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Mentor Senior Secondary School crowned Stanbic National Schools Champions

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Mentor Senior Secondary School from Lira district emerged winners of the 5th edition of the Stanbic Bank National Schools Championship

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Mentor Senior Secondary School from Lira district have emerged winners of this year’s Stanbic Bank National Schools Championship. This after a panel of judges selected their business plan, Edutele, an education consultancy service that has been helping students attend virtual classes during the lock down, as the overall best startup.

The other finalists were Nabisunsa Girls School from Central Uganda, Kyebambe Girls from Western Uganda, and Mpumudde Seed Senior School from Eastern Uganda.

Unlike the previous National School Championships, this year brought together all students and schools that have excelled in the championship and continue to nurture the businesses that they started as a result of the championship.

The three in one awards ceremony had three categories of winners involving both the students, alumni and existing schools from past years under the categories; Startup challenge – New business ideas generated, BizGrow challenge – Existing businesses in schools from past four years and AlumGrow challenge – National Schools alumni personal businesses.

Some 600 business ideas were generated during the course of the competition compared to 400 last year. Students were also challenged to take into account the COVID-19 pandemic and present business plans that were in conformity to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Also notable this year, was that most of the activities during the qualifying stages were carried out online due to the pandemic that forced the government to close educational institutions at the end of March. However there was no letup in the enthusiasm among the students.

Barbara Kasekende, Stanbic Bank’s Corporate Social Investments (CSI) Manager speaking during the awards ceremony at Sheraton hotel Kampala said, “I have been amazed by the kind of projects the students came up with. They managed to find gaps in their communities where they live and proposed solutions for these challenges including COVID-19. Just over 60% of the business plans entailed the manufacture of hand sanitizers and/or similar sanitation products.”

The Stanbic National Schools Championship, now in its 5th edition, is the Bank’s flagship CSI programme. Its aim is to enhance skills development through equipping students with entrepreneurship and critical thinking skills in an effort to help prepare them to be job creators in the future.

“The students displayed an amazing ‘I Can Do it’ attitude which is part and parcel of why this CSI programme remains so popular five years after we started this initiative. We started out with 40 schools. Last year 72 schools took part, but this year we had 100.” She added.

Apart from business proposals to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, students also presented proposals for reusable sanitary pads, potato processing, flavored ghee, digital services for marketing and learning.

In 2016 and, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Championship was launched.

Since then, several partners from both the public and private sector have come onboard. Today, the programme has over 12 partners and continues to run with the theme ‘Empowering the job creators of tomorrow’.

The focus is on entrepreneurship and life skills in order to empower young people to relate with the new modern world.

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Airtel Uganda announces partnership with Jumia

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Airtel Uganda has launched a partnership with Jumia to enable subscribers to complete payments directly on the platform.

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Airtel Uganda has announced a partnership with Jumia that will enable subscribers to complete payments directly on the platform.

The partnership enables Airtel Uganda subscribers to quickly and conveniently make payments for their purchases across all Jumia platforms ensuring cashless transactions that are safer especially in the current times when the world is faced with a global pandemic.

“We are excited to partner with Jumia to offer customers a convenient, safe, fast and secure payment solution on one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Uganda at no extra charge,” commented Airtel Money Head Merchant Portfolio Mr. Godfrey Muhindo.

“This partnership is a significant step forward in our ambition to digitize Ugandans and promote financial inclusion,” he added.

Jumia is the largest online marketplace in Uganda providing a platform for thousands of consumers and vendors across Uganda to connect and transact.

“The launch of Airtel money payment onto our platform is a huge addition that we believe will benefit our consumers. Millions of Ugandans depend on mobile money to make their daily transactions, and by expanding our payment methods to include Airtel money, it will make it easier for more consumers to incorporate online shopping as part of their daily transactions,” said Ron Kawamara Jumia Uganda CEO.

The service is easy to use once the customer is subscribed to both Airtel Money and the Jumia platform.

The new service is valid for all Jumia consumers across the country and for all items available on the Jumia platform including the Jumia Food platform.

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Shell Gas refill prices slashed

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Vivo Energy Uganda, has launched its “Shell Gas Refill Nyongeza” slashing Shell Gas refill prices.

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In order to make cooking gas even more affordable for all, Vivo Energy Uganda has launched a new campaign dubbed “Shell Gas Refill Nyongeza” in which Shell Gas refill prices have been slashed to UGX 44,000, UGX 86,000 and UGX 247,000 for the 6kg, 12kg and 45kg respectively.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Moses Kebba, the Marketing Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda said that the campaign is intended to further ease financial strain on loyal customers and reward them for continually selecting the Shell Gas brand as their cooking solution over the years.

With the recent waiver announced by the government on VAT on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – commonly known as cooking gas, it is anticipated that the public will better embrace the usage of gas as the most ideal and safer cooking solution in their homes, as it will be more affordable in comparison to the past.

“We applaud this move by the government to make cooking gas more affordable for Ugandans especially during this period where the economy has been hit hard with the Coronavirus. As a business, we are committed to supporting our customers in any initiative they undertake to take on more efficient and eco-friendly cooking options, and we encourage them to continue using Shell Gas which is a safer, cleaner and more affordable”, noted Moses Kebba.

Uganda loses an estimated 100,000 hectares of forest cover annually, which is mainly attributed to wood based cooking energy like charcoal and firewood, options that many look at as a cheaper cooking option. The reduction in gas prices therefore presents an opportunity for potential customers to switch from the traditional less environmentally friendly options.

To be able to enjoy these further discounted refill offers on Shell Gas, customers are advised to look out for the Shell Gas refill van in their areas or at different activation points of sale. Shell Gas customers can also enjoy more convenience with our recently introduced free home delivery services for both new purchases and refills across greater Kampala.

Shell Gas refill ‘Nyongeza’ promotion will run until 21st October 2020.

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Milk Processing and it’s impact on the quality of dairy products

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Kampala. Milk is a key component of any balanced diet and yet many people are not well versed with its processing or value chain that impacts the quality of milk before it gets to their glasses.

According to the Dairy Development Authority (DDA) in Uganda, although milk production in Uganda has increased from 2.08 billion litres in 2015 to about 2.5 billion in litres in 2020, consumption is still low. A DDA report suggests that the per capita consumption of milk in Uganda stands at 62 litres which falls below the 200 litres recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Speaking at a recently organized event at the DDA offices, the Minister of State for Animal Industry Bright Rwamirama blamed this low consumption on people’s tendency to take fruit juice or soda which is readily available instead of milk which according to him is more nutritious. Rwamirama called for the need to prioritize serving milk at events in order to boost milk consumption.

This call for increased milk consumption has come at a time when milk processing companies have made it easier for consumers to take dairy products by ensuring quality control and varying products such as milk, yoghurt, butter, flavoured milk, and cream among others from which consumers can choose.

Marketing Manager, Fresh Dairy – Vincent Omoth said, ‘A growing body of recent research suggests that enjoying three servings of dairy foods a day is part of a nutrient-rich and balanced diet, and while several dairy products are available on the market, it’s vital to pay attention to the processing value chain as the quality of these dairy products is determined by the effectiveness of the milk processing value chain. The milk processing value chain refers to the step by step process that milk takes from the farm to the consumer’s cup.

Omoth noted that the value chain of Fresh Dairy’s products begins with the Farm. Fresh Dairy works with over 30,000 small and large farmers who are the principal stakeholders in our business that we empower on best practice in the dairy enterprise periodically. At Fresh Dairy, we believe that good quality milk products are made from good quality milk. We therefore source all the milk used in Fresh Dairy products from Ugandan farms only.’

Omoth explained that dairy farmers take their milk to Milk Collection Centres every morning where it undergoes mandatory tests. From Milk Collection Centres, milk is driven using milk tankers to the factory. At the factory, milk is tested again before entering a closed processing system out of which dairy products are made such as yoghurt, milk, ghee, butter, cream. The pasteurized Fresh Dairy products are then distributed to the retail outlets such as shops, supermarkets, duukas and kiosks countrywide where consumers can easily buy them.

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Zuritap, new platform connecting service providers to clients launched

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Ichode Erasmas, the Managing Director at Zuritap addresses media.

Ichode Erasmas, the Managing Director at Zuritap addresses media.

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Zuritap, a new platform designed for connecting professional service providers to clients has been launched. The mobile app was officially unveiled at Eliana Hotel in Ntinda on Tuesday.

Speaking during the launch, Ichode Erasmas, the Managing Director at Zuritap said that the platform will enable easy and convenient access to professional services for clients while also helping expand the customer base for the service providers.

“Zuritap is here to empower small businesses and individuals providing professional services,” Ichode Erasmas stated.

The platform, which has been active for 2 months now, so far has about 300 service providers offering a range of services like plumbing, catering, and cleaning services among others.

“We don’t just put everyone on the platform,” Ichode added. “We make sure every service provider is verified by our team of experts and also trained in ethical conduct and customer care etiquette.”

The service is so far only available in Kampala and surrounding areas.

“To use the platform, download the app via Google Play or Apple store and sign up,” Charles Espan, a Zuritap ambassador explained. “When you are logged in, the app gives you a list of all service providers and shows you each service provider’s profile and how far away they are from your location. You can then choose your preferred service provider and contact them via the app.”



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