Women Need To Be Looked At As Equal As Other Members Of Society - Sheena Ruparelia

Some of Kampala most influential young women Friday afternoon met at Victoria University in the auditorium to discuss the theme ‘Enhancing Women Capabilities towards development in Uganda,’. The talk show streamed online was attended by Sheena Ruparelia of Ruparelia Group, Uganda Law Society President-elect Phiona Nabasa Wall, Katusabe Ssemwezi the Academic Registrar Victoria University, Karitas Karisimbi a Media personality and Malaa Kivila Odera the Founder & C.E.O Sylmax Consult. Sheena noted that women struggle to make it in life is long, hard but very possible if they unite and work together. “we must support one another; we must be willing…
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Africa's Post-Pandemic Recovery Likely To Be Prolonged & Uneven

Specialist risk consultancy Control Risks and independent global advisory NKC African Economics, the Africa-focused subsidiary of Oxford Economics, have launched the fifth edition of the Africa Risk-Reward Index. The index offers a comparative snapshot of market opportunities and risks across the continent. It provides a grounded, longer-term outlook of key trends shaping the investment landscape in major African economies, which should inform the strategies of organisations looking to invest in or grow their business in Africa. Investors seeking to minimise risks and maximise rewards are cautioned not to focus on headlines, but rather on specific country, sector and project contexts.…
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Three Accelerators To Help Health Services Respond Faster To COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the world: dominating our mindscape, international discourse, national budgets and overwhelming global health systems. COVID-19 has challenged every industry – especially healthcare – to think differently, rely on data, target action and rapidly trial new models of care and technology in the race to save lives and preserve health.BroadReach, a group of social impact businesses, hosted an online meeting with industry leaders to explore how data and technology have helped to speed up the time for health services to respond to COVID-19. Through the discussion, three major themes emerged highlighting how technology, data and…
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COVID19: New Tenants To Get 3 Rent-Free Months

As traders are struggling to bounce back from the gallows of COVID19 pandemic, landlords are giving them offers that will facilitator them to do business in a sustainable manner. In that spirit, Crane Management Services, the real estate and property management agency at Ruparelia Group, has announced that it will offer new tenants 3 Rent-Free Months. The offer is for Hardware City on Entebbe Road, Hardware Plaza near Nakasero Market, Market Plaza located at Market Street in Kampala and Electrical Plaza located along Market Street in Nakasero. However, Crane Management Services managers said the offer doesn’t apply for apartments on…
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Uganda COVID19 Cases Cross The 4000 Mark

Uganda Tuesday 8th September 2020 recorded 201 new positive COVID19 cases pushing the country's tally to 4101. A break down indicates that of the 201 Tuesday cases, 2 were Ugandan truck drivers, 45 were alerts, 153 contacts and 1 returnee from UAE. Luckily there was no death recorded on Tuesday. The cumulative number of recoveries now stands at 1, 876. These new numbers mean that Uganda's cumulative confirmed cases is 4, 101 and 46 deaths. 417, 897 Ugandans have been tested so far.
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COVID19: Victoria University Reveals Date To Commence Online Classes

President Yoweri Museveni recently guided that the education sector should be systematically be reopened by first allowing medical students to return to their respective training centers. The National Council for Higher Education (NCHEE) also communicated to universities it has had inspected and found fit to reopen permitting them to conduct online classes or e-learning. And through the faculty of health sciences, Victoria University has announced that it will start conducting online classes for its students on the 28th September 2020. The Ag.Vice Chancellor of Victoria University Bill Nkeeto said the reopening of schools for students undertaking health-related courses will curb…
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COVID19 Pushes Forest Cottages To Repackage Rates

Service providers in the tourism sectors are each day pondering how to stay afloat in the face of the COVID19 pandemic. For positive results, many are coming up with special rates to appeal to a domestic market which had been outpriced by the hospitality industry. Forest Cottages in Naguru, a member of Speke Group of Hotels, has announced unbeatable offers in an attempt to serve their clients affordably and sufficiently. Forest Cottages, which are located in a serene and secure suburb of Kampala city, is offering discounted prices on single deluxe rooms, apartments and luxurious suites. You can also exclusively…
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Ruparelia Foundation Donates Computers To Journalism Institute

Ruparelia Foundation through Kampala Parents’ School has donated 10 computers to African Institute for Investigative Journalism. The donation was handed over to Solomon Sserwanja, the Institute’s Executive Director, Mrs. Daphine Kato the Principal Kampala Parents School. Mrs. Kato represented Rajiv Ruparelia one of the directors of Ruparelia Foundation. Gareth Onyango, the General Manager Premier Advertising, a Ruparelia Group company, was also present. Onyango said the donation by Ruparelia Foundation is meant to support E-learning in schools in order to help students to access classwork and digital learning resources online while schools are closed. He noted that Ruparelia Foundation recognizes the…
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COVID19: NCHE Permits Victoria University To Teach Online

With the uncertainty surrounding the end of the COVID19 pandemic, learning institutions and government agencies continue to look for alternative ways to keep the education sector rolling. This week, Victoria University, a leading private university, announced that it has been granted permission to conduct online learning (e-learning) by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). Victoria University, owned by Ruparelia Group, joins a list of other public and private universities that will now teach and examine their learners using internet tools. The NCHE Executive Director Prof. Mary J. N. Okwakol wrote to the university on Monday, August 31 to deliver…
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Milk Processing & Its Impact On Quality Of Dairy Products Explained

Milk is a key component of any balanced diet and yet many people are not well versed with its processing or value chain that impacts the quality of milk before it gets to their glasses. According to the Dairy Development Authority (DDA) in Uganda, although milk production in Uganda has increased from 2.08 billion litres in 2015 to about 2.5 billion in litres in 2020, consumption is still low. A DDA report suggests that the per capita consumption of milk in Uganda stands at 62 litres which falls below the 200 litres recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Speaking…
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COVID19: KISU Slashes Tuition Fees By 50% To Support Parents

The COVID-19 has hit hard the education sector with school remaining closed since March when President Yoweri Museveni shut them down to stop the spread of the deadly virus. And because of the subsequent lockdown, many people have had their incomes negatively affected to low businesses, lost jobs and the general welfare of the local and global economy. While government ponders on when it can safely reopen schools, private schools are well aware of the negative impact the pandemic has had in the pockets of parents and are looking at ways to help them. Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) is…
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Teachers To Get Commission For Recommending Students To Victoria University

Victoria University has introduced a community program for secondary school teachers aimed at building their capacity to interact better with the society in which they live, offer guidance and counselling, community remote learning and parental guidance. The program dubbed “Diversify Your Skill” will see teachers liaise with Victoria University, enrol for the program, obtain training then proceed to fend for themselves through recruitment me of students who wish to join the university. Bill Nkeeto the Acting Vice Chancellor Victoria University says the exercise is also expected to generate a lot of market information about survival mechanisms of communities, interests and…
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Speke Group Of Hotels Nominated In World Luxury Hotel Awards

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort and Speke Resort and Conference Centre have been nominated in this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards for the excellent work they exhibited in 2019 as services providers in the global hospitality business. Both hotels owned by Speke Group of Hotels have previous won at the World Luxury Hotel Awards with Speke Resort winning the best lakeside luxury resort in Africa at the 2019 World Luxury Hotels Awards in Finland and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort winning at the 2018 event in Indonesia. “We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Thank…
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Here Is What Prof Opuda Brings To Victoria University As Chancellor

The reign of Dr. Martini Aliker as the Chancellor of Victoria came to an end this week when the University unveiled Prof John Opuda Asibo as his replacement at a ceremony that took place at the University’s Auditorium. Victoria University described Prof Opuda, who becomes the third Chancellor, as a scholar of national and international repute. Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the director of the university described Prof Opuda as a man of impeccable integrity, global experience, honesty and academic competence. Professor Opuda-Asibo is a graduate with a veterinary Medical Degree from Makerere University, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Public…
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Fresh Dairy Re-Assures Families With Healthy, Nutritious Products

Nutrition is fundamental to ensuring healthy development for children and families. Having a balanced diet is one of the basic requirements of nutrition. A balanced diet implies having a meal that contains different kinds of foods in certain portions such that the body’s requirement for nutrients is met. While a balanced diet should be a must-have in every family, in this fast-paced era it can be a challenge for parents to ensure that their families are eating healthy and nutritious foods. The lack of time often forces families to either stick to one type of meal for long or to…
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Health Ministry Delivers 5.2m Facemasks To Kampala, Wakiso Mukono Districts

The Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr. Diana Atwine has revealed that 5,225,854 face masks have been delivered to Kampala Metropolitan Area, Wakiso and Mukono districts. She also revealed that the Ministry of Health has so far distributed 13,455,657 face masks to 30 districts across the country. While the distribution of masks in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono was scheduled to start over the weekend as the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, had indicated, authorities in these districts requested for more time to systematically plan on delivering the masks to the residents. "Therefore, much as the Ministry of Health…
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COVID-19 Forces Victoria University To Slash Tuition Fees By 50 Percent

The coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic has had a hit on the education sector. The pandemic, because of the destruction it has had on people’s incomes, has also made it hard for people to afford education. And in a reactionary move, the management of Victoria University Monday announced a 50% discount on tuition fees as a response to the devastation the COVID-29 pandemic has had on the education sector in Uganda. The discount which commences September this year will benefit new and continuing students, including non-Ugandan students. The discount will affect all courses offered at the university. The university directors Sudhir and…
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Uganda Records First COVID-19 Death, A Female Medical Worker

The ministry of health Thursday confirmed that Uganda has registered its first COVID-19 death, a 34-year-old female health worker in Namisindwa district. Namisindwa District is bordered by Bududa District to the north, Kenya to the east and south, Tororo District to the south-west, and Manafwa District to the west. The death was first reported on Wednesday as a suspected COVID-19 case but with sketchy details and now the health ministry has confirmed that indeed it was a coronavirus case. The ministry has said the deceased presented all the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The Director-General Health Services, at the health…
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Uganda’s COVID-19 Confirmed Positive Cases Now At 1,000

The cumulative number of COVID-19 confirmed positive cases since the first case was reported in March has reached the 1000 mark after 219,627 samples were tested during the period. This comes after Dr. Henry G. Mwebesa, director general health services, at the ministry of health in a statement on Thursday confirmed 23 new COVID-19 cases from 3,316 samples tested on Wednesday. Uganda hasn’t recorded a single COVID-19 related death. “To-date, Uganda registered a total of 908 COVID-19 recoveries (recoveries include both Ugandan and non-Ugandans who were admitted here because they could not be repatriated immediately) and no COVID-19 death recorded,”…
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COVID-19: Baby Rappers Fresh Kid & Felista Get Free Tablets To Study On Zoom

As the country recovers from COVID-19 pandemic, schools like Kampala Parents School are leading the way in providing their pupils' online classes using online platforms like Zoom. The school has also partnered with television stations to deliver lessons to their pupils. But while online education is proving to be a success especially in urban centres that have reliable internet connections, many parents have cited the lack of gadgets like mobile handsets and television as a hindrance. Some of the pupils who have been affected by the lack of gadgets to undertake online lessons are rappers Fresh Kid, real names Patrick…
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Landlords Start Issuing Covid-19 SOPs As Commercial Buildings Prepare Reopening

Crane Management Services (CMS), a Ruparelia Group property managing agency, has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to all tenants occupying all their buildings in Kampala. The move by Crane Management Services has come at a time when commercial properties owners in Kampala are pressurizing the government to allow them to reopen their buildings for business after 3 months of COVID-19 lockdown. Crane Management Services Managing Director, Rajiv Ruparelia, addressing a press conference on Friday said that they put at all their properties measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus like hand washing basins, temperature checks and ensure everyone wears a…
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COVID-19: Luxurious Speke Resort, Kabira Country Club Among Hotels To Quarantine Ugandan Returnees

Speke Group of Hotels' establishments Speke Apartments (80 rooms), Speke Resort Munyonyo (150 rooms) and Kabila Country Resort (80 rooms) all in Kampala, lead a pack of 14 high-end private hotels that will be used by the government as quarantine centres for repatriated Ugandans. Other such hotels include Protea Hotel (100 rooms), Lake Victoria Hotel (100 rooms), Mowicribs Apartment (30 rooms), Imperial Botanical (80 rooms) and St. Stevens Suites (18 rooms) while Hilton Garden Inn (80 rooms), Mackinnon Suites (120 rooms), Ssanga Courts (60 rooms), Golden Tullip Hotel (60 rooms), Apartments Hotel (20 rooms) and Eureka Place Ntinda (60 rooms)…
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Institutional Focus On Family Could Be Solution To Global Problems

By Fred Kasirye The family is a seemingly an easy to understand concept, it is however an overstated term by both lay people and professionals in day to day life. It could basically be referred to as a group of individuals who share a legal or genetic bond, but for many people, family means much more, and even the simple idea of genetic bonds can be more complicated than it seems. In this unit of society, the husband and wife are bound legally together in a relationship often time born out of love compassion and commitment. Such a relationship is…
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Understanding The Cost Of Higher Education On Stakeholder Needs During COVID-19 Times

By Fred Kasirye & Bill Nkeeto According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Higher education is any postsecondary education form of learning that normally results into degrees, diplomas or certificates. Higher educational institutions include not only universities and colleges but also various professional schools that provide preparation in fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, accountancy and art. Higher education also includes teacher-training schools, junior colleges, and institutes of technology. Normally the basic entrance requirement for most higher-educational institutions is the completion of secondary education. Stakeholders in this sector are individuals or groups who have interest or concern for the institutions offering higher…
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Uganda Continues To Struggle With COVID-19 After 23 New Cases Are Confirmed

Uganda continues to be hit by the coronavirus after the ministry of health Monday morning confirmed twenty-three new COVID-19 cases from 2, 219 samples tested on Sunday, 22nd June 2020. Dr. Henry G. Mwebesa, director general health services, ministry of health Uganda in a statement revealed that five new cases were among 1, 308 samples tested from points of entry. Eighteen cases were among 911 samples of alerts and contacts. He noted that all confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda is now 797. A total of thirteen foreign truck drivers (8 Kenyans, 1 Burundian, 1…
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Sphere Supplies Imports Disinfectant Tunnels To Combat COVID-19

Ruparelia Group of Companies, through Sphere Supplies Ltd, have started importing specialized Disinfectant Tunnels, which can be used to sanitize over 500 people per day to help combat coronavirus. The computerized Disinfectant Tunnels, according to Sphere Supplies, can be installed at public premises like markets, hospitals, schools, arcades, malls, churches, office buildings and public car parks. The high tech equipment will go along way in helping people live with the coronavirus that has devastated and bruised humanity. About 500, 000 of the 7m people affected by coronavirus have died. While there has been no death in Uganda associated with coronavirus,…
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Health Worker, Truck Drivers Among 11 New Covid-19 Cases

The ministry of health has Sunday announced that it has recorded 11 new COVID-19 positive cases including a frontline health worker. Of the 11 new cases, 6 are truck drivers (2 from Elegu and 3 from Malaba), 1 frontline health worker and 4 cases are among contacts and alerts from Buikwe, Lira, Adjuman and Amuru. 33 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed back to their country origin. Uganda has so far recorded 240 recoveries. The ministry indicated that it has refocused its messaging and content to inform the population about the COVID-19. They are now focusing…
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COVID-19 Positive Cases Now At 686 After MoH Confirms 7 More Cases

The ministry if health confirms seven new COVID-19 cases from 2, 532 samples tested on 11th June 2020. Three new cases were among 1,310 samples tested from points of entry while four new cases were among 1, 164 samples of alerts and contact. All 58 samples of health workers tested negative for COVID-19. All confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed COVID-19 case in Uganda is now 686. Additionally, eighteen foreign truck drivers (8 Kenyans, 4 Tanzanian, 2 Congolese, 2 South Sudanese and 3 Eritreans) tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed over to their respective country of origin.
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How COVID-19 Triggered Creation Of Online Retailer Nofeka

The gruesome COVID-19 pandemic has shown that humans can sufficiently live a digital life facilitated by new technologies. With the right technology, you can basically access all the key services that you need through e-commerce and internet. In Uganda, developers like Daniel Kiyega are spearheading the transition from analogue to digital trading and shopping. Kiyega recently launched his online shopping platform called Nofeka with an ambition to transform online shopping. Kiyega, the founder and CEO of Nofeka, says he has been harbouring this plan since 2014 but the COVID-19 lockdown that has pushed many conventional businesses including banks, restaurants plus…
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#Action4Albinism: Pat Larubi Delivers Free Sunscreen To Persons With Albinism

A human rights activist and former journalist Pat Robert Larubi has taken on the road to deliver the much-needed sunscreen for people with albinism across the country on his motorbike. Pat who started off his ride from Jinja on Thursday went through Kayunga, Lugazi, Mukono and parts of Wakiso delivering his first batch of sunscreen. This was followed by another whole day ride from Kampala through Kole, parts of Omoro district and finally making it to Gulu district where he made his final stopover. “The lockdown came with a number of issues; one was the ban on public transport which…
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