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Vivo Energy Uganda marks Safety Day with a renewed commitment to personalise Safety.

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Vivo Energy, the leading pan-African distributor and retailer of Shell and Engen-branded fuels and lubricants, has held its annual Safety Day across the whole company, reinforcing the importance of Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) at Vivo Energy.

Safety Day is an opportunity for all employees and contractors at Vivo Energy to refocus on the importance of HSSE. The theme of this year’s event: “Safety: Why it matters to me”, invited employees, contractors and partners to express why safety mattered to them, focusing on personal testimonials on why they felt safety was important.  In addition to the testimonials, Safety Day activity included townhall meetings, safety education courses, on-site safety inspections and team quizzes. The company’s ultimate ambition is to achieve a world-class safety culture, where HSSE is fully integrated into the ways of working for all parties at Vivo Energy.

In Uganda, Vivo Energy staff visited retail sites to engage with the retail teams on the importance of safety to their operations and personal lives, on product cross overs and contamination and security incidents. The staff teams carried out a detailed Health, Safety, Security and Environment inspection of their Shell fuel stations to gauge effectiveness and implementation of the company’s established safety regulations and practices among its customer facing personnel at the stations. 

The Country Leadership Team visited its Contractor and Haulier sites to hold staff meetings and carry out safety inspections; in an extension of the Safety Week activities.

Umeme Managing Director, Selestino Babungi and the Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi (3rd and 4th left) join the winners of the Staff Safety Challenge during celebrations to mark Safety Day at Vivo Energy Uganda Head offices recently.

During the Safety Day Staff Town Hall held at Vivo Energy Uganda offices, Managing Director Gilbert Assi commended all staff and contractors for the stellar HSSE track record maintained by the Uganda operating unit in 2019.

“Safety Day this year urges us to stop and reflect on why safety is important to us. When we personalise safety, its importance is brought into clear perspective. Safety, both personal and at your work place and homes cannot be overemphasised. We owe it to ourselves, our families, our colleagues at work, our customers and to everyone. I urge you to all continue to espouse our safety practices now more than ever in your daily routine,’ said Assi.

Umeme Managing Director Selestino Babungi who attended the celebrations as the Chief Guest, lauded Vivo Energy Uganda for championing occupational health and safety at the workplace. He urged the triple ISO certified company to share best practices on safety with all stakeholders in order to create safer work environments.

Umeme Managing Director Selestino Babungi delivers his remarks as Chief Guest to Vivo Energy Uganda staff at celebrations to mark Safety Day 2019 under theme ‘Safety: Why it matters to me.’ He lauded the company for championing safety at the workplace and among its staff and customers.

Grant Bairstow, Head of HSSE for the Vivo Energy Group said: “Safety is an integral and essential part of everything we do at Vivo Energy and remains an absolute priority across the business for our staff and contractors.  Whilst safety is embedded across the company our annual Safety Day provides a moment for all our teams to stop; reflect on why safety matters to them; and ensure we are doing everything we can to achieve our aim of ‘Goal Zero’ – no harm to people and minimising our impact on the environment.”

Bairstow concluded: “Vivo Energy has a very strong safety record, but we can always do more and we must never become complacent. We have successfully adopted a proactive culture of safety and are proud of our strong Total Recordable Case Frequency of 0.19 incidents per million exposure hours in 2018.  We continue to work hard to achieve our HSSE goals in order to make continued progress to become Africa’s most respected energy business.”

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YOTV Channels secures streaming rights for LIFE OF A CHAMPION movie

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YOTVChannels – a mobile and web based solution that aggregates local media content (TV and Radio) and makes it seamlessly available globally has today announced a multimillion-shillings LIFE OF A CHAMPION movie streaming partnership.

Starring Kickboxing Superstar and Champion Golola Moses; Life of a Champion is produced by Innocent Kawooya – HiPipo Picture. It is co-directed by IGG Nabwana (Ramon Films Wakaliwood), and NG Films’ Richard Nolton Ssekiwunga and George William Ssevubya.

The movie premieres on 1st November at Century Cinemax, Acacia Mall after which it will be immediately available to YOTVChannels subscribers.

“YOTVChannels is delighted to partner with local content promoters. As a purely Ugandan brand, we recognize the importance of Buy Uganda, Build Uganda. As such, we relish every opportunity that further builds our country,” , Mr Aggrey Mugisha, the Chief Executive Officer of Albayan Media – the company that owns YOTVChannels, noted while announcing this partnership.

He added; “The Movie LIFE OF A CHAMPION will be available on YOTVChannles App on the day of it’s premiere and so everyone that has downloaded and subscribed to YOTVChannels App will be able to watch it on their devices at their convenience. To those that don’t have our App, simply download it from App store and Google Play Store and sign up to watch this purely Ugandan story at our cost.”

LIFE OF A CHAMPION story, mostly based on facts, takes Moses Golola to a faraway retreat in Kabale, around Lake Bunyonyi where he prepares himself for the fight of his life against four challengers; a gang of merciless fighters. It is his last chance to prove to the world that he can really defeat all his key opponents. To prepare himself for the task ahead, Golola fasts, prays and trains for 90 days.

“We thank YOTVChannels for walking the Buy Uganda, Build Uganda talk. YOTV Channels doesn’t only aggregate and make more than 50 Uganda channels available globally but also invests in the production of local content. With a pro-Uganda spirit, we shall overcome our fears and collectively contribute to the transformation of our motherland,” Innocent Kawooya- the Producer of Life of a Champion movie concluded.



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Rudeboy Psquare Confirms Uganda Valentine Performance

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Rudeboy is currently one of Africa’s hottest musical properties. Rudeboy one of the former Psquare fellows confirmed that he will perform in Uganda on Valentine’s day.

In his message, Rudeboy noted that it was high time he gave Uganda some love in 2020.

Ugandans can expect to be charmed by some of his hot tracks such as Audio Money and Reason with me.

Of course, Shatta Bandle will be part of his crew to Uganda.



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American pop star Jidena confirmed for two shows in Kampala come December

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Last night American artist Jidenna was revealed as the headlining international act for two of Kampala’s most anticipated events, Ciroc’s Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs) and the Tusker Malt sponsored Blankets and Wine’s end of year finale 2019.

The revelation was officially announced by Talent Africa Boss, Aly Alibhai during the ASFAs Nominees Release ceremony held at Kingdom Kampala.

The Classic Man star will be making his way into the party central of Kampala for the two events slated to take place subsequently on Friday, December 13 and Sunday, December 15.

The Cîroc sponsored event, ASFA 2019 has been designed to be the most star studded ASFAs under the theme ‘The Stars.’ The iconic fashion event which will take place at the Kampala Serena Hotel in December will also host Ghanaian born British fashion icon, Ozwald Boateng known for his trademark twist on classic British tailoring and bespoke style.

“Jidenna stands out as a profound fashion forward artist worldwide. Both Jidenna and Ozwald have used their stardom to push African fashion beyond borders and we are glad to be hosting them this year,” said Brian Ahumuza, Founder ASFAs. 

Jidenna, born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer of Nigerian descent. His two singles, “Classic Man” and “Yoga”, brought him immense success. He is currently signed to Wondaland Records under Janelle Monae.

With December a few weeks away, Kampala’s thrill seekers are already anticipating a turn up in full swing with the two events promising to be the ‘litest’ events. For those who will not have had enough of Jidenna at ASFAs, the 24th edition of the picnic themed music festival, Blankets and Wine will surely be a must-attend with guaranteed fun for many of the city’s socialites and music lovers.

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