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NSSF awards Shs80M to five community projects

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The National Social Security Fund (NSSF)  has recognized and awarded individuals with the best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects during the NSSF Torch Awards 2015 which is one of the Fund’s flagship CSR initiatives.

Launched in 2012 the Award recognises and supports projects that have made a positive contribution to communities in Education, Health, Youth and other Disadvantaged Groups as defined in the Fund’s CSR Policy.

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While presiding over the award dinner, Uganda’s First Lady and MP for Ruhama County and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Hon. Janet Museveni applauded NSSF for the initiative.

“We appreciate the NSSF Torch Awards initiative because it complements Government’s efforts in creating wealth for all and transforming society,” Janet Museveni noted, adding that CSR activities enhance a company’s reputation and also ensures that businesses meet their corporate objectives.

“If more Ugandans improve their income levels, it also means more business for your companies. I believe that’s why NSSF is leading the way with Torch Awards,” she added.

NSSF Managing Director Richard Patrick Byarugaba said ‘The NSSF Torch Awards is an annual Corporate Social Responsibility initiative that was introduced by the Fund in 2012 to recognize individuals and institutions who are transforming communities’.

He noted that the Fund’s CSR Strategy stems from its sustainable approach to doing business which involves being exemplary in its financial performance while at the same time setting high corporate social responsibility targets. Mr, Byarugaba said a sum of Shs80m was set aside to be given away to individual and institutions that have life changing projects in education, health, the youth and other disadvantaged groups.

“Each winner from all regions of Uganda will receive Shs15m as prize for their outstanding projects. The national winner will receive Shs20m”, he said.

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NSSF Torch Awards‬ overall winner – Team 40 days 40 smiles.

The winners for 2015, included Kyamaleera Women Handicraft Association from Hoima; 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation (40-40) from Luwero; Rachele Comprehensive, Pearl Foundation for Children and Widows (PFCW) from Butaleja, Child Care & Rescue Programme (CC&RP) from Gomba.

5 projects benefited and have been implemented by the winners of the last edition of the Torch Awards 2013. They include Youth and Women Empowerment Foundation (Kabarole), Mbale Maternity Home, Kisozi orphan support center – Gomba, and Children of Uganda- Mukono.

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Vivo Energy Uganda awarded for its child helmet safety campaign 

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L-R:  Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi, Vivo Group Chairman Christian Chammas, Vivo Energy Uganda Corporate Communications Manager Valery Okecho, Communications Assistant Hilda Tushabe, Vivo Energy Namibia MD Edward Walugembe and Group Executive Vice President for East & Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen receiving the award.

L-R: Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi, Vivo Group Chairman Christian Chammas, Vivo Energy Uganda Corporate Communications Manager Valery Okecho, Communications Assistant Hilda Tushabe, Vivo Energy Namibia MD Edward Walugembe and Group Executive Vice President for East & Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen receiving the award.

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has been awarded Vivo Energy Group’s Reputation Builders Award for its behavioural change campaign titled, ‘Heads Up!’

Vivo Energy’s Reputation Builders Award is awarded to a project or team that has made a significant contribution to improving the reputation of Vivo Energy with external stakeholders.

‘Heads Up!’ was launched in 2019 with an aim of creating awareness about the probable dangers that school children using public motorcycle transportation, commonly referred to as ‘boda bodas’, face during their daily commute to and from school ; mostly without the required safety helmets.

The partnership between Vivo Energy Uganda and Safe Boda Uganda saw both companies donate child helmets to 12 public schools in high traffic areas of Kampala.

School heads distributed and managed their use among their respective pupils that use motorcycle transportation to attend school.

Announcing the award at the Group’s annual Leadership Conference, the Vivo Energy Group Head of Communications, Rob Foyle said, “The annual Vivo Awards are important as they allow us the chance to both celebrate success, and also recognise and reward some of the best work that’s completed all across our company. Congratulations to team Uganda for winning this award.”

Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director, Gilbert Assi said, “This is a great honour for our company and for our Corporate Communications team, which is in charge of managing Vivo Energy Uganda’s reputation with all stakeholders through socially impactful community initiatives in education, environment and road safety.”

“Creating safe road users also requires that we increase public awareness about their role in enhancing their own safety. We hope that this campaign will continue to inspire the introduction and enforcement of policy to address regulation of safe transportation of children using motorcycle transportation to and from schools,’’ he added.

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MTN Uganda Rewards the First Winners of new campaign “MoMoPay Trolley Dash”

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MTN Uganda today started its MoMo Pay trolley dash campaign rewarding it’s first three winners each with 1 million worth of goodies at Ntinda based Fraine supermarket. The telecom giant last week announced it will reward 20 customers who are paying for their goods/services using MTN MoMoPay.

Wycliff Bamulanzeki, John Masembe, Ayiko Rogers, Sharon Tumusime, and Florence Amoit were the first winners of the new campaign however only Masembe, Tumusime, and Amoit were present today.

The trio participated in a UGX1 million trolley dash at Fraine Supermarket. Each took turn to shop their interest in a time period of 1 minute with conditions not to break anything or exceed UGX1 million.

On their thoughts of cashless payment, the trio commended MTN for introducing that ease payments. Quote, “this easy, fast and convenient.” For Mr. John Masembe he further stated that nearly 90% of his payments are through MoMoPay.

MoMoPay is a year old since its introduction in Uganda. And so far have over 80,000+ merchants from supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, hardware shops, fuel stations, among others registered.

MomoPay is to combat the pain experience by customers while making transactions – especially when it comes to customer’s change. Therefore, the telco through MomoPay is simplifying financial transactions by enabling people transact comfortably and conveniently using their mobile phones.

The Transaction

To be in position to use the MomoPay system, one has to be registered to MTN mobile money. Because you will have to pay for the product/service using mobile money at no extra cost. The customers sends money straight to the merchant’s code and all is done instantly.

Using Point of Sale (POS) systems

In supermarket for instance, you can use MoMoPay on POS. Using the scenario of Shoprite, from the POS machine. One selects option to pay using MomoPay. Inserts their mobile phone number, and confirm payment from the phone using mobile money pin.

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MTN Uganda launches 5G connectivity, first in East Africa and 3rd in Africa with connection

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MTN Uganda has today taken internet connectivity to another level. With fourth-generation (4G) technology still staggering, the leading telecom company in Uganda has introduced 5G connectivity. At an event today at the offices in Kololo, MTN Uganda demonstrated the first live demo of 5G network in Uganda in an event presided over by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhana Rugunda who represented President Yoweri Museveni fulfilling their earlier promise to commercially roll out 5G in before 2020 ends.“5G will make our life better, drive incremental capacity and open up new businesses. MTN as a company is constantly making efforts to break barriers by democratizing voice and data connectivity in order to improve subscriber experience,” said MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte.

It is also expected that with an adequate spectrum allocated to the 5G standard, the increased capacity would result in lower data cost to Uganda.

MTN is working with South Korean firm ZTE the market leaders in 5G. ZTE is already working with operators to out 5+.

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