MTN Marathon registration closes today


The MTN Kampala Marathon registration is now at its tail-end as people and companies have up-to 6 pm today to ensure they participate. The MTN Kampala Marathon 2017 takes place on Sunday, 19th November 2017, at the Kololo Independence Grounds. With only hours left for registration to close, there has been a rush for people to register to represent a cause on Marathon Day.
“All preparations have been made for us to have a successful MTN Kampala Marathon on Sunday. That means people and companies are in a race against time to register and pick their kit to participate in the marathon.

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We have seen people who have registered to run towards improving maternal health in Kiswa and Komamboga health centers and also replacing cancer-causing asbestos roofing in some schools,” said Valery Oketcho, the Corporate Communications Manager MTN Uganda.
The MTN Kampala Marathon 2017 will for the first time have people running for two different causes.

This as MTN takes the marathon ownership to the participants to make a choice on where their money will go. MTN expects to confirm the total number of registered runners once the registration process has been closed.
“The response from participants has so far been overwhelming as people have responded to our call,” he added.
The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) has already confirmed that the routes have been secured.
“There have been concerns about the ongoing road construction interrupting the running sessions. We have a team that is on a daily monitoring the proposed routes and ensuring that there are no obstacles. The assurance we have from KCCA is that on marathon day, the roads being constructed will be clear of obstacles that may hinder running,” explained Dominic Otuchet, the President UAF.
Registration for the MTN Kampala Marathon is still ongoing at several MTN service centers. The MTN Kampala Marathon is Uganda’s largest marathon event that has been ongoing for the last 13 years. It also attracts elite runners from the Uganda and region since it is certified by the IAAF. Since 2004, the MTN Kampala Marathon has supported causes that improve the livelihoods of several Ugandans to a tune of Shs3bn.

Registration points
Stanbic William Street Branch
Stanbic Garden City Branch
MTN HQ (Former BAT along Jinja road)
MTN shop Lugogo
MTN shop Forest Mall
MTN shop Kampala Road
MTN shop Kyaggwe Road
MTN shop Victoria Mall Entebbe

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November Blessing 2017


Six years ago, Bishop Isaiah Mbuga the Senior pastor at Christ’s Heart Church in Mukono, had a question in his mind: “ How can I thank God for all His goodness?” Out of this conversation, came the idea: Why not takeoff some time in this month of November and dedicate it to thanking God, acknowledging His presence and His love for His people?
Soon, he shared the idea with the church and they happily joined him by first, taking off four consecutive days in November 2012 to celebrate God’s goodness.

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Later, the days were increased to one full week and the celebration has been held consistently for one week every November to date.
For the past five years, November Blessing celebrations have birthed revival in the hearts of several people both locally and from other countries. Speakers for this now annual conference have traveled from the United States, Europe, Asia and from within Africa, touching lives through salvation and finding faith through Jesus Christ to the healing of complicated illnesses, restoration of broken relations, and a sense of hope and freedom for those that once walked defeated and frustrated lives in the bondage of fear and worries.

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This year, the guest speakers are from the United States and Nairobi respectively. They will be sharing based on the set theme for the year, Stand Firm, Know God and Prevail! Daniel 5 : 32
Bishop Isaiah and his wife Deborah Mbuga together with the Christ’s Heart community from both the local and International churches will be hosting this year’s November Blessing Conference at their mother church home grounds in Mukono, Lower Kawuga, Opposite the Hass Petrol Station on the Kampala- Jinja high -way.
As Senior Pastor, Bishop Isaiah has led many people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ as a practicing Christian since the age of 15years. In December this year, he will be celebrated along with other ministers as one of God’s generals in this country.

Much thanks is accorded to God in this respect who kindly availed the able hands of Mr.& Mrs. Moses Dombo to mentor and Spiritually parent the Bishop to this date. Their words of counsel and moral support have greatly contributed to the Bishop Isaiah that we see today. Bishop Isaiah is a graduate of City University of London with a Master’s degree in International Journalism and has worked in the cooperate Industry as a University Lecturer for over 15years, he has built Radio Stations as a passion and done business from when he was a young man in college.

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Bishop Isaiah is married to his wife Deborah Mbuga and together they have three children. They have been the forerunners for the Christ’s Heart Ministries International for the past 10 years and they continue to do mission and pastoral work both locally and internationally.
Since it’s existence in Mukono, the ministry is grateful to God for the reduction in the rates of child sacrifice and road carnage that existed much earlier.” Our belief is that as we continue to stand up for what is right in our knowledge of God, His goodness will prevail through our lives. That way, the glory of God will be revealed continually and tangibly touch and transform lives in diverse ways: spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially and in our everyday living within our communities. It is possible!”

Jumia Food launches Uganda’s first alcohol delivery app


Jumia Food has launched Jumia Party – a New 1 hour alcohol delivery service App in Kampala.

The new app gives users access to a full marketplace of spirits, wines, beers and mixers so that the process of picking the evening’s inebriant of choice feels a lot like ordering food from Jumia Food. Just with alcohol.

Jumia Party has partnered with Pernod Ricard, the world’s No 2 producer in wines and spirits, to provide on-demand delivery to homes and offices in Kampala. Alcohol delivery orders can be placed through the new app free on ios and android. Julia Party is also available for selection on the Jumia Food platform — replacing the Online Bar.

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Placing a drinks order could not be simpler. Customers log on to the free app by confirming they are of legal drinking age, they select the items they want and add to cart, then checkout after confirming delivery location. Riders pick customers’ orders from the nearest fulfillment centre and dispatch it within 1 hour.

Customers pay either with cash or card on delivery or via MTN Mobile Money.
“Kampala comes to life at night, which is unfortunately when most liquor shops and supermarkets close,” said Ron Kawamara, Jumia Food MD for East Africa. “Jumia Party is our answer to having popular late night drinks delivered at the tap of an app, and at lower prices than in the supermarket .”

“Our mission with Jumia Party is to make sure you always have quick and affordable access to your favourite alcohol brands, whenever you want them. Whether you’ve run out of wine at dinner, find yourself empty handed at a party, or just want a cold one delivered to your couch, Jumia Party has you covered”, concluded Ron Kawamara.

Pernod Ricard Kenya MD, Denis Ochanine noted that, “ongoing innovation is at the core of our strategy – flexibility to new trends and understanding consumer expectations makes us the industry leaders.

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Through our development of Jumia Party we are using the digital space to interact directly with our consumers and provide them new consumption moments. Most importantly it allows us to put forward customized offers tailored to their preferences. As the Jumia Party platform grows we look forward to enhancing it with innovative product offerings”.

Furthermore, to celebrate the app’s launch and Jumia Food Black Friday, customers will have access to discounts up 50% from November 24 – December 8, 2017 on select popular products.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa unveils Power Play energy Drink To The Public


 

 
On Friday COCA-COLA BEVERAGES AFRICA (CCBA) Uganda unveiled their new energy drink ‘Power Play’ at a consumer launch held at Kira Police Station Playgrounds in Kamwokya.
This saw hundreds of people in the community turn up and get a chance to taste the energy drink while enjoying entertainment from popular artists, comedians and bikers.

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In his speech during the launch, CCBA Managing Director Conrad Van Niekerk said “We are proud to introduce a high quality and trustworthy global energy drink into Uganda. With the current trend of busier schedules and more complicated lifestyles, people need an energy boost on a daily basis and this product provides the perfect offering.
Power play celebrates the Ugandan culture of “Work hard, Play hard”.
Whether it is long hours at work, the hustle on the street, dodging traffic on Boda Boda, studying through the night, dancing and celebrating culture, Power Play is an appropriately refreshing drink. The brand will feature well with extreme sport enthusiasts, and will be a good blend for people excited by speed, high energy, flash and instant thrill.
On his part, the CCBA Commercial Director Patrick Oyuru said “Power Play Energy drink is designed to give consumers the best value for money per volume consumed.

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At only 2,000 UGX for a 400ml pack, consumers will be guaranteed a uniquely delicious flavor. With its communal, expressive, creative and uplifting style, Power Play Energy Drink will energize, refresh, and stimulate you instantly.”
Power Play is now available at all official Coca-Cola Distributors across the country.
Power Play is represented by an energetic icon bearing the image of a Griffin that shows the winning and play hard attributes. The Griffin is a combination of a lion (King of the jungle) and an eagle (King of the birds) summarising Power Play energy drink impact; Fierce & Gentle, Wild & Tamed for the Mind & Body.

10 Billion Shillings contribution in the recently renewed Airtel-FUFA Partnership


Airtel – FUFA Contract renewal comes with a 10 billion cash contribution for the next 4 years

Airtel Uganda renewed its ongoing partnership with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) as the official sponsor of Uganda’s national football team, the Uganda Cranes. This will see Airtel contribute a total of 10 billion shillings towards the Uganda Cranes for the next 4 years that 2.5 billion shillings every year.
The Airtel – FUFA partnership, that has come to be known as Uganda’s most successful football partnership ever, begun in 2013 under an agreement that the two parties will be working hand in hand to promote Ugandan football for a period of four years by sponsoring not only the main national team, but also the Uganda Cup and the FUFA Big League – tournaments that feed talent into the national team.

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Representing the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi, the State Minister for Sports commended Airtel Uganda for fulfilling the promise to continue supporting Ugandan football.
“The Uganda Cranes team has earned admiration for their skill and the dedication they bring to the game of football. We are grateful to see an international brand like Airtel sharing the passion and love that we have for this team by sponsoring them,” he said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the press conference to announce the sponsorship, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to continue sponsoring the national team.
“Since we signed the partnership agreement with the Uganda Cranes national team, we have enjoyed a long list of successes both for the team and for the individual players. To us, this is an indication that a strong partner that believes in you is a key component of success,” he commented, adding that this sponsorship signifies an opportunity to support the nation’s best football team and to celebrate Uganda’s rich and competitive culture, as well as love for the beautiful game.
“We remain committed to the development of Ugandan football right from the grassroots community level all the way to the international scene,” he concluded.
Airtel Uganda remains a major contributor to Ugandan football. Aside from sponsoring the Uganda Cranes, the Uganda Cup and the FUFA Big League, the telco also identifies talented players and gives them a platform to join football clubs in and out of Uganda through the Airtel Rising Stars, a youth talent searching and nurturing tournament. Airtel also recently signed on as the main sponsor of the Masaza Cup, a Buganda kingdom football tournament.

Emirates Launches A US$15 million campaign


• Set to iconic soundtrack by Queen, campaign features airline’s global network and onboard product

 

Emirates  launched a US$15 million campaign to inspire travel and promote the airline’s extensive network of global destinations including its home and hub, Dubai.

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The campaign is backed by the iconic soundtrack “Don’t stop me now” by British rock band Queen, which was found in a scientific study to be the most uplifting or “feel-good” tune on the UK charts in the past 50 years. The ad spot utilizes clever camera work that seamlessly transitions between key destinations and Emirates’ onboard features, reminiscent of a visual storytelling style that show “a picture within a picture”. The ad culminates in Dubai, with a sound bite on how Emirates connects the world via Dubai.
Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand, said:

“Emirates and Dubai have always been inextricably linked. Each day, Emirates operates more than 500 flights that connect Dubai to the world, and the world through Dubai. Since day one, Emirates has proudly and actively promoted our hub. Dubai offers a great experience at our world-class airport, and the city has become a top global destination because it continually invests to bring new attractions and supporting infrastructure for international visitors.”

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He added: “At Emirates we believe that people, regardless of their backgrounds, have a strong desire to travel and experience the world for themselves. They want to be inspired, to discover, and to have fun. That is why we chose to use the Queen soundtrack, and a creative approach that was uplifting and energetic, to remind people of the excitement of travel.”
The campaign will run in key markets around the world starting from 15 October. It was conceptualized and scripted in-house and shot by award winning director Vaughan Arnell. The “no-cuts” continuous camera transitions were supported by cutting-edge CGI (computer generated imagery) work from MPC in London, the studio responsible for the Oscar winning SFX (special effects) work for the Jungle Book.

 

 

Emirates Media Luncheon


Holding a media luncheon at Nanjing restaurant in Kololo , the Emirates Country Manager to Uganda, Mr. Puneet Kohli reaffirmed the airline’s ability to offer the best and affordable travel services to Ugandan travellers seeking to travel to the Far East.

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“As an award winning airline, including being named the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, Emirates offers its customers’ value for money with excellent products and services, and a global network that currently extends to 156 destinations in 84 countries. As Emirates we’re able to offer Ugandans real global connectivity with just one convenient stop at our modern hub Dubai.

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Our network in the East is extensive. We fly to over 20 destinations in 13 countries, some of which include Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and many others.” He said

SME banking – Unlocking the growth potential of an under-served segment:


 

 

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are an important segment in Uganda’s economy. According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, the SME sector employs over 2.5 million people (90% of the entire private sector) and generates 80% of manufactured output which contributes 20% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

Even though SMEs play a significant role in the economy, most have limited access to financing. “Less than 40% of SMEs in Uganda have access to bank loans and approximately 80% of the SMEs are unserved or underserved by financial institutions. SMEs are typically deemed riskier than large corporations due to lack of credit history, poor financial backing and governance structures, less business experience, and low business diversification,” explained Lilian Lwantale, senior manager Advisory, Strategy and Operations Deloitte Uganda Limited.

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Today, these needs are inadequately addressed by Uganda’s financial ecosystem. Although the SME loan size is growing, the amount of loans SMEs receive is still disproportionately less than corporates despite their more significant contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) and employment. The current state of SME financing remains both a sizeable gap to fill and opportunity to serve. SME loan volumes in Uganda constitute less than 20% of total loans, presenting a sizeable opportunity for banks to target and increase lending to the SME market.

Lack of financing is consistently cited by SMEs as one of the main barriers to growth. However, several key factors impede SME lending. “Financial infrastructure such as low SME coverage by credit reference bureaus increases the cost of SME credit risk assessment, inadequate distribution channels limit banks from reaching out and serving SMEs in either the physical or digital space- not to mention lack of cash flow visibility which forces banks to adopt stringent collateral-based credit risk models hindering lending,” she emphasized.

These impediments are not unique to Uganda but also prevalent in more advanced economies where SMEs have easier access to loans. In those countries, we see banks, financial technologies (FinTechs) and e-commerce providers seeking to fill the SME financing gap by adopting innovative business solutions. So what opportunities are ripe for Uganda’s case study?

“Research shows that there is a disparity between what SMEs want and expect from banks and what banks can deliver. They require access to unsecured credit and are willing to pay a higher interest rate to obtain it through reliable, convenient channels such as branches, ATMs, and internet banking. At Deloitte, on top of providing SMEs with financial oversight, we offer business advice on how to lower their business costs, improve productivity and be better prepared for the global market,” Lwantale added.

Lwantale further mentioned that in the advent of the digital age, financial institutions in Uganda have to rethink the role of banks in the SME banking space to address the financing gap and capitalize on the SME banking opportunity.

“Given the importance of SMEs to Uganda’s economy, a strong well financed SME base is key to local and regional economic growth. With sufficient financing and access to business advisory services to foster continual improvement of operational efficiency and productivity, SMEs can become more competitive and resilient, drive innovation and be sustainable in today’s competitive economic landscape.”

 

Celebrating World Tourism Day At Kalangala (Ssese Island)


 

After hearing so much about World Tourism Celebrations, lady luck hit and a representative from Mushroominc was invited for the celebrations that were held in Kalangala district (Ssese Islands) on Wednesday.

Dubbed #TulumbeSsese masterminded by Jumia Travel UG, a team of bloggers headed to the islands to engage in the celebrations as well

Journey commenced at about 10:00am and took 2hrs to Masaka before taking 1:30hrs to Bukakata which happens to be the harbor for ‘MV Pearl’ that connects people from there to Kalangala through Bugoma Harbor

The journey on the ferry is calm and scintillating and is strictly 30 minutes from Bukakata to Bugoma under the guidance of Kalangala infrastructure Services (KIS). Once in Bugoma it takes about 45 mins to 1hr to reach Kalangala district

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Awesome Views while in Kalangala

Ssese Islands was the official destination for the National celebrations where all stakeholders in the Tourism sector came together to celebrate the day. The celebrations were officiated by the Vice President H.E. Edward Ssekandi who called for sustainable utilization of natural resources for tourism development and the focus was to create more awareness on key travel destinations in Uganda and unlock its tourism potential thus contributing to National development.

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The swimming pool at Brovad Sands Lodge

The team stopped off briefly at the celebrations where they proceeded for a delicious meal at Brovad Sands Lodge characterized by beautiful scenary, serene environment and ofcourse friendly prices that can be afforded by any Ugandan or an international person.

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Brovad Sands Lodge in Kalangala

Jumia Travel Uganda was excited to be part of these celebrations and continues to be a big part of the Tourism sector. Country Manager Timothy Mugume says, “Domestic Tourism is a big resource for revenue and a big contributor to the GDP. We should tour our lovely country and while at it discover more ways of how we can add value and get value”.

10 motorbikes and 10 million shillings given away


 

With just one week left, Airtel Uganda has today surprised subscribers participating in the ongoing Mega Masappe promotion by doubling the number of motor bike and cash winners in the 13th draw.

Unlike previous draws in which 5 lucky subscribers were handed bikes and 5 others were handed UGX 1,000,000 each, today’s draw say 10 winners ride away on brand new bikes and 10 winners take home UGX1,000,000 each.Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Indrajeet Singh, handing over the motobike keys to Male Kyewa during the Mega Masappe draw.

“It is all about our subscribers,” commented Mr. Indrajeet Singh, the Airtel Uganda Marketing Director during the prize handover.

“As part of this competition, all our subscribers have managed to win simply by participating – whether it was bonuses on their phones, brand new cars, bikes or cash sums, they have all been winners. Today, we decided to double the winners pool so that we can show our appreciation for the support over the past few months,” Singh added.

Kasumba Jinuliire recieving his Mega Masappe money from Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Indrajeet Singh, during the draw.

Airtel Mega Massape competition was launched at the start of the July and over the past few months, the opt-in promotion has seen thousands of subscribers receive bonuses on hitting their daily targets and more than 100 lucky subscribers take home brand new cars, motorbikes and cash prizes of one million shillings each.

This week, Solome Nakiwala, Ochen William, Wasswa Tom, Joan Katesigwa, Tamale Douglas, John Baptist, Ahimbisibwe Evass, Hassan Lubega, Nabirye Zulayiha and Kasumba Jibuliire were the lucky winners of UGX 1,000,000 each while Male kyewa, Nabagwanya Christine, Mpanga Khasim, Musisi Patrick Yiga, Eria Gumisiriza, Serunkuma Alex, Tumukunde Rogers, Muzoora Philip, Mukwaya Mugoya and Claire Nabimanya won brand new motor bikes.

Speaking on behalf of today’s winners, Hassan Lubega, a Mutundwe resident thanked Airtel Uganda for this opportunity.

“I have been getting bonuses but I really wanted to also come and win one of these prizes. Today, I am taking home a million shillings. I am very grateful,” he commented.