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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 these buildings. Only shop and office space qualify for this offer.

Hardware Plaza opened in 2016 sits on about 27000 square meters of prime land, has 281 shops and 66 residential apartments, Electrical Plaza has 220 shops, 56 apartments and two floors of parking, Market Plaza has 250shops and 110 offices with a wide packing to accommodate over 100 cars.

Rajiv Ruparelia, the managing director of Crane Management Services Limited said they are offering city traders three rent-free months such that they can have a chance to operate their businesses without any encumbrances or stress about rent.

This offer comes at a time when traders in Kampala are having a push and pull relationship with their landlords over rent arrears. After almost five months under COVID19 lockdown, many traders are short of money to afford the rent bill.

Therefore, discounts and offers as such that Crane Management Services if offering comes handy for both the landlord and tenant. While the tenant wants a place to put his or her business, the landlord also is in need of tenants.

La Cabana Returns With Sunday Kuku Roast

Sundays are easy days and good food completes a splendid feel of life’s little pleasures. Sunday is also made memorable by giving your family a gift of a lavish outing. These are things loved one never forget.

And this Sunday, and the Sunday’s to come in the near future, you can bring your family together at La Cabana Restaurant and enjoy the Sunday Kuku Roast; an assortment of whole chicken (kuku) salad, chips, mashed potato served with sangria.

Iqramullah Liagath Ali, the Food and Beverage Manager at La Cabana Restaurant revealed that they have cut the prices for the Sunday Roast to afford customers relish the most delicious kuku & sangrias.

“For Shs99,000, get a whole roasted kuku plus a pitcher of sangria & for Shs59,000, get a half-roasted kuku plus a glass of sangria each served with salad, chips & mashed potato,” Liagath said.

La Cabana Restaurant, situated at Speke Apartments on Wampewo Avenue in Kampala, last month won the Travelers’ Choice Award for 2020 for its good performance in the year 2019.

The awards celebrate travelers’ favorite hotels, restaurants and airlines around the world. 4,817 unique businesses have been honored this year. Over 8.7 million businesses are listed on Tripadvisor.

Victoria University Sets Date For Rolling Out Online Classes

Victoria University has announced that it will start conducting online classes for its students on the 28th September 2020, the Ag.Vice Chancellor Bill Nkeeto has revealed.

This decision has been reached the National Council for Higher Education wrote to Victoria University giving them permission to proceed with e-learning as it had requested in a May application.

Nkeeto said this lockdown put their students and their parents at stake with arguable responses on how to go about with their education while at home and many of them couldn’t continue with their studies

He noted that a ray of hope was shone to the education sector when President Museveni Okayed the opening of institutions with final year students undertaking health-related courses and trainings to curb the human resource gap in the Health sector following the current Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

This followed strict guidelines and recommendations issued by the Ministry of Health and other experts.

Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) through its member bodies has been working hard to ensure that education resumes following the issuance of COVID-19 SOP guidelines which were issued in September 2020.

Victoria University having health and science-related programmes, had on 22nd May 2020 applied to the National Council for Higher Education to roll out an emergency Open Distance and E-learning system during the current lockdown.

The NCHE conducted an inspection of the Victoria University e-learning facilities and was convinced that this Premier University was ready to start its online teaching programmes for its students.

The permission is valid for twelve (12) months or the duration of the COVID-19 crisis as will be determined by the relevant authorities and renewal can be applied for at least (2) months before the expiry of the (12) twelve months period if necessary.

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Stanbic Bank Empowers Young Entrepreneurs Through The Schools' Challenge

By Michael Kanaabi

Even as the whole world came to a near standstill during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Stanbic Bank did not sit on its laurels and wait for what next but pushed ahead with its 5th annual National Schools Championship.

With the observance of all the Standard Operating Procedures as prescribed by the Ministry of Health strictly adhered to, an earnest search nationwide started for the most outstanding and gifted young entrepreneurs.

The championship kicked off with 100 schools- after a pre-selection analysis process, 4 schools were selected from each of the four regions to do presentations to the first time panel of 3 judges- a much more needed twist in the production from previous years, this particular change made the competition more lively, fun and engaging owing to the judges humour and in-depth understanding and connection to the business pitches.

Regional Winners

From the central region Nabisunsa Girls School came top with their Glow & Glam paper soap and disinfecting wipes, while Mpumuude Seed Secondary school represented Eastern region with their ingenious Reusable sanitary pads. Mentor SS represented the North and fronted Edutele-an E-learning teleconference application and Kyebambe girls school represented Western region, with their authentic miracle flavoured Ghee.

Enter the Finals

It was a charged and warm atmosphere in the Rwenzori ball room at the Sheraton Kampala as the grand finale went down. With all regional winners putting up their A-game to clinch the coveted national accolade.

The event was graced by Angel investors interested in ensuring these budding entrepreneurs got the investment to bring life to their ideas, the investors were Ronald Mukasa, Amos Wekesa of Great Lakes Safaris and Meralyn Mungereza country manager of the Agha-khan Foundation.

Making a cameo apperance, Reuben Gasansule an Investment Analyst, William Tendo an Edu-tech Consultant and dark horse Donald Wasake hia seasoned Business Consultant and Data analyst from research firm-Brothers Intelligence LLC completed the judging trio.

It was evident the chemistry and entertainment value they breathed into the show, especially each-time William and Donald Wasake went back and forth with their rants on anything and everything- a much needed comic relief from the somewhat tense and serious atmosphere of the finals.

The trio put the young entrepreneurs to task, asking all the right questions until they got the best out of them.

After all the numbers were crunched, parameters checked, and consultations done, the cumulative results from Audit firm PWC and Judges scoring unilaterally agreed that Mentor SS with their Edutele e-learning teleconferencing technology were worthy of the Stanbic National Schools championship crown 2020.

The gallant- fantastic four ladies of Nabisunsa came 2nd, while 3rd and 4th were Mpumuude Seed Secondary school and Kyebambe girls school, respectively.

The future of Uganda’s entrepreneurship class is surely being built and anchored through this competition which is part of Stanbic's Corporate Social Investments led by firebrand Barbara Kasekende and the Investors Club of Uganda.

 

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