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MultiChoice Reduces DStv & GOtv Plus Prices in Uganda

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MultiChoice Uganda has announced that DStv and GOtv Plus customers effective 1st September will be enjoying quality entertainment content, and the new football season for less. After a consideration for economic relief to their customers, They have reduced prices for DStv Premium, Compact+, Compact and Family as well as the GOtv Plus package.

“These are tough economic times and as a company, we’re constantly looking at various ways our to thank customers for their ongoing support and loyalty whilst delivering a world-class entertainment service at a price they can afford,” said Joan Semanda Kizza, the PR and Communications Manager of MultiChoice Uganda. “These significant price drop the various DStv bouquets and GOtv Plus is our way to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our customers receive the best possible access to great entertainment at outstanding value.”In August, Multi Choice delivered the exciting FA Cup’s Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City on 4 August to all our DStv customers as well as GOtv Max and Plus along with An a three-week long open view access to the new WWE SuperSlam pop-up channel than launched on 1 August and will run until 31 December.

In the latest giant leap in providing customer value, MultiChoice will make great entertainment even more accessible to more consumers in Uganda and we believe this move will grant more of our customers access to the complete world of exciting entertainment channels at a lower price.“Leading up to this day, we have done a teaser campaign that you have probably been seeing titled, “Where is Everybody” with the date 3.9.19. This was a pre-empt to today, where we have all the media present with us here at Clock Tower. With this campaign, we have highlighted empty streets, with the implication that Everybody has been missing because they have been watching TV. After today, we will launch at Kazi Mingi in Jinja tomorrow (4th September), The Bus Park in Gulu on 6th September and Kizungu in Mbarara on the 8th of September.The price decreases were implemented on DStv & GOtv packages from 1st September 2019 as below:

DStv Premium at Ugx 219 000, Dstv Compact Plus at Ugxb180 000, Dstv Compact at Ugx115 000, Dstv Family at ugx60 000UGX.

Furthermore, the subscription prices of DStv Access, GOtv Max, GOtv Value and GOtv Lite will remain the same, ensuring that customers on these packages also continue to enjoy their favourite entertainment, at the same price!During this period of the reduced price, all active DStv customer will also get access the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea, which will follow on Wednesday 14 August 21:00 CAT on SS3. Later in August, the world of champions, SuperSport, will bring live action of the new Serie A and La Liga seasons alongside the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, UCL, FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, UEFA Euro Qualifiers, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Euro 2020, UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, Supertaça Europeia, UEFA Nations League and Super Spanish Cup. As part of our football offering, we have the broadcast rights to the UEFA Nations League (UNL) to DStv football fans in Uganda! That’s not all – from DStv customers also have access to a wider variety of sports including WWE; UFC; Rugby; Cycling; Golf; Tennis; Athletics; Cricket; Motorsport and International Boxing.DStv and GOtv also offers customers local and international movies and series as well as the widest variety of quality local and international entertainment channels including telenovelas, music, news, children’s entertainment alongside the recently-launched WWE SuperSlam pop-up channel and Big Brother Naija which is currently heating up screens‚ ‘Pepper-Dem‘ style.

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Uganda Airlines excites Somali Nationals

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Uganda Airlines newly inaugurated Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft excited the Somali Nationals when it made its maiden commercial flight to Mogadishu. This follows the earlier commercial flights to Nairobi and Juba on 28th August 2019.

The aircraft which set off from Entebbe International Airport at 6:00pm touched down at Aden Adde International Airport at 8:00am. Reaching Aden Ade International Airport, the passengers who were on board were welcomed by Uganda’s Ambassador to Somalia Prof Sam Turyamuhika and the State Minister of Education for Somalia, Hon Abdulahi Godah Barre. The Passengers on board were led by Uganda Airlines Commercial Director, Jennifer Bamuturaki who was so excited to receive a warm welcome to Somali and in her comments said “I want to take this opportunity to thank the people and the government of Somalia for accepting Uganda Airlines to operate in your territory.

We believe that Uganda Airlines presents another dimension to the travel industry and together with other key stakeholders will propel the aviation sector to greater heights”Minister of Education for Somalia, Hon Abdulahi Godah Barre, with a lot of excitement remarked, “We are so happy as Somalia and welcome Uganda Airlines on board. I want to thank the government of Uganda for this great opportunity and considering Mogadishu as one of its destinations. With a lot of Somali Nationals pursing their education and doing business in Uganda, this is will ease transportation. Somalia will support Uganda Airlines.”Uganda Airlines will fly to Mogadishu 4 times every week.In November this year, Uganda Airlines will expand its route network to the rest of Africa covering several destinations in Southern and Central Africa.

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Bringo Fresh has announced a continent wide campaign to curb food wastage in Uganda

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Bringo Fresh has announced a continent wide campaign to curb food wastage in Uganda. According to their CEO Brian Matsiko their aim is to foster food security in the country. “Food security means that all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life (World Food Summit, 1996),” Brian Matsiko explained. He added that by supporting platforms like Bringo Fresh, people eliminate the food wastage caused by post-harvest loss, as they are supporting all the farmers in the food chain. “Bringo Fresh helps carb food wastage by providing a ready market for farmers so that there is no post-harvest loss” Picture- A bringo Fresh delivery “By supporting companies and solutions, like www.bringofresh.com which bridge the gap between the farmers and the consumers as food is not just wasted at the end of the food path by consumers but also on the farms through post-harvest loss. Post-harvest losses have significant nutritional, health, and financial impacts for both consumers and farmers, disproportionately affecting women, who are largely responsible for managing post-harvest drying, cleaning, and storage.

For rural families, many of whom already live on the edge of hunger, lost food means lost land, water, fertilizer and income for those who can least afford it. With a fresh food delivery service such as www.bringofresh.com you can easily order only what you need on a daily, weekly or monthly basis,” Matsiko explained further. How a bringo Fresh box looks like. They deliver fresh and organically farmed food products. She added that the food security has a global and long term element to it, considering that there will be nine billion (9Bn) people to feed in the world by 2050 and it can be targeted at national, local and even individual level. Food is lost or wasted throughout various stages of the food supply chain. During agricultural production and harvest, crops can become damaged or spilled, animals may die due to diseases, fish may be discarded during fishing and milk could be lost due to cattle diseases. Crops, animals, fish or milk may be lost during post-harvest handling, storage and in transportation. During processing, food may be lost or degraded during washing, peeling, slicing, canning, packaging etc.; or during slaughtering, smoking, freezing or pasteurising. During distribution, food may be lost or wasted during transport or expiry at wholesale markets, supermarkets, retailers, etc. Finally, consumers may waste food by simply throwing it away. The United Nations estimates that one in nine people in the world do not have access to sufficient food to lead a healthy life.

More people are reported to die from hunger every day than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. But at the same time, nearly one-third of the food that is produced in the world is lost or wasted due to one reason or the other. Food wastage, which includes both food loss and food waste, is not only morally irresponsible, but also causes huge economic losses as well as severe damage to the world around us.The FAO estimates that roughly one-third of the edible portions of food produced for human consumption gets lost or is wasted globally, which is about 1.3 billion tons per year. The value of food lost or wasted annually at the global level is estimated at US$1 trillion. Yet reliable numbers on specific numbers of wastage are not documented. In low-income countries, such as Uganda, food is mainly lost during the early and middle stages of the food supply chain and much less food is wasted at the consumer level.In Kampala city, solid waste is managed by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in collaboration with private companies. Available information shows that each household in Kampala generates approximately between 0.5kg and 1.1kg per capita of solid waste per day. Going by Kampala’s population estimated at 1.5 million (UBOS), it is predicted that about 750,000kg or 750 tonnes of waste are generated in Kampala per day.However, on average, only 50% (375 tonnes of waste) is collected by KCCA and private companies per day. KCCA acknowledges that the amount of solid waste generated overwhelms its capacity to collect and dispose of due to financial and technical challenges (Water Aid, 2011).The urban solid waste composition is 37.8% (food waste), 33.6% (yard wastes), 6.7% (paper), 0.8% (metals), 7.8% (plastics), 8.6% (stones & debris),1.3% (textiles), 0.7% (glasses) and 2.7 (miscellaneous) which is typical of the East African urban areas.The local governing bodies are mandated by the Local Government Act (LGA) of 1997 to provide and maintain waste management infrastructures. They can contract private companies to manage waste under supervision.Kampala is the only urban council with a sanitary landfill owned by the city but operated by a private company. All other waste disposal sites are owned and operated by the UCs themselves and are poorly managed since most resources are allocated to waste collection and not to disposal management. Wastes of mixed origin (e.g., domestic, industrial, healthcare and commercial) are disposed together at these disposal sites. Table 3 summarizes the major problems from solid waste disposal sites.Why should I care?Food waste that ends up in landfills produces a large amount of methane – a more powerful greenhouse gas than even CO2. For the uninitiated, excess amounts of greenhouse gases such as methane, CO2 and chlorofluorocarbons absorb infrared radiation and heat up the earth’s atmosphere, causing global warming and climate change.With agriculture accounting for 70% of the water used throughout the world, food waste also represents a great waste of freshwater and ground water resources.

It is said that a volume of water roughly three times the volume of Lake Geneva is used just to produce food that is not eaten. By throwing out one kilogram of beef, you are essentially wasting 50,000 litres of water that were used to produce that meat. In the same way, nearly 1000 litres of water are wasted when you pour one glass of milk down the drain.Millions of gallons of oil are also wasted every year to produce food that is not eaten. And all this does not even take into account the negative impacts on biodiversity due to activities like mono-cropping and converting wild lands into agricultural areas.What is being done in Uganda?As part of its efforts to support smallholder farmers and agricultural markets, WFP is strongly promoting a greater focus on reducing food losses throughout the value chain. WFP had developed an initiative in Uganda called “Zero Food Loss”, combining training & airtight storage to tackle high-levels of post-harvest loss.Under the “Zero Food Loss” initiative, this effective, scalable, and replicable model tested in Uganda continues to create demand from other countries. 18 developing countries have already visited Uganda to learn about the “Uganda Model”, with nine beginning their own rollouts of post-harvest loss national programs.What can I do as an individual?These are the known and new interventions to reduce food wastage and their efficacy on the individual level. This is a guide to what an individual can do as his/her personal contribution to curbing food wastage, as the adage goes; charity begins at home.On a day – to – day basis you may monitor and reduce food wastage in your homes by buying only the food that your family will finish.Know what types of food rot at a higher rate than other perishables and purchase less of the fast expiring foods or find their alternatives. One may also buy the fast perishing produce when they are at an early ripening stage so as to increase their shelf life. Beef does not go bad quickly but chicken, fish and others do. It is better you buy what you can consume and the rest may be spiced and deep frozen it.So start planning what to buy, how many people will be eating and only buy food that people will eat and finish.Before buying that food, come up with a shopping list and stick to it to help you avoid wasting food and money. Knowing what you will be eating as a family in the form of a weekly menu helps you to apportion produce to the dishes and buy only what you need on a weekly basis.Consumers should also try to buy food in accordance with a meal plan so that they don’t end up wasting edible food. Food may be cheaper when you purchase in bulk, but in reality, you are not really saving money when all you are doing is throwing it away at the end of the week.If the food still ends up unfit for human consumption, it can be used for feeding livestock, saving precious resources that would have otherwise been used for producing commercial feed, food like vegetables and fruit may be fed to herbivorous farm animals and pets. If the food cannot be reused at all, then we should at least try to recycle it in a responsible way instead of sending it to the garbage landfill where it will continue to rot. Did you know that an average home can divert about 150 kg of food waste a year from local waste dumping facilities by adopting home composting? Home composting may spark off your own urban farming garden and help to teach you and your family about the cycle of food. Some households and individuals, practice solid waste recycling, re-use, composting and biogas production. These are waste minimization options with social, economic and environmental benefits.

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Electoral commission launches campaign to reorganize Polling stations ahead of 2020/21 Elections

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A media campaign has been launched today at the Electoral Commission offices ahead of the 2020/21 General Elections. Electoral commission, a body that was constitutionally established by the Government of Uganda to organise and conduct elections in the country launched a media company that will kick off on Monday to September 14.

The company according to Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama, some polling stations will relocate from the usual areas to avoid chaos during election time. “Some Polling stations are located near bars and crowded places and these have been affecting the exercise of voting in the past years,” Byabakama said.

He went on to also assure the general public that the National ID alone will not be enough for someone to take place in the voting exercise come 2021. “Only Voters registered with electoral commission will take place in the process,” Byabakama said.

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