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Jumia Best E-commerce Service Provider In Africa

Launched in 2014, the Digital Impact Awards (Africa) honor organizations for providing and using digital infrastructure to transform lives and further digital inclusion across Africa.

This year, winners were determined by a combination of the DIAA jury votes, research results and public votes – and announced at the award ceremony held at Kampala Serena Hotel on August 17th 2016.

Jumia achieved victory as Best E-commerce Service for Africa 2016, firming its position as market leader against competitors such as OLX and Konga, who were also nominated.

Jumia Group Co-CEOs Sacha Poignonnec and Jeremy Hodara have emphasized that Jumia was founded with a belief that internet can improve lives in Africa, by enabling customers and sellers to meet in one common market place and transact easily with a few clicks.

"Our platform allows customers to choose from a variety of products while entrepreneurs on the other hand benefit from our wide reach. We have enabled businesses and supported entrepreneurs and shall continue to do so.”

Jumia’s award comes just two months after Jumia (the online mall) merged with its sister service Kaymu (the online marketplace) to become Jumia Market in some African countries, including Uganda.

The new Jumia Market facilitates digital inclusion even further - making it possible for anyone to become an entrepreneur on the platform, from big brands to small local sellers.

On the customer side, buyers are now better informed about which sellers can be trusted and have good products (by checking a seller’s ratings; reviews; no. of followers; and endorsements from friends on the platform).

Jumia Market has also gained the trust and support of African buyers by offering the option to pay cash on delivery rather than in advance.


Difference Between Shell V-Power And Shell Fuel Save And The Respective Benefits

By Paul Duke Kaganzi

Shell V-Power (SVP) and Shell Fuel Save (SFS) Unleaded are both unleaded gasoline (petrol) fuels. In Uganda today the law dictates that petrol fuel imported by different dealers for our local fuel market from the Mombasa or Eldoret refineries and abroad are supposed to be unleaded.

Shell V-Power (SVP) and Shell Fuel Save (SFS) unleaded petrol fuels are composed differently to provide unique benefits which meet individual drivers’ needs. SVP and SFS Unleaded are both designed with additives which improve engine economy, protection and overall performance. 

Shell V-Power is a unique premium petrol designed with a metal free formulation and advanced technology to allow an engine to achieve it full power potential. SVP is Petrol with higher octane rating (RON) 95. Other regular petrol or gasoline fuels on the market including SFS unleaded have a lower octane rating of 93. Unleaded petrol with higher octane rating, such as SVP, burns slower than lower octane unleaded petrol. 

The slow burn prevents premature combustion or auto ignition at the same time as the spark ignition. Shell V-Power’s higher RON prevents premature ignition and allows timely ignition during combustion which prevents harmful and power robbing cylinder knock or ping. Motorists who fuel their engines with Shell V-Power experience the thrill of a powerful engine performance while keeping their engine intake valves clean and free of harmful or wasteful deposits. 

Shell Fuel Save Unleaded petrol has been formulated to last longer by reducing energy losses in the engine while keeping the engine intake valves clean. Shell Fuel Save Unleaded (petrol) is suitable for the motorists who want to save money by driving further on each litre of fuel.

Shell V-Power is procured from abroad and transported in special containers on special marine vessels and trucks because its formulation and octane rating are different. Shell Fuel Save (SFS) Unleaded starts its journey as main grade regular petrol when it is procured from the refineries at Mombasa and Eldoret, where all the other fuel suppliers in Uganda procure their regular petrol (gasoline) fuel.

Shell issues inspection certificates of the unleaded petrol which is transported under strict surveillance to our Kampala main depot where it is off loaded after testing samples in the on-site lab. During off loading the petrol is channeled through an automated additivation machine which mixes it with the Shell Fuel Save additives.

Shell Fuel Save Unleaded petrol and Shell V-Power are formulated with efficiency improver chemicals. The chemical additives in these two Shell fuels increase fuel economy by keeping the engine intake valves free of harmful corrosion and wasteful deposits (gunk) which prevent efficient petrol burning.

Shell Fuel Save unleaded and Shell V-Power are both designed with Friction Modification Technology (FMT) a chemical which lubricates the upper piston ring, where engine oil ordinarily does not reach. This helps to reduce energy loss and engine damage caused by friction between the piston and cylinder surface during the combustion cycles. 

Uganda Ties Up Japanese For Geothermal Power Generation

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and Toshiba Corporation on August 27, 2016concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the two partners collaborate in geothermal power generation projects, including personnel development.The parties signed the MOU during the Tokyo International Conference on African Development 2016 that was being held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Under the terms of the MOU, Toshiba will collaborate in the development and supply of major equipment for a geothermal power plant, create operation and management guidelines, and cooperate in personnel development. Participation from the development stage positions Toshiba to contribute to the early construction of the plant, and to supply geothermal power generation equipment in the future.

Uganda lies to the west of the Great Rift Valley and has rich geothermal potential, equivalent to 500 megawatts. Currently, about 60% of power generation capacity is from hydroelectric power, and the country has long promoted construction of hydro power plants. Adding geothermal to the mix will contribute to supply stability and the ability to meet rising demand stimulated by high economic growth-currently increasing at about 10% per a year.

“The development of Uganda's geothermal energy resources is in line with our energy policy objectives of increasing power generation capacity and diversifying our energy mix in order to achieve least cost, affordable and stable energy supply”, said Dr. Fred Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. “We are very confident that the Government of Uganda and Toshiba will create a strong Public-Private-Partnership to develop the Geothermal Energy resources.”

Toyoaki Fujita, Business Development Executive of Toshiba's Energy Systems & Solutions Company said, “We hope to build a strong partnership with Uganda and to contribute to the development of sustainable power supply there. Toshiba’s Energy Systems & Solutions Company is a world leader in geothermal power generation, and I believe that our established expertise can contribute to the geothermal power supply in Uganda.”

Toshiba has delivered 53 geothermal turbines, with a total capacity of 3,400 megawatts, to plants in Japan, the USA, the Philippines, Iceland and other countries around the world. This represents approximately 23%*, of the world's installed geothermal capacity, making Toshiba the world's top supplier.
In the African market, Toshiba most recently delivered four geothermal turbines to Kenya that started commercial operation in 2015.

The company has also concluded MOUs with geothermal power development companies in Ethiopia in 2014, Tanzania in 2015 and Djibouti in August this year, all covering comprehensive collaboration in the geothermal power generation business. Toshiba Group will continue to contribute to stable electricity supply and the realization of a low-carbon economy.

CSOs Write To Museveni, Kabila In Attempt To Save Lake Albert, Virunga

Global Rights Alert and 28 of her partners have written to Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo calling on the two leaders to stop any planned oil projects on Lake Edward.

The 2,325 square kilometre lake located in the Albertine Rift Valley is shared by both countries. GRA wants Presidents Museveni and Kabila to take a firm commitment not to permit any mining or oil licenses throughout the entire Lake Edward and Greater Virunga Landscape.

“We encourage your Excellencies to consider and respect the people’s voices to cancel and stop the licensing of oil blocks, Block V and Ngaji, located respectively in DRC’s Virunga National Park landscape and Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park landscape and to focus your efforts to promote a green economy as the only hope to guarantee a better future for both the present and future generations in the region,” the petition reads in part.

The petition states that the planned activities in Ngali oil Block on the Uganda side and Block V on the DR Congo side will affect the entire lake’s eco system and the communities whose livelihoods depend on the lake. The planned oil activities will also affect the wildlife and eco system of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda and DRC Virunga National Park, UNESCO World Heritage site.

The petition reminds the two governments of their obligations to the respect laws and international legal instruments signed by Uganda and DR Congo which call for protection and conservation of protected areas.

GRA and her partners want the two governments to look at the long term benefits of preserving the lake as well as the tourism sites which bring in much needed foreign exchange in terms of tourism dollars. In 2014 alone, tourism contributed 9.9% of Uganda’s GDP. The sector also created some 592, 500 jobs in Uganda, increasing disposable income and enabling Ugandans to live a better life.

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