Elizabeth Namuli

Elizabeth Namuli

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 Senyonjo, and Felista Da Rapper, real names Faith Nanyanzi, who were recently given scholarships to study at Kampala Parents School.

Today, Rajiv Ruparelia, the managing director of Kampala Parents donated two tablets to Fresh Kid and Felista to help them their classes. Rajiv said they have done this as an example to encourage parents to embrace technology.

“We believe this can be an example for parents to embrace technology and gadgets in their education because we don't know when COVID-19 will go away,” Rajiv said.

 

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 face mask.

”COVID-19 is not going to disappear soon. So, the question is how do we operate within its framework? And the measures we have put in place are quite simple; We have already ordered for many handwashing stations that will be placed at every entrance of the building,” Rajiv said.

“There will be automatic sprays that you put your hands under and the soap will come under. So, you will be able to ensure that very bacteria on your hands is killed and neutralized,” he added.

“What we will do is actually that we will control the entrance and exit points. We will set up checkpoints where you wash your hands, where temperature checks are done and we will deploy more security personnel, to ensure that everybody is checked before entering or exiting the building,” he explained.

Rajiv who emphasized that they will also ensure that everybody wears a face mask and observes the social distancing reiterated that will also control the number of people in the arcade at any one time.

He also noted that they will work hand in hand with their tenants to ensure that this is all observed and followed religiously because it is in their interest as landlords and tenants to start opening up the buildings so that the survival of the tenants can start.

“This way, tenants can start supporting their families again because they have been closed for the last four months and they have no other source of income, which is going to create a bigger threat to us and to the economy at large,” Rajiv said.

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 on use of face masks and the complacency exhibited by sections of the public. 

COVID-19: Speke Group Of Hotels Start Opening Its Doors To Serve Guests

The hotel industry in Uganda and the larger tourism sector have been hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic and have courageously embraced the two months-long lockdown.

With all means of transport grounded, borders closed and Entebbe Airport closed, President Yoweri Museveni on the advice of ministry of health closed many businesses including hotels as a measure to curb coronavirus.

As the country rises from the ruins of the pandemic, many hotels are opening up for business. This week, Speke Group of Hotels, a chain of hotels owned by Ruparelia Group, announced that they are ready to open up some of their hotels.

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the chairman of Ruparelia Group, said they have taken measures to ensure the safety of both guests and staff. As a requirement, hotels need to observe SOPs and guidelines as provided by the government. 

Some of the hotels and restaurants owned by Speke Group of Hotels that are now open and ready to serve their guests include Kabira country club, Speke Apartments Wampewo Avenue, Bukoto Heights, Boulevard Apartments, Speke Apartments Kitante and Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Dr. Ruparelia said Speke Hotel, Forrest Cottages and Dolphin Suites Bugolobi, the other establishments owned by Speke Group will also open soon.

The Ruparelia Group runs some of Uganda’s largest and finest hotels and resorts serving both the luxury and budget market.

The Group offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation, leisure facilities and the finest conference and business meeting venues in Uganda, along with related businesses including a rafting company and a radio station that has for years rocked the airwaves in Uganda.

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