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Why Pebuu Is Fast Becoming E-Payment Platform Of Choice

Leading E- Payment platform, Pebuu, is emerging as a leading online payment platform in Uganda. Pebuu which stormed the market at the start of the year is a Pan-African electronic depositing and bill payment solution provider that allows for everyday cash deposits and settlements at a single portal.

Having gained recognition in such a short time from launch, Pebuu is being hailed as a market leader in the e-payment segment where they continue to impress with their simplified process of electronic deposits and transactions.

According to the General Manager of Pebuu, Kim Ssebuliba, the firm continues to gain industry recognition as a result of its contribution to online payment across different utility services in Uganda.

She remarked “We believe that settling bills and deposits should be smart, secure and hassle free. We aim at improving and simplifying the process of electronic deposits and transactions. This is why the market is appreciating our services and more and more partners are coming onboard to work with us”

Pebuu is the fastest growing point of sales service provider in Africa. As such, Pebuu has signed on the leading utility service providers and has made it easier for customers to pay for electricity, water, digital TV, and services from all major telecoms in Uganda.

Kim added “To get our services closer to our customers, we have partnered with all the leading mobile telecommunications companies to improve service delivery to their customers. Using our Pebuu platform, customers can now pay for services provided by say Africell Uganda. A customer can purchase airtime, internet bundles and also carry out Africell Money transfers using any of our Pebuu terminals”

Pebuu has impressed with their comprehensive, advanced, and integrated online payment solutions for e-commerce and mobile commerce platforms. Launched in March this year, the firm was created with a vision to make online, cross-currency payments and transactions safer, cheaper and more accessible for businesses, traders and consumers in Uganda and beyond. The platform offers both users and agents an opportunity to transact directly with no hassles

As a drive to grow business and ease payment options, Pebuu is also offering integrated solutions to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to power their online payment infrastructure by offering free online payment integration to serve an estimated market of over 2 million Ugandan firms.

This drive also includes schools where Pebuu is offering cards where parents can load pocket expenses money for their boarding school going kids for use in purchase of their daily needs. This is a first of its kind initiative in Uganda.

Sheraton Hotel Hosts Muslim At Iftar Diner

Just a week into Ramadan, the Kampala Sheraton Hotel organized a splendid Iftar diner for its Muslim clients. The diner was held to thank the Muslims for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them a fruitful fasting period.

While addressing the guests at Kampala Sheraton hotel in Victoria Restaurant, the General Manager, Kampala Sheraton Hotel Mr. Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan.

He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel their respective organizations and as individuals and also encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

The diner was attended by clients from various organizations and industries with a guest profile ranging from managers, ambassadors, business people, media personalities to mention but a few together with their spouses.

A wide spread of food and soft drinks were served to the guests. The guests were first ushered in to separate dedicated rooms for prayers and the guests then proceeded to the main dining area to break their fast for the day.

“As is part of Sheraton Kampala’s corporate value, we aim to respect all religions, races and disciplines, and we are holding this Iftar diner is to symbolize this and emphasize the fact that everyone is equally welcome at the Sheraton.

In the coming days we shall also hold a very special Iftar Dinner for about 400 Muslim children from disadvantaged backgrounds – this being one of our CSR initiatives and a way for the Hotel to give back to society.”

“Thank you all for respecting the Holy Month of Ramadan and making a point to fast, and we encourage all our clients to come and break their fast at Sheraton Kampala’s Paradise Restaurant where we have a very special Iftar corner accompanied by a lavish buffet every Monday through to Saturday. Concluded Mr. Bittencourt.

Africell Offers Subscribers Free Data To Swap Sim Cards For 4G Experience

Africell Uganda, Uganda’s fastest growing telecom this morning launched a drive that will see their subscribers get 1 free GB of data free for swapping their current sim cards for the much faster 4G LTE sim cards that the giant telecom is positioning.

Africell says with the completion of laying their high speed 4G cables across the country, customers can now make use of the improved data speeds and limited drop calls.

Announcing the launch of 4G services Milad Khairallah, Africell’s Commercial Director said “4G technology is gaining widespread acceptance by most of our customers across Uganda. The launch of Africell’s 4G LTE services will further expand on our service offering and propel the brand to an even higher growth trajectory, consolidating our leader market position”

Africell customers with 4G devices in most towns across Uganda can now start experiencing superfast speeds by simply upgrading their existing SIM cards to new 4G SIM cards plus earn 1GB free data to start off the super experience.

Africell is also offering attractive subscription plans to digital content including a wide range of the latest music, movies and games. Africell has also partnered with leading handset manufacturers and e-commerce retailers for special data bundling offers on new 4G smartphones.

Africell was last December voted the fastest telecom network in Uganda in terms of internet data speeds by Open Signal.

Y’ello Care: MTN Sets Up ICT Hub For Impaired Children

MTN Uganda officially launched its 10th edition of changing lives through its staff volunteerism project of 21 Days of Y’ello Care with the overall Group theme of “Investing in Education for All”. The focus is to continue driving access to education, particularly through the digitalisation of teaching and learning in the countries in which MTN operates. 

Over 60 pupils at St. Hellen Primary School in Mbarara who are visually impaired danced to the music with excitement to show their appreciation to the good gesture from MTN Uganda staff. Their celebration is hinged on the news that MTN staff and all the important visitors at their school were there to commission a fully connected ICT Hub complete with talking computers, braille Perkins machines with braille papers, computers, Jaws software, headsets, internet connectivity, WiMAX setup, painting of the ICT lab and ten smart phones for the school management. In addition to the basic computer training for pupils in the MTN ICT bus. 

St. Hellen Primary School is one of the beneficiaries of this year’s annual 21 day long staff volunteerism initiatives in which employees across MTN’s international footprint take time off to physically get involved in activities that uplift communities around them through financial, physical and emotional contributions of staff and MTN as a corporate citizen. 

The Mbarara event was led by Mr Anthony Katamba, GM Corporate Services. He said MTN staff will over the 21 days; get involved in setting up ICT hubs in the five regions (East, West, North, Central and South West). This will be complemented by basic computer training for the pupils using the MTN internet bus, a vital component for the promotion of ICT in rural areas in an effort to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas. 

“Education is one of the most important investments a country can make to its people and its future and it is critical to reducing poverty and inequality and MTN Uganda realizes and understands the need for investment in the education sector”, Katamba said. 

He said this year’s activities will continue with the theme of “Investing in Education for all” adding that MTNs operations will engage in projects that have a positive impact on the education sector regionally. 

“At MTN, we have refocused our interventions towards empowerment of the communities in various areas. Education is one such area which is very close to our hearts because of the direct link between improved literacy and the socio-economic status of any community." 

Funding of the project is solely dependent on contributions from MTN Staff who also physically get involved in the campaign activities. Leveraging on MTN’s regional presence across the country, the planned activities will allow a cross section of staff to participate in this worthy Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. 

St. Hellen’s Head teacher represented by the Deputy, Mrs Seremali Bainomugisha hailed MTN for being sensitive to community needs adding that the ICT Hub and the equipment for the visually impaired pupils will address the needs of each of the 330 pupils in the school.

St. Hellen Primary is a Catholic Missionary school founded in 1932. The ceremony was presided over by the Principle Education Officer Mr. Francis Tumwebaze who also commissioned the ICT lab. 

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