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Vivo Energy Uganda celebrates triple I.S.O. certification

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has been awarded three standards certifications by the International Standards Organization (ISO). ISO is the global standard-setting body, comprised of representatives from various standards organisations.

Vivo Energy Uganda was awarded ISO 9001: 2015 Certification for implementing Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2015 Certification for Environmental Management System and ISO 45001:2018 Certification for Occupational Health and Safety.

Vivo Energy Uganda celebrated this milestone by hosting a dinner at Kampala Serena Hotel with its staff and various stakeholders, ranging from diplomatic heads of missions, government agencies, business partners and customers in attendance.

The Managing Director of Vivo Energy Uganda, Gilbert Assi noted that the triple ISO certification was the highest honour bestowed upon any company seeking excellence through implementing quality management systems.

“To Vivo Energy Uganda this will reinforce our company’s position as the most respected energy business in Uganda; which is in line with our company vision. We also believe that at the heart of Vivo Energy Uganda’s operations are our stakeholders and our commitment to excellence in health, safety, security and the environment (HSSE). To our company today, the announcement of our triple ISO certification is an affirmation of what we have always focused on as our work culture. The Vivo Energy way of carrying out key business operations is meant to be in the safest manner possible and with quality and efficiency in mind,” he said.

The Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Eng. Dr. Ben Manyindo hailed Vivo Energy Uganda for making a strategic decision to work to achieve certifications from ISO.

“The triple ISO certification is an important milestone for Vivo Energy Uganda and demonstrates desire to seek excellence in the quality of your products, services and overall health and safety of your employees and the environment. Congratulations,” he said.

Adding, “As the government body with a mandate is ensuring high standards in this country, we appeal to all companies to pursue not only national but also international certifications to ensure better management of their resources, an increase in profitability and stronger return on investments.”

Vivo Energy’s Executive Vice President for East and Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen, thanked the government for creating an enabling environment for the sector to thrive.

“Achieving the triple ISO certification enables key players like Vivo Energy to continue to meet our customers’ needs through the continuous pursuit of innovation and excellence in order to improve our product and services. Our continuous investment is also testament of our belief in the potential and vast opportunities for growth that the sector provides in Uganda. I congratulate the team at Vivo Energy Uganda for this achievement, and thank our partners for their continued support.”

The commissioner of Petroleum supply at Ministry of Energy Rev Frank Tukwasibwe who represented the Minister of Energy Irene Muloni noted that Vivo Energy Uganda’s triple ISO certification would be associated with a range of benefits that the company and its stakeholders and the sector at large would enjoy.

“The government of Uganda notes with appreciation the investments made by players in the sector such as yourselves, in ensuring that Ugandans receive the best value for their money. It makes us proud that Vivo Energy is championing this and leading further growth of the sector. The State will work to ensure that it continues to enable investment in the sector and continuous improvement overall,” he added.

He further encouraged the company to ensure compliance with the required standards set and to work towards sustaining the three certifications.

Vivo Energy Uganda also announced that it was working with the International Standards Organisation to pursue additional certification of its fuels laboratory in Kampala.

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Oulanyah Tells Off Nambooze; Take Matters Of Mistreated Ugandans Abroad To UAERA

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The Deputy Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has advised Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze to take matters of mistreated Ugandans abroad to the Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agency (UAERA).

Oulanyah also tasked UAERA to expeditiously handle the repatriation of workers stranded in foreign countries under uncomfortable working conditions.

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Oulanyah said labour export agencies that are licensed and operating within the law, subscribe to UAERA through payment of insurance, and should handle repatriation or treatment of workers.

“So there should not be any burden to any parent that their child is stranded somewhere and they are looking for money to repatriate them or that they should refund money before they are brought back,” Oulanyah explained.

The Deputy Speaker made the remarks in response to a concern raised by Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze on Thursday, 01 August 2019. Nambooze said that youth who sought employment abroad through labour agencies were stuck and unable to return to Uganda.

Nambooze noted that following the Deputy Speaker’s directive on18 July 2019, several girls are stranded at the Uganda embassy in the United Arab Emirates as they wait for support to return home.

This was after Nambooze raised procedure in which she asked Oulanyah to inform Parliament of a decision he had taken about setting up a select committee to investigate issues of mistreated Ugandans that go to work abroad because she was receiving new cases of Mistreated girls.

MP Betty NamboozeNambooze claims that when she raised the issue of 53 girls that were stranded at the Ugandan embassy in United Arab Emirates (UAE), the ambassador retaliated by chasing away the girls.

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Splash juice to be packed in plastic bottles

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Britania Allied Industries Limited has added a new product on to their wide range of juice brands, Splash Kachupa, which is splash juice packed in a plastic bottle. It comes in 3 flavours namely Mango, Apple and Orange.

Speaking at the launch of the new product at their Head office in Ntinda, the Managing Director of Britannia Allied Industries, Vinay Dawda, said that they recognized that consumers are looking for refreshing new options and some thing you can sip and keep.

“Our production facilities are among the most sophisticated and modern in the region and we possess a level of technological excellence compared to prevailing global standards. We have highly reliable process equipment and methods in all our production facilities” said Vinay.

“The launch of splash Kachupa is in line with our vision of becoming the largest food & beverage manufacturer in East Africa. The group will continue to introduce new products to meet the changing trends and need of the consumers” he added.

Splash is fruit Juice made from selected high-quality tropical fruits of Uganda and is available in 150ml, 250ml and 1 Litre.

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MTN Uganda celebrates Kabaka Coronation in style

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From sponsoring the live broadcast of the 26th coronation anniversary of Kabaka Ronald Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II on BBS TV to sending out various congratulatory messages to the King across all platforms, MTN Uganda left no stone unturned in expressing their love for the Kabaka and the Kingdom of Buganda.

The telecom giant lined up a series of activities across its offices and service centers in the central region to honor and pay allegiance to the King of Buganda as he marked yet another year on the throne.

Business came to a standstill at the Clock Tower MTN Service center in Downtown Kampala on Tuesday morning as the excited MTN staff articulated their love for the King and his Kingdom. All the staff turned up for work elegantly dressed in the traditional Regalia; Busuutis for the ladies and kanzus for the gents.

The mood was set by large banners bearing the Kabaka’s Portrait with the words “Wangaala Ayi Beene” written on them. The traditional dance troupe took the celebratory mood several notches higher with their electrifying Ganda dance to the various traditional folk songs accompanied by the beautiful sound of the local drums among other musical instruments.

The excited staff joined the dancers in performing the traditional ganda dance while singing along to the songs of praise to the Kabaka much to the enjoyment of the clients. The entertained clients who were seated in the waiting area could be seen capturing the moment on their smart phones.
Outside the service center was a multitude of the Kabaka die-hards who had gathered to sing and dance for the King.

Later in the afternoon, the party was moved to the MTN head offices at Nyonyi gardens. The staff found it hard to stay at their desks when the captivating sound of the drums hit their ears. They all gathered in the parking lot to partake in the celebrations of the great historical day in Buganda, the region in which the company’s head offices are set.

Buganda is the largest monarch in Uganda and Kabaka Mutebi is the 36th King to reign over the Kingdom having ascended to the throne on 31st July 1993.

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