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New Marketplace, Suubula.com, Launched; to Deliver Goods to People’s Homes in Uganda

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A new online marketplace, https://www.suubula.com/, announces the launch of its website in Kampala, Uganda to facilitate trade of discounted products and services.

Goods are delivered by Speedaf, an internationally reputed company. In Kampala city, orders are delivered in less than an hour after receipt of orders at a cost of only Shs4,000. Suubula.com offers unlimited space to traders, farmers, entreprenuers, ICT developers, manufacturers and real estate dealers to sell  a wide range of products in different categories including Agricultural Produce, Livestock, Poultry, Farm Inputs, Fashion and Beauty, Food and Beverages, Apartments, Gadgets, Gifts, Books and Art among others.

The website launch comes against the backdrop of the spread of Coronavirus which has led to closure of education and social facilities, grounding tens of thousands of people at their places of abode. 

Suubula.com allows entrepreneurs and commercial businesses connect with potential buyers who are at home and workplaces. “All one needs is to identify a product on the website, put in the cart and pay for it. We’ll then call them to make arrangements for swift delivery,” said Suubula Chief Executive Officer, Camble Hope. 

“Those who are stuck with goods in the gardens and stores should also advertise them on Suubula.com so that the site delivers these products to potential buyers,” he added.

 In the long run, Suubula.com will provide space for job seekers and employers to create employment opportunities for millions of people who are unable to find appropriate places of work.

Home Jobs The website will as well create “Home Jobs” especially those who are unable to find work or rent space at a commercial building but can use their skills to bake birthday cakes; produce table mats; prepare rollex, coffee or yoghurt etc from their homes.

“You’ll be able to list your product/skills under “Home Jobs” on Suubula.com at a free cost,’” said Camble Hope. “You no longer need ‘display space’ at a city mall for a gift shop if you can have your products viewed by millions of people on Suubula.com. We are changing the way we do business by facilitating marketing of products and services and reaching out to millions of customers online. Suubula.com exists to support businesses sell products and skills in the local market and elsewhere in the world.” 

Almost 4.54 billion people were active internet users as of January 2020. Camble said it’s high time “we tapped the potential of this market.” 

Bulk trade Suubula.com will also facilitate trade in bulk commodities, allowing wholesalers obtain heavily discounted goods for local, regional and international markets. Incorporated at Uganda Registration Bureau Services (URSB) in Kampala, Suubula.com will also allow existing businesses to list their shops, salons, bakeries, bars, restaurants, recreational facilities, gyms, real estate, etc on the website at an affordable fee. 
 

The site, built by Ugandan ICT experts has a user-friendly payment platform and interface, allowing users easy navigation and location of their favourites products. Suubula.com is using Flutterwave, an internationally recognised and secure payment system for transactions; and the company commits to total security and privacy of customer data. 


Buyers and sellers can use Mobile money services to transact on the website.  In the next 18 months, Suubula.com will embark on an aggressive marketing campaign targeting an audience of 5 million people to enable listed businesses, skills and products are linked to domestic and foreign markets. “While your chia seeds and fruits go bad in the granary or garden, a businessman in Dubai is struggling to obtain a reliable supplier of the same,” said Camble, emphasising, “Suubula will address this bottleneck by linking producers and potential buyers online.” 

While foreign products such as accessories and gadgets will be sold on Suubula.com, the site will give priority to Ugandan products. “Gone are the days when human survival hinged on availability of jobs or cash to rent space to run a business. Gone are the days when entrepreneurs, ICT developers, mechanics, plumbers, masons and builders etc would spend weeks without a trace for opportunities.

Suubula is here to transform lives by enabling your economic transformation through trade,” said Camble. You can follow Suubula.com on social media platforms, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Suubulacom-109562647324950/ and Twitter, https://twitter.com/SubuulaOfficial  

“Trade with Your Neighbour” Contact info: P.O BOX 5121Kiwatule, Kampala. Contact: +256777759614    Email: info@suubula.com

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MTN customers can now send any amount of money free of charge using MTN MoMo

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  • For 30-days, customers can now send any amount of Mobile Money every day to other MTN MoMo customers free of charge.
  • The offer comes alongside a day-time data bundle that is enabling Ugandans stay on-line and work from home. Customers get 1GB of data at just Ushs 2,000 valid between 9am and 5pm.
  • These offers are designed to reduce the risk of transmission by avoiding the physical exchange of currency notes.
  • MTN is also supporting government’s sensitization drive by availing UGX 500 million in cash and free media channel space (radio, tv, social media, SMS, call centre IVR platform) to promote the Ministry of Health’s sensitization messages.
  • To facilitate the flow of information, MTN Uganda has zero rated Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) websites, so the public can access information about the virus at no charge. They include; who.int , www.health.go.ug and www.covid19.gou.go.ug

MTN Uganda has further enhanced its Mobile Money offer to allow Ugandans to now send any amount of Mobile Money, at no cost for the next 30 days in a move to minimize the physical exchange of paper money.

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The offer is meant to reduce the risk of transmission of covid-19 that has paralysed daily life across the world.

Alongside this offer, the company also launched a data bundle that is enabling customers to work from home. Dubbed ‘Work from home’, the data bundle is meant to promote the concept of ‘social distancing’ while reducing the anticipated negative impact that limited movement and contact between people, may have on both the economic and social fabric of our society.

The ‘work from home’ data bundle can be accessed through Mobile Money by dialing *165*19# or through the MyMTN app. 

“This is an extraordinary time, a time when as MTN we need to stand up and be counted on to do the right thing,” said Wim Vanhelleputte, the MTN Uganda CEO.

“MTN is committed to continue working with the government, to reduce the impact and disruption that this pandemic is having on the lives of Ugandans. Working closely with the Ministry of Health, MTN Uganda has committed its media assets including radio, SMS, social media, call centre and continues to implement various precautionary measures to drive awareness among the public to protect themselves,” Wim further commented.

MTN Uganda also made Ushs 500 million available, to facilitate various government endeavours to equip and facilitate various efforts to prevent, manage and curb the spread of covid 19 in Uganda.

Its also now free to check for covid 19 updates at www.who.int , www.health.go.ug and www.covid19.gou.go.ug. Customers will not be charged for browsing these sites.

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Absa Bank Uganda appoints new Managing Director

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Mr Mumba Kalifungwa

Mr Mumba Kalifungwa, the new Managing Director for Absa Bank Uganda.

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Absa Group Limited has  announced the appointment of Mr Mumba Kalifungwa as Managing Director for Absa Bank Uganda effective 1 April 2020.

He succeeds Mr Nazim Mahmood, who has held the position on an interim basis since July 2019, leading the organisation through a historic brand transition to Absa. He will work closely with Mr Kalifungwa over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

Mr Kalifungwa has held various positions within the Group, most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer for Absa Bank Botswana Limited since 2015. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer for our operations in Zambia.

“Absa has a clear imperative to operate as a truly African bank with global scalability, while prioritising purposeful continental collaboration. We have no doubt that Mumba’s experience across several African markets, deep knowledge of the bank, as well as his demonstrated strategic and operational vision will be invaluable as Absa firms its position on the continent,” said Absa Uganda interim Board Chairman, Nadine Byarugaba.

She added; “As Absa Bank Uganda, we have recently been through a historic and exciting brand and name change journey. We welcome Mumba to the organization; we are looking forward to working with him and the wider leadership team as we continue to drive our business for growth in Uganda.”

Mr Kalifungwa is a Chartered Accountant and seasoned organisational leader having over 24 years post-qualifying experience across banking, public and private sectors. He is currently a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA). He also holds an MBA from Herriot Watt University, Scotland and has attended various senior leadership development programs over the years.


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MTN Foundation partners with Joint Medical stores to improve maternal health services in Kamwenge District

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  • MTN Uganda has injected over five hundred million in the Bwizi Health Center III for the renovation of the general wards and, expansion and equipping of the maternal ward at the health center.
  •  With the construction of the new maternity ward underway, MTN Foundation is holding a corporate build with the key stakeholders in the project.
  • This is project was initiated in February 2020 and will be officially handed over in April 2020 upon its completion.

MTN Uganda, through its corporate social responsibility arm, MTN Foundation, has today held a corporate build at Bwizi Health Center III to bring to the attention of the general public and various stakeholders on the plight of maternal mortality rates within the region.

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The telecom giant has injected over five hundred million Uganda shillings in the health center to renovate, expand the maternal/ general wards, and improve the sanitary facilities like showers and placenta pit as well as a comprehensive re- equipment of the entire health facility.

With an estimated growth rate of 3.2% per year, the estimate for 2010 was 350,000 people. MTN Uganda noticed a gap that it sought to mend together with its stakeholders to see to it that mothers are availed with a safe environment for child delivery.

MTN Uganda together with Joint Medical Stores, started the project started last month.  With construction currently underway, the project will be officially handed over upon its completion next month.

The health center located in Bwizi sub county serves all the locals in the region however is restrained when it comes to the proper facilities and equipment in place.

Speaking at the corporate build, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte the MTN Chief Executive Officer, said that MTN Uganda, together with its partners would have chosen to have all hands on deck as they wage a war against poor maternal health services.”

“Life is precious and valuable thus each and every mother deserves to give birth under the right conditions in a suitable environment without hindrances that we are in position to improve,” said Mr. Vanhelleputte as he reiterated MTN’s commitment to supporting maternal health in Uganda as an ongoing, long term project.

Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for Gender, Labor and Social development thanked MTN Uganda for its continued support against maternal health not only in Bwizi but Uganda as a whole.

“For the last three years the MTN Marathon has raised funds to support maternal health in Uganda and today we are pleased that the MTN Foundation has delightfully come out to support Bwizi Health Center III,” Hon. Tumwebaze said.

He further urged the locals and hospital staff to be good stewards of the equipment, and facilities put in place such that the entire community gets to benefit from the improved health center.

“We have to police each other and hold the other accountable if we are to benefit as a whole from the generosity of MTN Uganda and Joint Medical stores,” Honorable Tumwebaze said.

In Uganda the maternal rate as per December 2019 was at 375 deaths/100,000 live births.

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DStv gives extra boost to step up offer

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DStv Uganda has unveiled a new promotional offer in which customers who upgrade to a higher package will be bumped up to an even higher package at no extra cost.

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“In line with our mission to add value and enrich the lives of our customers, and with the positive response we received from the initial Step-Up deal to our customers, we wanted to up the stakes with an greater offer,” says Sauya Nakiyaga, MultiChoice Uganda’s Head of Customer Retention. “We understand that now that viewers have experienced the quality entertainment that sits on higher packages, there’s an appetite to view more of the top-class content that DStv has on its platforms.”

In this latest offer, Access customers can step up to Family and get Compact. Family subscribers can step up to Compact and get Compact Plus while Compact customers can step up to Compact Plus and get Premium.

Compact Plus customers will simply have to renew their subscription to continue to have access to the Premium package during this offer period.

Upgraded customers will be able to enjoy world-class sporting action together with original local content, international movies, series, telenovelas, music shows, news and kids’ entertainment on the Step Up Extra offer.

Meanwhile, GOtv customers have also not be left out. They will pay UGX 29,000 from UGX 39,000 for GOtv Max during this promotional period.

The Step Up Extra offer expires on the 30th of April 2020.


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