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SACCOS ADOPT A NEW ENVIRONMENTALLY SAVVY LOAN PRODUCT – SUPA SIGIRI

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Over 100 Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisations (SACCOs) within Kampala and Wakiso Districts have adopted a new loan product dubbed Supa Sigiri, which is an environmentally savvy improved cook stove that uses less charcoal, emits less smoke and cooks faster than ordinary sigiri’s.

The Supa Sigiri cook stoves which are an initiative of the Government of Uganda through the Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion Project were showcased to SACCO members during an exclusive Luncheon held at Hotel Africana on 30th August 2019.

Speaking during the SACCO Luncheon, Robert Semakula Distribution Consultant for Dreamline Consortium in charge of Supa Sigiri’s awareness campaign explained that beyond just collecting savings, SACCOs need to be of better use to their members by sharing tips that help members grow financially.

He said, ‘Using Supa Sigiri improved cook stoves is an example of how SACCO members can save and develop financially because the cook stove uses less charcoal than ordinary sigiris meaning that SACCO members will be able to save 50% in home charcoal expenses. Members of SACCOs can pay for the Supa Sigiri cook stoves in instalments using loans provided by their SACCO.’

Along with introducing the Supa Sigiri cook stoves at the Luncheon, attendees attained financial tips from renowned financial expert Sam Sejjaaka – Professor; MAT Abacus Business School.

He advised SACCO leaders to offer members loans based on their character rather than their security. He also called on SACCOs to offer finance literacy courses to their members that would help keep them financially secure even during retirement.

Semakula concluded the Luncheon by thanking members for attending, he explained that although the cookstove can be obtained on an individual basis with cash, people are encouraged to buy the cookstove through their SACCOS such that members are able to leverage on their membership to obtain the cook stove on credit. As well, SACCOs would benefit through interest on the loans to members as per their internal rules.

Present SACCO also signed commitment forms with the Supa Sigiri team thereby inviting them to come showcase and share in detail the benefits of using Supa Sigiris at their respective workplaces.

The Supa Sigiri cookstove comes in 7 brand options namely Ugastove, Potential Energy, Envirofit, Ecozoom, Jikokoa, Bold and the Biolite, with prices ranging from 17,000 Ushs to 200,000 Ushs only.

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BROOKSIDE EXCITES REVELLERS WITH MEGA PRODUCT DISCOUNTS AT THE FIRST EVER KAMPALA FOODIE STREET

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Kampala. Brookside Limited on Saturday excited revellers with mega product discounts and free sampling at the first ever Kampala Foodie Street by Kampala Capital City Authority and My Food Network held at Parliamentary Avenue with the aim of showcasing food consumed by Kampala city dwellers ranging from low to high end food outlets and vendors.

Speaking during the event, General Manager Sales, Brookside Limited – Joseph Awino said, ‘Brookside Limited produces a wide range of homogenized and pasteurized dairy products to include Fresh milk, flavoured milk, Long life or UHT milk, powdered milk, Yoghurt, Butter, Ghee and Cream. All these products are quality assured and safe for human consumption, hence the need to showcase them and sample participants at the inaugural Kampala Foodie Street by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).’

‘We offered mega discounts and free sampling of our new Brookside fruit yoghurt at the inaugural Kampala Foodie Street to allow more consumers enjoy this refreshing and nutritious product, which contains real fruit and does not have preservatives or artificial additives. The combination of Yoghurt and Fruits which are both nutrient-rich foods gives consumers a blend of nutrients to include Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, Calcium and Potassium among others, makes the new Brookside Fruit Yoghurt, a healthy and nutritious choice,’ added Awino.

At Brookside Limited, we are committed to delivering quality throughout our entire value chain that begins at the farm and ends with the consumers. We believe that good quality milk products are made from good quality milk and we have therefore invested in stringent milk testing procedures both upstream and downstream to ensure that only high quality milk is used in all our products, Awino said. ‘Through robust research, heightened investment and quality assurance, Brookside Limited will continue developing product innovations that are not only healthy, nutritious but also address the ever-changing diverse consumer needs and preferences.’


Brookside Limited products are certified by ISO, Uganda National Bureau of Standards and Uganda Halal Bureau. Brookside Limited is also a proud winner of the ISO FSSC 22000 certification which is the highest standard of efficient food safety management, Superbrands Customer Choice Award, The President’s Export Award 2017 and the UNBS Laboratory technical competence recognition 2018.   

The children did not miss out on the fun as Brookside Limited entertained them at the Kids Corner through engaging face painting, lots of games, hula-hoop dancing and free goodies.


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‘No Excuse’ Campaign goes to MUBS

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The behavioral change campaign dubbed “No Excuse” with the aim of addressing the predicament of sexual harassment in the country has taken a step further by taking campaign to University students and Nakawa based MUBS had its turn today. “No Excuse” will address the subject by calling for smart drinking measures among its consumers,since alcohol abuse has been identified as one of the primary catalysts for sexual harassment.

The aim of the ‘No Excuse’ campaign is to:

• shine a spotlight on the sexual harassment problem.

• to bring about a change in long established societal behaviours and attitudes

• to activate bystanders with the aim of decreasing and preventing this act

• challenge the public to take appropriate action against perpetrators of sexual harassment

• encourage stakeholders to support the victims to access appropriate support services.

Attention is increasingly being paid to the prevalence of this vice in Uganda. Whether this is down to more cases being reported or the abuse is on the rise, is a matter worth investigating. What is certain, is that the public space in which women can freely express themselves must be guarded. This calls for collective reflection by all stakeholders on the measures to be undertaken to ensure that every individuals rights and freedom are protected as enshrined in the constitution under Article 20. Utilizing the brand’s online platforms, the campaign will implore the public have its say on what constitutes sexual harassment.

The information will be curated and the data presented into a communication campaign to both raise awareness and also educate the public about sexual harassment while changing people’s attitudes and beliefs. Francis Nyende, the Nile Special Brand Manager said, “It is a good thing that the plight of women regarding sexual harassment is edging to the fore of the national discourse. But it’s also rather disturbing that almost daily there’s a story about a woman that has been sexually harassed. As one of the leading Ugandan brands we have decided to champion the cause. ”Our ultimate goal is to reduce and prevent the incidences of sexual harassment, which affects the lives of too many women, both directly and indirectly, and thereby make a much safer society. “Some of the places where women are more susceptible to sexual harassment is during the nightlife (bars, discos etc).

At certain hours of the night, after consuming a couple of bottles, some men throw caution to the wind at the expense of the women. So we are here to educate revelers that they should drink smart, there’s no excuse for sexual harassment,” says Nyende. Ms. Gloria Nakafeero, the Commissioner Gender and Women Affairs, Ministry of Gender,Labour and Social Development said, “We are using the ‘No Excuse’ campaign as a catalyst toget people to question themselves and their behaviors. We are aware that by identifying the problem we shall need to do more to try and create meaningful change. So by raising awareness about the issue, the existing laws and policies as well as the existing support services, we will contribute towards positive change in attitudes to make sexual harassment “inexcusable” and unacceptable and demand positive actions towards the elimination of sexual harassment.I am happy to be associated with the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign.

It always starts with a simple insight. What rings true for me was the idea that in Uganda, whenever we observe or encounter of sexual harassment, we’re inclined to absent ourselves of any responsibility – or worse still, excuse behaviour that’s totally inexcusable.” Article 24 of the constitution protects the dignity of every one in Uganda. No person shall be subjected to any form of inhuman or degrading treatment. This includes respect of a person to their psychological or mental wellbeing.

Learn more at the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign websitewww.noexcuse.ug

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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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