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BAJAJ, BODA BODA ASSOCIATION GIVE KISUGU COU PRIMARY SCHOOL A FACELIFT.

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Bajaj Auto Limited in partnership with the Boda Boda Association of Kampala, has given an alluring facelift to Kisugu Church of Uganda Primary School.

The well attended exercise is part of numerous partnerships that Bajaj Auto Limited has initiated with the Boda Boda Association of Kampala that are aimed at giving back to communities that they operate in.

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Manish Thappar (L), Bajaj Auto’s Head of Business for East Africa leads other guests in launching the school painting ceremony at Kisugu Church of Uganda Primary School.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Manish Thapar, Head of East Africa business, Bajaj Auto Ltd, said company’s key objective to the country is to provide employment opportunities, work for welfare of Boda’s, to help government streamline Boda Boda operations and provide high quality Customer Service to its consumers.

Bajaj Auto also keeps providing innovating offers to its consumers i.e. current campaign “win 100 bikes in 100 days” which has been ongoing since 1st Oct’2014.

Bajaj Autois present across 70 Ugandan towns and commands 92% market share. The company believes in giving back to the society through various corporate social responsibility initiatives like Mechanics skill upgradation and providing livelihood, safety intiatives with KCCA and now partnering Boda Association for welfare of our pupils.

“We are excited to be involved in this noble cause of facilitating a conducive learning environment in schools. We believe that through this partnership with the Boda Boda Association, the initiative will be instrumental in not only attracting more pupils, but also help in pupil and teacher retention,” he said.

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The Headteacher Kisugu Church of Uganda Primary School, James Juuko (2R) shows Manish Thappar (3R) the Bajaj Auto Head of Business for East Africa and other officials round the school.

Teachers and students alike were very excited and expressed gratitude at Bajaj and the Boda Boda Association of Kampala’s generosity.

James Jjuuko, the Head teacher said “We are indeed indebted to you for putting us back on track. Now that we have beautiful structures, the onus is on us to repay your efforts by excelling. We are going to work hard to be among the top schools in this community and the whole country,” he said amid applause.

In the run up to the ceremony, Bajaj Autohas partnered with over 50 motorcyclists to paint the school’s classroom blocks.

Speaking at the event, Kiviri Kanyike, the Boda Boda Association chairman commended Bajaj for the partnership saying that the initiative of giving back to the community portrayed them in a positive light.

“Boda Boda Riders in Uganda have been portrayed in a negative light by sections of the community. This partnership will hopefully start changing the way we are viewed by people”, he added.

The event wasgraced by Mr.  Rwamasaka Prosper, Supervisor Education Services Makindye Division as Guest of Honor. He joined other invited guests in lauding Bajaj for its contribution to Uganda’s overall economy.

“I have often interacted with Bajaj operators including the Boda Boda riders. They have become an integral part of our transport sector today and as result contributed positively to our daily lives. By going an extra mile to support our infrastructure, they have shown us that they hold their communities’ livelihoods in high regard,” he said.

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Africell Marketing boss quits

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Mohammad YahfoufiBy Our Reporter

Africell Uganda Marketing boss, Mohammad Yahfoufi is leaving the telecom company after 3 years.

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Yahfoufi joined Uganda’s third largest telecommunications company in June 2016 replacing Marvin Wiltshire Kagoro, who is currently the marketing and communications manager at Total Uganda.

Mohammad has been key in helping establish the digital marketing platforms of the telco. His impact has been enormous from setting up the company’s social media accounts, working to increase its following and establishing a successful influencer program.

In the three years he’s been with Africell, he also oversaw the telco’s flagship data marketing campaigns, namely: ‘Don’t be Cheated’, ‘SWIFT bundles’ and ‘Triple Data’.

Prior to joining Africell, the graduate of Marketing from Lebanese American University worked with multinational advertising company Leo Burnett, serving its unit in Dubai.

Also certified by Udacity for taking lessons in Google Adwords and Digital Marketing, Yahfoufi did his internship at Impact BBDO, another top advertising firm in the Middle East.

Mohammad is leaving the telecom industry for the betting world.

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MTN Foundation, UMC Victoria Hospital partner to offer free corrective surgery to children

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The MTN Foundation has inked a one-year partnership worth Ugx 184 million with UMC Victoria Hospital that will see the Bukoto based health facility provide free corrective surgery for over 80 children with special needs and/or disabilities in a bid to improve their quality of life.

Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony, the MTN Uganda Ag. CEO, Gordian Kyomukama reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment towards improving the livelihood of youth by enabling those who have had an unfortunate start to life.

“Removing the physical obstacles to the youngsters’ growth and development through corrective surgery will enable them to compete favourably and achieve their full potential in life within their respective communities. These are the success stories that we as a brand take pride in,” he said.

“In addition to the partnerships that we have forged with the Ministry of Health and over 15 health centres refurbished and re-equipped countrywide under our Access to Health Initiative (AHI), today we reiterate our desire to contribute to the wellbeing of our customers and Ugandans at large. It is commonly said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. We are pleased to play our part in this process as the MTN Foundation.” He added.

The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of UMC Victoria Hospital, Dr. Anurag Shah lauded the MTN foundation for coming to the rescue of the disadvantaged children.

“The lives of the children will be changed for the better, forever – thanks to this partnership. UMC Victoria Hospitals bring world class medical care, expertise, professionalism and requisite equipment and facilities to the service of Ugandans in need. It will be our absolute pleasure to transform the lives of the beneficiaries by enabling them to regain their mobility among other advantages. We are delighted to partner with MTN Foundation to help them realise their dreams,” said Dr. Shah.

UMC Victoria Hospital is an integrated healthcare delivery provider providing high quality medical and nursing services across a wide range of specialties. Bench-marked to international quality standards, having state-of-art laboratory and radiology diagnostic services, modular operating theatres, in-house pharmacy, the hospital is well equipped to provide convenient, patient focused, quality centric efficient services.

The one-year partnership between the MTN Foundation and UMC Victoria Hospital is supported under the key focus areas for the Foundation which is health. It will also see UMC Hospital engage MTN staff in its community outreaches and medical camps countrywide in weeks ahead and a visit to the hospital located in Bukoto, on the outskirts of the city.

The Foundation recently inked a similar partnership with Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for People with Disability in Uganda (CoRSU), a local NGO and hospital located in Kisubi to provide corrective surgery to eighty youth and children selected from all over Uganda specifically areas affected by conflict.

The MTN Uganda Foundation is a non-profit entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN Uganda implements its corporate social investments (CSI). The main objective of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in Education, Health and other National Priorities.

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Coca-Cola hands over Ramadan goodies to Muslim Community

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Beverages giant Coca-Cola has handed over essential items to the House of Zakaat organisation in a bid to recognize and celebrate the Holy month of Ramadhan with the Ugandan Muslim community.

House of Zakaat is a charity organization that collects zakat (alms) and distributes them to the people in need.

In partnership with SWT rice and Crystal oil, Coca-Cola handed over 250 cartons of soda and mineral water, 100 packs of rice and 240 bottles of cooking oil at Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Namanve.

Commenting about this initiative, Mr. Ivan Oboth congratulated the Ugandan Muslim Community upon reaching another Holy Month of Ramadhan.

“As a brand that unites Ugandans across different religions, cultures and socio-economic divides, we are proud to support the Muslim community with items that will assist them in preparing their Iftar meals. Apart from producing these products, it is our responsibility to ensure that they are closer to our consumers especially during the important occasions in their lives. We realize that during this season, muslims spend time together worshipping and sharing food and we are proud to add our package to this celebration,” he commented.

Deputy Supreme Mufti and CEO House of Zakaat Shiek Mahmood Kibaate thanked Coca-Cola for having the spirit of sharing, especially during this holy month.

“At this time in Ramadhan is when we need to reach out to the underprivileged the most. I thank Coca-Cola for entrusting us with the responsibility of distributing these items to the communities. We ask the Almighty Allah to reward Coca-Cola abundantly and request them to continue with this program,” he noted.

Last year, Coca-Cola visited over 100 mosques countrywide offering them foodstuffs and soft drinks to assist in breaking their fast.

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