​AIRTEL UGANDA IN BLOOD DRIVE


Reintroduces BE RED campaign

Airtel Uganda, a leading telecommunications provider has announced a week long blood drive in a bid to reduce on the blood shortage in Ugandan hospitals and health centers. 

This announcement was made at an early morning press conference at the Airtel Uganda head offices where staff members, members of the media and passers-by were encouraged to come and donate blood.

With a goal of 4,000 pints of blood, this blood donation drive will also see Airtel Uganda highlight recipients’ stories across their various media platforms in order to encourage more Ugandans to get into the habit of donating blood.

According to Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, the Director, Uganda Blood Transfusion Service, 80% of blood donated in Uganda is collected at secondary schools and yet it is those Ugandans outside of these schools who use the Blood Transfusion Services most. 

“Now that we are in holidays, we are experiencing a significant drop in blood collected and this in turn means more lives lost. I would like to thank Airtel Uganda for allowing to partner with us on this cause and I encourage Ugandans to come and save lives by donating blood,” Byabazaire commented.

Speaking on behalf of Airtel Uganda, Mr. Anwar Soussa, the Managing Director commended Uganda Blood Transfusion Service for the good work they do all year round.

“The only way we are going to be able to solve the blood shortage in Uganda – more than 80,000 units per year – is if we come together as one. Despite your age, occupation, culture or religion, I encourage you to come and donate blood this week,” Soussa said, adding that the target is 4,000 units of blood.

“At Airtel Uganda, we commit to continue providing the most reliable and affordable telecommunications products and services while carrying out initiatives that are geared towards improving the lives of Ugandans,” he concluded.

As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Airtel Uganda has made it an annual endeavor to do blood donation drives. In 2014, they launched ‘BE RED’ – an acronym for Be Responsible, Empathetic and Do it – with an aim of educating the public about the blood shortage in the country and encouraging people to donate and save lives. Since then, blood donation has been a major activity at the different Airtel Uganda health camps across the country.


This time, the telecommunications company hopes to create a wave of loyal blood donors who donate up to 3 times a year.

The blood donation drive will start on the 12th June and end on 16th of June 2017 at Airtel Towers on Clement Hill Road, City Square Kampala, Mukwano Arcade, Queens Way on Entebbe Road, Kalerwe round about and the Kyebando round about.

REASONS TO INVEST IN REAL ESTATE


Real Estate involves different aspects like Land, Houses, Apartments and Commercial buildings. It is a vast term but most people use it to refer to properties (residential and commercial). You can make money from real estate business includes buying, renting and selling these different properties but if you’re looking for an investment opportunity it is better to know exactly which aspect of real estate you want to invest in. There are many reasons as to why investment in Real Estate is a great opportunity and below are 9 of them:

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Banks are lending:

Most people hesitate investing in real estate because they don’t have enough money but today in Uganda and Africa at large, banking institutions offer home loans to people who can not afford the properties. The rates are now affordable and you can now use our online mortgage calculator for all your mortgage solutions.

Reasonable prices:

It is now possible to invest in real estate at reasonable prices. If you have a small budget you can invest in plots of land that do not cost a lot, however if you have a bit of cash and looking for a quick investment  look for bank foreclosures because their prices are slightly lower than normal prices.

Technology:

Technology has made real estate investment very easy. When you buy a house, it is not hard anymore to move around looking for clients, these days you can list it online and get clients to call you and schedule visits. The internet provides a platform to list properties and make them visible to many people.

Knowledge is Free:

Investing in real estate is different from other investments. When you invest in other fields like tech companies you have to learn about statistics and finance but in real estate all the knowledge you need is provided online like market size, pricing of different properties according to different areas and you can also hire agents/property managers that can assist you. .

Cash Flow:

Investing in real estate has a positive cash flow. Let’s say you buy a house at 80,000,000 Shillings and rent it at $1500 per month, you will make an investment return in 5 years and after 5 years the rest will be profit which you can reinvest in another business, save for future financial challenges or use to settle debts.

The Loan Pay Down:

When you invest in real estate through a bank loan, your tenant is actually  the one paying your mortgage not you  and after 30 years your house might be your main source of income, feeding you and paying for your kids’ education.

Appreciation:

The value of most real estate aspects i.e land  always goes up instead of going down. Properties don’t lose value instead they increase value from time to time.

Hass Petroleum Group sells 40% of its ownership to Oman Trading International


 

  • Hass Petroleum Group has sold 40% of its shares to Oman Trading International (OTI)

  • In a move that will see the Kenyan oil marketing company embark on its strategic growth and expansion plans across the Eastern, Central and Horn of Africa.

The Group will invest the additional funding from the transaction to enhance its market visibility through new distribution assets specifically Service Stations across its key markets in the region. It will also boost the marketer’s working capital and increase competitiveness in the Open Tender System. In turn, OTI will provide its supply and trading capabilities to strengthen the Hass service offering, enhance services to consumers and contribute to economic growth across the region.

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The Hass founder and management team will continue to operate the business and work closely with OTI to grow and continue long-standing relationships with customers, suppliers and regulators.

This acquisition is in line with the respective companies’ long-term strategies.  OTI’s strategic priority of accelerating its growth by entering new emerging markets with high potential will fit well with Hass’s aspiration of being Africa’s leading oil marketing company.  As a regular supplier of refined products to the Southern and East African region, this transaction will enable OTI and its new partner Hass to strengthen their businesses across a substantial African footprint.

The completion of the transaction remains subject to approval by the relevant regulatory authorities in the various countries in which Hass operates in.

 

 

Abdinasir Ali Hassan Chairman and founder of Hass, commented, “I am delighted to conclude this transaction with OTI. I am convinced that this partnership is a major step in ensuring Hass’ continued competitiveness across the region and I am confident that with OTI we can achieve our mutual long term growth aspirations.”

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Talal Hamid Al-Awfi, CEO of OTI, has expressed his satisfaction at the conclusion of the deal “We are delighted to move onto the next phase of growth for OTI, agreeing our first major investment into Africa with Hass.  Hass is a unique business with substantial scale and growth potential where we have enjoyed a long standing relationship; most importantly we share a common understanding and vision of the African energy market.”

Standard Advisory London Limited, a member of the Standard Bank Group (“Standard Bank”) acted as exclusive financial advisors to OTI and KPMG Advisory Services Ltd Kenya acted as exclusive financial advisors to Hass.

Airtel Uganda Launches a Ramadhan Promotion


Telecommunications giant, Airtel Uganda recently launched a promotion in an effort to give back to the Muslim community in Uganda. Dubbed Ramadhan Promo, the telecommunications company is giving subscribers unlimited calls from midnight to 6am for as little as UGX 500/-. 

In a bid to provide extra value for its customers, Airtel Uganda has also added free 50MB data to enable subscribers have access to the internet from midnight to 6am.
Speaking about the Ramadhan promo, Airtel Uganda Marketing Director Mr. Indrajeet Singh Kumar said, 

“We understand the importance of the Holy Month of Ramadhan to our Muslim customers as one of the five pillars of Islam and a month where Allah’s mercy is abundant. During this period, Muslims unite as one in a quest for righteousness.


This promotion therefore enables our customers to stay in touch at the times that matter like prayer and meal times with unlimited calls and free data of 50 MB. They therefore need not worry about costs as we are keen on ensuring they go through the season smoothly.”
To enjoy the Ramadhan promotion, subscribers simply have to load airtime as little as UGX 500/- and get an offer of 30 free minutes and 50MBs. For UGX 1,000/- and above, a customer gets unlimited Airtel calls and 50MBs from midnight to 6am. 
This offer is not the first time Airtel Uganda is reaching out to their Muslim subscribers in their Holy month. Every year, the telecommunications company contributes foodstuffs and money to different mosques, charity homes and individuals to enable them have proper meals during this month. 

​Emirates’ new first class product to be unveiled in November


New First Class cabin, offering 6 instead of 8 private suites, will debut on a Boeing 777-300ER

 Emirates confirmed that its new First Class product will be showcased at the Dubai Air Show in November. Making its debut onboard a Boeing 777-300ER, Emirates’ new First Class cabin will feature 6 private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the existing 8 private suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its existing 777 fleet.

In addition to the entirely redesigned First Class product, Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ER will also boast a range of other new features in the Business and Economy Class cabins. Emirates will announce the destinations where the new Boeing 777-300ER is to be deployed in due course.  
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Our products and services across cabin classes are continually improved and enhanced. But what our customers will see on Emirates’ new 777s starting from November, will be a much bigger revamp that takes our onboard experience to the next level. All cabins will sport a totally fresh new look. We are excited to showcase the results of years of planning and development invested into our new First Class offering, and our overall Emirates 777 experience. More details will follow, watch this space.”

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777, flying 162 of these modern, efficient wide-body aircraft to six continents from its hub in Dubai. 

The airline pioneered the private suite concept on commercial flights in 2003, establishing a new standard for First Class travel. Emirates’ track record of successful innovations that have raised the bar for the industry in terms of inflight customer experience include: Shower Spas and the Onboard Lounge onboard its A380 aircraft, unparalleled entertainment on demand in all classes with its award-winning ice system, and inflight connectivity through in-seat text, email and telephone services, as well as mobile and Wi-Fi services.

HEINEKEN BRINGS THE GLORY OF THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TO UGANDAN FOOTBALL FANS


Heineken®Uganda hosts exclusive final match screening for football fans  at the culmination of champion the match campaign 

Heineken® has had a long standing partnership with UEFA Champions League and remains one of the league’s principal sponsors 
As Juventus seek to make history this Saturday when they once again face their big and wealthy neighbours Real Madrid in a Champions League Final; Heineken Uganda has set up exclusive VIP experiences for its Ugandan football lovers to enjoy the game.

To bring the excitement of the world class tournament to fans, Heineken will host the final match screening at various clubs around the country in exclusive events open to the public

The finals viewing will be at the Panamera Bar in Naguru and at Nexus Lounge in Najjera from as early as 7pm.

In a statement released to news rooms, the General Manager of Heineken East Africa Uche Unigwe noted that, 

‘‘Football is about so much more than the match alone – it’s about the experience, and the celebration of the beautiful game. As long term sponsors of UEFA Champions League, we’re enabling fans to do just that by giving them the chance to win awesome prizes through our promotions and activities, during the match viewing. ’

Uche further stated that, “We have massive fans of football in Uganda, throughout the Champions League tournaments this season, we created ways to encourage football fans to enjoy the games and in the process make them feel as though they are part of the experience. The final match screenings are a culmination of that experience” 

The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club league; the premier sporting event has become a global phenomenon that fits perfectly with the Heineken brand, which is enjoyed in almost every country in the world. The Dutch brewer is a keen sponsor of global sports tournaments and unlike other industry players steers clear from sponsoring specific teams.  

​Airtel Uganda introduces affordable International Calling Bundles


Airtel Uganda, the Smartphone network recently introduced affordable international calling bundles to help its subscribers to keep in-touch with families staying abroad, traders, and businessmen to communicate on cheap rates.
We did have a one on one with Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Indrajeet Singh Kumar and this is what he had to say about the International Calling Bundles. 

Indrajeet Singh Kumar

Good morning Indrajeet, so what good news does Airtel Uganda bring for us today?

Today, I am here with some good news, especially for people with family staying abroad, traders and businessmen. No more disconnected calls because Airtel Uganda International calls just got cheaper thanks to our international calling bundles.

That’s good news. So what does Airtel hope to achieve from this?

International calling in Uganda has always been perceived as expensive in the minds of the customer. We at Airtel Uganda have developed bundles that are cheaper than the standard call rates with an intention of fulfilling our promise to Ugandans; which is providing affordable and reliable telecommunications solutions.

So, who is eligible for this?

This is not a promotion. Therefore, all our subscribers can enjoy the best international calling rates.

Tell us about some of these bundles.

We have 5 different calling bundles.

Our very first bundle is for those who want to make calls in East Africa; that is Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan. For as low as 2,800/= you can get to talk for ten minutes valid for one day and for 15,000/=, you get 60 minutes valid for 7 days.

For our second bundle, subscribers receive 60 minutes to call USA and China for as low as 7,500/= valid for 7 days. Additionally, for 11,500/= subscribers receive 60 minutes and 30 minutes to call India and Nigeria respectively – all valid for 7 days.

Our third bundle is for customers who want to call USA and Asia. The countries in this bundle are USA, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Hongkong. For 5,000/= subscribers receive 25 minutes valid for 7 days to call those countries. For 10,000/= subscribers will receive 55 minutes and for 20,000/= subscribers will receive 133 minutes valid for 30 days for both bundles.

In our fourth bundle, subscribers will receive 20 minutes valid for 7 days to call United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Pakistan, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Greece, Australia, Finland, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Finally, for our fifth bundle, subscribers will receive 15 minutes of talk time valid for 7 days to call Nigeria, Mauritius and Namibia.

I think that is clear. So what is the charge for registering onto this service?
As I said, this service is for all Airtel Uganda subscribers. There is no charge. All you have to do is dial *146# or *100# and subscribe to an international bundle of your choice.

Do you have any other information you wish to share with our listeners?

Yes. I would like to encourage all Airtel subscribers and those who want to join the smartphone network to take advantage of these bundles to call their families, business partners and friends living anywhere across the globeThank you

​Emirates Adds Second Daily A380 to Birmingham


 

  •         Second A380 introduced due to the immense popularity of the iconic aircraft
  •          New A380 service allows for additional A380 to A380 connectivity via Dubai
  •          Birmingham growing in popularity as a tourism destination

Emirates announced that it will be introducing a second daily A380 service between Dubai and Birmingham, beginning 29th October 2017.

Flight EK39/40, currently operated by a Boeing 777, will now be operated by the iconic and highly popular Emirates A380, adding to the existing daily A380 already operating on the route.

Following the suspension of one of its flights to Birmingham, Emirates has decided to operate the new A380 – the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which features 615 seats. This means that from October, the airline will operate a twice-daily, all-A380 service to the Midlands.
Emirates’ decision to use a double-daily A380 service was in part driven by huge demand from passengers to travel on the iconic aircraft. Since the first A380 service from Dubai to Birmingham launched on 27th March 2016, over 300,000 passengers have already flown on the aircraft between the two cities.

The A380’s popularity is partly due to the fact that it features the widest individual in-seat Economy Class screens in the industry, measuring in at 13.3 inches and offers over 2,500 channels on inflight entertainment system, ice. As with the current A380 used on the route, the aircraft will operate in a two class configuration, featuring 58 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 557 spacious seats in Economy Class, as well as Emirates’ popular Onboard Lounge.
And with Emirates offering A380 services to a number of key destinations in the East such as Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Perth, Singapore and Sydney, passengers travelling beyond Dubai have an increased opportunity to fly on the A380 on both legs of their journey, experiencing all the benefits that it offers. As with the current service, travelers also enjoy connectivity to Emirates’ wide network of 31 destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa.

In 2016 alone, Emirates launched new passenger services to places including Cebu and Clark in the Philippines, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou in mainland China, Yangon in Myanmar and Hanoi in Vietnam. On 1st July 2017, Emirates will also start flying daily to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Emirates started flying to Birmingham on 18 December 2000 as a daily service to Dubai, operated by a 278-seat Airbus A330. Since then, Emirates has carried over 5.2 million passengers between Dubai and Birmingham. An important segment on this route are the international students who travel to Birmingham every year to attend its prestigious schools and universities.

Emirates’ flight EK39 departs from Dubai at 07:25hrs and arrives in Birmingham at 11:25hrs. The outbound flight, EK40, departs from Birmingham at 13:30hrs and arrives in Dubai at 00:35hrs the following day.

Birmingham is packed with cultural attractions, from historic sites such as the Grade I listed Jacobean mansion Aston Hall, to Villa Park – home of Aston Villa Football Club, and Cadbury World. Travelers can also enjoy the world-class acoustics of Symphony Hall and the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Hippodrome Theatre. It also has acres of green spaces and miles of rejuvenated canals leading to the stunning new Library of Birmingham and the modernist structure of the Selfridges building at the iconic Bullring shopping center. In fact, Birmingham is known for its world-class shopping, with an eclectic retail scene that ranges from the renowned Jewellery Quarter to its exclusive mall, The Mailbox. Another point of interest are medieval villages spread across the rolling hills of the Cotswolds.

Birmingham is also a great foodie destination with a diverse dining scene that reflects the city’s cosmopolitan population; there’s everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to a vibrant street-food culture.

Emirates’ codeshare agreement with Flybe enables passengers to seamlessly connect to cities such as Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newquay. All codeshare flights operated by Flybe connect with Emirates flights from Dubai to Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.                                                                  

Passengers travelling in Business Class also enjoy access to a dedicated lounge at Birmingham Airport as well as Emirates’ convenient Chauffeur-drive service to and from the airport within a 70 mile radius.

​Vital Tomosi’s Dairy Officially Launches Milk


Just six months after the launch of MilkMan yoghurt, Rushere-based Vital Tomosi’s Dairy (VTD) has officially kicked off production of milk. This was announced at a media visit to their factory in Rushere during which media and guests got an opportunity to see the entire operation chain right from the raw material to a packed product.

VTD, a relatively new Ugandan dairy company, was established to modernize and fortify the local dairy industry, with the aim of enriching lives and providing the highest quality of dairy products on the market. The dairy was brought to life by a joint venture between Vital Capital fund and Tomosi’s Farm, which effectively merged rich century-old cattle farming traditions with state-of-the-art production methods to create the MilkMan brand of quality dairy products.

Conducting the tour, Mr. Eyal Jones, the VTD CEO expressed gratitude to the team at the factory who had worked tirelessly to ensure that milk production can start. 
“Just six months after the launch of our first product – MilkMan yoghurt – we have now begun production of milk. This is a great achievement and I applaud the team that worked tirelessly to make it happen,” he said.

“This project is a perfect example of how financial profit and positive social purpose can come together to benefit both investors and local communities. Tomosi’s Farm is already improving the income of small hold farmers while improving the food security condition, reducing costs for consumers, and of course returning profit to our investors. This is impact investing,” Jones added.

As part of the tour, the guests and media had an opportunity to visit the waste water treatment facility – a measure that has been put in place to ensure proper waste management and disposal facilities. 

Ms. Noa Hameiri, the VTD Chief Marketing Officer thanked Ugandans for embracing the yoghurt and encouraged them to try the milk as well. 

“We have put in place all necessary measures to ensure proper testing, storage, packaging and waste treatment at our factory. With this, we are sure that our product is safe and good for consumption,” she said.

“We Believe the Ugandan market will appreciate the high quality of our long life milk as much as it appreciated the yoghurt. The 1-liter pack offers value for money, is easy to carry and store, and can be comsumed for a period of time provided it is well stored,” Hameiri added.
The state-of-the-art factory has two production lines at the moment – one for yoghurt and another for UHT milk and has the ability to produce up to 50,000 liters of milk per day.

MilkMan 1-liter milk packs and yoghurt can be found dominating the shelves in all the big and medium size supermarkets in Kampala, Entebbe and Mukono.

​Emirates to fly all A380 services to Beijing and Shanghai


Airline’s second daily services to Beijing and Shanghai to be upgraded to an A380 operation from 1 July, 2017

In response to popular customer demand, Emirates will provide an all-A380 service on its Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) services when it upgrades the second daily flights, EK308/EK309 on its PEK route and EK304/305 on its PVG route, replacing the current Boeing 777-300ER operations.

The move, effective from July 1 2017, will increase capacity to both Beijing and Shanghai, offering Emirates passengers even more seamless A380-to-A380 connections between the two Chinese cities and over 30 international points, including 18 points in the UK and Europe, via its hub in Dubai. This upgrade strengthens Emirates’ overall mainland China offering, which also includes services to Guangzhou, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou.

The additional seats on the routes will support more business and leisure travel departing from and arriving in China, while offering passengers an exceptional global travel experience.

The popular Emirates A380, which offers up to 519 seats in a three class configuration on Chinese routes, now flies to seven North Asian cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul in South Korea and Narita, Japan.
On Emirates flights to and from China, passengers in all classes can enjoy local Chinese cuisine, and industry-leading service from Chinese-speaking cabin crew. Passengers can also enjoy over 2,500 channels of the latest films and TV shows, including Chinese content, as well as music and games on Emirates’ ice Digital Widescreen, which has been named World’s Best Inflight Entertainment at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards for a record 12 years running. Emirates was also named Best Airline in the World in TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2017.

First and Business Class passengers on the Emirates A380 can spend time during their flight socializing in the popular Onboard Lounge on the upper deck of the aircraft, and First Class passengers can enjoy exclusive use of the on-board shower spas to refresh during flights. Premium customers are also offered complimentary chauffeur drive services to and from Beijing and Shanghai airports, lounge access and priority check-in. Emirates also offers generous baggage allowances, with up to 35kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.

Shanghai was Emirates’ first Chinese destination. As the first airline to establish non-stop connectivity between the Middle East and mainland China, Emirates launched freighter operations to Shanghai in 2002, followed by passenger services to the city in 2004. Launched in 2006, Beijing routes first deployed the A380 service in August 2010, when Emirates became the first international airline to fly this award-winning aircraft on Chinese scheduled passenger routes.

Today, with 38 weekly flights to China, Emirates enables convenient connections to over 150 cities in more than 80 countries in the world, including 38 destinations in Europe, 20 destinations in Africa and 15 destinations in Middle East, among others.

Emirates is the world’s largest A380 operator with 95 of the double-decked aircraft in its fleet and a further 47 on order. The flagship of Emirates’ all wide-body fleet, the A380 is extremely popular with travellers for its comfort and industry-leading on-board features. As the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights, Emirates’ operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a high level of comfort. Since 2008, Emirates has flown over 80 million passengers on its A380 fleet