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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.

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 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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Africell Marketing boss quits

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Mohammad YahfoufiBy Our Reporter

Africell Uganda Marketing boss, Mohammad Yahfoufi is leaving the telecom company after 3 years.

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Yahfoufi joined Uganda’s third largest telecommunications company in June 2016 replacing Marvin Wiltshire Kagoro, who is currently the marketing and communications manager at Total Uganda.

Mohammad has been key in helping establish the digital marketing platforms of the telco. His impact has been enormous from setting up the company’s social media accounts, working to increase its following and establishing a successful influencer program.

In the three years he’s been with Africell, he also oversaw the telco’s flagship data marketing campaigns, namely: ‘Don’t be Cheated’, ‘SWIFT bundles’ and ‘Triple Data’.

Prior to joining Africell, the graduate of Marketing from Lebanese American University worked with multinational advertising company Leo Burnett, serving its unit in Dubai.

Also certified by Udacity for taking lessons in Google Adwords and Digital Marketing, Yahfoufi did his internship at Impact BBDO, another top advertising firm in the Middle East.

Mohammad is leaving the telecom industry for the betting world.

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MTN Foundation, UMC Victoria Hospital partner to offer free corrective surgery to children

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The MTN Foundation has inked a one-year partnership worth Ugx 184 million with UMC Victoria Hospital that will see the Bukoto based health facility provide free corrective surgery for over 80 children with special needs and/or disabilities in a bid to improve their quality of life.

Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony, the MTN Uganda Ag. CEO, Gordian Kyomukama reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment towards improving the livelihood of youth by enabling those who have had an unfortunate start to life.

“Removing the physical obstacles to the youngsters’ growth and development through corrective surgery will enable them to compete favourably and achieve their full potential in life within their respective communities. These are the success stories that we as a brand take pride in,” he said.

“In addition to the partnerships that we have forged with the Ministry of Health and over 15 health centres refurbished and re-equipped countrywide under our Access to Health Initiative (AHI), today we reiterate our desire to contribute to the wellbeing of our customers and Ugandans at large. It is commonly said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. We are pleased to play our part in this process as the MTN Foundation.” He added.

The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of UMC Victoria Hospital, Dr. Anurag Shah lauded the MTN foundation for coming to the rescue of the disadvantaged children.

“The lives of the children will be changed for the better, forever – thanks to this partnership. UMC Victoria Hospitals bring world class medical care, expertise, professionalism and requisite equipment and facilities to the service of Ugandans in need. It will be our absolute pleasure to transform the lives of the beneficiaries by enabling them to regain their mobility among other advantages. We are delighted to partner with MTN Foundation to help them realise their dreams,” said Dr. Shah.

UMC Victoria Hospital is an integrated healthcare delivery provider providing high quality medical and nursing services across a wide range of specialties. Bench-marked to international quality standards, having state-of-art laboratory and radiology diagnostic services, modular operating theatres, in-house pharmacy, the hospital is well equipped to provide convenient, patient focused, quality centric efficient services.

The one-year partnership between the MTN Foundation and UMC Victoria Hospital is supported under the key focus areas for the Foundation which is health. It will also see UMC Hospital engage MTN staff in its community outreaches and medical camps countrywide in weeks ahead and a visit to the hospital located in Bukoto, on the outskirts of the city.

The Foundation recently inked a similar partnership with Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for People with Disability in Uganda (CoRSU), a local NGO and hospital located in Kisubi to provide corrective surgery to eighty youth and children selected from all over Uganda specifically areas affected by conflict.

The MTN Uganda Foundation is a non-profit entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN Uganda implements its corporate social investments (CSI). The main objective of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in Education, Health and other National Priorities.

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Coca-Cola hands over Ramadan goodies to Muslim Community

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Beverages giant Coca-Cola has handed over essential items to the House of Zakaat organisation in a bid to recognize and celebrate the Holy month of Ramadhan with the Ugandan Muslim community.

House of Zakaat is a charity organization that collects zakat (alms) and distributes them to the people in need.

In partnership with SWT rice and Crystal oil, Coca-Cola handed over 250 cartons of soda and mineral water, 100 packs of rice and 240 bottles of cooking oil at Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Namanve.

Commenting about this initiative, Mr. Ivan Oboth congratulated the Ugandan Muslim Community upon reaching another Holy Month of Ramadhan.

“As a brand that unites Ugandans across different religions, cultures and socio-economic divides, we are proud to support the Muslim community with items that will assist them in preparing their Iftar meals. Apart from producing these products, it is our responsibility to ensure that they are closer to our consumers especially during the important occasions in their lives. We realize that during this season, muslims spend time together worshipping and sharing food and we are proud to add our package to this celebration,” he commented.

Deputy Supreme Mufti and CEO House of Zakaat Shiek Mahmood Kibaate thanked Coca-Cola for having the spirit of sharing, especially during this holy month.

“At this time in Ramadhan is when we need to reach out to the underprivileged the most. I thank Coca-Cola for entrusting us with the responsibility of distributing these items to the communities. We ask the Almighty Allah to reward Coca-Cola abundantly and request them to continue with this program,” he noted.

Last year, Coca-Cola visited over 100 mosques countrywide offering them foodstuffs and soft drinks to assist in breaking their fast.

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