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Milkman Teaches Children about Environmental Conservation.

This weekend, parents and children who attended the Go Green festival got a chance to learn about environmental

This weekend, parents and children who attended the Go Green festival got a chance to learn about environmental conservation and participate in a free recycling workshop courtesy of VTD dairy’s MilkMan yoghurt – the main sponsor of the 2016 Christmas Green Festival.a-girl-wears-a-mask-made-from-a-used-milkman-can-this-was-during-the-milkman-recycling-workshop-at-the-go-green-festival

The recycling workshop, into which kids were admitted free of charge every round hour simply by presenting an empty MilkMan can, saw them make many awesome items such as spy masks, awesome shakers, cool hats and crowns as well as fancy hair bands from their MilkMan yoghurt cups.

Held annually since 2012, the Go Green festival, which attracts over 10,000 children, is aimed at enlightening the children on the values of conserving our environment through fun engaging activities. Last year, various exhibitors came on board to engage the children in more exciting ways on how to conserve the environment.

Speaking on behalf of MilkMan, Ms. Noa Hameiri, the Chief Marketing Officer, expressed excitement at the opportunity to directly engage children and teach them about environmental sustainability – something MilkMan is very passionate about.

“MilkMan and Go Green share the same eco-friendly agenda and that is the reason as to why we decided to take part in the festival, teaching the younger generation why and how they should conserve the environment and the benefits to their future and the future of the next generation,” she commented.

Hameiri also explained that sustainable environmental conservation and social development are some of MilkMan’s key concerns.

“At our factory in Rushere, we have put in place a state-of-art waste water treatment facility in order to ensure that our operations will not harm the environment,” she stated, adding that MilkMan supports the local community by purchasing all the milk from the farmers in the region thus offering them and their families a stable source of income.

In addition to the recycling tent, Milkman also had 4 points of sale throughout the day where everyone at the festival had an opportunity to purchase all the flavors of MilkMan yoghurt at UGX1,500 for the individual size and UGX3,000 for the family size.

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conservation and participate in a free recycling workshop courtesy of VTD dairy’s MilkMan yoghurt – the main sponsor of the 2016 Christmas Green Festival.

The recycling workshop, into which kids were admitted free of charge every round hour simply by presenting an empty MilkMan can, saw them make many awesome items such as spy masks, awesome shakers, cool hats and crowns as well as fancy hair bands from their MilkMan yoghurt cups.

Held annually since 2012, the Go Green festival, which attracts over 10,000 children, is aimed at enlightening the children on the values of conserving our environment through fun engaging activities. Last year, various exhibitors came on board to engage the children in more exciting ways on how to conserve the environment.

Speaking on behalf of MilkMan, Ms. Noa Hameiri, the Chief Marketing Officer, expressed excitement at the opportunity to directly engage children and teach them about environmental sustainability – something MilkMan is very passionate about.

“MilkMan and Go Green share the same eco-friendly agenda and that is the reason as to why we decided to take part in the festival, teaching the younger generation why and how they should conserve the environment and the benefits to their future and the future of the next generation,” she commented.

Hameiri also explained that sustainable environmental conservation and social development are some of MilkMan’s key concerns.

“At our factory in Rushere, we have put in place a state-of-art waste water treatment facility in order to ensure that our operations will not harm the environment,” she stated, adding that MilkMan supports the local community by purchasing all the milk from the farmers in the region thus offering them and their families a stable source of income.

In addition to the recycling tent, Milkman also had 4 points of sale throughout the day where everyone at the festival had an opportunity to purchase all the flavors of MilkMan yoghurt at UGX1,500 for the individual size and UGX3,000 for the family size.

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Tusker Malt Lager increases its cash sponsorship for the Uganda Golf Open.

Uganda Breweries Limited, through its flagship premium beer Tusker Malt Lager, for the 6th year in a row, has been unveiled as the title sponsor of the Uganda Golf Open that is set to tee off on the 10th of August, 2016.

Following the tremendous success of last year’s Uganda Golf Open, Tusker Malt Lager has moved to augment its commitment to the game of Golf by further increasing its cash sponsorship of this year’s Open. Mr. Nyimpini Mabunda, the Uganda Breweries Limited Managing Director, made the announcement at a press conference held at the Uganda Golf Club – Kitante. Tusker Malt Lager has increased the cash sponsorship to the Uganda Golf Open from UGX 200 million shillings to UGX 230 million shillings.

UBL Manging Director Mr. Nyimpini Mabunda hands over the dummy cheque to Johnson Omolo the President of the Uganda Golf Union

An additional UGX 270 million shillings as none cash sponsorship has also been injected into the tournament, taking the total sponsorship kit up to UGX 500 million shillings. The sponsorship kits include: media, player uniforms, merchandise, and logistical elements for prize giving dinners among others.

“We have increased our sponsorship to resonate with the status that the game of golf has attaining. The Tusker Malt Uganda Open provides an opportunity for renewal and development of golfing skills in Uganda, and initiation of new acquaintances while renewing old ones. As all true sports lovers know, the beauty of the whole exercise is not just in winning but in participating.” Said; Mr. Nyimpini Mabunda, the Uganda Breweries Limited Managing Director

The Uganda Golf Club Course, which is considered to be one of the toughest courses in the country, will be awash with over 500 amateurs, pros and seasoned pros as they try their hand at not only outsmarting their competition and being bestowed upon the title of 2016 Winner of Uganda Golf Open.

According to the Uganda Golf Union, there will be two parts of the tournament. The armatures will be playing from 10th – 13th August, 2016 while the professionals will play from 31st August – 3rd September, 2016.

Mr. Johnson Omolo, the President of the Uganda Golf Union explained that in order to attract a sizeable field from the Sunshine Tour and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions, the dates for this year’s Uganda Open had been chosen to suit their schedule.

“We had consultations with the Sunshine Tour team and we set our dates for this year’s Golf Open, so that we could have the participants from the tour also participate in Uganda. We are also hoping to attract players from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) tour. The course at the Uganda Golf Club has been prepared to match the highest global standards. All tests that have been carried out on these luscious grounds have proved that the club has the capacity to handle a tournament of this magnitude.” Reiterated Mr. Johnson.

So far, Uganda Golf Union has received confirmation of 15 national team entrants from Kenya led by Captain Bo Ciera for the Amateur event. Other entrants are from Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

This year, Tusker Malt Lager has staked out a prize award of UGX 110 million shillings for the professionals.

Restating their support, UBL Managing Director Mr. Nyimpini concluded; “Our ultimate aim is to work closely with the union to turn the Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open into one of the biggest and most sought after tournaments in Africa. To the Ugandan golf professionals and amateurs who will participate this year, we wish them the best of luck as the fans will be awaiting for yet another local champion.”

Tusker Malt Lager embodies the spirit of the game of golf. Tusker Malt lager is slow brewed with an ingredient base of 100% malt giving it that unmistakably rich, smooth premium taste that is widely recognized and that consumers have grown to love.

Airtel Rwanda is changing one community at a time.

Airtel Rwanda has been giving back to the communities it operates in all over Rwanda. Looking back at 2015, Airtel managed to partake in different fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Being a socially responsible company is a mandate that is highly followed by all Airtel staff all over the world. It is a pillar that has proved to position Airtel as one of the most loved brands in the world.

Airtel Rwanda Head of CSR & Corporate Communications, Denise Umunyana hands over handsets to help in Breast  Cancer Awareness

Airtel Rwanda undertakes in various CSR projects that include; sports, education, technology, health and environment conservation.

In 2015, Airtel Rwanda was able to impact the lives of the communities it operates in through certain activities. In the field of sports, Airtel continued with the development of grassroots football through the Airtel Rising Stars football competition which was in its third season. Through the monthly Umuganda activities, Airtel donated reading materials and planted trees in different parts of Rwanda.

Airtel Rwanda staff members distributing books to children at the Reading Umuganda activity.

Airtel continues to support girls in technology through offering internships to bright young girls who are interested in technology.

During last year’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, Airtel staff took part in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and later the company donated smartphones to the Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa Inc. that were to be used  to help raise breast cancer awareness by reaching out to people in villages. Additionally, Airtel Rwanda was among the companies that partnered with the African Union to garner resources in support of Ebola affected countries in West Africa.

Some of the Airtel Rwanda Staff during the Breast Cancer Wareness Walk in Kigali

In last year’s festive season, Airtel Rwanda staff held a Christmas party for the children at Home don Bosco in Nyanza where they gave out Christmas gifts such as scholastic material and clothing to the children. Speaking to Micheline Umulisa, Airtel Rwanda’s CSR Coordinator, she said that Airtel will continue to support the people of Rwanda as they grow further.

“For the development of Airtel in Rwanda, we have to ensure the wellbeing of the communities we operate in.” she added.

 

Airtel Rwanda donates books as staff members take part in Umuganda activities.

During this month’s Umuganda, Airtel Rwanda partnered with Save the Children organization to donate over 700 books to communities in Ruganwa village, Kacyiru and surrounding areas.

Airtel Rwanda Managing Director, Michael Adjei planting a tree at the Umuganda activities in Kacyiru

In an activity dubbed as ‘Reading Umuganda’, Airtel Rwanda came into partnership with Save the Children to support the development of children’s reading skills during their co-curricular activities. Aimed at ensuring that as parents and other adults are taking part in Umuganda activities, the children can be taking part in reading classes which will be led by community members.

 

During the donation of the books, Airtel staff members also took part in the Umuganda activities that took place in the community. The team partook in activities which included; tree planting, cleaning of roads, sewer draining and book reading.

In conjunction with its corporate social responsibility pillars, Airtel Rwanda also promised to further support the community by contributing some materials such as; hoes, wheelbarrows, rakes that will be used during Umuganda activities.

Airtel Rwanda staff members distributing books to children at the Reading Umuganda activity.

Save the Children’s Education Coordination and Partnerships Manager, Catherine Mercy expressed her gratitude and applauded Airtel Rwanda for having been so supporting in the development of the communities it operated in and ensuring that education of the children is eased through the books they donated.

Airtel Rwanda staff members preparing to take part in the cleaning of roads and drainages.

Speaking during the activities, Airtel Rwanda Managing Director, Michael Adjei said; “At Airtel Rwanda, we value the importance of literacy and the need to have our children being able to have a good education. We donated these books so as we can have even the children in our communities get a good education. Through the Reading Umuganda, we hope they can be able to acquire literacy skills that they can further use in their schools and daily lives.”

Some of the communities that will benefit from the donated books will include; Kacyiru Youth Sports Center.

Airtel Uganda launches Afrika Mashariki Fest Half – Marathon

Airtel Uganda has partnered with Afrika Mashariki Fest to launch and raise funds in support of programmes of the Afrika Mashariki Fest project.

Aimed at fast tracking regional integration, the partnership was announced at an event at the Mackinon Suites Hotel in Kampala. Afrika Mashariki Fest is an independent, nonpartisan youth platform that voluntarily operates in the five East African Community partner states fronting the youth as the vanguard for the region’s integration through Art, Sports and Civil Society advocacy.

Afrika Mashariki Fest is supported by top sportsmen in East Africa and its ambassadors include; Golola Moses, Stephen Kiprotich, Moses Kipsiro, Wilson Kipsang, Edna Kiplagat, Mary Kitany, Zakiah Mohammed Mrisho and Ezekiel Kemboi. The ambassadors will help in the popularization of the region’s integration process by flying the East African Flag high at all their World, Continental and Regional appearances alongside their respective National flags as a gesture to show youth support and involvement in matters of the region’s integration to the outside world.

There will also be a regional Bi-Lingual (English & Swahili) youth magazine “The Afrika Mashariki Fest Magazine” which will be distributed to communities  across the region  to  enlighten them more  on the  roadmap towards  attainment  of  the region’s integration and then  call  for  their  support  and engagement.

Afrika Mashariki Fest plans to distribute the East Africa Community flag to most schools across the region as well as brochures with the EAC anthem and basic integration messages. The goal is to see all schools sing the EAC anthem during their parades and other functions.

Part  of  the  proceeds  from  this Half-Marathon  will  go  towards  supporting Lake Victoria  Environmental Conservation  Project.  Afrika Mashariki Fest plan to  conduct   Athletics  Clinics  across  the  region  to  train,  inspire  and  support upcoming athletes.  They will provide them an opportunity to train in ITEN the home of Champions in Eldoret- Kenya for exposure.

Speaking at the launch, Airtel Marketing Director, Mr. Prasoon Lal said; “At the start of this year, we launched the “Happiness” campaign. What this means is that 2015 will see Airtel Uganda give back to its customers, even more than we have in the past, in several ways. Being part of the Mashariki Fest; an initiative that whose ultimate cause is the unity of East Africa is one of the ways in which the happiness of our customers will be realized.”

“We are delighted to be partners with Africa Mashariki Fest. We shall continue to take part in activities that will promote the East Africa Community integration as we have already started with our cross border call rates,” Lal concluded.

The first half-marathon will be held on Sunday 31stMay, 2015 at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala. The theme will be: “Healthy Citizens for Regional Integration”

SES and University EICHSTÄTT – INGOLSTADT to Premiere live Germany to Africa Interactive Classroom.

SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG)  premiered its Live Interactive Classroom application with partners from the Catholic University Eichstätt – Ingolstadt and The Permanent Centre for Education in Kampala, Uganda.

The session is part of an ongoing eLearning project called KUganda and will feature a demonstration delivering an interactive classroom experience via SES Broadband Services’ satellite broadband solution to Ugandan teachers located at The Permanent Center for Education. During the interactive session, Germany-based Professor Dr. Gaby Gien will deliver a seminar together with students in Eichstätt.

 

“Part of the challenge is to provide teachers in Africa with computers and resources. Without Internet connectivity, teachers and children are deprived of the use of educational content online. Bridging this digital divide is key,” said Dr. Gien, speaking for the KUganda initiative. “With this demonstration, we aim to show how satellite broadband can help to improve social and educational development by providing access where it wasn’t previously possible.”

“Satellite broadband technology has the potential to be transformative by enabling us at KUganda to plan frequent interactive training sessions and increase the scale and impact of our work while accelerating knowledge transfer and reducing costs and time,” Dr. Gien added.

The Live Interactive Classroom application combines a video signal and presentation slides in a comfortable interface. With state of the art peer-to-peer technology, it enables seamless audio/video communications with multiple students anywhere.  It requires no third party software installation or licenses and runs on standard equipment like PCs, laptops or tablets on both sides, while tutor-controlled live feedback enables classroom-like interaction.

The application demonstrated by KUganda is part of the SES Broadband eEducation Network, a service which offers an end-to-end learning environment for teachers, schools and classrooms, as well as for individual students.

“We are pleased to be able to contribute and be part of the KUganda project, which is the first to benefit from our solution. We hope that the SES Broadband eEducation Network will enable more universities and institutions, publishers of educational content and countries in Africa to deliver education services to remote areas in the future,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services.

ACCA Uganda to host the ACCA Eastern Africa Members Convention.

ACCA Uganda (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) announced that it will host the ACCA Eastern Africa Convention in Kampala from November 25 – 27, 2014.

The convention which will be held at the Speke Resort Munyonyo will draw participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Eritrea and other Sub – Saharan African Countries.

Themed “Eastern Africa – the next growth frontier”, the convention will be a major professional networking and learning event for ACCA members and the business leaders in this wide geographical region. Some of its main objectives are;

  1. To facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice among business leaders and finance professionals.
  2. To provide a forum for accountants to contribute to the policy debates and issues driving economic growth within the region.
  3. To enable gainful business links and interaction between professional accountants and business entities across the region.

Speaking at the press briefing, the Head of ACCA Uganda, Beatrice Isagayite said that “the convention will provide our members as well as all attending finance and business professionals with an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the issues that will drive regional economic growth and capacity building. We have put together a rich program, with a great mix of speakers drawn from within and outside the Eastern Africa region, which we anticipate will be enriching and will give participants diverse perspectives.” “This is critical at this stage when many sectors are looking to widen their regional footprint,” she added.

In the words of Japheth Katto, a Fellow of ACCA and an ACCA Council member, “I truly believe that accountants and finance professionals have a critical role to play in Africa’s growth. Sustainable economic development is all about delivering what ACCA calls public value – acting in the public interest, promoting ethical business and helping grow economies.” “This convention will be a great way for us to discuss how public value resonates here in Eastern Africa but also across this Continent,” he added.

Paul Ankunda, the chair of the ACCA Uganda Members Network Panel agreed with Japheth. “To ACCA members, the convention not only provides us with a professional networking opportunity at a regional level but more importantly contributes to the Continuous Professional development which will keep our learning at par with the required global standards. We look forward to the diverse regional and global perspectives that will be brought to the convention,” he said.

The convention, to be held at the Speke Resort Munyonyo will also be graced by many important dignitaries led by Honorable Maria Kiwanuka, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic development who will be the Chief Guest. Also in attendance will be the ACCA Global president Mr. Anthony Harbinson, who will also be attending his first convention since his appointment in September 2014.

The Eastern Africa Members Convention will discuss a number of regional sectorial growth drivers including Entrepreneurship, the growth of capital markets, regional integration issues, technology as an enhancer of business, ethical business, the future of the Accountancy profession and of course Oil and Gas .

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