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MTN Marathon proceeds target smart bio-toilet technology for Kampala public schools

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MTN Uganda has launched the 12th edition of the annual Kampala Marathon, this time round with a mission to rally runners to raise funds for the implementation of innovative climate resilient, environmentally smart bio-toilet technology in a number of selected primary schools in Kampala.

Unveiling this year’s edition at a launch event held at Police Children’s School Nsambya on 27th October 2015, MTN’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Gouldie urged the public to register for the MTN Kampala Marathon and run for a noble cause under the theme aptly dubbed- ‘Run for Kampala’.

MTN CEO Brian Gouldie chats with the KCCA ED Jennifer Musisi at the Launch of the MTN Kampala marathon 2015 edition at Nsambya Police Primary School

MTN CEO Brian Gouldie chats with the KCCA ED Jennifer Musisi at the Launch of the MTN Kampala marathon 2015 edition at Nsambya Police Primary School.

Gouldie noted that the participation of runners in this year’s marathon will go a long way in mobilising funds not only for the implementation of bio-toilet technology in selected schools around the five divisions of Kampala, but also geared towards improving access to sustainable sanitation and safe water for the vulnerable urban poor communities in Kampala, with a specific emphasis on the health and safety of children.

The announcement follows the 2014 MTN Kampala Marathon which attracted over 20,000 participants, and in which MTN Uganda and its partners including Huawei Uganda, New Vision, Stanbic Bank, Uganda Athletic Federation (UAF) and Rwenzori Water raised over the sh450 million which went towards the implementation of the water project in Nakapiripit- a part of the Karamoja sub region.

Over the last 12 years, 140,000 entrants have participated in the company’s annual marathon and raised in excess ofsh1.4 billion to help people in less privileged communities. Collections from previous events have been used in a number of projects; in the early years towards the provision of ‘Mama Bags’ to mothers in the Internally Displaced People’s camps in Gulu and most recently to different water and sanitation projects around the country, which has highlighted this as a key national priority.

“This year, once again MTN is privileged to partner with some key sponsors including; the Vision Group, Huawei, Rwenzori, StanbicBank and the Uganda Athletics Federation that has been a key partner since inception. We appreciate the fact that participation in the MTN Kampala Marathon has been steadily growing in terms of numbers. People run in the marathon for a number of reasons; to challenge themselves to fulfil a personal sense of achievement but also to contribute towards a worthy cause”, said Gouldie.

Following consultations with the main stakeholder institution responsible for Kampala, the Kampala Capital City Authority, a number of priority projects in the region were identified, and exhaustive selection criteria applied to select deserving low income communities, where the MTN Kampala Marathon intervention would take effect,” he added.

MTN Uganda has over the years been dedicated to the cause of investing in communities and partnering with the government as development partners to ensure a sustainable contribution to improving the lives of less privileged Ugandans.

MTN’s chief executive, Gouldie said that besides the construction of the bio latrines, the kids in these schools will be taught about health and safety literacy, including healthy eating, physical exercise and preventive behaviours that they can take back and impart in their homes and communities.

“MTN and partners will further encourage the schools to educate nearby communities about similar sanitary best practices. We have agreed that in order to further drive the theme of improved water and sanitation practices, KCCA will include a hand washing solution to every bio latrine project implemented”, Gouldie added.

“Our Corporate Social Investment initiatives are driven our values and beliefs which are focused on using technology to drive change for good, and our experience has shown that a strong political will and the involvement private and public stakeholders is essential for the achievement of national goals”,he concluded.

Vision Group which is one of the sponsors and the official media partner of the MTN Marathon was represented by Robert Kabushenga, the company CEO. He said, “Vision Group, through our flagship brand New Vision, is proud to be a sponsor of the biggest sporting event of the year; and this year we are pleased that once again a worthy cause has been selected. The fact that the money raised this year will be used to provide safe sanitation facilities in Kampala schools allows us to be part of an initiative to give back to our community.”

Mr. Rong Xing (Deputy MD Sales , Huawei Technologies Uganda), “This is the fourth time Huawei is participating in this meaningful event as a main sponsor under the theme ‘Run for Kampala’. Kampala is a very beautiful city, secure, clean, hospitable and full of good people. As Huawei, we have been given a good and secure working environment to carry out our operations. It is the more reason we have come out in a big way this year in terms of financial support plus 1,000 devices to be won by those that register for this year’s marathon.

On his part, the Managing Director, Stanbic Bank Patrick Mweheire said,“We have consistently provided one of largest corporate entries with our staff from across the country participating.  This year we reinforced the partnership with the MTN Kampala Marathon because we believe in being relevant and active in the communities where we operate. The ultimate goal of the marathon is the reason we keep coming back year after year”. He further said, “We are proud to be associated with an event which every year contributes to the uplifting of our society from providing mama kits to providing safe and clean water,” he said.

Onapito Ekomoloit, Communications Director of Nile Breweries, the holding entity for Rwenzori Bottling Company said, “Water and benefiting communities are two of the Group’s Ten Sustainable Development Priorities, and providing clean water to communities is one of our core Corporate Social Investments. We commit to stronger partnerships with MTN Uganda and as always our goal remains to refresh all Ugandans with safe and pure mineral water”. Rwenzori Bottling Company is the leading bottled water manufacturer in Uganda and a sister business to Nile Breweries Limited which are subsidiaries of SABMiller PLC.

MTN would like to thank the KCCA for its leadership and partnership in this initiative, and looks forward to the 12th MTN Kampala Marathon in 2015 making an impactful change in Kampala.

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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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