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Airtel slashes money transfer rates by upto 79%

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Airtel Money Director Eric Karobia announces up to 70% cuts in the Airtel Money withdrawal rates. On the right is Amit Kapur Airtel Uganda CCO

By Our Reporter

Starting October 31, Airtel Money users will enjoy a massive reduction in cash withdrawal and Person To Person transfer rates as the telecommunications company continues its efforts towards the enhancement of a cashless economy and financial inclusion.

Airtel money customers can now enjoy 79 per cent and 60 per cent reductions on withdrawal and Person To Person transfer rates respectively making it the most competitive rate on the market today.

According to Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar, the company continuously strives to create affordable and innovative solutions for customers including a relentless focus on the fundamental needs of their customers.

“With the massive reduction in cash withdrawal and P2P transfer rates, Airtel Money subscribers can conveniently and instantly do so much more in a reliable and secure manner using their mobile phones. By lowering the cost of these transactions, an increased number of Ugandans will get access to affordable and basic financial services at unmatched rates,” he commented during a press conference held at the Airtel Uganda head office on Monday.

The massive reductions will apply to all transactions between Shs1 million and Shs7 million.

To enhance convenience, Airtel has also increased the transaction limit from the usual Shs5 million to Shs7 million.

“Many of our subscribers use the Airtel Money platform to conduct business and we want to ensure that they are not restricted by the set limits. We feel that an increase in the limits will give them an increased capacity to conduct their businesses unhindered,” Somasekhar added.

Over the years, the Airtel Money platform has evolved to provide virtually all financial services in Uganda – paying bills, school fees, URA services, bank to wallet transactions and many others. Services such as sending money, buying airtime through Airtel money, Airtel money registration and pin reset are all free.

“On our side, we continue to ensure that the platform is safe and we remind all Airtel money users never to share their PINs with anyone,” Somasekhar concluded.

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TECNO Mobile announces partnership with MTN Uganda, launches new smartphones

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By Our Reporter

TECNO Mobile has announced a partnership with MTN Uganda. This was during the
launch of their latest smartphones in the CAMON series and Spark series which was held at Sheraton Hotel on Thursday.

The partnership will see the two big brands collaborate in many ways as they serve
the customers in their different rights but with a primary goal to serve both the TECNO and MTN customers better.
Customers will get free internet data from MTN when they purchase selected TECNO models.

Shiva Zhong, the TECNO country director said: “At TECNO, we are excited about this new
partnership between TECNO Uganda and MTN Uganda. We believe our customers shall enjoy a lot of benefits from this partnership. This partnership means a lot to us and it will start with the
launch of our new upgraded devices; Camon 12 and Spark 4.”

The Camon 12 comes with 4 in 1 technology and mosaic algorithm that enable TECNO CAMON 12
stand out from its range with high pixel and clear camera lens. The Spark 4 has also been upgraded to give customers clear bright photos even in low light conditions and this has been combined with AI technology to give our customers a whole new dimension of photography experience meaning customers can now take professional photos using their
phones.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, MTN Uganda – General Manager, Sales & Distribution, Joseph Bogera said, “This partnership further demonstrates MTN’s commitment to drive our vision of delivering a bold new digital world to our customers. We’re partnering with Tecno to
get more Ugandans online, because we believe that getting and staying connected is helping transform every sector of our society from entrepreneurship to education, and everything in
between.”

Customers who purchase the any TECNO phone and connect with MTN, will get 100% bonus for
every bundle they buy/activate in the first three months of using their MTN SIM card.

Furthermore, all customers who purchase Camon 12, Spark 4, Pouvoir3, Pop 2 Plus and F1 will get free 5G MTN data valid for 30days. This partnership signals the first of many exciting MTN promotions that customers will be getting on other Tecno devices.

“We have released the CAMON 12 and SPARK 4 at the same time because we want our customers
to have a uniform experience across our different target audiences. Each of these series attracts a particular target audience, therefore the need to satisfy both audiences simultaneously. This is
also in preparation of the festive season that is coming soon, so this can be a gift to yourself or someone beloved to you,” concluded Mr. Shiva

The TECNO CAMON 12 is retailing at 569,000 UGX and Spark 4 is priced at 429,000 UGX.

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Vivo Energy launches loyalty programme for Shell customers

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Vivo Energy Uganda has announced a customer loyalty programme, designed by Shell, called the Shell Club.

The user-friendly platform will enable customers to earn and accumulate points for all their purchases at Shell service stations, which can be converted into rewards.

Speaking at the launch, Vivo Energy Uganda’s Managing Director, Gilbert Assi said the Shell Club is a demonstration of Vivo Energy’s commitment to innovation, will revolutionize customer experiences, and redefine the relationships Shell has with its customers. “The Shell Club is an integrated rewards system that will allow our customers to earn points for every shilling spent at our Shell service stations. Our customers will be able to use their earned points to redeem gifts of their choice from our extensive rewards catalogue.”

Leveraging the vast Shell service station network coverage around the country, the Shell Club is the first all-inclusive loyalty programme in Uganda. Registration is free, easy and open to all.

Customers can register through various ways, including the Shell Africa mobile app, website or by simply visiting any Shell service station. On registration, they will be issued with a loyalty card or a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, which they are advised to use after every purchase.

Shell Club registered customers will earn and accumulate points on every purchase above UGX5,000 made at Shell service stations ranging from fuels, motor oils and lubricants, gas or shopping at Shell Select shops.

“We appreciate the lifestyle needs of our customers and this informed the design of the programme. The rewards are not limited to Shell products. Customers will be able to choose from the services offered by our valued partners, including mobile and consumer electronics, health clubs and spas, tour and travel, airtime, cinemas, restaurants and many more. There is definitely more joy in every visit to Shell,” Mr. Assi added.

Rewards will be redeemed from an extensive catalogue of gifts and offers on the Shell Africa mobile app. Repeated usage is encouraged to accumulate points and redeem rewards.

“This is a significant investment for us and will change the way we do business, allowing us to understand our customers better and tailor offers to suit their needs,” Assi concluded.

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Roger Mugisha in new reality TV series on StarTimes

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Roger Mugisha has been in the entertainment and media industry for more than 20 years and his work ethic has proven he is a force to reckon with from Radio, stage, to TV and film. This time round, Roger, the charming actor and corporate emcee will represent Uganda in a new outdoor reality TV show dubbed Dream Destination on StarTimes.

Roger Mugisha will be on the show alongside Kenyan comedian star Vincent Mwasia Mutua popularly known as Chipukeezy. Together, they will guide you on Dream Destination for a rather interesting adventure in Tanzania within the African Great Lakes region. During the long journey, the two guiding stars will explore local food, scenery, culture, history and specialties, and experience the charm and mysteries of Tanzania. Roger and Chipukeezy are subjected to a limited budget and must complete a series of incredible tasks in order to collect money. While on their mission, they will joined by some other stars to help with the tasks.

Cleopatra Koheirwe the PR Manager says, “Dream Destination proves that you can travel for much less considering that Roger and Chipukeezy were working with a limited and cashless budget. Most of us think that travelling is expensive but this show will change that perception. It’s an exciting and innovative show which will be fun to watch. Roger and Chipukeezy make a weird but funny duo and their journey on the show becomes a compelling adventure.”

The outdoor reality show is created by StarTimes and can be enjoyed on Sanyuka TV at 8pm starting from 26th October 2019, ST Movies Plus channel at 00:00 CAT, and on NBS TV every Sunday at 6.30pm starting 3rd November 2019.

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