Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AfriGreen Sustain Company to manage plastic waste in Gulu Municipality

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda signed an MOU with AfriGreen Sustain, a waste management social enterprise that is deviating Gulu’s solid waste management sector into an environmentally and economically sustainable model.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Gulu, The Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda Public Affairs and Communications Manager Maureen Kyomuhendo said the partnership with Afrigreen Sustain is to enable mobilize the community to become aware of the dangers of plastic waste, as well as encourage the community to turn the challenge into job creation and income generation for the youth. It should be noted that in early 2018, the Coca-Cola Company made a commitment to work towards creating a #WorldWithoutWaste “The Coca-Cola Company and all its bottling partners are leading the industry to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell by 2030. We’re working to bring people together to help us collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell” Partnerships such as these bring us closer to our goal.

Maureen further urged the youths to embrace plastic management as an option to earning a living and a source employment for them.

On his part, Afrigreen Sustain founder and team leader Peter Okwoko said the partnership will help curb problems of plastic waste in Gulu Municipality which is soon turning into city that will come with increase in population that therefore comes with increase in use of products packed in plastics.

Okwoko added that the partnership will create employment to the youths in Gulu town. He thanked Coco-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda for the initiative and said their intervention in supporting plastic waste management in Gulu Municipality is timely and they shall work hard to ensure a visible difference in Gulu and the surrounding areas in a short period of time. We call upon other companies to emulate Coca-Cola`s example.

The biggest challenge with plastic waste management in Uganda is improper disposal mechanism and lack of recycling industries in the country. In Uganda, through Plastic Recycling Industries, an initiative of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, we are working hard to achieve the World Without Waste goal. In 2019, we collected 62% of all the plastic we sold as CCBA.

It is estimated that at least 600 tonnes of plastics are consumed every day in Uganda and most of them are disposed of in irresponsibly.

Western Union and Airtel Money Collaborate to Facilitate Real-Time Cross-border Money Transfers into Africa

15 million Airtel Money mobile wallet users in 14 countries to have capability to route any money transfer received from across the world into their wallets.

Customers around the world will have the capability to push funds directly to an Airtel Money mobile wallet in real-time

Airtel Africa plc (“Airtel Africa” or “Group”), a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, and Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, today announced a strategic agreement to offer Western Union’s cross-border capability viathe Airtel Money wallet, enabling customers to move money in real-time across 14 countries in Africa .

The collaboration with Airtel Africa will enable more than 15 million Airtel Money mobile wallet users in Nigeria, Uganda, Gabon, Tanzania, Zambia, DRC, Malawi, Madagascar, Kenya, Congo, Niger, Tchad, Rwanda and Seychelles to simply route any money transfer received from across the world into their wallets. The service will allow users to send and receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions using their Airtel Money accounts. They can also use the funds to pay bills and merchants, top-up airtime and send money domestically and internationally. Service launch is expected in the course of 2020. 

Global senders will also be able to direct international money transfers to Airtel Money mobile wallets using Western Union’s digital services in 75 countries plus territories, or the walk-in Agent network across more than 200 countries and territories.

Western Union’s unique ability to partner with a growing base of tech leaders is helping Africa to connect to the global financial system and enables African companies like Airtel to pursue their global ambitions. It also drives financial inclusion and improve last mile access for millions of unbanked Africans to financial services,” said Western Union President and CEO, Hikmet Ersek.

“Sub-Saharan Africa is leading the way globally in mobile money and digital technology and is allowing the continent to leapfrog traditional barriers to development and accelerate economic growth. We are delighted to be part of this success story by leveraging our inclusive omnichannel approach and core assets – including global settlement capabilities, network,compliance and technology systems – to enable international cross border money transfers and payments,” Ersek said.     

Raghunath Mandava, CEO of Airtel Africa, said, “We are very excited to partner with Western Union to offer Airtel Money customers better access to one of the world’s largest money transfer organisations. International remittances into Africa are a lifeline to some of our customers. This partnership will give our customers the convenience and security of directly receiving and sending remittances from their Airtel mobile money wallets. They will now be automatically credited and debited via their Airtel mobile money wallets on their phone and can immediately access the funds to pay bills or merchants and transfer funds to family and friends or convert to cash from the widespread Airtel Money agents, kiosks and branches.”

This tie up with Western Union adds to other tie ups that Airtel Africa has already put in place to help customers get inflows from across the world.

Sub-Saharan Africa is a home to the world’s largest free trade area and a 1.2 billion-person market, the continent is poised to create an entirely new development path harnessing the potential of its resources and people, according to the World Bank1. GSMA2 project that in 2025, there will be nearly 6 billion unique subscribers, 5 billion mobile internet users and adoption of smartphones will reach nearly 80%.

UBL Running out of trees relay set for Feb 7th 2020

Preparations are in high gear for the 2 days “Running out of Trees” relay from Kampala to Gulu.

The relay that will have 33 high profile and diverse runners run 10 kilometers each, is set to take place on Feb 7th and 8th February 2020. Flag off will be at Parliament.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment Alfred Okot Okidi and Uganda Breweries Legal and Corporate relations director Charity Ekudu Kiyemba during the launch of the “Running out of trees” campaign in October

The “Running out of Trees Campaign” spearheaded by Uganda Breweries Limited in partnership with Ministry of Water and Environment, was launched in October 2019.

The campaign seeks to rally Corporate Companies to come together and respond to the growing concern of deforestation in the country.

So far, a number of companies have come on board to support the campaign including Liberty Assurance which recently handed over a cheque of UGX 5,000,000 to UBL towards the run. Other companies include TOTAL Uganda and StanbicUganda among others.

The Managing Director Liberty Life Assurance Joseph Almeida and Country Head of Health, Frank Tindyebwa hand over a dummy cheque worth UGX 5, 000,000 to David Onyango, Uganda Breweries Corporate Relations Manager

The objective of this run is to rally every Ugandan to embrace April 25, 2020, the national day of tree planting on which 40million people in Uganda will be expected to plant and grow at least one tree.

Why you should book yourself at the new Eric Wilkins Apartments

Eric Wilkins apartments are a new home away from home and are now open to anyone who is interested. 
The apartments are located in different parts in and around Kampala. Eric Wilkins apartments first have been made affordable considering it will be a place everyone would love to spend, a day, week, month or even make home. They have been confirmed for tranquility and conducive ambiance around the city.

The 2 bedroom lavish apartments are fully furnished and are available for short and long stay. The website has learnt the apartments have availed packages for clients who can stay a day, week, month and even a year. They are located in Nyanama-Bunamwaya, Najjera and Entebbe.
Eric Wilkins apartments have 2 bedrooms, a modern fully equipped kitchen, Luxurious furniture, Spacious living and dining space, Gazebo with outdoor comfy furniture and family lounging shelter, Ample parking space, 24 CCTV surveillance and guaranteed security, Solar powered lights, Well equipped laundry area.
The new apartments are suitable for Couple getaways, Honeymooners, Retreat away from home, Business travelers, Expatriates and much more.
To book, go to www.ericwilkinsapartments.com or ericwilkinsapartments.co.uk or Contact Dauda Ashiraf on +256 785 61 52 65 / +256 702 61 52 65


Bebe Cool takes TB fight to down town Kampala

Big size singer Bebe Cool and his Amber Heart Foundation in collaboration with Defeat TB have carried out Tuberculosis Screening and Awareness Campaign in New Taxi Park.
The TB ambassador said the outreach is aimed at creating awareness and treat those already infected and affected by the deadly disease.

The singer recently intensified campaign aimed at ending Tuberculosis in Uganda. Him and his team carried TB sensetisation in Jinja. Keep up the fight man!!!

Fresh Dairy kicks off New Year with Mega Goodies handover

KampalaFresh Dairy has today rewarded the final batch of winners for its Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge with an assortment of goodies to include Fresh Dairy flavoured yoghurt, Brookside fruit yoghurt, Long life UHT milk and flavoured milk.

The final six winners included Martha Kose, Mozes Bibangamba, Lewis Deshan, Mo Ni Que, Maisha and Bree Amollo who received their goodies at the Fresh Dairy offices.

Monica Kulabako – Marketing Coordinator Fresh Dairy ( L) hands over an assortment of Fresh Dairy goodies to Ciolla Nakabiri (L) winner of the Fresh Dairy Recipes- My Food Network challenge on 18th December 2019. The challenge currently running on My Food Network’s Facebook platform is aimed at encouraging people to come up with exciting recipes that include usage of Fresh Dairy products

 

The Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge which was run by My Food Network, a Facebook foodie platform for over a month now, climaxed during the festive season with an aim of showcasing authentic recipes by actual people in Uganda that incorporated Fresh Dairy products in cooking to include butter, ghee, plain yoghurt, fresh milk, fresh cream and Brookside fruit yoghurt.

Marketing Manager, Brookside Limited – Vincent Omoth said, ‘At Fresh Dairy we produce healthy and nutritious products that are ideal nutrition boosters for the whole family. Running this Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge during the 2019 festive season encouraged people to creatively cook while developing healthy recipes for the whole family using Fresh Dairy products to make pastries, barbecues and roasts, stir fried rice and chicken, smoothies and meal accompaniments among others.’

Omoth further noted that all winners were rewarded for not simply downloading internet images, but actually preparing healthy and nutritious meals for their families using Fresh Dairy products.

Omoth thanked all participants for taking part in the challenge and noted that Fresh Dairy will continue coming up with exciting promotions to encourage people to adopt healthy and nutritious lifestyles.

Uganda signs millions of pounds worth of commercial deals at UK-Africa Investment Summit

The UK-Africa Investment Summit held in London on 20th January laid the foundation for new partnerships between the UK and African nations based on trade, investment, shared values and mutual interest.

Billions of pounds of new commercial deals were announced, highlighting the strength of the UK’s offer and existing relationship with Africa.

Deals signed between UK companies and Uganda at the summit include a £185m export contract for Lagan Group to upgrade Kampala Industrial Business Park and a £80m deal for Nexus Green to export solar powered water pumping systems for irrigation in Uganda. Unatrac also won a £1.5m export contract to supply machinery for Ugandan roads.

The UK also announced new initiatives and funding, which will strengthen the joint trading relationship, and support African countries in their ambition to transform their economies. A major new partnership with the city of London was announced, along with a landmark new partnership with five African countries, including Uganda, to mobilise private sector investment in quality and, environmentally friendly infrastructure projects.

Taken together these projects and initiatives will help realise the UK’s ambition to be the investment partner of choice for Africa, will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and ensure mutual prosperity.

In total 27 deals worth over £6.5bn from across the African markets were signed at the Summit. The deals span a variety of sectors including infrastructure, energy, retail and technology, and will deliver high-quality investment, jobs and growth.

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss MP said:

Africa represents a huge opportunity for UK businesses, so it’s brilliant to see so many British firms paving the way in trading and investing in the region today to drive growth, create jobs and boost vital infrastructure.

“We want the UK to be the investment partner of choice for African nations, and our world-leading expertise in finance, tech, and innovation, makes the UK and Africa natural partners for prosperity.

“The deals announced today show the massive potential of UK-Africa trade and the programs we’ve announced will be critical to ensuring UK and African businesses are able to capitalise on trade and investment opportunities, now and in the future.”

The diverse and fast-growing economies of Africa offer huge potential to UK business. Over £36 billion worth of trade is already happening between the UK and Africa. The deals today show how we are building on that to secure a lasting commercial partnership of mutual benefit.

The UK’s world-leading expertise on finance, technology, innovation, and our commitment to clean growth make the UK and Africa natural partners for prosperity’.

Shell customers win big in 10 weeks of Cheer promotion

Kampala: Over 2,000 customers have so far been rewarded with fuel worth over UGX80 million in the ongoing 10 weeks of Cheer promotion by Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda.

The national promotion which is targeted at all motorists including boda riders, taxi drivers, private motorists and truck drivers was announced in December to reward customers for their loyalty during the festive season.

“For the past 3 weeks, we have been running daily draws at participating Shell stations generating over 2,000 winners who have received various prizes which include fuel worth UGX50,000 for general motorists, UGX15,000 for riders and household groceries. Weekly jackpot winners have received UGX500,000 worth of fuel for general motorists and UGX50,000 for riders,” said Mark Mutungi, the Fuels Brand Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda.

For every UGX 50,000 spent on Shell fuels, lubricants or shop services, customers receive a draw entry coupon at any of the participating Shell service stations. Thereafter, customers are required to scratch their draw entry coupon to reveal a unique code and SMS both the code and their vehicle registration plate number to 8008 for a chance to win.

Through weekly draws, 10 lucky jackpot winners walk away with UGX 500,000 worth of fuel each.

Marvin Genza, a customer who purchased fuel worth UGX50,000 could not believe his luck upon receiving the UGX500,000 fuel jackpot prize. “This is a great start to the year and I thank Shell for this prize that will sustain me through the rough January blues. I encourage all customers to participate and win.”

“The promotion is ongoing and will run until 16 February with activations spread countrywide at 105 Shell stations. I encourage our customers to participate to stand a chance to win over UGX500 million worth of prizes left,” Mutungi added.

International Development Secretary launches new venture to create rich pipeline of infrastructure projects across Africa

 

  • Alok Sharma announces new landmark infrastructure partnerships with Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and the African Development Bank
  • New British facility to generate billions of pounds of private sector investment for sustainable energy, transport and telecommunications projects in African countries
  • Alok Sharma commits to boosting investment in green, quality infrastructure such as solar energy

The UK is partnering with five African countries to mobilise private sector investment in quality, environmentally-friendly infrastructure projects, International Development Secretary Alok Sharma announced today (20 January).

Speaking at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London ahead of an infrastructure investment forum tomorrow (Tuesday, 21 January), Mr Sharma said the UK will partner with Uganda,Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya to design a new facility to plan, deliver and support finance to a range of infrastructure projects across Africa that are attractive to businesses and investors.

Sustainability will be central to these new infrastructure projects, focusing on investments with low carbon emissions and projects that will be resilient to a changing climate.

International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said:

“Investing in quality infrastructure enables children to travel to school and parents to go to work to provide for their families. It lets people keep food in fridges and provides light so children can do their homework at night. It also powers factories, phones and computers to connect people and grow businesses. It is the difference between surviving and thriving.

“Using world-leading British expertise in infrastructure and investment, including from the City of London, the UK will support our partners across Africa to build their projects in an environmentally-friendly way and bring them successfully to market.”

Alongside this, Mr Sharma pledged extra UK aid to help African governments raise finance to deliver much needed high-quality public sector infrastructure projects, such as building schools and hospitals and boosting access to clean energy and water supplies for the poorest people.

Mr Sharma also announced a new infrastructure partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to boost quality infrastructure projects throughout Africa and drive economic growth.

The announcements come alongside recommendations from the International Development Infrastructure Commission, established by Mr Sharma, which will report back today, identifying a lack of attractive infrastructure investment opportunities as one of the barriers to investment in these African countries.  

Liquid Telecom to launch first 5G wholesale roaming network service in South Africa

Access to ultra-fast roaming network will enable network operators to create innovative, reliable and scalable digital services for their customers

JohannesburgLeading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is to launch the first 5G wholesale roaming service in South Africa. Available from early 2020 in all major South African cities, this latest fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity will enable wholesale operators to create innovative, ultra-fast and scalable digital services for their customers.

The 5G wholesale network will also help accelerate the evolution of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in South Africa. Reliable connectivity up to 10 times faster than 4G will allow businesses to harness trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to innovate transformative new services, increase productivity and deliver more connected customer experiences.

“This breakthrough 5G wholesale service will create innovation in every aspect of South African society and industry,” says Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman, Liquid Telecom. “For the first time, mobile network operators and ISPs will have open access to Liquid Telecom’s new 5G mobile network. The launch of the service also underscores Liquid Telecom’s vision to bring high-speed connectivity to everyone.”

Liquid Telecom will use its 3.5GHz spectrum asset to build the 5G network and provide nationwide 5G wholesale services to the market early in 2020.

One of the most profound implications of the new service will be its impact on South Africa’s 4IR ambitions, where connected devices communicate with each other, automating the factory floor without the need for human intervention. The fusion of 5G, IoT and other technologies like AI and robotics will touch and transform every facet of business, creating entirely new ways of serving existing needs.

“This is a milestone moment for Liquid Telecom South Africa,” saidNic Rudnick, Group CEO. “Our wholesale operating partners can exploit our new ultra-fast 5G roaming network to build the next generation of communications and make innovation possible, anytime, anywhere. 5G will facilitate real-time remote collaboration, improved business efficiency and lower costs – ultimately driving growth in the South African economy.”

The launch of the 5G wholesale roaming service is another step towards Liquid Telecom ‘Building Africa’s digital future’. The organisation has been investing heavily across the continent where it operates Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning almost 70,000km in length.