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Sanyu FM Rewards Employee Who Walked To Work During Lockdown With Motorcycle

Loyalty is a key aspect in life and Steven Kyaka, the traffic controller at 88.2 Sanyu FM, exhibited just that when he trekked over 20km daily, from Bulobo to come to Kampala city centre, to report for work at the radio station for three months.

And for his loyalty, Kyaka has been rewarded with a brand-new motorcycle Bajaj Boxer by Sanyu FM Managing Director Rajiv Ruparelia. Rajiv praised and commended Kyaka for his commitment and passion for his job.

“From the time I heard the story of Steven Kyaka, Head of traffic at 88.2 Sanyu FM walking from Buloba to Kampala every day. We knew as “Sanyu” (happiness), we had to put a smile on his face & today we gifted a brand-new bike to him to assist with his travels,” Rajiv said.

The station's Chief operations officer Betsy Mugamba handed over the motorcycle and its documentation to Kyaka. She noted that he has been working at the station for the last seven years.

“He stood out because during COVID time when we were all under lockdown, Kyaka decided to walk to work every morning” Mrs Mugamba said.

“He does not live in Bukoto, Nalya or Kololo; he lives in Buloba. It’s quite far from his workstation but he walked from Buloba to Kampala for 3 months”.

Kyaka in his remarks said the respect for his work acted as a driving force to walk from home to work every day.

“I felt so bad about the presidential directives on COVID 19 which included curfew and suspension of public transport.

From then I knew keeping a job would be ‘survival for the fittest because I stay very far in Buloba, no way the staff van could come to pick and drop me,” he said.

“I was advised by management to stay home until the lockdown is lifted but I had to be around with the aim of delivering positive results and keeping my job. I decided to walk to work”.

Sanyu FM Unveils Hot Mic Search Top 50 Semi Finalists

Uganda’s leading English-speaking radio station 88.2 Sanyu FM has today unveiled the top 50 semifinalists in the ongoing Sanyu FM Hot Mic Search.

The new Sanyu FM Programs Director Roger Mugisha revealed that the search returned over 1300 entries which have now been reduced to top 50. From this stage onwards will select the top 20 and then final 10, Mugisha said.

 Mugisha explained that contestants will now be required to use their social media platforms to promote Sanyu FM. “The number of likes contributes 60% of their total votes while 40% is from our judges”.

“Everyone will be assigned a number; we will know you as ABC No 49” Mugisha told the contestants. Go tell your friends to tell their friends to support you on our pages. we have between now and 15 July'”.

He explained that the talent search is free of charge and that thus no one should approach them for a bribe to help them reach the final stage.

The winner of ‘Hot mic search will take home cash prize worth Shs3 million as well as a presenter job with a two-year contract offer.

Fresh Kid, Felista Gifted With Gadgets To Study Online

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, education and learning must continue. And for that matter, schools and parents are devising ways to help teaching and learning continue.

The ministry of education and sports and other stakeholders in the education system have encouraged schools, parents and students to embrace technology in order to ensure that learning continues until it is safe to return to school classrooms.

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.


Sudhir Cites Breach Of Contract For Firing Sanyu FM Employees

Employees of Uganda’s privately-owned radio station 88.2 Sanyu protested a 25% salary cut by staging a strike something that didn’t go down well with the top management of the station and owner Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.

Irked by their industrial action, a no-nonsense Sudhir sacked all employees on Wednesday and commenced a recruitment drive that saw comedian Patrick Idrigi aka Salvado become the newest employee at the station.

Salvado replaced long-serving Jame Onen as host of the flagship Sanyu FM Breakfast show that airs every morning between 6 am and 10 am; the funnyman started work on Thursday. Onen had been at the station for 21 years.

In an interview with CEO East Africa on Thursday, Sudhir said that by laying down their tools and absconding from work, employees of the radio station terminated their own contracts and in effect sacked themselves. He said firing them was inevitable given the business circumstances.

“We made a business decision to cost-cut so as to make the business sustainable and protect jobs. We offered to talk and negotiate a solution but they instead chose to lay down their tools. They terminated themselves,” Ruparelia told the CEO.

Adding: “When you lay down the tools, you have broken contract and terminated yourself. The company has contracts on advertising and is actually making losses. If you have a contract and you stop doing that which you promised to do in the contract and you are absconding from work, in essence, you have terminated your own contract of employment,”.

He explained that between March and April when the Covid-19 and the restrictive measures put in place by the government started biting the radio station’s earnings, a meeting recommended the adoption of cost-cutting measures so as to make the businesses sustainable and protect jobs.

“Management asked us to hold the salary revisions until May because they said they would put in place strategies to halt the revenue reductions. But by the beginning of May, it was evident that the revenues were not recovering. Revenues had gone down by as much as 50%, thus the decision to cost-cut and that included a 25% salary revision for staff,”

“However, the staff unilaterally rejected the decision and wrote to management and myself. We reverted to them and in a June 5th letter, asked them for a meeting on June 11th at 09 am but unfortunately, the staff instead laid down their tools and refused to meet- that meeting would have taken place today at 09 am but unfortunately staff did not allow that to happen,”

“While we understand their disappointment with the salary cuts it is also important that they understand the business perspective of our decision. By laying down their tools, they even made the bad situation worse. Every day they are not working the business is losing even the little advertising revenue that we have on existing advertising contracts.”

“Some employees had become arrogant thinking that the station can’t work without them. I think we were very fair in trying to make them understand that the company is not making money,” the businessman said.

In an interview with Daily Monitor, Rajiv Ruparelia, the managing director of Ruparelia Group, a conglomerate under which 88.2 Sanyu FM falls, said that the sacked employees who want to return to work at the station should reapply for their jobs after apologizing.

Appearing on KFM, a local radio station, James Onen, said claims that they were protesting a pay cut were false. Onen explained that it was the initiative by their line managers who drafted a letter of displeasure at the deductions and made each of the staff to sign against it, adding that being managers, the staff complied and signed with a mind that perhaps they (line managers) have leeway with the owners of the company.

“I want to set the record straight, it is not true whatsoever that the staff rejected the pay cut, this narrative is false. We had been anticipating that there could be a pay cut and we were bracing ourselves for it. It finally happened but we were not notified in writing or in any way, we only realized when we looked at our payslips and saw that the money had been cut by 25 per cent, we just moved on with work and only hoped things would improve,” Onen said.

“We were still showing up to work and were still working, so it’s not true that we refused to work because of the salary cut. I think am being scapegoated in this case. My immediate supervisor called me one evening and told me not to work the next day, he said it was a step taken until the matter is resolved and that is how we did not work, only to be shocked by an accusation that I was absconding from duty, how?” he added.

New E-Commerce Platform Nofeka Brings Fresh Shopping Experience

The future is digital and this process marching to this virtual destination has commenced. The internet is redefining how we live our lives, how we trade and the economies are becoming more digital. It is unavoidable, even for developing countries like Uganda.

Uganda has already had a taste of the economy going digital with the success stories of e-commerce companies like Jumia, OLX and others. While these are largely foreign e-commerce retailers, a local innovator, Daniel Kiyega is churning out an e-commerce platform to address market needs.

Kiyega and his team launched an online shopping platform called Nofeka. Nofeka enters into the market with a promise ‘to take the game to the big boys.’ Already, the traffic on Nofeka’s site (www.nofeka.ug) has hit 500 viewers a day with their Facebook page has surpassed 3000 followers in under 2 weeks.

Daniel Kiyega the online shopping firm's founder and CEO says he has been harbouring this plan since 2014 but the Covid-19 lockdown that has pushed many conventional businesses including banks, restaurants plus others to go online reminded him of the need to start now.

“The major reason I have ventured into online retail, however, is to offer real convenience to shoppers in that they can place an order from where they are, continue going about their daily businesses and leave the rest to us,” he says.

We will ensure the product is delivered in time with just a small delivery fee and the exact product as it appears online something that most online retailers still fail to do.

Their Payment modes vary from MasterCard, pay Pal to mobile money and cash on delivery.

From groceries to toiletries, kitchenware, beverages, electronics and a variety of other products, Nofeka has its eyes on going full swing into online retail just like Alibaba, Amazon, eBay and Jumia locally.

 Nofeka's target is to hit 10,000 orders in the short term and 1 million orders a month with in the next 5 years. The retailer also has plans to go continental changing the game of online shopping in Africa after consolidating it’s hold onto the Ugandan and East African market.


Rajiv Goes To Mbarara Rally With NRC Title Ambition

The city of Mbarara is bevvy with rally activities and personalities ahead of the Rukaari Lake Mburo Rally 2020 also known as Mbarara Rally, the National Rally Championship (NRC) season opener on Saturday and Sunday. 

The NRC opener has attracted 30 crews but Champion Yassin Nasser and runner up Arthur Blick Jr. ruled out. Information from Mbarara suggests that Ronald Ssebuguzi, navigated by Anthony Mugambwa, will open the route.

And this year, the NRC title chase has a new challenger in Rajiv Ruparelia who was impressive last year in beginners Clubman Rally Championship.

Now buoyed by the good results last year, Rajiv Ruparelia is optimistic that he can clinch the title this season and learn more about the sport he loves most.

“I still have a lot to learn. But I will try to maintain my pace and see if I stand a chance with this year’s title,” Rajiv is quoted by Kawowo Sport saying. “It has been a lot of learning from the time I joined the competition," he added.

“Just because I have been winning stages before it doesn’t make me the best yet. The truth is, I am not even forty percent as a driver,” Rajiv, who drives a Volkswagen (VW) Polo Proto, said.

It surely is going to be a long year for Rajiv but he has his ambition and work cut out and to achieve all this he assembled a  team that will spur the Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team to great heights.

Like his maiden year in the cockpit, Rajiv will be riding with Enoch Olinga as his co-driver and has no plans of changing that unless the reason is unavoidable. “I am after building talent. I have no reason for changing a co-driver. We can only improve each other," he said his cockpit-mate.

“I am putting up some systems in place that will manage my progress. It’s the reason I have a manager, a chief mechanic, a professional trainer. All these will make me a good driver ready for big races. That’s what matters now,” he asserted.


Dolphin Suites Now Offering Free Swimming Lessons

Swimming has so many social and health benefits. It is even better if your initiation into the swimming frenzy is under the watch of a professional trainer and in a competent swimming pool.

Dolphin Suites located at Plot 36, Princess Anne Drive, Bugolobi in Kampala is currently offering free swimming lessons to its clients who might want to learn how to safely play in the waters.

The hotel recently announced that all a customer has to do to get the free-swimming training from professionals is to pay a small pool access fee of Shs20, 000 for adults or Shs15, 000 and a trainer will be at your service.

This is offer is only available every Wednesday and Friday at 2 pm to 4:30 pm.

Dolphin Suites is a subsidiary of the Ruparelia Group under the Speke Group of Hotels and has proved to be the ultimate luxury destination for people in Kampala or those that are visiting the Uganda capital.

The hotel provides ‘a friendly and courteous service’ and ‘a perfect ambience' that ensures value for money to its travelling guests.

Dolphin Suites has established itself as the epitome of relaxed grandeur, welcoming visitors to the city with stunningly appointed rooms and a host of facilities.

It is a unique boutique-style hotel offering 27 luxurious and comfortable guest rooms with individual balconies overlooking the hillside of Bugolobi and the city of Kampala.

An ideal choice for those who want a quiet stay, close to the business and corporate houses, while being located just 5 KM from the city centre and 35 KM north from the Entebbe International Airport.

A combination of services and dedication of the trained and motivated staff will make your stay comfortable leaving you feeling home-away-from-home. Members, residents and guests can also take time out to relax and de-stress with a little pampering.

Dipu Ruparelia Defeat Okee, Wavamuno To Win FMU Presidency

In a highly contested election at Kati Kati Restaurant in Lugogo, Dipu Ruparelia emerged victorious to become the next President of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of Uganda (FMU) for the next four years.  

Kawowo Sports reports the Ruparelia, one of the founders of Uganda Motorsports Club (UMOSPOC) and a former rally driver under Crane Bank Rally Team, becomes the sixth FMU president since the formation of the federation in 2000. Ruparelia won with 36 votes.

“This is a dawn of the new era. We are going to build the sport to a level that can motivate many more to join it,” Dipu said in his acceptance speech.

He saw off competition from incumbent Dusman Okee, who got 14 votes; Geoffrey Nsamba, who got 11 votes; and former president Jack Wavamuno, who got 25 votes.

In other positions, Shemmy Senkatuka was elected Vice President beating Ken Kitariko and Kees Kagolo. Jeff Kabagamba was re-elected the deputy Vice President Motorsport edging Leon Ssenyange.

Leila Mayanja will be the only female in the Management Committee after beating Reynolds Kibira to the General Secretary post. Ernest Zziwa was re-elected the Assistant General Secretary.

Kisitu Mayanja will be the next deputy vice president motorcycling after edging George Semakula and Joseph Mwangala. The post for Vice President Vintage was left open after the candidate Hussein Kato failed to meet requirements.

SOURCE: News Today Uganda

Bollywood Singer Nimisha Deb To Perform In Kampala

Music fans in Kampala will be treated to sound Nimisha Deb when the teenage Bollywood singer performs at Kingdom Kampala on 8th February 2020 at the show being organized by Masti and Lohana Youth Wing.

Nimisha will perform alongside DJ Henri, Rahul Devida, Sanchit Chaudary, Vipul Vyas and many more artists. Tickets to the show are selling at Shs50, 000 and Shs500, 000 for a table.

Nimisha Deb is a popular singer of X factor India. She loves music and describes it as a drug to her. “Music is my own experience, my own thoughts, my wisdom. If I don’t live it, it won’t come out of my horn,” she wrote on her Facebook bio page.

On her Reverbnation page, she said: “I am not only a singer but a performer too. Music connects my heart. Like my blood, I was born with music inside me. Without music, I cannot survive.”

This will be the first time that the teenager will be performing in Uganda. Music reviewers’ rate Nimisha, who is still in school highly and describe her stage performance as flawless.

Rajiv Celebrates Birthday Skiing In Rocky Colorado Mountains

Young businessman and heir to the Ruparelia Group business empire celebrated his 30th birthday in the Rocky Mountains on Colorado, the United States of America on 2nd January.

Rajiv was in the company of some of his family members like his father Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, wife Naiya, sister Sheena and hubby Jay Sankaria, sister Meera and husband Kotecha, one-year-old niece Arie and other friends.

The Ruparelia family, running a business empire of close to $2bn jetted out of the country late December to holiday during the festive season. They stationed at Aspen, in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, which is a ski resort town and a destination for outdoor recreation.

From the pictures shared on their social media pages, it was a great recreational trip for the Ruparelia family. While Rajiv and his wife took to skiing, Dr. Ruparelia took time off to enjoy the company of granddaughter Arie.

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