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UBA holds workshop to guide entrepreneurs on writing winning proposals

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Entrepreneurs take notes during the workshop.

Entrepreneurs take notes during the workshop.

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation, the leading African-funded and founded philanthropy committed to empowering African entrepreneurs, is now accepting applications for the 2019 cohort of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme (TEF EP).

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The Programme is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs. The Programme’s objective is to generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and create at least $10 billion in new business revenue across Africa.

In 2018 over 2,210 Ugandans entrepreneurs applied for the program, ranking Uganda the third highest after Nigeria and Kenya in submissions. Over 126 Ugandan applicants were successful and received in the USD 5000, seed capital in 2018.

Since inception over 300 Ugandan entrepreneurs have benefited from the program. Over the years, the bank realised the reason most applicants were unsuccessful was because they lacked knowledge on how to write well thought proposals. It is behind this background that the bank last weekend launched an application drive workshop to guide entrepreneurs write winning proposals.

In an interview with Paul Luyima, Head Retail and SME Banking, he stated, “We want to prepare them; polish their proposals and approaches to make their applications more competitive. During the training, we highlight key focus areas for all young entrepreneurs to consider; from operations to managing their first revenue. We also invited successful TEF Fellows; Racheal Rwantale and Kenneth Twesigye to have a talk with the invites to further encourage and inspire them considering they were once seeking seed capital and now they are CEOs of successful capacity building businesses.”

Kenneth Twesigye, Alumni TEF Entrepreneurship Programme and CEO of TechBuzz applauded TEF EP’s commitment to support African entrepreneurs and advised the guests to look for a problem and be the solution. “This concept alone is the starting point up your ladder of success.” He commented.

Twesigye revealed that he was shortlisted in 2016 after which the cohort underwent training and mentorship programmes where they learnt on business and financial planning before the funds were disbursed. “It has since been well over two years and I currently have a government contract to support young IT entrepreneurs.”

Now in its 5th year, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme has empowered 4,470 entrepreneurs, using a bespoke and robust selection, training and implementation process to create visible and sustainable impact across all 54 African countries. UBA Uganda Commits to host annual workshops to continue giving support to ambitious applicants.

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Kawempe blesses Chameleone for new political journey, declares self independent candidate for Mayoral race 2021

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Celebrated singer Jose Chameleone aka Joseph Mayanja today started his journey to his political career. On 8th April the singer in a press conference announced he had intentions to run for Mayor ce 2021.

This morning Joseph Mayanja started his journey with a visit to his birthplace in Kawempe where he did general cleaning in Kawempe market before he played soccer with natives.

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Joseph Mayanja then addressed residents and made his intentions for Mayoral race more clear. “I started my music journey here and you were the first people to support and push harder. Today I begin a new journey and I seek your blessings like you did with my music journey 20 years ago.” Chameleone said.

Joseph Mayanja has over time stressed he doesn’t hold any political card as he is an independent candidate. “I do not belong to any party, I am independent.”

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Kabira Country Club to host Easter Carnival

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The Easter holiday is upon us. In the spirit of Easter celebration, Kabira Country Club is organizing a mega Easter Carnival slated for Saturday, April 13th.

Dubbed “Kabira Easter market”, it will be a fun-filled affair featuring an artisan market with over 100 vendors and lots of entertainment including a live band. There will also be plenty of kids’ activities like face painting, egg treasure hunt, and full access to a playground fitted with jumping castles, swings and more games.

The event is free entrance and gates will be opened mid-morning.

With 95 luxurious guest-rooms and exceptional amenities, Kabira Country Club offers a perfect getaway for relaxation.

“Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, Kabira Country Club has all you could possibly need in a modern, comfortable hotel, situated in a wonderful location.” Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira Country Club noted.

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Coca-Cola enabling access to safe drinking water for refugees in Uganda

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Mark Hoogendam General Manager UBC - South Sudan Coca Cola poses for a photo with the local community.

Mark Hoogendam, General Manager UBC – South Sudan Coca Cola poses for a photo with the local community.

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Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company remains committed to the communities of the countries where it operates through a newly launched collaboration with Spain for UNHCR (The United Nations Refugee Agency). The project, known as “Water Assistance for South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda” is designed to ensure access to safe drinking water for South-Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

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Guaranteeing access to clean water and sanitation services for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda is the driving priority behind the collaboration between Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Spain for UNHCR. The project will be carried out in the settlement of Bidibidi, located in the district of Yumbe, west of the Nile River. As the largest camp for refugees from South Sudan, it covers approximately 234 square kilometers.

UNHCR and Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company seek to improve the water supply situation at the Bidibidi refugee camp settlement through installing a hybrid system that will ease extraction from one of the existing wells. In total, there are two functional hand pumps, one of them being this deep well where pumping water requires the strength of minimum two adults, meaning the process is strenuous and difficult. This new system will provide clean water to more than 6.500 people, covering a distance of 9km radius from the water site and creating 7 different distribution points, it is estimated that the recommended availability of 20L per person per day when the site is fully operating will be achieved.

Having access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure is key to ensure a healthy life. Additionally, clean water availability has the power to encourage gender equality, further education and generate income for people who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of war, persecution and violence.

Yet millions of people across the world are deprived of this essential need. The issue is particularly problematic in Southern Africa. The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone must spend up to 40 billion hours per day collecting water.

The United Nations has also resolved that all refugees or asylum seekers must have access to safe drinking water. In Uganda, one of the largest countries of asylum in the world, 65.5% of over 1.22 million refugees come from South Sudan, where the conflict started in 2013 caused a massive exodus of civilians to neighboring countries.

Insufficient water supply in the Bidibidi settlement has led refugees to resort to collecting water from unprotected sources, including open ponds, streams and rivers, to meet domestic needs. Not only does this raise severe health concerns, but it also instigates gender issues and hinders education because women and children are generally the ones commissioned by their
families to fulfill the arduous task of extracting water from a deep well.

Other sources of clean water include tank trucks able to supply 40 m3 of water a day, a measure that is both expensive and unsustainable.

“Equatorial Coca-Cola has a long history supporting South Sudanese communities, we began our operations in the country in 2012, and we continue supporting them wherever they are, not only by providing beverages but with our community projects.” Mark Jan Hoogendam, General Manager, Equatorial Coca-Cola in South Sudan (UBC).

“Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda is honored to join Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company as they commission their collaboration with Spain for UNHCR in an initiative dubbed “Water Assistance for South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda” – Maureen Kyomuhendo, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda is already working with REHORE, a local NGO in Uganda to empower female refugees in three camps including Bidibidi under the Coca-Cola 5 by 20 program.

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