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Hima Cement opens online shopping platform

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Francis Nkurunungi, Xente's Chief Operations Officer (Seated L) and Paul Bernard Kelly (Seated R), Hima Cement's Retail Manager sign an MoU to open an online shopping platform.

Francis Nkurunungi, Xente’s Chief Operations Officer (Seated L) and Paul Bernard Kelly (Seated R), Hima Cement’s Retail Manager sign an MoU to open an online shopping platform.

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Hima Cement has announced a partnership with Xente Tech Ltd, a Payments, Ecommerce & Financial Services Company to ease online shopping of Hima and bonastore range of products. Xente is an online app offering digital products like Airtime, bill payments, movie, event & bus tickets and now an e-commerce shop.

Announcing this partnership, the Hima Cement CEO Mr. Jean Michel Pons said that this shopping option allows our customers to access for the first time Hima products online. “What’s more, our customers will be extended credit when they purchase our Hima and bonastore products on Xente and have an option to pay in instalments or pay on delivery of our goods.” he said.

This shopping solution comes in recognition of the ever changing shopping trends attitudes of consumers where e-commerce is quickly taking root replacing conventional in store shopping. “Internet penetration in Uganda is at 35% of the total population and Mobile Internet subscribers at 13.7 million make up 32.6%. It is clear therefore that for our business to thrive and to remain competitive, we must tap into data like this to understand our customers’ needs and preferences, to anticipate where the market pull is and to react to that. So our partnership with Xente is timely and responds to our customer’s current consumption behavior.” Said Paul Kelly the Retail Manager of bonastore Uganda, the retail arm of Hima Cement.

“We are pleased to be announcing the launch of our shopping feature, which is designed to provide online shoppers across Uganda with a smooth shopping experience. Xente clients that have purchased products off the new shopping section will receive their products within 24 hours upon purchase. This partnership with Hima Cement and bonastore is testament to our diverse product offerings,” said Allan Rwakatungu, CEO of Xente Tech.

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MTN Marathon 2019 Season is back, with new regional races and kit upgrade

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  • Three regional races in Soroti, Arua and Masaka to precede the Kampala Marathon
  • Marathon and Wheelchair races now to happen on the same day
  • New and improved kit to fit for better runner experience
  • Proceeds of the 2019 marathon to further improve maternal health across Uganda

MTN Uganda together with its partners Huawei, Stanbic bank, New Vision, Rwenzori and Spedag Interfreight have announced the 2019 edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon.

The MTN Kampala Marathon, now in its 16th year has been a mainstay on the Ugandan sports calendar giving participants “A GOOD REASON TO RUN” because apart from running for health and fitness, they get to contribute towards a community benefiting project. The proceeds from this year’s marathon will go towards improving maternal health services across the country.

“There are an estimated 336 deaths per 100,000 live births making Uganda’s maternal mortality one of the highest in the world. The proceeds from the marathon and regional runs will be used to upgrade/improve maternal services in health centre IV facilities across the country,” said Sen Somdev, MTN Uganda Ag. Chief Marketing Officer. 

“80% of the maternal and newborn deaths are preventable with the implementation of known evidence based high impact interventions and these are the interventions that the proceeds from the marathon will be dedicated to implementing. And that’s a good reason to run.” He added.

Launched 15 years ago, the MTN Kampala Marathon has raised close to UGX 3bn which has benefitted several causes and communities; from helping expectant mothers and resettling people displaced by war in northern Uganda, relocating mudslide victims in Bududa, to delivering clean water and improving sanitation in communities/schools, and most recently improving the state of maternal health services. The MTN Marathon has and pledges to continue playing its role in connecting and uniting Ugandans to causes that make a difference in the lives of thousands (if not millions) across the country.

The 2019 edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon will be held on Sunday 24th November starting at the Kololo independence grounds with runners participating in either of 4 categories including; the full marathon (42Km), half marathon (21Km), 10Km race and 5Km wheelchair race/fun run.

Previously, the wheelchair race was held a weekend before the main marathon event however, this year both races will take place on the same day to foster inclusiveness.

This year, the MTN Kampala Marathon will be preceded by regional runs in the towns of Soroti, Arua and Masaka on Sunday 3rd, 10th and 17th November respectively. Registration for these runs will be UGX 10,000 cash or UGX 8,000/- per runner using MTN MoMoPay and the proceeds will be utilized for the same cause in the same communities.

Special attention has also been made to ensure every participant has a vest that fits and enables a comfortable running experience.

Key Dates and Registration Details of the 2019 MTN Marathon Season

Race Race date Venue (for flag off) Registration fee Registration and Kit collection dates
MTN MoMo Cash Starts Ends
Soroti Marathon (10Km) Sun 3th Nov ‘19 Soroti Independence Grounds 8,000 10,000 16th Oct ‘19 01st Nov ‘19
Arua Marathon (10Km) Sun 10th Nov ‘19 Golf course grounds 8,000 10,000 21st Oct ‘19 08th Nov ‘19
Masaka Marathon (10Km) Sun. 17th Nov ‘19 Masaka Recreational Grounds 8,000 10,000 28th Oct ‘19 15th Oct ‘19
MTN Kampala Marathon (42Km, 21Km, 10Km, 5Km Wheelchair race/Fun run) Sun. 24th Nov ,19 Kololo Independence Grounds (Airstrip) 23,000 25,000 12th Nov ‘19 22nd Nov ‘19

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Over 1000 Ugandan Students registered to take part in Huawei ICT Competition

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Huawei ICT Competition Presentation at Makerere University Business School on October 7th 2019

Huawei ICT Competition Presentation at Makerere University Business School on October 7th 2019

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Over 1000 I.T students from Universities all over Uganda have registered to take part in the global Huawei ICT competition registration that happened in October.

Through presentations by Huawei made to students in Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Nkozi, Mbarara, Kabale, Lira, Gulu, Muni, UCU and MUBS accordingly, there has been a tremendous turn up of registration by the students to study and compete in the global competition.

The registered students are expected to access learning material free of charge on the Huawei online learning platform in the various courses such as Network and Cloud track. The network track consists of Router & Switch, Security and Wireless Lan while Cloud track consists of Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Storage. These students are expected to study and do exams prepared for them at preliminary level, national level, regional level on the African continent and global level.

According to Ms. Wu Suqi, the coordinator of the Huawei ICT Academy, “the top students with the required pass mark after the various stages of the competition shall be awarded internship and job opportunities, professional Huawei certification recognition, gift devices and trips to South Africa and China for the regional and global competition respectively.”

“This is a platform for Ugandan I.T students to obtain professional acknowledgment from the ICT industry through the Huawei Certification”, she added.

With the theme “Connection, Glory, Future”, the Huawei 2019-2020 Global ICT competition aims to provide a platform for global ICT talents to compete and communicate, promote high-quality ICT talent development, and drive the growth of a robust and sustainable ICT talent ecosystem.

Mr. Josephat, the Head of ICT Department from Muni University commended Huawei’s efforts of skilling and nurturing ICT Talent.

“I thank Huawei for this ICT competition and also the Seeds for the future program where as university we have participated for three years. These are great skilling and nurturing efforts aimed at making our students better and ready for employment,” he said.



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New luxury hotel opens in Kampala

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The local hospitality industry has received another boost with the opening of a new luxury hotel dubbed Latitude 0° Hotel.

Located on top of Makindye hill and nestled in tree canopies, it offers a serene getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city while still affording its residents a view of the city as well as lake Victoria.

The hotel boasts of 47 spacious guest rooms and suites with two restaurants and three bars including a rooftop bar as well as a spa, fitness center and a swimming pool.

It also features a private members’ club where in-house guests as well as local members of the community can socialise and network. This is coupled with private workspaces and meeting rooms for guests.

“Africa is full of fantastic features; not just safari destinations but also there is a lot going on with the cities that a lot of foreign visitors don’t often get to see. We want them to appreciate that there is more to Africa than just Safari destinations.” Nicholas Best, the Hotel’s Commercial Director said.

From wooden disc chandeliers, to antique doors and furniture to art pieces lining the walls, the hotel’s decoration is rich with African overtones.

“We have sourced our interior decor from allover Africa,” Faith Ainembabazi, the PR & Marketing head at Latitude noted.

“We pride ourselves in being an eco-friendly hotel and are always looking to use materials that we already have so as to preserve the environment thus recycling or upcycling our products,” she added.

Latitude Hotel is a pan-African hospitality brand and also present in two other countries, Malawi and Zambia.



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