MTN Uganda has announced the start of a six-month-long celebration campaign to mark 20 years of operations in Uganda. In 1998, MTN Uganda started operations, entering the Uganda market as the Second National Operator (SNO) with an initial licence of 20 years. MTN has since successfully applied and has been granted a 10-year extension to its SNO licence.
This month of October, MTN Uganda will be turning 20 years and under the theme “Celebrating the past, inspiring the future”, the company will conduct a number of commemorative activities starting with an MTN@20 Expo at the Kololo Independence Grounds starting Friday, October 19th, 2018 and ending on Monday 22nd October 2018 with visits by pupils from various primary schools around Kampala.
“It has been an incredible 20 years journey for MTN Uganda. At the expo, together with our partners, we shall be showcasing the part – where MTN has come from – and what we anticipate the future will be for us and more importantly for our customers,” Wim Vanhelleputte, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) MTN Uganda said at a press conference to announce the 20-year festive calendar.
The expo will celebrate bits of history including a museum to show the journey of where the MTN brand (in Uganda) has come from but will also be heavy on the future including having a display and test drive of the 5G powered – driverless car being tested by the MTN Group. Visitors to the expo will get a feel of what a “connected or smart home” offers as well as access to massive smartphone discounts. Expect to see a connected, smart cow and get to see how we’ll soon manage our cattle herd. There will be engagement with robotics and spectacular 3D mapping and laser show displays. Other attractions include a circus show, performances from some of Uganda’s big-name artistes, fireworks display and a special production from renown Uganda playwright Alex Mukulu among others.
“We started with one customer in 1998 and 20 years later in 2018, we have a customer base of more than 11 million. This growth we cannot take for granted and thank Uganda for embracing MTN in the way they have.,” Mr. Vanhelleputte said. This success wouldn’t have been achievable without the support of partners, who have over the years worked with MTN to connect every single corner of this country.
Mr. Vanhelleputte, specially applauded Stanbic bank, Huawei, Coca cola, Club beer and Huawei who, together with several other corporate entities are supporting the MTN@20 Expo.
Speaking on behalf of Stanbic Bank Uganda, Emma Mugisha – Head of Corporate and Investment Banking said, “As a long partner, we are extremely proud to be celebrating this significant milestone as we commemorate 20 years of MTN in Uganda. Stanbic Bank is MTN’s longest financial services partner over the past 10 years and our partnership has grown from strength to strength contributing to the growth of Uganda’s telecom sector. The bank has been instrumental in providing the key financial solutions supporting MTN’s investments in their network and as the key escrow account holder supported the growth of mobile money in the Uganda.”
The expo at the Kololo Independence Grounds will be one of several other expos and activities that will be executed to mark the 20 years milestone. In 2019, between January and March, the expos will go regional and shall be taking place in several towns across the country. The towns include Entebbe, Jinja, Mbale, Gulu, Arua, Mubende, Hoima, Masaka, Fort Portal, and Mbarara.
Campaigns for the remainder of 2018 including the MTN Kampala Marathon, festive season promotions and others in the first quarter of 2019, will be executed as part of activities celebrating this landmark.
Uganda Breweries partners with Kabaka Foundation to construct sanitation facilities in city markets
By Our Reporter
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.
Sheraton hosts Muslim community to iftar dinner
By Our Reporter
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.
V-Power weekend is back
By Our Reporter
“V-Power Weekend”, a promotion that allows customers to purchase Shell V-Power at the same price as regular fuel, is back.
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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