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August 2014

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Jamrock Thursdays turns 2.

The most sought after reggae/dancehall theme night in Kampala is making two years.  Jamrock Thursdays is a Reggae and Dancehall musical theme night that happens at Iguana Bar Kampala every single Thursday night of the week from 5pm till late.

It’s hosted by renowned Deejays; D.J Naselow of Hot100 – 100.9fm and D.J. Ciza of Radio City – 97fm. The theme night has been going on strong for two years now and it’s still going strong. Iguana Bar Kampala is putting up a two years celebration to thank everybody that has been a part of the theme night. The official celebrations for the occasion will be on the 28th Of August 2014 at iguana bar Kampala still that’s from 5pm the official hashtag for the event in Twitter is #JAMROCKTURNS2

Renown reggae and Dancehall acts such as; Yung Mulo, A PASS, DON MC, HACKSTAR and super producer Hannz Tactiq among others will be there to grace the occasion.

The show is popular amongst reggae and dancehall youths in Kampala. This year’s celebration will have 3 beers being sold for 10,000/-.

Airtel Uganda’s Money Transfer Service Voted Best Digital Financial Service Of The Year.

  •  Airtel MoneyDigital Impact Awards Africa (DIAA) Best Digital Financial Service of the year.

Airtel Uganda was voted the Best Digital Financial Service of the year at the Digital Impact Awards Africa held on the Thursday 21st August at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel. The award ceremony was organized by Cyberplc, HiPipo and Global Networks Limited in partnership with Nita-Uganda.

With Airtel Money, customers now get a wider access through nationwide agents and transact with one single code *185# to send and receive money across networks at the lowest rates and enjoy more services on Airtel Money.

The extensive proficiency of Airtel’s partners in their respective fields has allowed the company to collaborate with some of the best and most respected businesses to bring consumers in the mobile services space a secure environment. Airtel Money customers can experience newer and more innovative services and ways to send money to their loved ones.

The platform provides instant services when using your Airtel Money to transfer money at your convenience. The services include;

  1. Send money across networks at the most affordable rates as low as 450/=
  2. Top up airtime, for both self and other Airtel customers and get bonuses
  3. Pay bills (UMEME, NWSC, Multiplex, URA & all pay TVs – DStv/GoTv, TVNext, StarTimes, ZukuTv, MoTv) instantly and more conveniently.
  4. Withdraw money the easiest & most convenient way, either at an agent point or ATM (Equity Bank, GTB, Interswitch). The agent spread is now wider for your reach.
  5. Mobile Banking – access your bank account now with Equity Bank.

All this comes with a new friend, guide and confidant that will help you with all your money transfer solutions and that is MR. MONEY.

Airtel Uganda Contributes To The Re-Development Of The Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine.

His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni launched a fundraising drive for the re-development of the Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine in Namugongo. The shrine is a center of convergence for thousands of devout Christians from across the world that makes the annual pilgrimage to celebrate the lives of the martyrs.

During the event, Airtel Uganda committed to the noble cause through the use of its Airtel Money platform where its millions of subscribers can take the opportunity to easily and conveniently contribute to shrines refurbishment.

To contribute to the restoration of the Namugongo Shrines, subscribers to the Airtel network can;

  1. Dial *185#
  2. Select paybill,
  3. Choose Option 9
  4. Type 193000 in the space for business number

Airtel Uganda has in the past, used its Airtel Money platform to support other charitable causes including, the Kabaka Birthday Run and a partnership with the Kingdom of Buganda to launch a Mobile Money fundraising platform where the kingdom’s subjects and well-wishers contribute funds to support Kabaka’s various development initiatives.

Emirates Offering up to 25% discount for Ugandan Travelers

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, is offering Ugandan travelers up to 25 percent discount on Business Class and Economy Class fares to a range of exciting destinations around the world.

Those wanting to visit some of the world’s most exciting destinations, whether for business, leisure or to visit family and friends, can now do so with discounts of up to 25 percent. Economy Class tickets for Ugandan travelers from Entebbe to the selected destinations USD 644 to London, USD 950 to Beijing, USD 1,197 to New York, USD 477 to Dubai, USD 498 to Mumbai, USD 1,197 to Washington, USD 837 to Bangkok, USD 1,489 to Kuala Lumpur, USD 852 to Guangzhou and USD 1,197 to Shanghai.

Business Class fares to start from USD 2,293 to London, USD 2,866 to Beijing, USD 3,480 to New York, USD 1,682 to Dubai, USD 1,690 to Mumbai, USD 3,480 to Washington, USD 2,059 to Bangkok, USD 3,712 to Kuala Lumpur, USD 3,539 to Guangzhou and USD 3,339 to Shanghai.

To take advantage of this limited period offer, customers must purchase their tickets between 27 August and 6 September 2014, and travel between 27 August and 3 December 2014. Tickets are for valid for return travel only, with a minimum stay of three days and a maximum stay of one month. Blackout dates from 11-30 October 2014 apply for travel to Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

According to Thani Alansari, the Emirates Country Manager for Uganda, “Emirates’ everyday-value fares to destinations across the various world cities are proving popular with Ugandan travelers – destinations include Boston, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C. London, Beijing, Dubai, Mumbai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou and Shanghai.” “We appreciate the loyalty of our Ugandan travelers and this offer is just one of the ways that we are giving back to them,” he added.

EK 729 departs Dubai International Airport every day at 0835hrs and arrives at the Entebbe International Airport at 1245hrs. The return flight, EK730, leaves Entebbe at 1535hrs and lands in Dubai at 2155hrs. Customers on board the aircraft can experience Emirates’ famous hospitality and service from its multi-national cabin crew, enjoy more than 1600 channels of on-demand audio and visual entertainment on its ice entertainment system, gourmet cuisine and generous baggage allowances. Economy Class customers get 30 kg, Business Class get 40 kg and First Class customer 50kg. Emirates flies to more than 140 destinations in 81 countries across six continents, and it’s the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft.

Terms and conditions apply to the offer, such as; To book, and view the full terms and conditions, contact the local Emirates office, your travel agent of visit

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Airtel Uganda, Grameen Foundation and Plan Uganda launch a new group savings solution.

Airtel Uganda, Grameen Foundation and Plan Uganda today in Kamuli launched a new group savings solution to serve savings groups across Uganda. Airtel Uganda, in conjunction with Grameen Foundation, has developed a service that will allow Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) and other forms of savings groups, such as Chamas or investment clubs, to store their group’s cash as mobile money This was made possible by a grant received from the GSMA mWomen Programme, which works with the mobile industry to increase women’s access to and use of mobiles.

Plan Uganda has over the years supported the formation of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) leading to the formation of close to 3000 savings groups with the aim of promoting financial inclusion.  To date, these groups are using manual systems of transaction and record keeping.  This new service will be rolled out across the country.

The 2013 Finscope survey on financial services needs and uses revealed that two-thirds adults in Uganda save money through informal groups. While some institutions have offered savings accounts to groups to provide a safe place to store cash and earn interest, most groups still face the challenge of distance, as few bank branches are located in rural communities where groups meet.  Members carrying large sums long distances face the risk of theft and must account for the additional cost of transportation.

“Savings groups resoundingly request a better way to store and deposit funds,” said Stephen Waiswa, Corporate Sales Manager for Airtel Uganda.  “At Airtel, we strive toward providing a safer and more convenient experience for our customers, including these savings groups.”

Announcing at the official launch of the group savings product in Kamuli, Mr. Nuhu Kanyike, Airtel Money Director, said that the Airtel group savings solution is a mobile solution that will reduce the groups’ reliance on cash and introduce the benefits of mobile technology. The service will incorporate the following tools:

  • Group accounts: a group wallet to support safe storage of group funds as mobile money.
  • Record management (mini statement): Regular mobile reports can be generated to summarize transactions during that period.
  • Mobile banking: The Airtel Group Savings product can be linked to bank accounts at financial institutions to allow access to interest-bearing savings and credit. Credit will be dependent on saving history, and instalments can be paid from the group wallet.

Savings groups are an especially important alternative for the vast number of women who are unlikely to be served by brick-and-mortar financial institutions due to the lack of a savings culture. With all the successes and benefits of savings groups and mobile phone technology, combining the two creates the potential to improve each. A mobile phone has ceased to be merely a communication device. Instead, it has rapidly evolved into a safe and secure money transfer tool. It is also increasingly being used to conduct more complex transactions like settling utility and expense bills.

“Plan Uganda is currently supporting 400 youth led saving groups with funding from Swedish Development Agency, under a project known as A Working Future.  This project has Village Savings and Loan Associations as the entry point.  The new innovation of group mobile product will digitalize the transactions of the VSLAs, enhance possible linkages with formal financial institutions that can lead to employment creation.” Mr. Abebe Fikru; Country Director; Plan Uganda said.

Commenting on this group savings innovation, Grameen Foundation’s Director of Mobile Financial Services Lisa Kienzle said “Grameen Foundation is proud to partner with one of the leading mobile network operators in Uganda,  Airtel, to develop this service, which  has been specifically designed to help rural savings groups overcome the challenges associated with physical cash storage and transportation.  This new product helps groups store funds safely and combat the risks associated with carrying cash.”

Savings groups are structured to prevent just one person from having access to group funds. These groups store money in a box protected by three locks. The group’s treasurer keeps the box and there are three additional key holders. These four individuals only come together with the box and keys during group meetings and group funds can only be access during those times.

The mobile product has been designed to replicate this system.  The group wallet involves one individual who holds the group SIM, and three additional mobile users and PIN holders who are like the key holders.  These three people will be notified when the SIM-keeper initiates a cash-in or cash-out transaction.  The SIM Keeper can request a transaction, but all three must approve it before cash can be withdrawn. These individuals will receive a text message with an identification number indicating they need to approve the transaction before any money is moved.

Airtel Uganda gets new Managing Director.

Telecom service provider, Airtel Africa, has named Mr. Tom Gutjahr as the new Managing Director for Uganda with effect from August 1st 2014 following a strategic plan to drive the company’s leadership and build the firm’s growing brand and as well, expand the company’s 3G footprint.

The new MD for Airtel Uganda, Tom Gutjahr replaces Arindam Chakrabarty who has been the firm’s acting Managing Director following the promotion of Mr. VG Somasekhar, the previous MD in Uganda within the Airtel business in Africa to look after a portfolio of 8 countries.  Mr. Arindam Chakrabarty will continue in his substantive role as CEO, Airtel Uganda.

In a statement, Airtel Africa CEO Mr. Christian de Faria said, “This appointment underlines Airtel’s commitment to significantly improve access to telecoms services, connecting millions of consumers to the internet in Africa.

In Mr. Gutjahr, I am confident that Airtel will continue to enhance the benefits of telecommunications services for the communities in Uganda. I want to warmly welcome him to the Airtel family.”

Before the appointment, Mr. Gutjahr was Chief Executive Officer in Tigo Paraguay (Millicom International Cellular), the biggest operation in the Millicom Group. Prior to that, he had a stint as CEO for the Tigo operation in Rwanda in 2011; and CEO for Tigo in Chad between 2008 and 2010. Mr. Gutjahr is also expected to provide further access to mobile commerce services, whilst providing winning customer service support.

Airtel Uganda offers support to Girls in Technology

Airtel Uganda and ThoughtWorks came into partnership to offer support to Uganda’s young talented women in technology. This was during the second edition of the “Girl Geek Dinner” in Kampala that took place at Fairway Hotel.

Girl Geek Dinner is an informal organization that promotes women in the Information Technology industry. It has 64 established chapters in 23 countries and it was founded in London, United Kingdom in August 2005 by Sarah Lamb, who was tired of being the only woman at technical events.

The women technology practitioners get together to share and learn from each over dinner. While the event is open primarily to women, men can only attend as guests of women attendees or as speakers.

Under the theme; “Inspire a lady”, Airtel pledged to support more women who are technology enthusiasts and are willing to go a mile further to discover their ambitions. The dinner attracted a gathering of over 100 girls in the technology industry and at university.

Speaking at the event, Christine Ampaire, founder of Girl Geek Kampala said; “There is room and plenty of opportunities for girls in technology. The numbers of women in technology is growing every day and we need to encourage other ladies to join us. Find what you love and do it.”

Airtel offers internship programs and other related support to ladies with interest in technology and they promised to offer more support to girls with interests.

Arindam Chakrabarty, Airtel Managing Director said; “Today, the technology sector has grown diversely and we hope that the ladies in the Girl Geek organization are also encouraging their fellow girls to join and be part of this boom. This partnership is a testament of Airtel’s commitment to the Girl Geek Dinner and creating solutions for the technology industry in Uganda. We are honoured and proud to be a partner in this initiative. It is a phenomenal achievement for the technology community. “

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