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Sheraton participates in the Marriott Appreciation week

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Sheraton Kampala hotel joined the rest of the Marriott hotels last week to celebrate and appreciate employees for their dedication, commitment and outstanding service to the hotel.

Each year, Marriott International marks the anniversary of its founding by dedicating a week to celebrate and acknowledge Marriott employees for their effort and contribution towards exceptional services and recognize them as the true essence behind excellent customer care.

As an associate of Marriott hotels, Sheraton Kampala hotel celebrated the week by organizing a series of activities which included staff competition, awarding the best performing employees and playing fun games at the hotel gardens among others. Also the Senior Management Team prepared different food delicacy from their country of origin and served employees lunch at the staff canteen.

For example the GM Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt cooked a Brazilian meal; Deputy GM Mr. Martin Bredenoord prepared a South Africa delicacy, Mr. Deepak, Head of Food and Beverage offered the Indian cuisine food whereas Mrs. Helen Ssali, Learning and Development Manager prepared a delicious Luwombo to represent the central Uganda tradition gastronomy.

According to the hotel’s General Manger, Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt, the associate appreciate week is an annual Marriott culture event set aside every year to appreciate and recognize its employees for the hard work and dedicated efforts in ensuring that there is a soon running at the hotel across all facilities.

“As a place where people come to gather, we appreciate the work our employees do to ensure that everything goes well. This is because they are the ones that make everything happen and that without the associates there would be no Sheraton Kampala Hotel,” Mr. Bittencourt emphasized.

Joselyn Ngiine, the PR and Marketing Manager at the Hotel argued that the Associate Appreciation Week creates greater staff engagement within the Sheraton family and builds a stronger team synergy.

“The week provides an opportunity to engage with external talents and build a stronger pool of talent with the Marriott ecosystem. It also allows our staff member to grow talents to meet Marriott hospitality standards and inspire them to continuously better themselves for their personal career growth,” she noted.

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UAERA refutes Hon. Nambooze human trafficking allegations

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Recently Mukono legislature Hon Berry Nambooze made a Facebook post that pinned a labour exporting company of bidding Ugandans abroad. Nambooze alleged that a one Dorreen Magezi was placed on a stall and sold to the highest bidder at $3000. While addressing the press today, Ruth Karungi, Director Marphine International, a labour agency that took Magezi to Jordan said that her company is registered and legally operating. She added on that she has taken over 100 girls who are happy and Magezi was not arrested as earlier reported.

“Magezi was only taken to record a statement so that we find out if she was tortured and follow up with our sister company in Jordan, “said Karungi

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According to Karungi, by the time Hon. Betty Nambooze posted the story, she had already booked a ticket for Magezi however she missed the flight prompting her to book for her another flight.While speaking on Phone, a one Pastor Sarah who Magezi is currently with said Magezi was not tortured but rather had medical complications and she is currently out of danger.

“I am not a trafficker, my husband Henry never ordered for the arrest of anyone, he was not even in the country,” Karungi added.

Karungi also presented Whatasp screenshots that she claimed where between Magezi and her boyfriend. According to the chat, her boyfriend was asking her to forge a reason so that she could be returned home.

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Coca-Cola named Most Admired Brand in Uganda

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Coca-Cola has been recognized as the overall most admired brand in Uganda according to the 7th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands report released by Brand Africa in partnership with Brand Leadership, Geopoll and Kantar and Publics Africa. The list is based on the comprehensive Pan-African survey of the most admired brands among African consumers.

Upon receiving the award, Ms. Mariam Limo Coca-Cola Brand Manager in Uganda appreciated Brand Africa for recognizing brands that are working tirelessly to create positive change in the daily lives of their consumers and the communities they live and work in.

“It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of the hardworking team at Coca-Cola. This award is an affirmation of the work that has been done to create a positive brand image through our various campaigns, quality products and promotions,” she noted.

In Uganda, beverage giant Coca-Cola has been behind great campaigns such as the Copa Coca-Cola Uganda’s largest brand-supported grassroots football tournament, Coke Studio that empowers artists across Africa, and many others that have left a lasting influence on many Ugandans across the country. Coca-Cola has also committed to environmental sustainability through different recycling initiatives in line with their ‘World without Waste’ campaign that aims to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can for every one it sells globally by 2030.

“The scope of the Brand Africa study across such a diverse sample and geographic spread would be impossible to achieve using traditional research methodologies. Using GeoPoll’s mobile-based research platform and large panel of respondents, we were able to quickly gather more than 15,000 brand mentions from 25 countries in Africa, providing brands with valuable data that will inform their growth. GeoPoll was pleased to partner with Brand Africa once again to gather this vital research across Africa,” says Nicholas Becker, GeoPoll CEO.

Kantar analyzed the resultant 15 500+ brand mentions and 2 200+ individual brands and created a weighted scoring to produce the Top 100 brands.

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Airtel Uganda reduces calling rates

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Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar addresses guests during a business breakfast held recently

Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar

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In a bid to remain customer centric and provide affordable products, Airtel Uganda has announced a tariff reduction in its calling rates across all networks.

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The rates have been reduced from a flat rate of Ush4  per second to Ush3 per second for clients calling to other networks or Airtel to Airtel. The new Tariff is for prepaid customers as postpaid customers already enjoy Ush3 per second across all networks.

According to Mr V.G Somasekhar, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Airtel is committed to serve customers with quality network at the most affordable rates.

“We always commit to affordability and simplicity in our operations. When you make any call, from anywhere at any time you are guaranteed to spend only Ush3 per second. A minute is as low as Ush180 across all networks,” he said.

Airtel is the fastest growing telecom brand in Uganda resulting from the extensive network rollout that has happened in the last one year to build Uganda’s only 100% 4G network.

Airtel currently boasts of 1,632 sites and over 3,900 kilometers of fiber across Uganda covering 95.9% population, making it possible for subscribers around the country to enjoy an improved experience in internet based activities.

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