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Kwese and MTN launch brand new video streaming app

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Kwesé iflix, the Joint Venture of Econet Media, Africa’s leading pan-regional media company and broadcast network and iflix, the leading entertainment service for emerging markets, today announced the launch of its premier digital entertainment platform in Uganda with industry leader MTN.

The all new Kwesé iflix service offers users the ultimate entertainment experience, featuring Kwesé’s extraordinary content offering including live coverage of the world’s most elite sporting competitions, including the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – and much more on Kwesé iflix’s world class platform with the best international, regional and local content programs curated especially for African audiences, to stream or download.

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MTN Uganda, Iflix and Kwese teams at the launch of the new app.

With thousands of programs available, Kwesé iflix’s vast library includes international first-run exclusive shows, award-winning TV series and blockbuster movies such as ICE, The Royals, Family Time, Love and Hip Hop, Chasing Life, as well as popular local and regional content – Telenovelas such as El Fantasma De Elena, Passion and Power and La Vuida Negra – children’s programs and lifestyle content. The service also offers Ugandans quality content they can watch for free, including short-form drama series, first episodes of TV shows, and local free-to-air TV stations, such as NTV Uganda and Bukedde TV.

Announcing the launch of the service, Kwesé iflix CEO, Mayur Patel, said, “Africa’s leading entertainment service, Kwesé iflix app, offers customers the best in entertainment, anytime and anywhere. Designed for the mobile generation, the Ugandan consumer now has unlimited access to all their favourite sports and shows in a way which suits their lifestyle – satisfying their need to be in the know, on-the-go and on their terms. We are excited to be working with MTN to deliver our content into the hands of even more Ugandans”

“Leveraging MTN’s Mobile Money for payment and its 3G& 4G network, subscribers will be able to stream Kwesé iflix’s world-class programming on their connected devices through innovative data bundles. When it comes to entertainment consumers are better able to associate it with time; we have therefore created time bundles dedicated to Kwese Iflix ranging from 2 hours of unlimited consumption at only UGX 1,600. These bundles are much cheaper than the normal data bundles making it more affordable for our customers to enjoy the great Entertainment on Mobile”, said Olivier Prentout, MTN Chief Marketing officer.

To subscribe for Kwese iflix and activate a Kwese data bundle, MTN customers simply dial *165*4*7#.

“As the leading Tech brand on the continent, we want to lead the revolution for digital innovation especially through services that enrich what our customers can do on a smartphone. Rich media content such as Video is one such service. Our partnership with Kwese iflix will enable us to deliver some of the best international and local sports and entertainment to our customers,” Olivier added.

iflix Co-Founder and Group CEO, Mark Britt, added, “This is a monumental milestone for iflix. Together with Econet Media, Africa’s top Pan-regional media company, we have created a platform specifically for African users, which makes every match of the World Cup available to users across the country on any mobile device of their choice.  Our Kwesé iflix service now offers users the largest library of the world’s best entertainment, all unscheduled and on demand, unlike ever before.”

“We cannot ignore the growth of streaming services across the African continent especially with the spike in mobile and internet penetration numbers. We do not only have to stay ahead of the trends but ensure we become the best provider of these services in the market. Kwesé iflix brings young people a combination of premium sports and entertainment content and we are excited to be at the forefront of this,” said Joseph Hundah, President and CEO Econet Media.

Kwesé iflix customers can choose between a variety of flexible VIP passes to access the Kwesé iflix premium content, including 1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day and 30-Day VIP passes.

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Uganda Breweries partners with Kabaka Foundation to construct sanitation facilities in city markets

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In a bid to improve the sanitation and hygiene that are health concerns in Kampala markets, Uganda Breweries Limited has launched a sanitation project that will see the brewery construct modern public sanitation facilities for the residents and traders of Nakulabye, Katwe, Mengo and Mulago Markets.

The project dubbed the “Kampala City Markets water and Sanitation” has been done in partnership with the Kabaka Foundation, which is an NGO presided over by His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda. The 3 months project which is part of UBL’s “Water of Life” initiative will cost UGX 300 Million and will benefit over 26,000 people.

Under this project, each Market will get a modern sanitation facility with eights units; a toilet for people with disabilities, a washroom for men and women, three urinal bowls for men, one shared attendants room, a water reservoir of 5000 liters, a 1000 liter over- head tank and a water pump.

Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony at Nakulabye Market, Uganda Breweries Managing Director Mark Ocitti said, “Access to clean sanitation facilities is critical to the health and prosperity of our communities, and yet, too many people especially in the markets around the city do not have access to these basic services. Uganda Breweries is proud to partner with the Kabaka Foundation to reform and improve the lives of more than 26,000 people who live and work around these markets.”

Ocitti noted that this project is not the first done in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom. “UBL and the Kingdom have a long standing partnership to brew Ngule beer, the Kingdoms official beer. The beer is made from cassava and sorghum all of which are sourced locally from Buganda Kingdom.”

In his remarks, Owekitibwa Chris Bwanika, a Trustee in the Kabaka Foundation said, “This project marks another milestone in achieving Kabaka foundation’s aim of improving sanitation. Kampala city markets have dilapidated sanitation facilities and with the construction of these new facilities, we will now be able to address the problem of poor sanitation and the consequent spread of diseases among the residents, especially the children.”

Uganda Breweries Limited has in the past years run similar projects. In 2017, the company constructed public sanitation facilities worth UGX 300 million at Port Bell and Kirombe markets. The project benefits over 12,000 residents, traders and visitors to the two areas. UBL has also previously constructed sanitation facilities in Ggaba market and Kinawataka market.

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Sheraton hosts Muslim community to iftar dinner

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel treated the Muslim community to iftar dinner as they broke their fast on Thursday evening. The dinner was held to thank their Muslim partners, clients and guests for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them blessings during this holy month of Ramadan.

The dinner was a blend of Middle Eastern and Ugandan cuisine consisting of special and customized meals of starter, salads, condiments & dressing, soups, main course, carving, dessert and a variety of drinks.

While addressing the guests during the dinner, the General Manager, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan. He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel and encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

“To observe, this holy month, the hotel has set aside a special prayer place where our employees, guests and customers can say their prayer and break their fast. We have a designated area at the Victoria Restaurant where they can have a lavish buffet as they break their fast from Monday to Saturday,” Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt further noted.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and, is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam with the fast beginning at dawn and ending at set.

Sheraton hotel during this holy month of Ramadan has special daily Iftar menu packages for individuals, families, groups and companies hosting their Muslim clients or customers to a special dinner.

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V-Power weekend is back

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Emmanuel Ssebunya, Vivo Energy Brand Manager – Fuel .

Emmanuel Ssebunya, Vivo Energy Brand Manager – Fuel refills a customer’s car at Shell Bugolobi.

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“V-Power Weekend”, a promotion that allows customers to purchase Shell V-Power at the same price as regular fuel, is back.

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Launched in March this year, the promotion is open to all Shell customers and is available at over 80 Shell stations countrywide. The offer runs for the entire weekend starting Friday morning to Sunday evening.

“This promotional offer is aimed at getting car owners to try the advanced fuel formulation and experience the thrilling power and performance of our premium fuel Shell V-Power,” said Emmanuel Ssebunya, Brand Manager Fuels at Vivo Energy Uganda. “Shell’s new fuels contain exclusive DYNAFLEX Technology which helps clean and protect key components in vehicle engines, reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall, reduces possibility of engine knock leading to better engine efficiency and performance.”

The V-Power Weekend offer will run every month till December 2019 to give as many motorists as possible an opportunity to experience Shell premium fuels.

“Whatever car you drive, wherever you are going, visit a Shell station to get a full tank of Premium Shell V-Power at the price of regular fuel and GO WELL,” he added.

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