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MTN Uganda comes 2nd Runners up in the 21 days of Y’ello Care Campaign for outstanding Innovation.

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MTN Cameroon CEO, Philisiwe Sibiya receives the 2015 Y'ello Care trophy from MTN Group Chief HR and Corporate Affairs Officer, Paul Norman.

MTN Cameroon CEO, Philisiwe Sibiya receives the 2015 Y’ello Care trophy from MTN Group Chief HR and Corporate Affairs Officer, Paul Norman.

MTN Group today announced that MTN Cameroon will receive US$ 100,000 to in community projects, as recognition of the outstanding and selfless work of employees in that country, during the Group’s annual employee volunteer programme.

MTN Cameroon employees rallied together during the 21 Days of Y’ello Care campaign to build eight classrooms and a dormitory at two schools for visually impaired learners. The team also constructed and equipped three libraries in centres for the disabled. The activities are estimated to have impacted more than 4500 beneficiaries.

Y’ello Care is an employee volunteer programme which runs across MTN’s operations from 1 to 21 June annually. Themed “Investing in Education for All”, the overall winner receives the US$100 000 Group President and CEO prize, to plough back into community projects.

“Every year, we are humbled by the commitment of employees across our geographies who give their time selflessly to improve education and learning conditions in their communities. Their efforts continue to make a difference in the lives of learners in the communities that host us each year,” says Paul Norman, MTN Group Chief HR and Corporate Affairs Officer.

Over 90% of staff at MTN Cameroon participated in this year’s Y’ello Care programme. The employees also raised more than US$ 18 000 towards the project activities. In addition to the construction projects, MTN Cameroon staff designed an ICT training workshop for secondary schools teachers, career advisers and officials of the Ministry of Secondary Education, to upgrade their teaching and learning techniques.

Commenting on her operation’s performance, MTN Cameroon CEO, Philisiwe Sibiya says, “The strength of every winning organisation is its employees, and that is our strength at MTN Cameroon. Winning the 21 Days trophy is a truly humbling experience, and proof of the selflessness and Can-Do spirit of our staff who tirelessly commit to better the livelihood of communities every year. Thanks to the 21 Days of Y’ello Care Programme, volunteerism has become a lifestyle for us. It is part of our DNA! This year, 96% of our workforce participated in the programme and we are happy to have contributed to the development of the education sector in Cameroon by investing in inclusive education.”

Other MTN operations recognised with Y’ello Care awards include MTN Swaziland, the first runner-up and winner of Best secondary ICT campaign, and MTN Uganda, the second runner-up and winner of the Innovation Award. MTN Swaziland’s campaign saw learners in remote schools receive digital mathematics and science content in the form of e-books, videos, quizzes and games. MTN Uganda’s innovative activities resulted in the development of a holistic school management software application that was installed at 15 schools.

Other awardees are MTN Rwanda (Leadership), MTN Guinea Conakry (Most Improved), MTN Nigeria (Spirit Award), Mascom Botswana (Can-Do attitude), MTN SA (Relationship category) and MTN Ghana (Integrity).

More than 8000 employees from 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East volunteered during this year’s Y’ello Care campaign, and their efforts impacted an estimated 380 000 people.

“I would like to commend all MTNers who came out in support of Y’ello Care 2015. We are incredibly proud of our employees and commend them for their continued dedication to give back to their communities,” says Norman.

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MTN Uganda announces winners in the ‘MTN for Good’ campaign

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Douglas Smith of Sportrise is the overall winner in the "MTN for Good" campaign.

Douglas Smith of Sportrise is the overall winner in the “MTN for Good” campaign.

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Five lucky youth have won the public vote emerging as the winners of the MTN for Good campaign that was launched early 2020.

Following the story of MTN that started as a small SME to becoming one of the most admired brands in Africa, the MTN for Good campaign sought to awaken the youth to the fact that it is possible to realize your dreams if you pursue them.

Douglas Smith of Sportrise polled the highest public votes beating over 100 other participants to emerge winner in the inaugural campaign. Sportrise is a local company that is using plastics to make soccer balls. Other winners are Joseph Semayengo of Brick making, Julius Tusingwire a programmer, Brian Maw, a talented producer, and Tony Ayebare with the Online Butcher.

The winners will receive support from MTN in support of their dreams including MTN Mobile money to seed into their ideas, 60GB data per month for six months, Kigale fixed lines among others. MTN will also arrange for them to meet their idols.

In the campaign which targeted mainly the youth, they were asked to submit a one minute video showing their dream. The submissions were subjected to a public vote and the top five videos with the highest votes have been declared winners.

“We all have dreams. It’s a great thing to be a dreamer because the ones who dream are the ones who own the future. Like MTN, many of the leading businesses, companies and enterprises started from an idea that sprung from a dream. Youths have many dreams and MTN wants to help them bring their dreams to life under the ‘For Good’ campaign, said Somdev Som, MTN Uganda Chief marketing officer.

“The youths have many dreams. Since we are in the business of connectivity we wanted to be the link that connects the youth to their dreams. Our pledge to the public is whatever your dream, let’s create it together.” He added.

The ‘For Good’ campaign was rolled out by MTN Group in November last year and is running across the 21 countries in which MTN operates.

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MTN MoMo Nyabo promo is back, Ugx 1.2 billion in cash prizes up for grabs

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Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer unveiling the new promo.

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MTN Uganda has launched the 3rd edition of the highly rewarding MoMoNyabo promotion. Under the theme “MoMoNyabo Together”, this year’s promotion is designed to help MTN customers with the much-needed support following the negative effects of the covid19 pandemic on the wellbeing of many Ugandans.

Unlike previous editions which were characterized by fanfare around the country and giving away of cars, motorbikes and other prizes, this year MTN is focusing the promotion on supporting customers meet their most urgent needs such as domestic welfare, rebuilding small businesses or meeting outstanding obligations among others.

“Life has not been the same for many. Times are tough, and every Ugandan is trying to find a way to rebuild following effects of covid. It’s in this spirit that MTN is stepping in to be part of several efforts aimed at supporting Ugandans to rebuild”, said Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer.

“MoMoNyabo Together is one of several ways that MTN Uganda is standing with Ugandans in the midst of today’s disruptions,” he further commented.

The MoMoNyabo Together promotion will reward customers that have embraced MoMo, and use it to pay for airtime, bundles, utilities like Yaka, NWSC, TV subscription plus shopping, school fees among several other services, everywhere they go.

MTN has earmarked over UGX 1.2billion in mobile money prizes to be given away to lucky customers and MTN MoMo Agents and/or merchants. The winners will be chosen in draws to be broadcast on NBS and Bukedde TV every day, starting at 8:20pm.

Every week day, two customers that have used MTN MoMo to pay for airtime, bundles or another service, will randomly be chosen and each will win a guaranteed UGX 1m/- with a chance to triple that amount and also win an additional UGX 2m/- for friends and loved ones through an exciting game show. This brings the total amount available for each winner and their beneficiaries to UGX 5m/-.

All this will be broadcast on TV.

To win money for their friends and loved ones, customers’ will be given a chance to participate in a quiz in which they will be asked 5 general knowledge questions each with a multiple choice of answers, for the winners to select the correct one. Each question is worth UGX 800,000 which will be equally split between the winner and their preferred beneficiary. The winner has the option to choose one beneficiary for all the answers they get right or nominate several beneficiaries for each question answered correctly.

Nominated beneficiaries can be individuals, families, organizations/causes who should be active MTN customers.

“MTN MoMo not only saves our customers the inconveniences of having to leave their comfort to get airtime, bundles or other services, it also gives them the chance to win much needed money though this promotion”, Somdev concluded.

Customers don’t have to deposit all their money on the phone but just keep some on MTN MoMo to use it when they need it the most. For example, if you have 5,000/-, you can deposit 2,000/- on your MTN MoMo account and use it to pay for airtime, bundles or other services and enter the MoMoNyabo Together promotion for a chance to win money.

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CiplaQCIL delivers essential medicines to Bostwana

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In preparation of COVID-19 restrictions in Botswana, the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the government’s Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Central Medical Stores did an audit on the availability of medicine such as antiretrovirals (ARVs). According to UNAIDS, Botswana needed to acquire 2.3 million doses of ARVs for adults living with HIV to meet the demand for the following nine months1.

With a 20.3% prevalence of adults living with HIV in Botswana, it is one of the countries where the pandemic is the most prevalent. Botswana was the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to distribute universal free ARVs to people living with HIV2.

The Uganda-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, CiplaQCIL, was able to meet the country’s demand of the fixed-dose combination of tenofovir, lamivudine, dolutegravir (TLD) – the country’s first-line ARV.

CiplaQCIL has two thirds of the 1 million packs of TLD (37 tons) to Botswana and the consignment was transported by chartered Boeing 727 cargo freight planes. The balance of the order will be delivered later in July.

CEO of CiplaQCIL, Nevin Bradford, said: “Botswana faced a potentially critical situation in terms of shortages of essential medicine. We are proud that CiplaQCIL was able to rise to the challenge and ensure that people have access to lifesaving medicine, while also delivering on our ‘Africa for Africa’ commitment”.

CiplaQCIL recently also dispatched 300 000 packs of ARVs (a combination of tenofovir, emtricatabine, efavirenz) to South Africa, and will shortly deliver 1.5 million malaria treatments to Kenya.

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4 Tips to Fool the Eye and Get an Illusion of a Bigger Room

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If you live in a small space, everything has the potential to make a massive difference. And that’s the key idea behind this article. In this article, we’ll teach you tips and tricks that can help you make your small room look bigger by the application of just a few clever tips and tricks. Unfortunately, the small rooms can make the space look uncomfortable and confining. However, there are a few design concepts, which can fool the eye and make any space look more spacious than it already is. Furniture arrangements, color techniques, and smart lighting are just a few of the many topics that will be covered in this post. Hopefully, these ideas will be inspiring for you. 

Use clever contrasts and light areas

It is a well-known fact that light colors have the potential to make space look brighter and bigger. Bright walls and light together act as reflective and make space feel more airy and open. This helps maximize the effect, which is created with the help of natural light. On the other hand, the dark colors absorb the light and make the room look smaller. To achieve an optimum effect, you should opt for softer hues like green, blue, and off-white. Also, remember that a brighter room will look more inviting and certainly bigger. Anusha, a hobbyist home decorator, who is a full-time assignment expert at TFTH,says that she just painted the moldings and the wall trims (blue) in a color lighter than the color of the walls (green), and now the room looks bigger because the wall seems farther apart from each other.  

Lighting is your key to opening up any space

Rihanna, a college student who availed of statistics homework help by TAE, currently lives in a small rented apartment. She said she has added a bunch of lighting fixtures in her room, and that gives an illusion of it being bigger than normal. If you do not want to invest in lighting fixtures, let the natural light inside the room. You’ll be amazed at the kind of difference lighting can make for your room. When you have adequate access to the natural light, allowing it into the home via large windows will work as a connection between the room and the outdoors, thereby making space look bigger. You can either get sheer window covering or completely pull them back, to ensure that more light comes in. In case the view outside is not very pleasant, you can add some flowers or plants near the window. You can even use some lamps to brighten up space. 

Cut out the clutter

You must keep your room organized and tidy. Harry, who is a homework help assistant with EssayWriter4U,says that he has a stack of books for his reference, which he rarely ever uses in his room, and that occupies a lot of space. He recently got rid of all of these books, and that made his room look more organized and tidy. Trust us when we say this, nothing else makes the room look more cramped and cluttered than having too much stuff. When things are arranged neatly, space looks more open and orderly. Always remember, a cluttered room is equivalent to a smaller room. Also, do not just cover all the walls with a lot of pictures and photographs. If you want the room to look bigger, just a large painting works better than multiple smaller paintings. If a lot is happening in the room, it can make it look crowded and busy. Now, when you are decorating a small room, try to create one focal point, one feature, or area that will bag all the attention. For instance, if it is the dining room, then this area will be the dining table. Now, you have to arrange the furniture in a manner that the focus is on this area. So, naturally, you have to ensure that the décor around is minimalist. Furthermore, you should try to keep the floor as clear as possible. This is certainly the most important tip to make the room look spacious. You can get rid of all the larger rugs to give an illusion of wider floor space. 

Add mirrors in the room

Mirrors give an illusion of a bigger room. So, for the adequate effect, you can pick a focal point, and then position your mirror towards it. This will give an illusion of depth. Furthermore, the mirror reflects the artificial as well as the natural light. As a result, the room looks lighter and brighter during the day and the night. Mirrors tend to bounce the light into the room, and thus, make it look larger. Ayesha, who is a work from the home employee with TrumpLearning,says that since she spends a major part of her day in her room, she has placed the mirror right near the window, as it reflects the light of the sun and makes the room look more airy and fresh. You can also add a mirrored cabinet that’d make space look larger.

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