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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda signs MOU with Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda to help amplify their plastic collection effort as they drive their commitment as Coca-Cola to a World without Waste.

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The Head of Mission at the Embassy of Denmark Ms. Majbrit Holm Jakobsen welcomed the partnership with CCBA and said “Sustainable development and green growth are focus areas of both Denmark and the Danish Embassy in Kampala, and Danish companies are leading when it comes to developing sustainable products and services. The cooperation with PRI is therefore a great opportunity to support Ugandan companies working towards the same goal”.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Conrad van Niekerk, the Managing Director of Century Bottling Company and Rwenzori Bottling Company, both subsidiaries of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda noted “Food and beverage packaging is an important part of our modern lives, yet the world has a packaging problem, which we as CCBA, together with The Coca-Cola Company, have a responsibility to help solve. Clearly, plastics are a significant global challenge. Our commitment is to invest in our planet and our packaging, to help make the world’s packaging problem a thing of the past, focusing on PET plastic.”

“Through our PRI initiative, CCBA is leading the industry to bring people together to achieve a bold and ambitious goal: to help collect and recycle a PET plastic bottle for every one sold by 2030. This gives every package more than one life while contributing to job creation and growing adjacent local industries.” he added Van Niekerk explained the importance of partnerships in achieving this goal: “We want to support the Government’s environmental management objectives by making recycling more accessible for everybody to get involved.”

On their part, Ms. Majbrit Holm Jakobsen concluded: “We are excited at the shared opportunities that this recycling initiative creates for all of us and we are committed to ensure that the Embassy and all our staff participate to make this successful.”

“We are happy that the Danish Embassy can contribute to a more sustainable and climate conscious Uganda through this initiative. We will like to do even more, and are at the moment looking for more opportunities of recycling of waste in Uganda.”

CCBA’s 2030 recycling target is part of a larger strategy to create partnerships in plastic collection in all 13 countries where it currently operates.

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MTN Foundation refurbishes Kamukira hospital in Kabale

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The MTN Foundation has handed over a refurbished and furnished Kamukira Health Centre IV in Kabale District to the health centre administration.

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The MTN Foundation has handed over a refurbished and furnished Kamukira Health Centre IV in Kabale District to the health centre administration. The health centre got a complete facelift after MTN Foundation committed Shs 300m for the cause that also included donating items like beds, mattresses, bedsheets, blankets and mosquito nets. This event took place on Friday, 27th February 2019 at Kamukira Health Centre IV in Kabale District.

“Through the MTN Foundation, MTN Uganda continues to show its commitment towards improving the livelihoods of Ugandans. We identified this health centre because it had an urgent need and services quite a number of people. The MTN Foundation refurbishments will go a long way in improving the services offered by the health centre,” said Gordian Kyomukama, the Acting CEO MTN Uganda.

The donation formed part of the MTN at 20 celebrations that are taking place in Kabale through the MTN Expo currently ongoing at the Kabale Stadium. Since October 2018, MTN Uganda has been celebrating 20 years of operating in Uganda. The regional expos are part of the celebration until 25th May 2019 and Kabale was the first stopover.

The regional expos are part of MTN’s indication that it remains committed to operating in Uganda for years to come.

“We have been celebrating the connections made of the last 20 years. The MTN customer has been able to connect because they are on the network. However, that is not all a telecom should do. Through the MTN Foundation, we are ensuring that connect communities to essential health and education services among others,” said Charles Mbiire, the Chairman MTN Uganda.

The handover ceremony was graced by The Prime Minister of Uganda, Right Honourable Ruhakana Rugunda. Rugunda commended MTN Uganda for the work to foster communication in Uganda and for the several initiatives to improve the livelihoods of Ugandans.

“I once again commend the MTN Foundation for this great work and for the demonstration of great corporate social responsibility by contributing to the improvement of health care of the disadvantaged communities in Uganda.

“We look forward to even more support from our friends at MTN Uganda and hope that even other companies will follow their example for the greater development of our country,” he said.

The MTN Foundation is expected to carry out charitable events as part of the activities to mark 20 years in Uganda. The remaining expos will take place in Gulu, Lira, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Arua, Hoima and Mbale districts.

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Airtel takes internet to Kampala’s public libraries

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Airtel Uganda CSR Manager Mrs Bukenya with students at the community center

Airtel Uganda CSR Manager Mrs Bukenya with students at the community center.

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Airtel Uganda has introduced free unlimited WiFi internet to two major public libraries in Kampala, granting users access to high speed internet connectivity.

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The two libraries include; Uganda Community Libraries Association in Kawempe and National Library of Uganda along Buganda Road. The company is in the last stages of connecting the KCCA Library.

The Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, which aims at scaling up ICT in education, is in line with Airtel’s efforts to provide modern internet connectivity.

Speaking at the launch event held at Uganda Community Libraries Association of Uganda, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar said the initiative will enhance user experience in public libraries. “The libraries will be connected to internet with a capacity of 10Mbps. With this connectivity, users in the libraries will enjoy an improved experience in internet-based research, online book access and reading thus boosting digital education in Uganda,” he said.

Commenting about the initiative, Mr. Justine Kiyemba, the Chairman of Uganda Community Libraries Association said; “The youth are a very important pillar and enabler of development in Uganda. With access to the internet, service delivery especially in education will be enhanced to the benefit of the community and the nation. I thank Airtel for their commitment towards the development of Uganda,” he commented.

Esther Kyazike, the Treasurer of the Board of Uganda Community Libraries Association and the Manager of the Library thanked Airtel Uganda for this initiative. “At the Kawempe Youth Center, young people come in to learn a number of life lessons as well as skills necessary for them to go through the complexities of growing up, handling life’s opportunities and challenges. I thank Airtel because with full time internet, we shall be able to complement the lessons we teach with documentaries and real-life lessons from across the world,” she noted.

The initiative comes on the heels of the launch of 100% 4G LTE coverage across the country making Airtel the first telco to achieve this milestone in Uganda.

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MTN Pulse Teams up with SafeBoda to Reward Ladies as part of International Women’s Day celebrations

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  • Campaign is dubbed ‘Share your Hustle’ and encourages storytelling, reflection and creativity
  • In support of International Women’s Day, participation is open to ladies only
  • Competition is valid for a month only

MTN Pulse in partnership with SafeBoda has today launched a digital campaign dubbed ‘Share your Hustle’ aimed at rewarding users’ personal experiences when interacting with the two brands.

Interested participants can share their story on how MTN Pulse and SafeBoda have supported their hustle. These stories can be in the form of photos, video or a short story not more than 100 words. These stories are supposed to be posted on Twitter and Facebook.

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“International Women’s Day is celebrated only on one day (8th March) but we are making this whole month special by running this digital campaign to appreciate Lady Pulsers,” said Hellen Kirungi, Youth Segment Manager at MTN Uganda. In support of International Women’s Day, only ladies can participate in the competition.

Two ladies with the best story every week will win 10GB data valid for a month and travel worth UGX 50,000 courtesy of MTN Pulse Uganda and SafeBoda respectively. The winners will be selected by three independent judges.

“The stories can be about anything – from how SafeBoda assists one get from one place to the other or how MTN Pulse data bundles have helped power their businesses or social life” said Hellen Kirungi.

Everyone participating is a winner as they will all be given a free bundle of 500MB valid for a week from MTN Pulse. The campaign will run from Monday 3rd March to Friday 29th March 2019. Winners will be announced every Friday; prize redemption will be done at the MTN offices at Nyonyi Gardens.

On their part, SafeBoda’s Eunice Among, Head of Customer Services said they were kicking off the year in customer centric style:

“Joining forces with MTN on ‘Share your Hustle’ campaign is super exciting for us. As Uganda’s leading ride hailing tech company, we are always deeply invested in individual customer experiences – and this is yet another opportunity to demonstrate that. We recognize and appreciate everyone’s hustle and are happy to reward all our winners with a truly cashless experience,” she said.

Terms and Conditions of ‘Share your Hustle’ Campaign

  1. This campaign is in Partnership with SafeBoda, one of our MTNPulse lifestyle partners.
  2. Only ladies are eligible to take part in this campaign.
  3. Prizes:
    1. 2 ladies will each get 10GB MTN Monthly data bundle, MTN Pulse goodies and UGX 50,000 SafeBoda credit.
    1. All Participants will each get 500MBs MTN data for a week
  4. An entry will only be valid if submitted with hash tag #GirlHustleUg on Twitter and Facebook only on MTN and SafeBoda social media sites.
  5. Videos should be 1 minute or less, written stories should be Maximum of 100 words and if it is a Photo it should be just one or a collage/grid of maximum 4 pictures fitted into 1 photo.
  6. Winner will be selected at the Judges’ discretion. What the judges will be looking out for is passion, captivating story, Youthful vibrancy, enthusiasm and elements of Pulse and SafeBoda.
  7. The 2 weekly winners will be announced every Friday and will be required to pick their prizes the next week on Monday at MTN Nyonyi gardens Kololo in the afternoon.
  8. It is and added advantage to get your friends to like and share your story for greater visibility.

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