Kayla Namulondo

Kayla Namulondo

Ethan Kavuma Wins Sanyu FM Hot Mic Talent Search

The 88.2 Sanyu FM talent search codenamed Sanyu FM Hot Mic Search came to a blissful end on Friday with Rajiv Ruparelia, the station’s managing director, announcing Ethan Kavuma as the winner at an event which took place at Crane Chambers in Kampala.

Kavuma beat ten other finalists to clinch the top spot. He, in turn, won Shs3m and a job contract to work with Sanyu FM. The second runners up Timothy Code and first runner up Philo Mena will also get jobs at the radio station.

“This is the start of the journey of your passion; follow your dreams. You all have amazing traits individually and I would advise you to pursue your dreams. This is what you love to do,” Rajiv said.

“I always tell people that we are all the same. We are born with nothing and you work on your talent, you have to manage your talent. One of the greatest traits around me is to have good people,” he added.

“I would like to give three of you an opportunity to work with Sanyu Fm. It will depend on how determined you’re going to be and how much you are going to learn,”

“The day you stop learning is the day you will knockdown. Working with Sanyu FM is going to be tiresome and will need a lot of commitment but I want to see the best out of you,” Rajiv counselled.

Kavuma, an upcoming RnB artist said: “I am so excited. I didn’t see this coming. I am very happy to be part of a new generation at Sanyu FM. There is going to be a lot that I am going to bring to Sanyu FM and you guys are going to be excited,”

The talent search dubbed “Hot Mic Search” was launched last month and attracted over 1500 entries. The entries were later reduced to 50 contestants, then 20 and later the final 10 whose performance was judged by a judges’ panel of Chris Ireland, Don Miles and Roger Mugisha.

Each candidate was given a chance to showcase skills in lone presentation, co-presentation and topical discussions. The judges chose the topics from both local and international current affairs. Kavuma emerged the best.

Roger Mugisha the new program’s director at Sanyu FM says the radio management realized the need to mentor potential candidates for radio in an era where presenters seem to be recycled from one station to another.

Mugisha explained that young people are not mentored to take over from those that have been in the industry for so long. Sanyu FM was founded in 1993, becoming the first private FM radio station in Uganda.

Speke Resort, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Lure Customers With These Offers

The tourism sector has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the global travel restrictions imposed by world governments as they prevented travellers from spreading and contracting the virus that has left almost 8m people hospitalized worldwide.

Uganda, with a tourism sector dependent on foreign travellers, and with an almost non-existent domestic tourism base, is struggling to get back. Government and sector players are devising means to re-energize their businesses.

And following the partial uplifting of the COVID-19 lockdown, service providers like hotels and resorts are now eying the local market. To lure local clientele, they are coming with affordable packages and tariffs.

One such entity remodelling their business is Speke Group of Hotels who through their twin resorts – Speke Resort and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort – has lined up affordable promos, packages and tariffs to attract guests.

Management at Speke Resort indicated that they have committed their resources to observe the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene and implemented a number of additional measures to ensure safety and well being of guests.

 Below we look at some of the promos which despite of the ongoing health risk of COVID-19 pandemic can be exploited by anyone looking for the adventure and thrill of life.

Horse Riding At The Equestrian Centre

Horse riding is a new adventure that Ugandans have embraced well and are willing to take whenever the opportunity arises. Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort’s equestrian centre is offering discounts for interest quests.

At the moment, you can enjoy 20 minutes of a pony ride for at the cost of Shs30, 000; a one hour hack at Shs55, 000; private lessons for 30 minutes at Shs50, 000; shared lessons for 45 minutes for 2 people at Shs50,  000 each; group lessons for 3-8 people for 45 minutes at Shs40, 000; special lessons for 45 minutes (10 rides) at Shs320, 000 and photoshoot for 15 minutes at Shs80, 000

Boat Rides at The Marina

The beauty of the two sister resort hotels is enhanced by the proximity of the beautiful Lake Victoria. On the side of the five-star accommodation, conference facilities, restaurants and bars, the resorts boost of some of the liveliest aqua-sport beefed by different boats for boat rides.

While at Speke Resort you can enjoy canoe water safari including a 30 minutes canoe ride at Shs40, 000, a 1-hour canoe ride at Shs80, 000 and a 1-hour harrier ride at Shs330, 000.

If the canoes don’t offer you the extreme thrill you want, the speed boats are available. You can choose a formula speed boat ride for 1 hour at only $240 or the proline speed boat for 1 hour at $240.

Fishing Trips

 Fishing on the calm waters of Lake Victoria is an adventure that you should refresh and calm any mind that is has been busy making important decisions. The silence as the hooks laylow with their baits can be the moment you need to think straight.

You can hire a canoe to go fishing for 4 hours at a cost of Shs235, 000 or 8 hours for Shs380, 000. You can also opt for the high-powered canoe for 6 hours at Shs500, 000 and or the proline speed boat for 1 hour at $240.

Weekend Accommodation Special

The two resort hotels are also offering good deals on accommodation on weekends – Saturday and Sunday.

At Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, you can spend the night in the Executive Room (2 guests) on full board at Shs987, 000; bed and breakfast at Shs793, 950; room only at Shs671, 500.

The Executive Suite (2 guests) full board is at Shs1, 722, 200; bed and breakfast is at Shs1, 477, 300 and room only at Shs1, 279, 800. The Presidential Suite (4 guests) full board is at Shs2, 701, 800; bed and breakfast at Shs2, 263, 350 and room only at Shs1, 967, 100.

At Speke resort, the Deluxe Single Room (1 guest) full board is at Shs549, 050; bed and breakfast is at Shs474, 000 and room only is at Shs398, 950. The Deluxe Double Room (2 guests) full board is at Shs742, 600; bed and breakfast is at Shs588, 550 and room only is at Shs450, 300.

The One Bedroom Suite (2 guests) full board is at Shs742, 600; bed and breakfast is at Shs588, 550 and room only is at Shs450, 300. The Superior Room (2 guests) full board is at Shs987, 500; bed and breakfast is at Shs793, 950 and room only is at 617, 500.

The Presidential Cottage (4 guests) full board is at Shs1, 967, 500; bed and breakfast is at Shs1, 599, 750 and room alone is at Shs1, 378, 550.

Spend A Million

You can win free pony rides for children if you spend Shs1m at Nyanja and Lake Terrace restaurants.

Dad's Day Out

You can take your dad out on Father's Day at Speke Resort and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort. And while there, if you spend Shs450, 000 at Lake Terrace or Nyanja Restaurant, you get complimentary lake shore fishing for the family, complimentary pony rides for the kid on the same day of visiting the resort. You also get complimentary glasses of wine.

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.

 

Speke Resort Adhering To Strict Health Guidelines As It Reopens

In his latest address to the nation regarding coronavirus (COVID 19) held on 18th May, President Yoweri Museveni offered a number of measures to guide the country in the easing the lockdown that gripped the country in the past two months.

One such advisory was to let hotels and food restaurants to open for business as long as the clients observe social-distancing and other standard operating procedures like washing hands and sanitizing.

And following that presidential guidance, Speke Resort and Conference Center Munyonyo has announced that it is now open for business. “We have utilized this time to implement detailed measures to prepare ourselves to welcome you back whenever you feel safe and confident to travel and meet,” the hotel said.   

“Our team is leaving no stones unturned to ensure your visit to our resort is safe, by adhering to strict health and hygiene guidelines. We have implemented a number of additional measures for your safety and wellbeing when you stay with us,” it added.

This means that you can now visit Speke Resort comfortably without any fear of health risks as long as you take personal caution.

The award-winning Speke Resort recently announced it had come up with a strategy that shall see its clients meet at the luxurious conference center while assured of their safety. The hotel resort mapped out several sitting options for delegates in future meetings to effectively implement social distancing as the new order.

 

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