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TDB donates medical equipment and supplies to local hospitals to boost their efforts in fight against COVID-19

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Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has donated different types of locally-procured medical supplies, medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) to close to Ugandan 60 hospitals

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As part of its Covid-19 Emergency Response Programme (CERP), the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has donated different types of locally-procured medical supplies, medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) to close to Ugandan 60 hospitals, in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda and the country’s National Response Fund to Covid-19.

Donated supplies include: 1,060 examination gloves, 500 surgical gloves, 1,000 surgical masks with folds, 1,000 NK95 respirators, 500 fluid-resistant coveralls, 300 face shields, 600 protective goggles, 1,000 heavy duty aprons, 800 heavy duty gloves, 120 gum boots, 500 cotton wools, 480 safety boxes, 300 fluid resistant gowns, 500 sanitizers, 500 sodium hypochlorite, and 100 infra-red thermometers.

The supplies were handed over during a ceremony hosted by the Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda by – on behalf of TDB – Mr. Richard Byarugaba, Managing Director of Uganda’s National Social Security Fund and shareholder representative on the TDB Board of Governors, to Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, Chairperson of the National Response Fund to Covid-19.

“This donation will enhance Ugandan hospitals and health care workers’ level of preparedness to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and make sure that they, themselves, are adequately protected to continue helping others,” said Mr. Byarugaba.

“We are delighted to contribute to the efforts deployed by the Government of Uganda towards the fight against Covid-19,” added Admassu Tadesse, TDB President and Chief Executive. “Indeed, we are working hard in tandem with various partners in our Member States to curb the spread of the virus and mitigate its impact. This urgent action complements the reprioritized financing interventions we are rolling-out for enterprises, sovereigns and financial institutions via TDB’s operations complex. It is only by acting in solidarity that will shall defeat this common enemy”.

Mary Kamari, TDB Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Executive commented that, “CERP is part of TDB’s COVID-19 broad response plan. So far, this targeted direct assistance programme has delivered to various TDB Member States medical supplies, equipment & PPEs, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions, support to local SMEs, to women and youth employment, as well as a contribution to the African Union’s Africa CDC, among other actions.”

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Thousands of lives impacted by MTN MoMo Nyabo Promotion

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Betty Nanfuka and her husband jubilate after receiving their money won in MTN MoMo Nyabo promo.

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For three years now, Telecom giant, MTN Uganda runs an annual Mobile Money Promotion known as MoMoNyabo. All MTN customers are eligible to participate and they are required to perform an MTN MoMo activity such as buying airtime, sending money or making payments in order to be stand a chance of winning.

The Covid-19 pandemic presented a different scenario with people’s lives being affected adversely affected both on a personal or business perspective. To that end MTN decided to stand with its customers as they were going through the rebuilding process. This year’s MoMo Nyabo promotion focused on giving out Mobile Money prizes with the aim of helping people to financially rebuild following the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic that has left many people financially struggling.

After the six weeks’ promotion that saw over 1.2 Billion shillings in prize money and over 7000 winners from all walks of life and different parts of the country, Steven Nsubuga, the MoMo Nyabo Project Manager had this to say: “We have seen winners including teachers, farmers, hair stylists, students, business people, cab drivers and many others and we hope their prize money goes a long way in helping them during this period as they rebuild.”

He added; “More and more customers are embracing MTN MoMo because it is convenient and versatile with customers making all kinds of payments, sending and receiving money across Uganda, throughout East Africa and indeed around the world and customers are also saving and borrowing using MoKash.”

As suggested by the name “MoMo Nyabo Together”, the promotion saw the winners sharing some of their prize money with their loved ones or communities as a way of helping each other rebuild ‘together’ as we continue coping with the effects of the pandemic.

For instance, Elikana Ecima, a headteacher from Arua, one of the winners who got UGX5,000,000 chose his wife Angucia Neria as a beneficiary to the money he won. Whereas Neria walked away with UGX2,000,000, he stayed with UGX3,000,000. Ecima was one of the several winners who took part in the MoMo Nyabo Together TV game show hosted by Zahara Toto and Patricko Mujuuka.

There were 2 daily winners from Monday to Friday who were randomly chosen and called in the TV show. Apart from the winners like Ecima who were called in studio, there were 250 people who won UGX 50,000 everyday which was sent to their phones using MTN MoMo. All they had to do was pay for anything using MTN MoMo and stand a chance to win.

According to Stephen Mutana, the General Manager MTN Mobile Financial Services, this promotion was aimed at giving back to the customers that have supported MTN and the MTN Mobile Money services altogether.

“The promotion came to a successful end last week and we couldn’t be any happier. We are glad we were able to not only give back to our customers but we also showed our commitment to stand with our customers during hard times such as this one,” Mutana said. He urged the MTN customers to continue using MTN MoMo because of its safety, convenience and affordability.

Christina Molly Kabuye one of the MoMoNyabo Together Promotion winners from Sembabule district praised MTN for remembering its customers especially in these hard times.

Like Kabuye, many of the winners were thankful to MTN for choosing to reward them with Mobile Money at a time when they least expected it.

From paying hospital bills to revamping businesses and paying school fees, the MTN MoMoNyabo Together promotion has resuscitated the lives of many Ugandans and their loved ones in so many ways.

Having run the impactful MTN MoMoNyabo promotion between July and August to help its customers rebuild from the devastating Covid-19 financial disruptions, MTN Uganda has, this month of September shifted its attention to protecting its customers and the entire nation at large by encouraging mask wearing as one of the most effective ways of preventing the virus.

Dubbed #WearItForMe, the campaign will see MTN reach out to the communities to embrace the much-needed behavior change as a way of fighting the spread of Corona virus.

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Mentor Senior Secondary School crowned Stanbic National Schools Champions

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Mentor Senior Secondary School from Lira district emerged winners of the 5th edition of the Stanbic Bank National Schools Championship

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Mentor Senior Secondary School from Lira district have emerged winners of this year’s Stanbic Bank National Schools Championship. This after a panel of judges selected their business plan, Edutele, an education consultancy service that has been helping students attend virtual classes during the lock down, as the overall best startup.

The other finalists were Nabisunsa Girls School from Central Uganda, Kyebambe Girls from Western Uganda, and Mpumudde Seed Senior School from Eastern Uganda.

Unlike the previous National School Championships, this year brought together all students and schools that have excelled in the championship and continue to nurture the businesses that they started as a result of the championship.

The three in one awards ceremony had three categories of winners involving both the students, alumni and existing schools from past years under the categories; Startup challenge – New business ideas generated, BizGrow challenge – Existing businesses in schools from past four years and AlumGrow challenge – National Schools alumni personal businesses.

Some 600 business ideas were generated during the course of the competition compared to 400 last year. Students were also challenged to take into account the COVID-19 pandemic and present business plans that were in conformity to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Also notable this year, was that most of the activities during the qualifying stages were carried out online due to the pandemic that forced the government to close educational institutions at the end of March. However there was no letup in the enthusiasm among the students.

Barbara Kasekende, Stanbic Bank’s Corporate Social Investments (CSI) Manager speaking during the awards ceremony at Sheraton hotel Kampala said, “I have been amazed by the kind of projects the students came up with. They managed to find gaps in their communities where they live and proposed solutions for these challenges including COVID-19. Just over 60% of the business plans entailed the manufacture of hand sanitizers and/or similar sanitation products.”

The Stanbic National Schools Championship, now in its 5th edition, is the Bank’s flagship CSI programme. Its aim is to enhance skills development through equipping students with entrepreneurship and critical thinking skills in an effort to help prepare them to be job creators in the future.

“The students displayed an amazing ‘I Can Do it’ attitude which is part and parcel of why this CSI programme remains so popular five years after we started this initiative. We started out with 40 schools. Last year 72 schools took part, but this year we had 100.” She added.

Apart from business proposals to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, students also presented proposals for reusable sanitary pads, potato processing, flavored ghee, digital services for marketing and learning.

In 2016 and, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Championship was launched.

Since then, several partners from both the public and private sector have come onboard. Today, the programme has over 12 partners and continues to run with the theme ‘Empowering the job creators of tomorrow’.

The focus is on entrepreneurship and life skills in order to empower young people to relate with the new modern world.

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Airtel Uganda announces partnership with Jumia

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Airtel Uganda has launched a partnership with Jumia to enable subscribers to complete payments directly on the platform.

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Airtel Uganda has announced a partnership with Jumia that will enable subscribers to complete payments directly on the platform.

The partnership enables Airtel Uganda subscribers to quickly and conveniently make payments for their purchases across all Jumia platforms ensuring cashless transactions that are safer especially in the current times when the world is faced with a global pandemic.

“We are excited to partner with Jumia to offer customers a convenient, safe, fast and secure payment solution on one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Uganda at no extra charge,” commented Airtel Money Head Merchant Portfolio Mr. Godfrey Muhindo.

“This partnership is a significant step forward in our ambition to digitize Ugandans and promote financial inclusion,” he added.

Jumia is the largest online marketplace in Uganda providing a platform for thousands of consumers and vendors across Uganda to connect and transact.

“The launch of Airtel money payment onto our platform is a huge addition that we believe will benefit our consumers. Millions of Ugandans depend on mobile money to make their daily transactions, and by expanding our payment methods to include Airtel money, it will make it easier for more consumers to incorporate online shopping as part of their daily transactions,” said Ron Kawamara Jumia Uganda CEO.

The service is easy to use once the customer is subscribed to both Airtel Money and the Jumia platform.

The new service is valid for all Jumia consumers across the country and for all items available on the Jumia platform including the Jumia Food platform.

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Shell Gas refill prices slashed

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Vivo Energy Uganda, has launched its “Shell Gas Refill Nyongeza” slashing Shell Gas refill prices.

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In order to make cooking gas even more affordable for all, Vivo Energy Uganda has launched a new campaign dubbed “Shell Gas Refill Nyongeza” in which Shell Gas refill prices have been slashed to UGX 44,000, UGX 86,000 and UGX 247,000 for the 6kg, 12kg and 45kg respectively.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Moses Kebba, the Marketing Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda said that the campaign is intended to further ease financial strain on loyal customers and reward them for continually selecting the Shell Gas brand as their cooking solution over the years.

With the recent waiver announced by the government on VAT on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – commonly known as cooking gas, it is anticipated that the public will better embrace the usage of gas as the most ideal and safer cooking solution in their homes, as it will be more affordable in comparison to the past.

“We applaud this move by the government to make cooking gas more affordable for Ugandans especially during this period where the economy has been hit hard with the Coronavirus. As a business, we are committed to supporting our customers in any initiative they undertake to take on more efficient and eco-friendly cooking options, and we encourage them to continue using Shell Gas which is a safer, cleaner and more affordable”, noted Moses Kebba.

Uganda loses an estimated 100,000 hectares of forest cover annually, which is mainly attributed to wood based cooking energy like charcoal and firewood, options that many look at as a cheaper cooking option. The reduction in gas prices therefore presents an opportunity for potential customers to switch from the traditional less environmentally friendly options.

To be able to enjoy these further discounted refill offers on Shell Gas, customers are advised to look out for the Shell Gas refill van in their areas or at different activation points of sale. Shell Gas customers can also enjoy more convenience with our recently introduced free home delivery services for both new purchases and refills across greater Kampala.

Shell Gas refill ‘Nyongeza’ promotion will run until 21st October 2020.

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