is the busiest hour for Boda Bodas in Kampala

About Taxify

Taxify is one of Europe’s leading ride-sharing platforms, connecting millions of riders and drivers around the world to make travel easier, quicker and more reliable. Taxify’s efficient and tech-enabled business model benefits both driver – partners who have to pay a smaller commission as well as riders who end up paying less for their ride.

Founded by Markus Villig, Taxify launched in 2013. It’s one of the fastest-growing ride-sharing platforms in the world, focusing on Europe and Africa.

Taxify has more than 10 million customers in over 20 countries globally. For more information, please visit https://taxify.eu/cities/kampala/

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Airtel Uganda to handover foodstuffs to Muslim communities in Ramadan campaign

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The foodstuffs to be given to the moslem community by Airtel Uganda during Ramadan.

The foodstuffs to be given to the moslem community by Airtel Uganda during Ramadan.

Airtel Uganda has launched an extensive Corporate Social Responsibility campaign of giving that will be held countrywide throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. The campaign is aimed at shedding light on the true Ramadan spirit and celebrating this special time of the year with the local communities.

The CSR campaign begun with a handover of foodstuffs to the Wandegeya muslim community to assist them in preparing their Iftar meals.

Commenting during the handover, Mr. Ali Balunywa the Airtel Uganda Sales & Marketing Director said: “We would like to take this opportunity to greet you all on the blessed occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan. This month presents a special time for our organization to communicate and interact with the community through our charitable
programs. Every year at Airtel we prove that we are a company that pioneers in the social involvement, where we play a big role to give back to the community.”

Balunywa went on to explain that, just like every year, Airtel will be sharing the joys of Ramadan by distributing food stuffs every week throughout this holy month to the underprivileged in over 24 mosques across the country. The company specifically chose highly populated areas to reach out to the maximum number of people. Some of the districts earmarked for Ramadan donations include Kampala, Masaka, Mbale, Mbarara, Lira, Kamuli, Fortportal, Gulu, Iganga, Hoima, Jinja, Arua, Tororo, Kabale and many others.

Balunywa added: “Our pledge towards our customers of providing the latest and best technologies has never been broken, and today we continue our promise towards the entire community through our annual Ramadan CSR campaign.”

In addition to the food stuffs, the company has launched a campaign where subscribers that recharge a minimum of 500/- through Airtel money & E-recharge will receive free 100MBs, 100SMS (Airtel to Airtel SMS) and 30Minutes (Airtel to Airtel calls). These minutes, MBs & SMS can be used between midnight & 6am daily and expire at 6am.

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