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BAJAJ BOXER, BODA-BODA CYCLISTS REFURBISH SCHOOL

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Motorcycle manufacturer, Bajaj Auto Limited and the Kampala Metropolitan Boda-boda Association have partnered in a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative that has seen the refurbishment of Kisugu Church of Uganda Primary School.

The exercise that commenced on October 29, 2014 is a result of concerted efforts from Bajaja Auto Limited with the help of the boda-boda association members. The refurbishment of the school infrastructure included painting of the interior and exterior of the classroom blocks, office blocks and replacement of broken window panes.

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N. Krishnamurthy (L), the General Manager Nish Auto Limited and the Kanyike Kiviri (3R) cut the tape to officially open the refurbished Kisugu Primary School.

Speaking during the official handover of the refurbished school, Mr. Pramod Lal, the Bajaj Chief Operating Officer said that investing in Education leaning initiatives is a sure way of ushering in a growth oriented society and ultimately a strong and prosperous nation.

“Education is an investment and that is why we also need to invest in proper infrastructure so as to provide a conducive learning environment for pupils. We believe education is the most important growth driver for the social–economic transformation of Uganda. Investing in education should therefore be a top priority for everyone in the community,” he said.

Pramod also added that Bajaj Auto has since time immemorial placed sustainable projects that benefit society over long periods as the main catalyst when identifying Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

“The company believes in giving back to society through various Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives like mechanics skill upgrading, providing livelihood and safety initiatives in partnership with KCCA. Now, we have partnered with the boda-boda association for welfare of our pupils. We strongly believe that the refurbished structures will help in pupil and teacher retention,” he remarked.

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N. Krishnamurthy (R) the General Manager NIsh Auto Limited receives a plaque from Paul Malala, the Supervisor Education Services at KCCA.

The Supervisor Education and Social Services at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Mr. Paul Malalawho presided as Chief Guest at the handover, commended Bajaj Auto and the Boda-boda operators for identifying education as an area that needs constant support.

“Many times we have branded the boda-bodas as a nuisance in our city. The truth though is that they have become an integral part of our transport system. What we at KCCA are doing is to find ways in which we can collaborate to make this mode of transport safer.

We are happy that the boda-bodas have gone out of their way to give back to the society through an education initiative,” she said.

Bajaj Auto Limited is a dominant player in Uganda with a 92% market share, its lead brand Boxer being a household name across the country.

According to Krishnamurthy, all Bajaj motorbikes are locally assembled in Kampala at its state of the art manufacturing plant and sold through a network spread across 70 Ugandan towns.

KanyikeKiviri, the Chairperson of the Kampala Metropolitan Boda-boda Association said that they were glad to partner with Bajaj Boxer because education is the bedrock of a successful society.

“We are happy to contribute to this noble cause. We (Boda-bodas) transport these children to different schools on a daily basis and by refurbishing this school, we hope that our efforts will help provide a conducive learning environment and success,” he explained.

Since 2005, Bajaj Auto has been providing employment to around 250,000 cyclists and 12,000 Ugandans through its Sales, Service, spares outlets and manufacturing plant.

Bajaj Auto also keeps providing innovative offers to its consumers like the on-going‘Win 100 bikes in 100 days’ campaign that commenced on October 1, 2014.

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Uganda Breweries partners with Kabaka Foundation to construct sanitation facilities in city markets

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In a bid to improve the sanitation and hygiene that are health concerns in Kampala markets, Uganda Breweries Limited has launched a sanitation project that will see the brewery construct modern public sanitation facilities for the residents and traders of Nakulabye, Katwe, Mengo and Mulago Markets.

The project dubbed the “Kampala City Markets water and Sanitation” has been done in partnership with the Kabaka Foundation, which is an NGO presided over by His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda. The 3 months project which is part of UBL’s “Water of Life” initiative will cost UGX 300 Million and will benefit over 26,000 people.

Under this project, each Market will get a modern sanitation facility with eights units; a toilet for people with disabilities, a washroom for men and women, three urinal bowls for men, one shared attendants room, a water reservoir of 5000 liters, a 1000 liter over- head tank and a water pump.

Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony at Nakulabye Market, Uganda Breweries Managing Director Mark Ocitti said, “Access to clean sanitation facilities is critical to the health and prosperity of our communities, and yet, too many people especially in the markets around the city do not have access to these basic services. Uganda Breweries is proud to partner with the Kabaka Foundation to reform and improve the lives of more than 26,000 people who live and work around these markets.”

Ocitti noted that this project is not the first done in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom. “UBL and the Kingdom have a long standing partnership to brew Ngule beer, the Kingdoms official beer. The beer is made from cassava and sorghum all of which are sourced locally from Buganda Kingdom.”

In his remarks, Owekitibwa Chris Bwanika, a Trustee in the Kabaka Foundation said, “This project marks another milestone in achieving Kabaka foundation’s aim of improving sanitation. Kampala city markets have dilapidated sanitation facilities and with the construction of these new facilities, we will now be able to address the problem of poor sanitation and the consequent spread of diseases among the residents, especially the children.”

Uganda Breweries Limited has in the past years run similar projects. In 2017, the company constructed public sanitation facilities worth UGX 300 million at Port Bell and Kirombe markets. The project benefits over 12,000 residents, traders and visitors to the two areas. UBL has also previously constructed sanitation facilities in Ggaba market and Kinawataka market.

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Sheraton hosts Muslim community to iftar dinner

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel treated the Muslim community to iftar dinner as they broke their fast on Thursday evening. The dinner was held to thank their Muslim partners, clients and guests for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them blessings during this holy month of Ramadan.

The dinner was a blend of Middle Eastern and Ugandan cuisine consisting of special and customized meals of starter, salads, condiments & dressing, soups, main course, carving, dessert and a variety of drinks.

While addressing the guests during the dinner, the General Manager, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan. He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel and encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

“To observe, this holy month, the hotel has set aside a special prayer place where our employees, guests and customers can say their prayer and break their fast. We have a designated area at the Victoria Restaurant where they can have a lavish buffet as they break their fast from Monday to Saturday,” Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt further noted.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and, is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam with the fast beginning at dawn and ending at set.

Sheraton hotel during this holy month of Ramadan has special daily Iftar menu packages for individuals, families, groups and companies hosting their Muslim clients or customers to a special dinner.

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V-Power weekend is back

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Emmanuel Ssebunya, Vivo Energy Brand Manager – Fuel .

Emmanuel Ssebunya, Vivo Energy Brand Manager – Fuel refills a customer’s car at Shell Bugolobi.

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“V-Power Weekend”, a promotion that allows customers to purchase Shell V-Power at the same price as regular fuel, is back.

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Launched in March this year, the promotion is open to all Shell customers and is available at over 80 Shell stations countrywide. The offer runs for the entire weekend starting Friday morning to Sunday evening.

“This promotional offer is aimed at getting car owners to try the advanced fuel formulation and experience the thrilling power and performance of our premium fuel Shell V-Power,” said Emmanuel Ssebunya, Brand Manager Fuels at Vivo Energy Uganda. “Shell’s new fuels contain exclusive DYNAFLEX Technology which helps clean and protect key components in vehicle engines, reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall, reduces possibility of engine knock leading to better engine efficiency and performance.”

The V-Power Weekend offer will run every month till December 2019 to give as many motorists as possible an opportunity to experience Shell premium fuels.

“Whatever car you drive, wherever you are going, visit a Shell station to get a full tank of Premium Shell V-Power at the price of regular fuel and GO WELL,” he added.

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