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MTN retains spot as Africa’s Most Admired Brand



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MTN LOGOMTN has emerged as the Most Admired and the Most Valuable African brand, valued at US$ 4,672m, its second award in two years.

Brand Africa announced last night at the 4th Annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands gala event, that MTN is the overall best brand on the continent and reclaims the #1 spot as the Most Admired Brand in Africa.

“We are humbled by the recognition, and dedicate this award to our employees and customers, who continue to make MTN the best brand in our markets. For us, this award is recognition of our unwavering commitment to make a positive change and brighten the lives of our customers and many others in the communities where we operate,” says Albert Fernandez, MTN Group Chief Consumer Officer.

The Brand Africa 100 shows that established brands in Africa have held their ground. Non-African brands are a dominant 77% of the Top 100 brands. While African brands have remained relatively stable at 24%, 25% and 23% in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively. The number of non-African countries of origin has steadily diversified from 17 in 2013 to 19 in 2014 to 21 in 2015.

Two thirds (64%) of the Brand Africa 100 list is evenly spread between electronics (16%), apparel (14%), auto manufacturers (13%), telecommunications (11%) and alcoholic beverages (10%).

“Once again MTN has proven to be the standard by which to measure how to build a pan-African brand. They have established a rapport with the African consumer that is the foundation for long-term success built on a quality brand, great campaigns and a singular promised delivered. They are authentically the Grand Prix of world-class African brands – Africa’s Best Brand,” says Thebe Ikalafeng, Founder and Chairman of Brand Africa and Chairman of Brand Finance Africa.

“These rankings are increasingly significant as they are an important metric of the progress Africa is making in creating brands and services that respond to African conditions, needs and ambitions. Simultaneously, they are a reflection and celebration of both non-African and African brands that meet the African consumer standard,” he adds.

MTN is the most pan-African brand among the Top 100 Most Admired Brands in Africa, operating in 17 countries and among the Top 10 admired in 7 African countries.

Top 10 Most Admired Brands in Africa:

#1 MTN (South Africa) (+1)

#2 Samsung (+1)

#3 Coca Cola (-2)

#4 Nike (+6)

#5 Adidas (+2)

#6 Nokia (-2)

#7 Airtel (+4)

#8 Toyota (-3)

#9 LG (0)

#10 Mercedes Benz (+7)

Top 10 Most Valuable Brands – African:

#1 MTN (-13%)

#2 DSTV/GoTV/Multichoice (2%)

#3 Safaricom/Mpesa (4%)

#4 Dangote (22%)

#5 Tusker (14%)

#6 Glo/Globacom (-3%)

#7 Zenith Bank (35%)

#8 Golden Penny Foods (-)

#9 Orijin (-)

#10 Star Beer (-).

( ) Represents numerical change in rank between 2014 and 2015.

In recent years, MTN has won a number of brand awards. These include being named the only African brand in the 2014 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand ranking, the only South African company on the World Champions list and the Most Admired and Most Valuable Brand in Africa, in the 2014 Brand Africa 100 ranking of the most admired and most valuable brands in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Brand Africa 100 was developed by pan-African branding and reputation advisory firm, Brand Leadership Group in partnership with Geopoll, the leading mobile survey platform with a database of nearly 200m users in emerging markets, TNS, the globally respected consumer knowledge and information company and Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent valuation consultancy.

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Oner Fruit Juice introduces new flavour



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Oner Juice

By Our Reporter 

Hariss International, the manufacturers of RIHAM products, have announced a new Oner Fruit Juice flavour. The juice now comes in a  Grapes and Berries flavour,giving consumers another option to choose from.

Oner Grapes & Berries is an addition to the already existing flavours of the Oner family – Oner Apple and Oner Mango which were launched into the market in 2014, and have since grown into successful brands.

“We have introduced a new Oner Juice blend of Grapes and berries to grow and diversify the brand’s family while also fulfilling the consumers’ desire for fruit Juice.” Hariss International said in a press statement.

Due to the multiple health benefits associated with the product, market surveys indicate that Oner Grapes and Berries fruit juice is likely to gain wide acceptance among the masses.

The new oner Grapes and berries recipe will also be trading under the renown slogan “Freshness you can taste” a symbol of the brand’s ability to bring freshness and a sweet – natural taste of Grapes & Berries.

The 500ml Fruit Juice is now available in all retail outlets, supermarkets, and restaurants countrywide at a recommended retail price of UGX 2,000.

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#40days40fintechs: Beyonic is at the centre of facilitating a shift to a cashless Uganda



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While Uganda started efforts to boost a cashless economy over a decade ago, majority of Ugandans still prefer cash.

Available statistics indicate that about 99 percent of the economy is cash-based and only 1 percent is cashless.

However, over the years, several Financial Technology Companies (FinTechs) have heavily invested in helping Ugandans shift from a cash to a cashless economy.

Among them is Beyonic, one of the leading fintech integrators in Africa that aims to eliminate dependency on cash by helping businesses quickly set up and manage digital payments.

The software company entered the Uganda market at the end of 2005 but started operations at the beginning of 2006.

Seeking to answer the question of accountability for organizations and donor bodies, the software company thought of ways of further supporting companies better manage their finances – income and expenditures by setting up a mobile payments platform in 2012 thus unlocking clean, safe, transparent cashless management of project and enterprise budgets.

“There are challenges for use of cash by organizations. Beyonic came to help institutions reduce the use of cash in all their systems. We are here to support and promote a cashless efficient economy,” Ian Mubiru, the Beyonic Country Director said.

He added: “As the fintech space matured, the contrast between the simplicity promised by a digital ecosystem and the cost, complexity, and risk of cash payments became increasingly stark. Payments are hard; especially in emerging markets, and particularly in the last mile. Thus, Beyonic set out to make them easy.”

According to Mubiru, Beyonic is helping free its clients from non-core roles so as to focus on making their businesses and communities thrive.

Its solutions include access, data house and pricing services.

Under Beyonic access, it enables instructions to access over 26 telecoms from across nine countries in Africa. This means that once one connects to the Beyonic platform, they will have access to over 26 networks in the nine countries including Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya, among others, from a single sign-on.

In 2018, Beyonic processed close to 10 million mobile money transactions across its system.

Beyonic was also selected as the Instant Payment Notification (IPN) Hub successor entity, effective May 1, 2020, and it is responsible for all ongoing operational aspects of the IPN Hub including future growth.

The IPN Hub was developed by the GSMA in partnership with the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and MasterCard Foundation, to provide a single point of integration between mobile money networks and PAYG service providers in Sub-Saharan Africa, accelerating reliable access to utility services at the last mile.

Following the successful piloting and scaling of the IPN Hub, the GSMA elected to transition it to an entity that would continue to scale it sustainability and after a rigorous selection process, it was awarded to Beyonic.

The Data House solution on the other hand is used to store data that can be used for planning purposes by their different clients.

Mubiru said that a lot of data is out there but it is not well organised, thus Beyonic helps companies store and make sense of such data.

Under the pricing services, Mubiru said: “Payments and pricing continues to change over time. At the beginning of our journey, we were just supporting organizations but with time we found out that there was need to support fintechs and other players.”

“We had already developed a lot of application program interfaces (APIs) so we decided to open them up for anyone that needed to use them. We made sure that our APIs integration is as short as possible,” he said.

While others take three months to integrate, Mubiru said they ensured that theirs takes less than a month.

He said their APIs are being used by multiple partners including fintechs, e-commerce players, among others.

While they currently operate in nine countries, Mubiru said the plan is to cover over 20 countries by 2023.

Majority of its clients are women, mostly in agriculture. It is also working with a number of Saccos that offer loans to farmers.

Beyonic is among the firms taking part in the 40-days-40-FinTech initiative, organised by HiPipo under its Include EveryOne programme, in partnership with Crosslake Tech, ModusBox and Mojaloop.

The initiative seeks to enable FinTechs to innovate solutions that facilitate cross-network financial transactions at minimal risks to enhance access to financial services.

The initiative will see the participating 40 FinTechs acquire interoperable development skills to improve access to financial services, using the Mojaloop open source software.

Mubiru applauded HiPipo for the 40-days-40-fintechs initiative, saying the discussion of interoperability with Mojaloop is timely, as the market needs as much solutions as possible.

The HiPipo CEO – Innocent Kawooya said that Beyonic has played a great financial inclusion role in the markets where it operates.

“We are glad that the Beyonic products and services are impacting thousands of people at the last mile. It fits well in the 40-days- 40-fintechs initiative because theirs is a prime story that is transforming the financial sector,” Kawooya said.

He added: “Going forward, as stakeholders we must collaborate and together develop products and services that serve our people. Alone, we may fail, but as a group, we shall overcome all road blocks and collectively serve our people.”

In addition to the 40-days-40-fintechs initiative, HiPipo is also organizing a Fintechs Landscape Exhibition in mid July 2020.

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Shell Select introduces online shopping platform



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shell select shop

By Our Reporter

Customers are now able to do their shopping at Shell Select shops through a new online shopping platform dubbed “Click to Collect or Deliver”.

Via a dedicated website, for an initial 10 shops spread across the suburbs in and around Kampala, customers can do product browsing, order placement, and later pick the groceries when packed and ready, or have the goods delivered to their doorstep.

In due course, customers will also be able to access the solution on the Shell Africa App, that currently includes the Shell Loyalty programme for various customers.

The online store will allow shoppers to access a wide range of affordable and high quality products from the well-stocked Shell Select stores.

“Owing to the new reality presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, it is important for businesses to innovate and find safer and more hygienic ways to serve customers as we continue to exercise caution to stem the spread of this pandemic.” Said Moses Kebba, Marketing Manager, Vivo Energy Uganda.

He added that the Shell “Click to Collect or Deliver” service is convenient, fast and safe as it allows shoppers to spend less time walking through supermarket aisles.

“The Shell ‘Click to Collect or Deliver’ service provides a convenient, quick and efficient shopping solution that allows for contactless shopping. This service will help many customers who are concerned about their health, and the health of others, do their shopping without the need to step in the store,” he said.

The Shell Select stores that have now gone live and are already trading online include: Shell Bugolobi, Shell Kabalagala, Shell Kireka, Shell Kasangati, Shell Kira road, Shell Ntinda, Shell Bunga, Shell Lugogo, Shell Najjera and Shell Gayaza.

In addition, Shell has entered into a partnership with Sendy to make swift and timely home deliveries.

Under the Shell “Click to Collect or Deliver” service, all payments will be contactless via a standalone Shell Payments App as well as through mobile money, bank transfer or by card.


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Ugandan property management company, Donville Properties expands to Dubai



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By Our  Reporter

Donville Properties, a leading property management company in Uganda has announced a partnership with Dubai Real Estate Company, Damac Properties.

As part of the partnership, Donville Properties will now be able to let and manage properties in Dubai, on top of their vast Ugandan property listing.

According to the CEO of Donville Properties, Collins Muyanja, the company prides in managing and constructing some of the most luxurious properties on the land.

“Our partnership with Damac Properties has only served our long term purpose of extension. But we have always created experiences for people who appreciate and can actually afford luxury,” Muyanja said during a press conference.

Donville Properties aren’t just the leading solutions provider in Property Management. They also offer payment options that make it easier for people to access their services without straining their finances.

They have also since grown their portfolio to include construction, in order to properly effect their solutions across the different aspects of Real Estate Management. Through their construction arm, Donville Properties can now plan and execute to completion, the construction of rental, residential and commercial properties.

Their services in management cut across; assessing your property’s current market rental value, Marketing your property for rent, Find and select suitable tenants, Collect rent, Routine inspections, Arrange repairs and maintenance, Payments and statements, Oversee final inspections and end of tenancy matters, Search for new tenants at the end of the existing tenancies, House keeping, Car washing etc.


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