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S.Africa businesses in Uganda donate to OPM masks worth 100m

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda tries on some of the donated masks

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda tries on some of the donated masks

The MTN Foundation under its Y’ello Hope Initiative has, together with other Forum for South Africa Business in Uganda (FOSABU) donated face masks worth over Shs 100 million to the Office of the Prime Minister. 

This initiative comes at a time when Uganda’s Covid-19 cases and deaths are on a steady rise. As of November 14, the total cumulative cases stood at 15,789 and 144 deaths according to the ministry of Health statistics. 

The mask donation efforts were championed by Prof. Major-General (Rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo, the chairman of FOSABU who is also the South African High commissioner to Uganda. The other companies that contributed to the donation include ESCOM, Stanbic, ABSA, Multichoice and ENS among others.

While handing over the masks to Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda Mollo hailed the government of Uganda for the spirited fight that it has put up against the deadly virus.

“We are delighted that the government and the people of Uganda have put up a formidable fight against Covid-19. Therefore as a business community working in Uganda, it is our wish to extend our humble support to the people of Uganda at large to ensure that more people get the much-needed protection against the virus,” Mollo said.

FOSABU members display some of the donated masks

MTN Uganda chief executive officer, Wim Vanhelleputte highlighted the commitment of MTN and FOSABU companies to complementing government efforts in the fight against coronavirus.

“As MTN, we have been urging everyone to wear their mask correctly because in these unprecedented times, a mask is the most important shield between life and death. On behalf of FOSABU, we are delighted to be part of this fight by extending masks to more people to ensure their safety,” Vanhelleputte said.

Rugunda expressed his gratitude towards FOSABU for reaching out to the many Ugandans who are at risk of contracting the deadly virus due to the lack of masks.

“On behalf of the Government of Uganda, allow me express my heartfelt gratitude towards our partners from FOSABU. Thank you for being dependable partners and for reaching out to complement the government’s efforts in the fight against this deadly virus. These masks will go a long way in saving many lives,” Rugunda said.

FOSABU is composed of various entities with South African parentage. MTN being one of those, is an active member and has been at the forefront of the various activities of the forum. FOSABU’s aim is to position South African Business as major economic, social and cultural players in Uganda and to demonstrate the commitment of its members, to harness the opportunities that there might be between Uganda and South Africa.

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