Fresh Dairy Supports Dairy Development Authority’s Clean Milk Handling And Production Campaign

Fresh Dairy has today handed over approximately 264 litres of milk to the Dairy Development Authority (DDA) in aid of their clean milk handling and production campaign which is expected to attract over 400 dairy farmers from various organizations across Uganda. Speaking during the handover ceremony, Director Technical Services Dairy Development Authority - Akankiza Samson said that the campaign is aimed at teaching farmers about clean milk handling and production which is vital for milk hygiene. Akankiza commended Fresh Dairy on the partnership with DDA and mentioned that the milk from Fresh Dairy will aid in showcasing to farmers samples…
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COVID-19: Labour Export Companies Protest Ministry Ban

Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) has said that they will officially close business with immediate effect following the refusal by Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development (MGLSD) to lift the suspension of externalization labour. On 20th March by MGLSD suspended the externalization labour including the clearance of Ugandans travelling abroad to work in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. But with the resumption of international passenger flights and the reopening of Entebbe Airport, MGLSD said they have received many clearance requests for migrant workers intending to return to their workplaces abroad. In response, the MGLSD…
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Medical Marijuana: Sudhir Ruparelia Writes To Museveni With Suggestions

Below is a letter businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has written to President Yoweri Museveni asking the head of the nation to allow the licensing of companies intending to participate in the farming of medical marijuana. Your Excellency, I believe you very well recall the vanilla ‘madness’ of 2002-2005 when Ugandan farmers got rich overnight in Mukono and Masaka; those good old but shortlived days when vanilla almost became like gold. We all remember when farmers in had to spend nights in their gardens, guarding their golden harvests from thieves; when traders started fighting each other over who should buy from…
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Here Are Homeschooling Tips Every Parent Should Know

Uganda has over 15 million students in different institutions of learning according to the Ministry of Education and Sports. As a way of controlling the spread of COVID-19, only 10 percent of these learners who are mainly finalist students will be reporting back to school starting October 15th 2020 leaving the majority at home. The Minister for Information and Communications Technology and National Guidance Honourable Judith Nabakooba in a recent media address urged continuing students to take homeschooling seriously as it could determine their promotion to the next class. Now more than ever before, parents are going to find themselves…
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Uganda Awaits As Rwanda Inches Closer Medical Cannabis Licensing

Uganda will have to wait in uncertainty while Rwanda progresses towards becoming a huge exporter of medical cannabis after cabinet made a key decision this week. Rwanda on Tuesday announced that cabinet on Monday 12 October 2020 approved regulatory guidelines that provide a framework for investment in the production and processing of medical cannabis for export to growing global market. Clare Akamanzi, the chief executive officer of Rwanda Development Board, said Rwanda will begin to receive applications for licences from interested investors for this high-value therapeutic crop. Such a development has eluded Ugandan companies who for the last three years…
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Focusing On Africa's Challenges & Opportunities In Digital Health

Omnia Health Live Africa (live.Omnia-Health.com) set to bring together policy drivers, thought leaders, expert clinicians and decision-makers to transform healthcare's most pressing challenges through collaboration and empowerment.The international healthcare community sits at a critical juncture, particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic placing a spotlight on some of the industry's biggest resource challenges.According to Wouter Molman, Executive Vice President for Informa Markets – Healthcare, the pressures placed on Africa's healthcare systems over the last six months have led to a stronger call for innovative technological and digital solutions to support better patient management, universal access and disease prevention.Omnia Health Live Africa, a…
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When The Ruparelias Defied COVID19 & Toured Kidepo Valley National Park

The tourism sector is slowly coming back to life after the COVID19 pandemic brought all travel plans to a halt. But as people continue to live with the virus, travel enthusiasts are back on the road going places. In Uganda, the tourism fraternity is opening up with caution – the hotels and national parks have been opened and functioning as by the set Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other health guidelines. After close to seven months of no major travel, businessman Sudhir Ruparelia took time off and travel to the North Eastern part of the country with his family. The…
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PHOTOS: Ruparelia Foundation Hands Over Eco Brick Toilet Project To Slum Dwellers

A team from The Ruparelia Foundation Friday evening handed over the eco brick toilet project to residents of Nsooba cell in Mulago III, Kamwokya and pupils of Good Samaritan Primary School. The foundation said the project will benefit 500 underprivileged pupils of Good Samaritan Primary School which has been running without toilets and local residents in the neighbourhood. The facilities were built using proceeds from the Royal Ascot Goat Races 2019 held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in partnership with Tamarai investments Ltd and Ghetto Research Lab also the project contractor. Other funders included Tusker larger, Robbialac, Speke Resort Munyonyo, NTV…
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COVID19: Real Estate Dealers Optimistic Sector Will Be Profitable Again

Operators in the real estate sector in Uganda have expressed optimism, belief and faith in the industry that they say has been hit hard by the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. They say that with the economy opening up after the global lockdown, businesses will normalize and players in the sector will be able to make some money and in return offer clients their money’s worth. This and more were some of the issues that were discussed during a Victoria University webinar held under the theme 'investment in real estate in the post COVID era’. The mid-morning webinar was broadcast live on…
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Ruparelia Foundation’s Naiya Visits Mulago Hospital’s Pediatric Unit

Mulago Hospital’s Pediatric Unit was Thursday morning the proud recipient of gift hampers from Ruparelia Foundation’s Happiness Hampers Initiative delivered by Naiya Ruparelia, a trustee of the foundation. 240 children in the children's ward of Mulago benefited from Naiya's generosity. The Ruparelia Foundation basing on their catchphrase “Enriching Lives Together” has embarked on a mission to bring smiles and remind those in need that their community cares about them. Starting with the children at the Pediatric unit at Mulago Hospital in Kampala. The Happiness Hampers initiative will take place quarterly as a means of ‘bringing a smile’ to the kids…
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Hope As KISU Moves To Take Over GEMS Students

GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala (CIK) in August announced that it will be closing its doors in December due to the COVID19 pandemic that has affected their intake and operations. “As a result of these circumstances, we have been forced to make some very difficult decisions, and it is with great sadness that I am writing to advise you that CIK will close after the first term of the new academic year, with 31 December 2020 as a tentative closure date,” Riz Ahmed, the chief executive officer, GEMS Africa said in the statement. And now it has emerged that Kampala…
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Construction Of Ecofriendly Toilets In Kamwokya Complete, Ready For Handover

In Uganda, many schools in impoverished communities lack sanitary facilities like toilets or pit latrines. This puts the health of learners and teachers at stake due to poor hygiene. It is even worse for schools in ghetto areas that lack enough land and space to construct and expand these facilities. Sometimes, it has taken the intervention of philanthropic organizations through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs for such communities to have better sanitary facilities. The latest beneficiary of this giving spirit is Good Samaritan High School in Nsooba, a ghetto community sitting between Kamwokya and Kyebando. In June last year,…
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Surviving COVID19: Real Estate Players To Discuss Impact, Solutions

When the countrywide COVID19 pandemic inspired lockdown was eased, many tenants couldn’t afford to pay rent. This meant that they had to vacate the premises. Even those who had desired to start-up businesses that required property space, they quit because the pandemic had depleted their finances. Some landlords in an attempt to retain their tenants forgave their rental arrears or offered them discounts. Also, landlords are offering huge discounts to attract new tenants but it is not proving to be easy. Business is slow for real estate dealers as a result of the pandemic that has affected all aspects of…
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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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