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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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Cash Chat upgraded, to enable users earn from the platform

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Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat

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Cash Chat, an online platform facilitating social and financial transactions, has been updated and upgraded with the latest high value features for better user experience.

Through the Cash Chat app, users can transfer money, advertise products & services, chat with people, upload statuses and make voice and video calls.

Asher Namanya, founder of Cash Chat in a notice to subscribers of the mobile app advised them to download the upgraded app from Google Play Store.

The latest features added on the app include posting of videos on status, posting advert videos, swiping to reply messages, seeing advert views, sending out group invites and links among other notable features.

Namanya said the new updates will allow agents to advertise on behalf of companies; also, users will earn from the adverts.

“Business is now, more than ever, going online and we want to spearhead this transition,” he said.

Interested individuals and companies can register to become Cash Chat advertising agents on their website (www.cashchatapp.com). Namanya revealed that advertising agents will receive online training on how to do business on the mobile application.

“We are going to give our advertising agents and members of the public the right skills to do business on our platform. We believe that the future of developing countries like Uganda is in investing in innovations like Cash Chat,” he added.

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African Queen donates 18 tonnes of maize towards COVID-19 relief efforts

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African Queen, a leading distributor for fast-moving consumer goods in Uganda, has donated 18 tonnes of maize towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

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African Queen, a leading distributor for fast-moving consumer goods in Uganda, has donated 18 tonnes of maize towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

The donation comes in response to the President’s call to the private sector to support government’s efforts in offering relief to the vulnerable Ugandans most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The African Queen team led by their Managing Director Innocent B. Tibayeita handed over their donation to Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Minister in Charge of General Duties, Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

“Our partners heard the plea of our President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on offering support to the COVID-19 Task Force that has been mandated to not only lead the fight against the COVID-19 virus but also ensure proper distribution of food to those families that have been greatly affected during this time,” said Innocent B. Tibayeita. “African Queen thus wishes to make a donation of 18 tonnes of maize towards this cause.”

He further lauded the government for their concerted efforts in combating the pandemic.

The government continues to receive donations from the private sector in form of cash, new vehicles, foodstuffs, sanitizers, and essential medical supplies among others. The government has so far received contributions amounting to about Ugx 21 billon.

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Letshego Uganda offering repayment holiday to customers in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

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Giles Aijukwe, the CEO Letshego Uganda

Giles Aijukwe, the CEO Letshego Uganda

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Letshego Uganda has rolled out a Repayment Holiday facility to its borrowers in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the world.

The repayment holiday involves giving customers a 3 month moratorium- meaning he/she/they (the borrowers) will not be required to pay their installments during that duration.

Different Heads of States, in their response to the pandemic, have implored the business community to augment government’ initiatives to offer financial relief to their customers and specifically lenders to offer repayment holidays and loan restructuring to their customers. It is in this regard that Letshego Uganda; a subsidiary of Letshego Holdings, a premier financial services company based in Botswana and with a footprint in 11 African countries has heeded to the call.

“The Repayment Holiday allows you to take some time out from the financial burden of repayments. It is important however, to note that this holiday mainly targets those customers whose businesses have been affected by Government Intervention measures during the current COVID-19 through business lockdown and closure for example those in sectors like- Education, Tourism, Transport, Leisure and Hospitality,” Aijukwe Giles, the CEO of Letshego elaborated.

The employees/clients that belong to these employers/industry sector will apply for the holiday and be approved based on the case presented. The biggest positive about a repayment holiday is that it relieves some pressure for a while. For a period of time, you have one less thing to worry about when considering outgoings.

“In line with their operational mandate, Letshego practices responsible lending and acts in a customer’s best interests, ensuring affordability, transparency of terms and conditions as well as supporting the borrower if they experience repayment difficulties. This means that by the time they have approved your loan application, they’ve made the effort to determine whether you can repay without substantial hardship,” Aijukwe affirmed.

Letshego has designed a simple application form to be signed by the customer; that will then be scanned and sent to the branch. Customers are also encouraged to use their digital and online platforms (WhatsApp and web application forms) to apply for these holidays. Furthermore, the Repayment Holiday is not only being extended to those in Kampala only but countrywide, across where we have a presence.

Aijukwe added, “A list of qualifying customers has been generated across our 45 branches countrywide and our branch teams are reaching out to them. Customers who are not yet contacted are encouraged to contact their respective branch managers and relationship officers to confirm if they qualify for the Repayment Holiday.”

Microfinance institutions were developed with the common purpose of contributing in the socio-economic changes of communities. As evidenced on numerous occasions, microfinances have exponentially uplifted the economic status of people by providing credit to individuals and skill based groups so that they are able to better their family and community stand.

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StarTimes GO connects first customer

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With the launch of the integrated e-shopping platform StarTimes GO, the company is excited to have connected with the first customer, Sula, last weekend. After watching the TV programme StarTimes GO, Sula decided to buy a solar kit alongside with a 24″ Digital LED TV. She made a call to StarTimes to order the products and was quite pleased with the door to door delivery and installation. While receiving her order, Sula said, “I like that StarTimes can easily be accessed in terms of customer care services unlike some service providers. I was interested in buying the solar kit which helps during power blackout situations. It will also help us enjoy our family TV-watching time without worrying about unstable power supply. I was relieved to know that we can pay for the solar kit in instalments. This reduces on the financial burden. With StarTimes GO giving a special offer on plenty of products, we got a FREE two-year TV program bouquet for our solar kit!”

The captain of the car fleet for delivery, Charles, escorted the products to the customer’s home which is about 40km away from the city centre of Kampala. He said, “It is not quite convenient for a family living far away from the city centre to carry these products home. We hope that the customers can enjoy their shopping with StarTimes GO from the beginning to the end.”

Together with Charles, the whole team of delivery and installation are quite honoured to complete the mission for serving the first customer of StarTimes GO, among other customers who followed, especially when they see the smile of satisfaction on their faces.

Mr. Franklin Wang, the StarTimes CEO in Uganda remarked, “We have been thinking of the considerate services which make the digital life available to more people hence the e-shopping platform StarTimes GO. We appreciate the support and trust given by the customers; and thanks to our staff in call centre, delivery car fleet and installation team, the StarTimes GO is operating as we expected and will keep providing products of quality to the public.”

StarTimes GO has made it easier to shop digitally for the product you need. Book via StarTimes GO and enjoy great discounts be it on a decoder, TV or solar system. Order with StarTimes interactive e-shopping platform StarTimes GO at ugmall.startimestv.com or call 0701152863/ 0781962712 and your package will be delivered to you.

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