dfcu Bank increases support to St. John’s Ambulance Uganda’s emergency medical services.


 

As part of its Responsibility & Sustainability program, dfcu Bank Uganda has today renewed its support of emergency medical services- announcing an increment in its financial contribution to St. John’s ambulance Uganda. The announcement was made during a press briefing at the St. John’s ambulance services offices on Buganda Road.

Addressing journalists at the event, dfcu Bank’s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime said the renewed commitment was the Bank’s way of increasing its support to what is a dire situation.

dfcu Bank_s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime (C) hands over fuel cards to Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John_s Ambulance during the eve

dfcu Bank has been supporting the services offered by St. John’s Ambulance for the last 5 years. This support has been in the form of monthly fuel, which is a key need if an organization wishes to provide timely emergency medical services. Today, dfcu Bank is glad and honored to announce that we will both continue with and increase our contribution to this crucial service.”

 

“As part of the emergency support pillar under our Sustainability strategy,  I am pleased to announce that dfcu Bank will double our monthly contribution to St. John’s Ambulance Uganda- which will allow them to operate a second ambulance and in turn provide urgently needed emergency medical services to those in need,” Kansiime added.

 

“Lack of sufficient emergency services is one of the leading causes of death in Uganda. Less than 10% of patients are transferred to hospitals and clinics by ambulances, which results in tragedies that could have been prevented. This is why our commitment to St. John’s Ambulance is important to us as an institution- we see it as a way to give back and improve the quality of life in the communities in which we operate,” he continued.

Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John’s Ambulance commended dfcu Bank for their continued and unwavering reinforcement to its operations.

“Over the last 5 years, dfcu Bank has proved itself a dedicated and stable partner to the work that we do. One of the key elements needed for the successful provision of emergency medical services is timely arrival to the scene of the emergency and thereafter to a hospital or clinic. The monthly fuel contributions from dfcu Bank have helped us save countless lives,” Ms. Kasirye said.

dfcu Bank_s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime (L) hands over a dummy cheque to Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John_s Ambulance after maki

“By providing fuel for a second ambulance, dfcu Bank is giving us the ability and means to reach more patients, provide urgent medical aid and as a result, save more lives. On behalf of St. John’s Ambulance, I extend our gratitude to the management of dfcu Bank for their pro-active support of emergency medical services,” Ms. Kasirye concluded.

 

With the increased funding, dfcu Bank’s contribution to St. John’s Ambulance will add up to UGX 24,000,000/- per year.

Emirates Extends its Dubai Special Fare and Free Visa Offer


 

 

Offer also includes free 3rd piece of luggage and My Emirates Pass

 

Emirates has extended its offer to Ugandan travellers to visit Dubai with a special Economy and Business Class return airfare that includes a free Visa, a free third piece of luggage of up to 23 kg and a “My Emirates Pass”.

 

Under the special offer, an Economy Class ticket from Entebbe to Dubai costs USD406 and Business Class USD1499. The fare offer is subject to availability, specific terms and conditions and for a limited time only. Tickets must be booked between 11 July and 24 July 2017, while travel must take place between 11 July and 30 November 2017. The cost of the ticket includes airport taxes.

 

Voted by travellers as the Best Airline in the World in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards, Emirates is also offering a free 30-day visa for the United Arab Emirates (subject to approval by immigration authorities), a 3rd piece of luggage of up to 23kg for Economy Class and up to 32kg for Business Class, as well as a My Emirates Pass, which is can be used for exclusive offers and discounts across Dubai.

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The My Emirates Pass, which is valid for use until 31 August 2017, gives customers special discounts at over 120 world class restaurants and hotel dining outlets in Dubai. Exclusive offers are also available on a range of leisure activities including visits to championship golf courses, thrilling theme parks or luxury spas across the city. To see all My Emirates Pass offers, visit www.emirates.com/english/offers/4221290/my-emirates-pass.

 

With year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and restaurants, stunning beaches and iconic buildings, Dubai offers something for the whole family. Visitors to Dubai can use My Emirates Pass to enjoy some of the city’s newest attractions including must-see places like Dubai Parks and Resorts featuring three theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and LEGOLAND® Water Park.

 

The city also offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

 

On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to hours of entertainment on the airline’s ice system, which offers over 2500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.

 

In addition to the on-board comforts and products, customers will experience the world famous hospitality from Emirates’ multinational cabin crew while enjoying chef prepared regional and international cuisine, using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages.

 

Emirates flies once a day from Entebbe International Airport to Dubai. To book, or for more information on fares, terms and conditions, please visit www.emirates.com/ug or visit the local Emirates office or your travel agent.

 

 

 

 

Jinja enjoys Kampala Restaurant Week as they Savor with Tusker Lite


 

Jinja Sailing Club was the centre of focus as key media personnel and food lovers traveled to Jinja to check out its participation in the ongoing 3rd edition of the Kampala Restaurant Week.

Powered by Tusker Lite and organised by Pearl Guide Uganda, the largest showcase of restaurants in and around Kampala kicked off on the 5th July and will go till 15th July.

During the Kampala Restaurant week, restaurants get to offer meals going as low as UGX 15,000 and UGX 25,000. On normal days, the same meals would go for as high as UGX 35,000. This was acknowledged by Jinja Sailing Club’s Executive Chief, Noman Qureshi who said that the restaurant week activity offers customers a chance to try out the best cuisines at affordable prices.

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This year, Tusker Lite has added great value to everyone’s experience by offering a complimentary drink to diners to ensure they enjoy a complete dining experience.

Tusker Lite was introduced into the East African market in 2011 as a low carb beer uniquely brewed with natural ingredients. It delivers an easy drinking experience. The idea behind its introduction was to bring a new taste.

“Tusker Lite offers a soothing experience with every meal. It is for this purpose that we had to check out the experience in Jinja. We hope that people are enjoying their meals and this edition of Kampala Restaurant Week.” Uganda Breweries Limited’s Head of Beers, Muzito Estella said.

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The Kampala Restaurant Week will be capped off with an awards ceremony on the 15th July at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala. This will be to recognize the most outstanding chefs, restaurants and other participants in this edition.

 

 

Battle For Cash with DFCU Bank


 

dfcu Bank, in partnership with NTV Uganda and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) launched a nationwide campaign targeted at driving a savings and investment culture in Uganda. The campaign, which will run – in part as a TV show competition dubbed ‘Battle for Cash’ was launched at the Kampala Serena Hotel with the media fraternity having the first hands-on experience.

Compared to the countries in the region, Uganda has the lowest savings to GDP ratio, which is at 13.48 per cent of GDP with majority of the population being un-banked. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, only 12% of the population have bank accounts while research shows that Ugandans save less than 5% of their monthly earnings as compared to other East African countries (Kenya 23%; Tanzania 13% Rwanda 18%).

 

The low savings rates are largely a result of traditional banking remaining out of reach for most due to factors like; inadequate financial services; financial illiteracy; physical distance from banking institutions and high minimum deposit and balance requirements, limiting access to banking services. But banks have taken huge strides in addressing these shortcomings by recognizing the potential and are introducing resourceful methods of bringing them back into the formal economy by introducing several innovative products and services.

 

As part of several efforts to promote a savings culture in Uganda, dfcu Bank introduced the Investment Clubs program in 2007 providing a conducive platform to foster group savings. The dfcu Bank program has since grown with over 10,000 Investment Clubs that cut across all segments including students, the professionals, women, youths holding a savings turnover of over UGX 400 billion.

dfcu Bank, Battle for Cash Campaign judges, Joseph Kasaija, Ann Kyohairwe and Adam Sengoba, address the media during the campaign launch at Serena Hotel.

The Judges that will adjudicate Battle For Cash

It is against this background that dfcu Bank has collaborated with NTV and PwC to start a competition to encourage its customers to grow their savings portfolio. The ‘Battle for Cash,’ challenge will provide a free platform to Investment Clubs to show case their success stories over a period of six (6) months. Additionally clubs who are able to present innovative investment ideas and demonstrate the ability to consistently pool savings towards the realization of their objective for a minimum period of six months will be eligible to enter the competition. They will have the opportunity to show case their ideas and investment projects on NTV Uganda.

 

According to the dfcu Bank Executive Director and Chief of Business William Sekabembe, two special categories of women and youth have been included. Clubs with 100% composition of these special groups will apply to enter the competition and into a special category for Women Clubs & Youth increasing their chances of winning. “We are putting a lot of emphasis on these two categories because we believe they play a major role in the development of communities and Uganda as a whole,” he added.

dfcu Bank Executive Director and Chief of Business, William Sekabembe giving a speech during the launch of Battle for Cash campaign at Serena Hotel.

William Sekabambe Chief of business at DFCU

An amount totaling up to UGX 100 million in prize money has been set aside for the best Investment Clubs. Additionally, one delegate from each of the 20 selected clubs that will enter the competition will be sponsored to attend a study tour in Nairobi to share experiences, network, and widen their knowledge and contacts. This as the top seven (7) clubs will receive free advisory services for a period of one (1) year.

UGANDA’S BEBE COOL TO COLLABORATE WITH NIGERIAN SUPER STAR ‘FALZ’  


 

Top Nigerian artist Falz famed for hits like “Jeje”, “Soft Work” and “Soldier” returns to Coke Studio Africa for a second time this year, paired alongside Ugandan legendary artist Bebe Cool, who makes his anticipated debut on the show this year. Last year Falz was paired with Tanzanian rapper Joh Makini and the two produced great covers of each other’s songs and an original track “You Dey Hot”.

Bebe Cool - Coke Studio Africa 2017

 

While speaking exclusively at the show’s Behind the Music Studios in Nairobi during the show’s recording, Falz said: “It feels very good to work with Bebe Cool. He is a very cool guy a very chill guy. So far, we have a good working relationship and we are getting along well. I am looking forward to learning more from him about his culture and language– that’s what Is most exciting about this Coke Studio experience.”

On top of the music collaborations, the two will also participate on Coke Studio’s Food Culture Exchange segment.  

 

Bebe Cool and Falz will be produced by top Nigerian music producer GospelOnDeBeatz. Bebe Cool revealed some info on his collaboration with Falz: “Expect a lot of fire. Falz is a huge hiphop artist and I am a dancehall artist so the fusion is going to be electric!”

Both Bebe Cool and Falz will also feature in a special Coke Studio dubbed ‘The Global Fusion Edition’ alongside Coke Studio Africa’s international guest star – the American Pop/R&B star Jason Derulo and 8 other talented African stars. They include Dela (Kenya), Mr. Bow (Mozambique), Joey B (Ghana), Betty G (Ethiopia), Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe), Shekhinah (South Africa), Locko (Cameroon) and Denise (Madagascar).

This year Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one—bigger and better Coke Studio Africa 2017. The show promises to be a melting pot of music talents bringing together renowned music producers and top-notch artists drawn from various parts of the continent. ​The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 in previous edition.

Airtel Uganda Masappe Promo Goes into Overdrive


 

  • Over 74 million, 74 bikes and 12 cars to be won

Telecommunications giant, Airtel Uganda has announced a new exciting recharge promotion that will see subscribers win daily and weekly prizes over the next 90 days.

Dubbed ‘Mega Masappe’, the new campaign, which will see subscribers win daily and weekly prizes such as motor bikes, brand new cars and cash over the next 90 days. This comes on the heels of the recently concluded Xtra Masappe data campaign which offered customers bonus for loading weekly and monthly bundles.

The lucky winners, pose with their cash they won during the launch of Mega Masappe

lucky winners showing their prize money

As part of ‘Mega Masappe’, subscribers will be required to opt into the promo by dialing *162# and selecting option 1 to opt in, option 2 to check target and option 3 to redeem their data bonus – which will be broken down into Voice, SMS and Data at 50%, 10% and 40% respectively. This bonus however does not apply to social packs, quarterly, annual and free bundles.

Mr. Indrajeet Kumar Singh, the Airtel Uganda Marketing Director expressed excitement at the new promotion.

“We made a promise to Ugandans to offer them the most reliable and affordable telecommunications services while directly improving their lives through our different offerings and campaigns and this promo is evidence that we are doing just that,” he said, adding that for the next 90 days, Airtel subscribers are going to win loads and loads of prizes including cars, motor cycles and huge sums of cash by simply opting into this Mega Masappe promotion.

Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Indrajeet Kumar Singh, giving a speech during the launch of Mega Masappe.

Airtel Marketing Director Indrajeet Kumar

Kumar further encouraged Ugandans to join the smartphone network and stand a chance to change their lives overnight.

As part of the Mega Masappe promotion, subscriber bonus will be given instantly on the achievement of the daily target. For example, if a subscriber’s bonus target is Ushs. 1,000 and they recharge with that Ushs. 1,000, they will receive 100% bonus of the same value under the Voice, SMS & Data split. However, if they recharge with another Ushs. 1,000 on the same day, they will not get a 2nd bonus.

Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Indrajeet Kumar Singh handing over the Motor Bike keys to one of the lucky winners during the launch of Mega Masappe.

some of the prizes to be won

Daily and weekly prizes will be given away every Friday for the duration of the promo.

 

 

 

Dfcu Bank set to hold business clinics for SME clients


dfcu Bank, in partnership with Enterprise Uganda,announced at a press conference that it will hold 12 business clinics for its Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) customers.

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The announcement was made during a press briefing which also doubled as the first training session at Mackinnon Suites.

The clinics will be held over the course of the next six months and will centre on growing the skillsets of the beneficiaries.

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They will also focus on the five functional areas of a business; Marketing, Finance, Human
Resource, Strategic planning and Operations.

The announcement comes a week after dfcu Bank was unveiled as the main sponsor of the 2017 Top mid-sized Companies’ Survey.
Speaking at the press briefing, the dfcu Bank Managing Director, Juma Kisaame said the
Business Clinics were part of the Bank’s strategy to empower the SME business community.
“Using the M-S-F Model, Enterprise Uganda will provide both practical and theoretical training
to our SME clients. These training sessions will cater to 35-40 people per session and will cover various aspects related to operating a successful business operation. For the next six months, we will mobilize our customers to attend two training sessions each month- and our expectation is that they will be better equipped to manage their businesses,” Kisaame said.

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Kisaame emphasized the Bank’s commitment to the Ugandan market saying, “dfcu Bank is
firmly dedicated to offering tailor-made solutions to our clients with the belief that in turn, they
will help them grow both their personal and business investments. The Business Clinics will cover a range of topics including marketing, branding, human resource management and
several more, which we believe will offer invaluable learnings to business owners and managers.”
Kisaame concluded by saying all participants in the clinics would be required to create action
plans- which would be used during the advisory sessions scheduled to take place a month after the completion of the clinics.

Hillary Ndugutse wins the 2017 Netherlands Business Golf Cup


Golfer Hillary Ndugutse emerged winner of the 2017 Netherlands Business Golf Cup at the par 72 Kitante Golf Course in Kampala. Ndugutse, a seasoned golfer and businessperson registered a score of 41 points to win this year’s Netherlands Business Golf Cup. 

Results from the Tournament and the participants that teed off

The Netherlands Business Golf Cup is an annual golf tournament that is sponsored by dfcu Bank in partnership with the Dutch Embassy, KLM airlines, VIVO energy, Unilever and Shares (U) Ltd. The tournament brings together members of Uganda’s business community in both the public and private sector to provide a networking opportunity with Dutch affiliated businesses.

After a grueling 18-hole thriller, Ndugutse emerged as the unrivalled champion to lift his first Netherlands Business Golf Cup trophy. Over 200 participants teed off at this year’s Netherlands Business Golf Cup on a sunny Saturday morning at the Kitante Golf Club. Golfers networked with their competitors from various business backgrounds as they played 18 holes on one of Uganda’s toughest golf courses as well as. 

Golfer Hillary Ndugutse receiving his goodies

Later in the evening, businessmen and women were treated to a dinner and awards ceremony at the Uganda Golf Club, to recognize the outstanding players of the tournament.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, dfcu’s Chief Transformation Officer, Paul van Apeldoorn reiterated the need to have more networking opportunities for the Ugandan business community to provide opportunities for investments in and out of Uganda. 

“With initiatives such as the Netherlands Business Golf Cup we hope to expand our business opportunities not only in Uganda but beyond borders. We take advantage of such moments to use the great sport of golf to network on and off the green.” He said. 

There was joy as the day’s champion was awarded for his outstanding stroke and drive that enabled him to win the 2017 Netherlands Business Golf Cup.

“Winning this year’s Netherlands Business Golf Cup is a great achievement to me. I worked on my stroke and managed to steady the ship all the way to the last hole. I am thankful for the tournament sponsors and will surely be back next year to defend my trophy.” Ndugutse said.

Other outstanding players included; Candy Mpanga who emerged winner in the women’s category.

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.

​​COPA Coca-Cola National Championship Commences 


Over 50 regional teams participate in Nationals kick-off parade

Approximately 58 teams converged in Masaka town for the 2017 edition of COPA Coca-Cola grassroots football tournament national championships which commenced yesterday at Masaka Recreation grounds in Masaka town.

Attended by local area leaders including the RDC and DPC of Masaka town as well as officials from the National Council of Sports, FUFA, ASHU and Coca-Cola Uganda, the kick-off ceremony, which begun by a parade of all the 58 schools represented by their chosen teams, saw hosts Masaka S.S compete against and defeat Mukono-based Yale High thanks to a high display of talent from Kyeyago Alison who scored Masaka’s only goal.


Speaking on behalf of Coca-Cola Uganda, Mr. Robert Muwagula, Regional Manager, thanked all the guests and dignitaries for showing up in large numbers to witness the launch of the 2017 nationals. 

“For more than two decades, this tournament has nurtured hundreds of Ugandan youth and we at Coca-Cola Uganda, pledge to continue with this grassroots football initiative,” he commented.

The Guest of Honor and RDC of Masaka Lt. Walusimbi thanked Coca-Cola for allowing to have this tournament in Masaka. He went on to assure all the participants and guests that there will be top notch security for the duration of the tournament.

COPA Coca-Cola is an international youth football tournament and a global celebration of football passion. It unites more than 1 million teens in over 60 countries around the world, and aims to provide both the means and the opportunity for young teens to be optimistic about their future while encouraging values that are the foundation of life and sportsmanship. 


This tournament is the world’s largest brand-supported grassroots football tournament, led by global beverage giant, Coca-Cola, and has, over the years, built values such as team spirit, friendship and respect in the hearts of the youth participants.