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MTN Uganda contributes UGX. 16 Billion to the Uganda Communications Commission Rural Communications Development Fund

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MTN LOGOMTN Uganda has again demonstrated its commitment to the development of the country by handing over a check worth Fifteen Billion, Nine Hundred and Twenty Eight Million Three Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand, and Three Hundred and Fifty Shillings to the Uganda Communications Commission Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) in Tax remittance. This is part of the mandatory 2% levy for all telecommunications companies. 

“Telecommunications plays an increasingly important role in Uganda’s economy and as the leading operator we are happy to fulfill our legal and fiscal obligations the Government which in turn positively impacts our community,” said Mazen Mroué, Chief Executive Officer MTN Uganda. 

He added that MTN Uganda is committed to continue to support the Government of Uganda and particularly the Ministry of ICT and the Uganda Communications Commission in their plans to spread ICT literacy to all regions of the country.

RCDF projects focus on ensuring access and usage of ICT services for the underserved areas. The projects implemented by RCDF include under the leadership of Uganda Communication Commission: 76 Internet points of presence (POP), 106 Internet cafes, 78 ICT training centers, 4,099 Public payphones, 78 District web portals, 13 Multi-Purpose Community Tele-centers (MCT), 45 Postal projects, 708 School ICT laboratories, 174 Health ICT facilities, 90 Voice network sites, 106 Content development projects, 2 Local governance projects, and 31 Other unique projects. MTN is happy to have been the partner of choice in the implementation of most of these projects.

The direct impact realized out of the projects implemented includes; 100% voice coverage at the sub county level, 100% data coverage for every district / town of Uganda, teaching of Computer Studies as a subject in at least 50% of government secondary schools and basic ICT equipment in all district government hospitals.

As per the latest public results shared by the company for the first quarter of 2014, MTN Uganda has continuously registered positive performance, with an increase in its subscriber base by 8.4% to 9.5 million mobile customers includes 2.6 million data customer and over 5 million Mobile Money users. The results also confirm MTN Uganda’s market share increase to 55.3% and MTN overall Value share reached 65%. 

The steady growth in revenue and increased market share has continuously permitted MTN Uganda the ability to remit the UGX. 16 Billion Tax. The solid financial performance of MTN Operations is mainly attributed to attractive, segmented and bundled offers aimed at both acquisition and retention. Regionally focused sales and distribution campaigns further supported the continuous growth and overall performance. 

The Executive Director of UCC, Engineer Godfrey Mutabazi thanked MTN for consistently remitting its contribution to the RCDF which has played an important role in the development of the ICT sector and the spread of basic ICT literacy in Uganda. He mentioned that the RCDF was a model that has been shared with neighbouring countries which have all engaged Uganda about this best practice.

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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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