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Crane Management services issues COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures in all its Buildings

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As a way of resuming business amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) to all tenants occupying their buildings around Kampala.

Managing Director Crane Management services Rajiv Ruparelia revealed the new SoPs on Friday 26-06′ 2020, during which he noted that although they have put in place measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, government has to intervene, such that in case landlords waive rent arrears, the Uganda Revenue Authority and utility providers should also give landlords a tax holiday.


Rajiv said that “COVID-19 is not going to disappear soon. So the question is how do we operate within its framework? and the measures we have put in place are quite simple. We have already ordered for many hand wash stations
that will be placed at every entrance of the building

These hand wash basins are not going to be operated with your hands but a foot pump. So you don’t have contact with the opening and closing of the water.

There will be automatic sprays that you put your hands under and the soap will come under. So you will be able to ensure that very bacteria on your hands is killed and neutralized.”

He added that “We will also ensure that we don’t open all the entrances and exits for our buildings. What we will do is actually that we will control the entrance and exit points. We will set up check points where you wash your hands, where temperature checks are done and we will deploy more security personnel, to ensure that everybody is checked before entrance or exiting the building.

Further to that, they will ensure that everybody wears a face mask and everyone observes the social distancing and we control the number of people in the arcade at any one time.”
He also noted that they will work hand in hand with their tenants to ensure that this is all observed and followed religiously because it is in our interest as landlords and tenant to start opening up the buildings so that the survival of the tenants can start.

“They can start supporting their families again, because they have been closed for the last four months and they have no other source of income, which is going to create a bigger threat to us and to the economy at large.”

Rajiv Ruparelia Commented about the payment of rent arrears from tenants for months they spent not working as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown,and said that;

“We are one big family. A building is useless without tenants. However, tenants can’t operate without a building. So we are like a marriage and this marriage is very intimate. But unfortunately, government has not given any waivers to this industry. If you look at it, URA has only deferred their payments. They have not said that this year we are going to give special considerations where we are going to write off taxes for companies. Of you look at NSSF, they have not given any conditions where companies can reduce the liabilities to pay NSSF.

All they are saying is that if you’re not going to pay in February or March pay in August. But that is not solving a problem as an economy or for landlords. Now even the Central Bank has given some ease to the commercial banks and but does not tell the banks that we have given some special liquidity in order to be able to subsidize the interest that you will face because landlords cannot pay the banks. You see, when the tenant pays the landlord, the landlord takes the money and pays the bank.”

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Ugandan property management company, Donville Properties expands to Dubai

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Donville Properties, a leading property management company in Uganda has announced a partnership with Dubai Real Estate Company, Damac Properties.

As part of the partnership, Donville Properties will now be able to let and manage properties in Dubai, on top of their vast Ugandan property listing.

According to the CEO of Donville Properties, Collins Muyanja, the company prides in managing and constructing some of the most luxurious properties on the land.

“Our partnership with Damac Properties has only served our long term purpose of extension. But we have always created experiences for people who appreciate and can actually afford luxury,” Muyanja said during a press conference.

Donville Properties aren’t just the leading solutions provider in Property Management. They also offer payment options that make it easier for people to access their services without straining their finances.

They have also since grown their portfolio to include construction, in order to properly effect their solutions across the different aspects of Real Estate Management. Through their construction arm, Donville Properties can now plan and execute to completion, the construction of rental, residential and commercial properties.

Their services in management cut across; assessing your property’s current market rental value, Marketing your property for rent, Find and select suitable tenants, Collect rent, Routine inspections, Arrange repairs and maintenance, Payments and statements, Oversee final inspections and end of tenancy matters, Search for new tenants at the end of the existing tenancies, House keeping, Car washing etc.

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MTN now has 100 million customers using the internet

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Access to the internet has the power to change lives and bridge inequalities and MTN Group reached a significant milestone by recording 100 million active data users on its networks across Africa and the Middle East.

“We believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life,” said MTN Group president and CEO Rob Shuter. “We are delighted to have connected 100 million of our customers to the power of the internet as we have increased data coverage and reduced the cost to communicate across our markets.”

New MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter
MTN Group President and CEO Rob Shuter

MTN has a total base of more than 257 million customers in 21 markets. Growth through scaling data and digital services is central to its strategy. The group is overcoming the barriers to greater mobile internet adoption by extending its 3G and 4G coverage, accelerating smartphone adoption and transforming prices.

In the past three years, well over 100 million more people in MTN’s footprint have been covered by its data network. This brings the group’s network coverage for data services to beyond 480 million people. However, about 60% of rural populations in Africa remain unconnected. To benefit from connectivity, they need affordable devices as well as the digital literacy to easily access relevant and meaningful content.

To support smartphone adoption, in 2019 MTN distributed 675 000 affordable data-enabled handsets across 12 markets. It also launched a digital literacy programme in nine markets, helping over three million people improve their understanding of the mobile internet and applications.

Data affordability is also key. In 2018 and 2019, MTN reduced entry-level data rates across its footprint by 60%. In 2019 alone, it cut the effective data price per megabyte by 34%.

“We believe the consumer mobile data market will grow enormously over the next few years,” said Shuter. “The COVID-19 pandemic has served to accelerate the adoption of mobile data, digital services and financial services. As a result, we have recorded increases of up to 50% in data volumes in some markets, as work and studying from home becomes a reality for many.”

“Over time our ambition is to grow our customer base to 300 million and for at least 2/3 to be accessing the power of the internet on an MTN network – so  the 100 million achieved today marks the halfway mark in the MTN journey.”

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Ascenify Uganda set to hold online class on Personal Financial Management

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Phillipa Wavamunno, a banker and businesswoman, will be one of the class facilitators.

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What a ‘year’ these first six months of 2020 have been! The COVID-19 ‘new normal’ era has made us to get cracking and find new and innovative ways to survive a lot of unexpected disruption. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected and be prepared for anything!

Now is the time to take a fresh look at our finances and get smart about how we will manage the months to come.

Ascenify Uganda, a Personal Development and Performance Management consultancy firm, is offering a Financial Management Class designed to provide practical skills on how to save and grow your money. The class will be held on 11th July 2020 online via Zoom starting at 9 am.

Two financially-savvy facilitators, Lynda Nabayiinda Were and Phillipa Wavamunno Byamah, are combining their many years of experience in banking, business management and finance to take participants through the essentials to get budgeting and investments in order at this critical time.

“The course will make you look at budget and financial planning in a whole new light,” says Phillipa Wavamunno, one of the class facilitators and founding member Ascenify.

Now is the time to apply proven financial methods to the economic madness facing so many people in Uganda and across the world. By registering for this online class, you could get the training you need so that not even a world pandemic can catch you off guard again.

Ascenify Uganda focuses its lessons on four pillars: Personal Development, Performance Management, Leadership Skills and Financial Literacy.

Ascenify’s strength lies in its knowledgeable directors, who bring decades of professional banking, investment and business management experience. These women have achieved excellence in the banking sector, consulting and managing their own personal businesses. They also partner with other highly skilled and sought after international consultants, which together can offer best practices and transfer knowledge from across the globe.

This one-day course will cost 100,000 UGX, however, there is a 25% discount on early bird tickets. Sign up here.

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MTN Uganda Appoints Ibrahim Senyonga as their Business Unit General Manager

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Mr. Ibrahim Senyonga is one of the new members on the MTN Uganda leadership team joining as the General Manager for the company’s Enterprise Business Unit (EBU), a department that focuses on driving Business to Business sales for MTN.

He brings to MTN over 16 years’ experience from the banking sector where he served several roles ranging from Regional manager at DFCU bank, Head of Retail banking and Acting Executive Director at KCB among others. Throughout his career, Mr. Senyonga has won more than 13 outstanding performance awards.

As he transitions from the banking to the telecom sector, Mr. Senyonga observes that telecommunication remains an important sector that is relevant to the growth of all sectors being at the center of the paradigm shift in how businesses operate as communication and digital services continue to be more embedded in the needs of society.

As the leader of a team that serves MTN’s vision to become the preferred connectivity solution partner for businesses within the Telecom footprint, Mr. Senyonga is responsible for developing compelling value propositions for Enterprise Business as well as creating and implementing  strategies to drive corporate sales revenue and customer satisfaction with the support of a highly  motivated winning team.

Mr. Senyonga comes with a deep experience in Strategic Governance, Strategic Planning and Leadership, Business Development and Relationship management, Sales Channels development and expansion, Risk & Operational Control management.

His academic credentials include; an MBA in Finance from University of Leicester (UK) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Makerere University, along with various certificates inclusive of one in Economics from OXFORD University (UK)  and Aquis Accredited Asset and Liabilities Management from INSEAD (France).

Outside work, Mr. Senyonga loves watching football and he is a loyal supporter of KCCA FC locally, Real Madrid in Europe and Leicester FC in UK. Besides watching the game, he also takes a keen interest in studying top football coaches to understand how they strategies.

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