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South African Tourism congratulates African National Championship 2014 qualifiers

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“South Africa can’t wait to welcome the rest of the continent back for another remarkable soccer tournament in 2014” Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism.

 SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM congratulates each of the 16 giants of African soccer that qualified for the African National Championship 2014(CHAN) and looks forward to welcoming the teams and their fans back to South Africa next year.

“The passion and energy of AFCON 2013 – as Africa came together in South Africa and celebrated the game of soccer as one – was incredible. CHAN moves to three new host cities in South Africa and they are eagerly preparing for the tournament next year. We invite all soccer enthusiasts to come to South Africa to support their teams and to enjoy the diverse leisure and lifestyle activities here in South Africa,” says South African Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Thulani Nzima.

The cities: Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Polokwane were announced by the Local Organising Committee (LOC). The three cities offer soccer fans limitless choices for adventure, culture and heritage, shopping, dining, nightlife, wine tasting and scenic beauty… and opportunities aplenty to make new friends.

“African tourists are the backbone and lifeblood of South Africa’s tourism industry, and they are highly valued by the destination. African markets are critical markets, and South Africa invests heavily in growing its share of visitors from the rest of the continent. In 2012 tourist arrivals from regional Africa grew by 8.5%. The individual markets performed really well: Nigeria grew by 13.8%t, Ghana grew by 23.8 %, Uganda grew by 7.4%, Kenya grew by 9 %, Angola grew by 21.7 % and Tanzania grew by 25.4 %.

“CHAN gives South Africa an important platform to follow up on the awareness and visibility that AFCON afforded us earlier this year as we continue to entrench South Africa’s status as a welcoming, exciting, alluring, capable and accessible destination. We want to build on that momentum, push it forward and keep African tourist arrivals to South Africa growing strongly,” concludes Nzima.

The 16 teams that will compete are: South Africa, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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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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Equity Bank Uganda targets Ugandans in the Diaspora

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Equity Bank Uganda will be showcasing feasible investment and banking opportunities for diaspora customers back home at this year’s Uganda North America Convention being held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, from August 29 to September 1, 2019.

A delegation led by the Bank’s Executive Director, Anthony Kituuka will be attending the Trade and Investment Forum, the Networking Mixer and Miss Uganda North America Beauty Pageant from Thursday August 29 to Friday, August 30. They will be sharing more information on diaspora savings, loans and money remittance facilities for Ugandans working globally but are interested in investing and banking in Uganda.

Speaking about the event, Mr. Kituuka said, “It is now very convenient for Ugandans working in the diaspora to run bank accounts back home. As one of the banks handling large inflows of diaspora remittances, we recognize that our customers residing in foreign countries require convenience when they want to transact back home. Our Diaspora banking services have all the features you need to manage your finances while working abroad,” he added.

The e-banking system allows Ugandans living in the diaspora to make money transfers through SWIFT services and thirteen money transfer solutions across the globe. The Bank also offers 24/7 banking support via online banking (EazzyNet), mobile banking (EazzyBanking App) as well as access to financing formortgages, land purchase and equity release facilities.

“We have taken appropriate security measures to ensure that account opening, transfer processes and management of bank accounts is seamless, “said Mr.Kituuka.

Equity Group has banking subsidiaries inUganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, DRC and Rwanda. Equity Group recently signed a preliminary agreement with Atlas Mara Limited that will see the Bank’s entry into Zambia and Mozambique. Most recently, it set up a Commercial Representative Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The World Bank and Bank of Uganda reports say Ugandan citizens in the diaspora have been sending home over a billion dollars over the last three years. In 2017, Ugandans in the diaspora sent home US $1.4 billion though that figure fell slightly to US$ 1.312 billion in 2018.

The theme for this year’s convention is Cultural Diversity and Economic Empowerment: Building a Stronger Diaspora Community while Miss Uganda North America is running under Empowering Young Women to Lead.



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The MultiChoice Talent Factory announces MTF Academy Class of 2019

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MultiChoice Africa is thrilled to announce that the final students for the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy Class of 2019 have been chosen. After a two-month long rigorous selection process across 13 African countries, 60 aspiring filmmakers representing East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa will begin their 12-month training programme at the MTF Academies in Nairobi, Lusaka & Lagos in October this year.

The final candidates were selected after a rigorous interview and adjudication process by film and television experts, as well as regional Academy Directors Njoki Muhoho (East Africa), Berry Lwando (Southern Africa) and Femi Odugbemi (West Africa). Launched in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Africa’s ground-breaking corporate shared value (CSV) initiative, the MTF Academy is a 12-month fully-funded training programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of passionate young film creatives. As the first touchpoint of the shared-value initiative, the academy’s curriculum was tailored alongside MultiChoice Africa partner institutions Pan-Atlantic University in Lekki, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, which will respectively confer the course qualification upon completion of the academy programme.

In addition, The Henley Business School offers an orientation intervention to the students at the beginning and end of the 12-month programme. The appetite for training opportunities across Africa is massive within the creative film and TV industry, according to MultiChoice Talent Factory Director Cheryl Uys-Allie, which is exactly why the MTF Academy programme was launched.“As one of the few industry players that not only tell African stories but also invest in them, the need for a dynamic training programme such as the MTF Academy has been a long time coming. As MultiChoice Africa, we always ask ourselves: what’s next in the industry, and how can we better prepare for it? The MTF Academy was the answer to that question: By giving young Africans the chance to hone their television and film production skills,” says Uys-Allie.The Class of 2019 is hot on the heels of the inaugural Class of 2018, who are ready to graduate and have their first films screened on M-Net channels and Showmax.

This year’s class will reap the additional rewards of -new partnerships between the MTF Academy and Jasco Broadcast Solutions as well as Nihilent with its connection to Bollywood, as well as existing partnerships with the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA), DOLBY Institute and Universal Music Nigeria (UMG). As part of their curriculum, the 2019 candidates will also be exposed to the MTF Masterclasses, aimed at upskilling industry professionals and emerging creatives alike by offering exclusive access to practical, expert-led industry skills workshops across the 13 participating countries. Here’s to another year of investing directly in Africa’s dynamic storytelling spirit through the MTF Academy!

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