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June 2016

Uganda Insurers Association Unveils Yearlong Awareness Campaign.

Uganda Insurers Association (UIA), the umbrella organization for all the insurance companies in Uganda, has unveiled a yearlong campaign aimed at teaching Ugandans about insurance and compensation.

The campaign, which will mainly focus on the basic principles of insurance, the available products, claims and compensation as well as reporting channels, was announced at a press conference held at the UIA offices in Kololo and attended by the Association’s Chief Executive Officer Ms. Miriam Magala, the Chairman – UIA Publicity Committee Mr. Newton Jazire and presided over by Dr. Maggie Kigozi, the former Executive Director of Uganda Investment Authority.

Guest Of Honor Dr. Maggie Kigozi addresses the media at the press confer...

Speaking at the press conference, Ms. Miriam Magala, the UIA Chief Executive Officer, noted that the campaign will focus on four main product areas – Motor, Agriculture, Life and Workers Compensation Insurance as these are the most relatable products on the market.

“The information that we are going to be provide throughout this campaign will be simplified, highly visible, and in different languages across various platforms so that we can cater to Ugandans with different social, economic and education backgrounds,” she said adding that “the goal is to ensure that everyone understands the products and their benefits.”

While speaking at the unveiling, Mr. Newton Jazire, Chairman – UIA Publicity Committee, noted that, “We have realized that there is still a lot of public skepticism when it comes to insurance in general and particularly the claiming and compensation process. Many people still associate the word “insurance” with an accident, disaster or catastrophe. By unveiling this campaign, we intend to engage the public and start the conversation on how insurance can offer protection to an individual, his or her family or to a business and how the claims process works. “

In her remarks, Dr. Maggie Kigozi lauded UIA for their efforts in ensuring that Ugandans learn about insurance and utilize the available avenues to get compensated.

“Over the years, insurance has evolved from being seen as protection for those in a higher income bracket to a necessity for everyone. A campaign of this nature will establish public trust in the insurance companies of Uganda as well as their regulators,” she remarked.

Uganda Insurers Association currently has a membership of 8 Life insurance companies, 21 General insurance companies and 1 Reinsurance company. The Life and General insurance companies have an extensive country wide branch network.

Davis Ntare prepares for the 13th Edition of Blankets and Wine.

Vocalist, song writer, guitarist, teacher and artist, Davis Ntare’s skills seem to have no limit in the field of the arts. The multi-fusion Zouk musician, who combines his art of Jazz, Afro fusion and an element of Reggae, is set to have his debut performance at the 13th Edition of Blankets and Wine on 10th July 2016.

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Davis Ntare

Davis Ntare’s rise to fame is a story of hard work and persistence. He first came to the scene when he auditioned for the Tusker Project Fame Season 3 but failed to make it. He later returned for the fourth season and through his multi-talent and diligence, he won the support of the fans and was voted as that season’s winner.

Famously known for songs such as; Sheka Sheka, Rise, Wanna Make love and Sisinkana– Ntare is an ace to watch and listen to. Davis will be performing for his first time at the 13th Edition of Blankets and Wine, Kampala.

Even though he will be among the many acts who have performed at the events before, Davis promises to give a performance to remember. “Performing at Blankets and Wine is one of the most formidable stages on the Ugandan scene and for me to be a part of it is a dream come true. For it going to be a great achievement for me. The revelers are the people that love and understand my music. I will be performing for an experience of a lifetime.” Said Davis Ntare.

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Commenting about the opportunity of having some of Uganda’s best afro-fusionists and fast rising stars performing at the Blankets and Wine, Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Alex Tusingwire said, “Having Davis Ntare at Blankets and Wine is long overdue. We all know about his potential and his ability to get crowds up on their feet is unquestionable. We shall be expecting nothing less. He is a great singer and even better performer. He defines what Blankets and Wine is all about, and that is; outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.”

Davis will join Uganda’s multi-talent female sensation, Mo Roots, African contemporary and urban music performer, Jackie Akello, top saxophonist Kirya Kuti alongside South Africa’s multi-award winning house band Mi Casa.

A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Uganda Museum and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday July 10, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Tusker Malt Lager reaffirms its support for Blankets and Wine.

Tusker Malt Lager, Uganda’s signature premium beer and lead sponsor for Blankets and Wine has reaffirmed its support for the premier music experience by extending its title sponsorship into the 13th edition of Blankets and Wine.

L-R Davist Ntare winner of the Tusker Malt Project Fame 4 season, Tusker...

Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music. A quarterly picnic style music festival that brings lovers of afro music together.

In a press conference held at the Ekombe Villas, Kampala, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Mr. Alex Tusingwire said that the partnership Tusker Malt Lager enjoys with Blankets and Wine is strong and continues to grow with each passing edition. “Tusker Malt Lager is proud to be title sponsor of the biggest musical experience on the Uganda social calendar. At Tusker Malt Lager, we are keen on giving our consumers an opportunity to discover the best Afro-music acts that the continent has got to offer and Blankets and Wine offers the perfect platform for this.” He said.

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The 13th Edition of Blankets and Wine will take place on 10th July, 2016 at its proverbial home, the Uganda Museum grounds.

Representing the Blankets and Wine team, Mr. James Byaruhanga commended Tusker Malt Lager for their tenacious support. “Tusker Malt Lager’s unwavering support is the reason why Blankets and Wine is what it is today. We have and continue to enjoy our relationship with them. Each passing Blankets and Wine experience gets bigger and better and the 13th Edition is set to be the biggest yet.” He said.

A special line up has been set up for the 13th Edition: Uganda’s top multi-talented female sensation Mo-Roots, top saxophonist Kirya Kuti, Tusker Project Fame 4 winner Davis Ntare, multilingual songbird, Jackie Akello and the headline act, Mi Casa from South Africa.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Uganda Museum and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday July 10, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Emirates offers Iftar Service for Ramadan.

Emirates is bringing back its Iftar service for customers travelling during the holy month of Ramadan. The special boxes have been re-designed and will be available across all cabin classes on select flights including those to and from the Gulf region as well as Umrah groups travelling to Jeddah and Medina.

The Iftar boxes will allow those observing Ramadan to break their fast with a nutritious and balanced meal. The service has been a mainstay on Emirates flights for over 20 years and is available for the whole month of Ramadan.

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The boxes feature a new look with a clean and modern Arabesque design inspired by the region. The Iftar service is a further commitment towards an exceptional travel experience, providing comfort and convenience to customers who are observing the holy month of Ramadan and allowing them to enjoy the world class meals the airline is known for.

This year’s Ramadan boxes will have a new menu designed by Emirates’ chefs. These menus feature a Middle Eastern flavour, while remaining distinctly global, and will be refreshed mid-Ramadan. The Iftar box includes options such as za’atar chicken with hummus, spinach fatayer, halloumi cheese and cucumber sandwiches, traditional sweets such as mammoul and dates, as well as yoghurt.

Emirates utilises a unique tool to calculate the correct timings for Imsak (the time to commence fasting) and Iftar while in-flight. It calculates the exact Ramadan timings using the aircraft’s longitude, latitude and altitude; ensuring the greatest level of accuracy possible while onboard. When the sun sets, passengers will be informed of the Iftar time by the captain. This tool was developed to supplement Emirates’ annually produced booklet on the timings for Ramadan, available on every flight.

A snack box will also be provided at boarding gates allowing customers to break their fast prior to boarding or while boarding. The snack boxes will feature pastries like cheese fatayer and Arabic sweets like baklava and will be served for flights departing close to Iftar at Emirates’ hub in Dubai International Airport Terminal 3. On certain routes, these boxes will be offered to customers prior to Imsak.

Both variations of boxes will feature a box of dates, symbolic of Ramadan. During the holy month, cold meals will be served in lieu of a hot one on all flights to Jeddah and Medina, including Umrah day flights.

Emirates’ award-winning ice system will feature popular movies such as Zinzana and Omar wa Salwa. These are in addition to 49 Arabic movies, 19 channels of Arabic TV programming, and 94 Arabic audio channels, including the Holy Quran channel.

Mi Casa to Headline Blankets & Wine 13th Edition.

South Africa’s multi-award winning house band Mi Casa, will be headlining the 13th Edition of Blankets and Wine in Kampala on 10th July, 2016 alongside some of Uganda’s best afro-pop and afro-fusion acts.

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Mi Casa

The 13th edition of the premier Afro-based musical experience powered by Tusker Malt Lager will be held at its proverbial home, the Uganda Museum with dazzling performances lined up from Uganda’s top multi-talented female sensation Mo-Roots, top saxophonist Kirya Kuti, Tusker Project Fame 4 winner Davis Ntare, multilingual songbird, Jackie Akello and the headline act, Mi Casa from South Africa.

Mi Casa, a house band based in Johannesburg, South Africa, consists of 3 members, Dr. Duda – the pianist, J’Something – the vocalist and guitarist, and Mo-T – the trumpeter.

The group’s first album titled Micasa Music, went gold and won several awards at the 18th Annual South Africa Music Awards in 2012.

Hits such as Turn You On, Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend and These Streets earned them three nominations at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.

Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, these lads put together weave musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.

Mo-Roots will add spice to an already dazzling nuance of artists. Widely renowned for her multi-talent; instrumentalist, song writer and currently the best female saxophonist in Uganda, Mo-Roots’ energetic performance will be a welcome addition to the revelers who will flock the Uganda Museum, Blankets and Wine Kampala’s proverbial home.

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Mo Roots

Rising star and super saxophonist, Kirya Kuti, will be sampling revelers with the finest from his dazzling jazz compilation at his debut Blankets and Wine performance.

Davis Ntare, 2010 Tusker Project Fame 4 winner and Jackie Akello an African contemporary and urban music performer who sings in popular languages like Acholi, Luganda, Swahili and English to complete the star studded artist line up.

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Davis Ntare

Alex Tusingwire, the Brand Manager Tusker Malt Lager said; “Blankets and Wine Kampala experience keeps getting bigger and better with each passing edition. The blend of music genres and acts lined up for this 13th edition will deliver an awesome experience for our Tusker Malt consumers. We are excited to have Mi Casa, all the way from South Africa headlining this edition. We have an array of activities lined up this time round to keep our revelers glued.”

“Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music. As Tusker Malt Lager, we appreciate our consumers and thus, give them an opportunity to discover some of the finest afro-based music acts through Blankets and Wine.” He added

A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.

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“So prepare to your mats, picnic baskets complete with some ice cold Tusker Malt Lager and head to the Uganda Museum grounds on the 10th of July to enjoy the sun, food and good music.“ remarked Tusingwire.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Uganda Museum and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday July 10, 2016.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Uganda Insurers Association to launch Consumer Awareness Campaign.

Uganda, Kampala. The umbrella organization for all the insurance companies in Uganda, Uganda Insurers Association (UIA), announced that it will launch a yearlong consumer awareness campaign this month.

The campaign will primarily focus on the basic principles of insurance, the Ms. Miriam Magala-CEO, Uganda Insurers Associationavailable products, the claims (compensation) process and who to speak to if a policyholder is dissatisfied with the services of an insurer.

“To start with, we will focus on four main product areas- Motor, Agriculture , Life and Workers Compensation Insurance as these are the most relatable products on the market, but very few people understand these products and the benefits, ” said Ms. Miriam Magala, Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Insurers Association.

“Our surveys have established that the word”insurance” still carries a negative connotation.  When people hear the word insurance, they generally associate this with an accident, disaster, or catastrophe- yet that isn’t what insurance is about. The public is also skeptic as to payment of claims by insurance companies. The campaign is accordingly targeted at creating an understanding of what insurance is and how insurers can be of service to the public. Our intention is to engage and start the conversation on how insurance can offer protection to an individual, his or her family or to a business and how the claims process works, “said Mr. Deepak Pandey, Chairman, UIA at their offices in Kololo.

“The information generated throughout the campaign will be simplified, highly visible, and in different languages across various platforms,” added Ms. Miriam Magala, Chief Executive Officer, UIA.

Uganda Insurers Association currently has a membership of 8 Life insurance companies,21 General insurance companies and 1 Reinsurance company. The Life and General insurance companies have an extensive country wide branch network.

President Museveni Commissions Pearl Dairy Farms Ltd.

His Excellency, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has officially commissioned Pearl Dairy Farms, Ltd, a state of the art dairy farm that manufactures Lato Milk. The commission was also graced by the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

Speaking at the ceremony, The President Commended Pearl Dairy Farms for both its intensive financial investment in the country and the use of local labor in its operations.

The President of Uganda HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni carries a gift given t...

“Uganda currently generates 2.2bn litres of milk but only consume 800m litres. We currently sell USD50m per year worth of milk, but with endeavors like this we shall certainly be making six times that (USD300m) in a few years. Surprisingly, we have been able to generate this much milk and yet feed our cattle rather sub-standard grass. If only our people could pay more attention to the type of grass they feed their cattle, we would be doing much better,” Museveni explained.

Pearl Dairy Farms Ltd, the agro arm of Midland Group is built on 15 acres of land with a daily milk processing capacity of 500,000 litres of milk. Pear; Dairies proceses liquid milk to various types of dairy products namely Butter Oil, Ghee, Skimmed milk powder, full cream and other dairy products.

Midland Group started Pearl Dairies Ltd in 2013 and has for the past three years bought over 200million litres of milk from farmers by offering competitive prices amidst seasonal fluctuations and global dairy prices.

Bhasker Kotecha, the Founder and Chairman of Midland Group of Companies expressed his gratitude to the different stakeholders who have played “…pivotal roles…” in the success of the Company.

Employees busy at the commissioned Pearl Diary Farms Ltd

“Pearl Dairy Farms is thankful to the Government of Uganda under the leadership of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the conducive and attractive policies; both investment and economic that have enabled Pearl Dairy exist and flourish in Uganda,” he said.

“Furthermore, the ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and the Dairy Development Authority have been pivotal with continued guidance. Last but not least, the farmers that have consistently supplied us with high quality milk consistently without waiver- we are eternally grateful,” Kotecha, added.

Devendra Seth, the Company’s Managing Director said they will continue to provide trainings to farmers and cooperative societies and on strategies to stimulate milk consumption.

As part of their quality control measures, Pearl Diaries Limited has also distributed over 2000 milk cans to farmers at no profit in order to ensure clean milk transportation from the farm to the factory. Pearl Dairies Farms Ltd also shares best practices with farmers in milking, milk handling and hygiene.

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