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Digitisation of teaching and learning takes centre stage as MTN employees volunteer in local communities 

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MTN LOGOJohannesburg – Volunteers from across MTN’s global footprint will again cast the spotlight on the digitisation of teaching and learning, when the company’s annual employee volunteer programme, 21 Days of Y’ello Care, kicks off on 1 June.

For the third consecutive year, MTN employees will unite under the theme of “Investing in education for all”, as they embark on various educational projects for 21 days in June. 

“Digitisation of learning and teaching is particularly close to our heart at MTN. In fact, MTN Foundations are already doing a great deal of work with our commercial partners and communities in various countries. We are therefore excited that through Y’ello Care, employees have an opportunity to further contribute towards closing the digital divide in our communities, more so amongst learners and teachers in remote parts of the countries where MTN operates,” says Xolisa Vapi, General Manager for MTN Group Corporate Affairs.

In Kenya, MTN Business employee volunteers will oversee the supply of connectivity for a digital library they will create as part of their Y’ello Care activities at the Maralal Primary School in Samburu County. The library will give the more than 2000 learners and 72 teachers at the school access to digital content for better learning and teaching. 

Across the border in Uganda, MTN volunteers will setup fully-functional community ICT Hubs in the Central, North and East Regions. The hubs will include computers, internet connectivity, electricity, furniture and Microsoft certified training. MTN employees will contribute financially towards the purchase of the necessary ICT and associated infrastructure, as well as the refurbishment of existing structures housing the hubs. 

“It is truly humbling that despite the tough financial times everyone is facing, employees continue to dig deep into their pockets to fund most of these Y’ello Care initiatives. As a company, we are proud to have such a calibre of people,” says Vapi. 

As with their colleagues in Uganda, MTN volunteers in South Africa have also raised funds for their Y’ello Care activities. Some of the fundraising activities included auctions, quiz competitions and a half marathon. As part of their programme, MTN employees in South Africa will help refurbish a library at the Diepsloot Combined School, north of Johannesburg. Employees will return to the same school towards the end of the programme to donate and setup a computer lab. 

In West Africa, MTN Cameroon employees have also raised funds to contribute towards the building of classrooms for Central African Republic refugee children. In addition to building the classrooms, employees will also provide learners with educational material. The employee volunteers in Cameroon will also partner with the UNHCR, Plan Cameroon and Ministry of Basic Education to introduce underprivileged children at six social care institutions to the use of ICT and social media. To ensure they remain connected beyond the duration of the programme, each centre will be equipped with a computer, receive internet connectivity. 

In Guinea Bissau, MTN employees plan to roll up their sleeves and assist in the construction of community schools in Bor and Camura. Employees will help the communities with construction materials and also carry out some voluntary work in the construction. 

MTN employees in Ivory Coast will focus on improving access to education in primary schools. As a result, during the 21 days, they will build, refurbish and supply essential equipment to schools in Abidjan, Tikakro (Central Region) and San Pedro, in the South West Region.

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Nofeka, a new online retailer platform launched

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Nofeka, a new Ugandan online retailer platform has been launched. The new platform comes at a time when there is limited movement of people and access to food markets and produce stores due to the on going COVID-19 pandemic.

Kiyega Daniel the retailer’s founder and CEO says its thus the right time to launch an online retailer platform that also does deliveries so as to ease life for Ugandans mostly those affected by movement restrictions.

With an offering of a wide range of products ranging from groceries, clothing to electronics, furniture and toiletries among others, the retailer’s founder Kiyega says they are targeting to have at least 10,000 orders a month with in one year.

This, according to the firm’s projections, will grow to 1 million orders a month 5 years down the road as they step out of Uganda into East Africa and Africa at large.

Download the Nofeka app on Google Play or Apple store or visit their website  to get started.

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Fin tech app, Cash Chat to reward users with mobile phones

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Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

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Financial technology app, Cash chat that has been giving opportunities to those looking at sustainable self employment through signing up on it and signing up other users for a commission has expanded its offering.

With over 100000 users across East Africa, the app has new features and customers can now do a number of other things like chat, make calls for free on the app, send money abroad and win great prizes!

In partnership with Pixan Uganda, all new customers who sign up to cash chat now by downloading the app, becoming members and take a picture of themselves and their phone showing the app will win brand new Pixan M9 phones, power banks and other accessories.

Cash chat now also gives members a chance to make additional money through bringing adverts onto the platform for a commission and saving on the app where they can earn good interest on the cash chat savings product.

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Great Lakes Energy Company donates 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

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Great Lakes Energy Company has donated five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups to the Covid-19 national taskforce.

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Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) has handed over five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups worth 134,300 US Dollars (approximately UG Shillings 507.6m) to Hon. Mary Okurut, the Minister In Charge of General Duties and the head of the Government Covid-19 taskforce.

The five cars will help transport medical workers and distribute food across Uganda as the country continues to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

GLE has always contributed to the communities that they operate in across Africa by supporting sustainable development projects, mainly in Health, Education and Conservation.

Commenting on the donation, GLE Director Michael Kearns said: “Given the gravity of the ongoing pandemic, we felt it prudent to respond to the President of Uganda’s appeal for additional logistical support to boost the Ministry of Health’s fleet. We are honored to contribute to the alleviation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda by donating these 5-brand new pick-up trucks that will be used to transport food and medical workers to the areas they are needed the most”, he noted.

Speaking on behalf of the COVID-19 taskforce, Hon. Mary Okurut thanked GLE for the donation that will go a long way in providing additional support to the taskforce as it implements the different interventions to curb the spread of the virus.

Guided by two main pillars of strengthening healthcare infrastructure and providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities, GLE allocates funds, separate to the operational business expenditure, to support chosen philanthropic and Corporate Social investment endeavors. Last year, the company worked with local partners to fund a health outreach activity in Rushere district as well as a youth sports tournament to teach Uganda youth about teamwork and leadership.

This donation is part of Janus Continental Group’s Africa-wide COVID-19 response and shows the huge potential of public and private sector partnership, bolstering the efforts of civil society and healthcare institutions. Standing together with governments and societies, JCG is guided by the WHO call for whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January 2019, GLE completed the $25 million Uganda-based Kabulasoke solar power plant developed in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. The 24MW solar power plant, which is already connected to the national grid, serves over five million people in rural Uganda.

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NBS TV staff on Cloud 9 following Pres. Museveni tweet endorsement

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Staff at NBS TV are on cloud 9 after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni shared a screengrab of the station.

In a tweet on Thursday, Museveni shared a photo of a television screen showing NBS TV, which was streaming the budget speech live from Parliament.

The photo’s caption read: “This afternoon at State House Entebbe, through a technology platform, I participated in the presentation of the national budget to Parliament.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget ceremony was carried out in a scientific manner, with President Museveni addressing Parliament and the world from State House.

For the Kin Kariisa-owned station that’s made a visible-for-all effort to be on top of the news at all times, advanced technology has been at the forefront, enabling them to be an authority on major happenings, especially with their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also been able to position themselves as the kings of live coverage.

Recently, Ministry of Health officials were seen watching NBS TV’s sister station, Salam TV. These surely are major wins for the Kamwokya based Media House.

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