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Sanda Ojiambo appointed UN’s Global Compact Executive Director

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Safaricom’s Sanda Ojiambo has been appointed as the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) the worlds largest corporate sustainability initiative. 

 Sanda who will assume the role from June 17th taking over from Denmark’s Lise Kingo who has been with the UN Global Compact since 2015.

Before her new appointment, Sanda has served as Safaricom’s Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact since 2010. She has served as the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations. During which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organisations. She holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, the USA. She also holds a  Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.

“Sanda has been instrumental in leading our Sustainable Business team. Focusing on Sustainability, Shared Value, Corporate Social Investment and Technology for Development. She has also played a major role in the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our business operations,” said Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom CEO.

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“Sanda brings 20 years of experience to lead the Global Compact in its next phase. To mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders. And bring the full weight of the private sector to achieve the SDGs”, Said António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General.

The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy and advocacy initiative. Calling for the alignment of business operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. While also motivating companies to integrate the SDGs into their core operations and funding activities.

Safaricom is an active member of the UN Global Compact and the only African Global Compact LEAD company. As a highly engaged participant of the UN Global Compact.  Global Compact LEAD companies are uniquely positioned to inspire widespread uptake of sustainability solutions among businesses around the world. Other Global Compact LEAD companies include Unilever, Accenture and Nestle.


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Facebook & Red Cross Launch #AfricaTogether against Covid-19

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Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are partnering to launch #AfricaTogether – a digital campaign and two-day festival on June 4th and 5th featuring artists from across Africa to encourage continued vigilance against Covid-19.

With more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases confirmed on the continent and containment measures easing in many countries, #AfricaTogether combines musical and comedy performances with information from Covid-19 first responders and fact-checkers from across Africa.

#AfricaTogether will include a festival with performances by artists such as Aramide, Ayo, Femi Kuti, Ferre Gola, Salatiel, Serge Beynaud, Patoranking, Youssou N’Dour amongst many others, as well as a digital awareness campaign with prevention messages developed with Red Cross and Red Crescent health experts and targeting simultaneously Facebook users in 48 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

The event will be streamed on Facebook Live on the 4th June in English and hosted by the Nigerian popular actor and comedian Basketmouth and in French on the 5th June by the renowned media personality Claudy Siar. To watch the live shows, viewers can tune in to the Facebook Africa page and Red Cross and Red Crescent Facebook pages. To register and learn more about the artist lineup and how to tune in, please visit the Facebook event pages in English and in French.

Commenting, Mamadou Sow, a long-serving member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said, “The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis in that it can affect us all, and ignores borders, ethnicities, and religions. African communities so far have responded quickly, but the risk remains very real. If we all do our part, we will beat Covid-19. Music is a powerful uniting force and we hope that the #AfricaTogether festival will bring renewed hope and action against this dangerous disease.”

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Adding her voice to the initiative, Jocelyne Muhutu-Rémy, Facebook’s Strategic Media Partnerships Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa said: “The spike in the use of online tools during the Covid-19 pandemic shows the social usefulness of digital platforms in difficult times. We are seeing many incredible initiatives from artists bringing their communities together on Facebook Live. The #AfricaTogether campaign will enable people to learn more about fighting Covid-19, while enjoying entertainment from their favourite African performers. We will be spreading joy in a way that doesn’t spread the disease.”

This event is one of the many ways that Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are both contributing in the fight against Covid-19 across the continent.

Facebook continues to work with governments across Sub-Saharan Africa, including partnering with organizations like health agencies and NGOs who are actively using its platforms to share accurate information about the situation and launching Covid-19 Information Centers in more than 40 countries, which provides real-time updates from health authorities and helpful articles, videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of the virus.

With a network of more than 1.5 million volunteers and staff across the continent, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is on the frontlines of combating Covid-19 in communities through information campaigns, providing soap and access to clean water, and supporting health care facilities and workers with training, equipment, and supplies. In parts of Africa, Covid-19 is another layer of crisis on top of conflict, violence, or climate disasters.


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Droppa expands its express delivery service to more towns

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Droppa, an online delivery platform has expanded its recently launched Droppa Express beyond a 25 kilometre radius.

Droppa Express is now able to courier lightweight goods under 25 kilograms nationally from Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Through Droppa Express, customers can have their lightweight goods delivered within 25 kilometres in just 24 hours, while long-distance deliveries are made within 72 hours.

Droppa CEO, Khathu Mufamadi, says: “We have identified a growing need for express courier services at a time where there is the rapid imposition of social distancing and the restriction of movement amid the COVID 19 pandemic. This means that express delivery services have a critical role to play. We aim to ensure that South Africans can access this service at affordable rates.”

Delivery bookings can be made via the company website: droppa.co.za or the Droppa app, which is available as a free download on Android and IOS platforms.

Droppa Express was launched to cater for the delivery of goods such as food, parcels, books, stationery, and other smaller items under 25 kg via its droppa.co.za or app in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Droppa moves into essential services

Earlier Droppa shifted its model in response to the new Covid-19 lockdown imposed by the government. The company’s original operating model allows patrons and businesses to request a truck/ bakkie for all furniture removals and logistics, also operates in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

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The on-demand e-hailing platform also offers its services to businesses rendering essential services such as retail stores, warehouses, fresh produce farms, medical suppliers and will be made available to members of the public who require essential goods delivered to them.

Just like Uber, the firm does not own trucks but instead has driver-partners that have registered their vehicles, thus empowering and providing employment opportunities for many South Africans. ‘’The Covid 19 pandemic poses an unprecedented threat to businesses worldwide. Companies must react in different ways to ensure business continuity, improve the resilience of their supply chain, or pivot to innovate ways to generate revenue” concludes Mufamadi.

In December, the firm announced it had raised funds from IDF Capital through the IMIN Accelerator to expand to Port Elizabeth and Durban, and other cities in South Africa.

The firm said it would also use the funds to expand its team, technology and build a robust retail management system for its retail customers.


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Ukheshe launches track & trace to assist with Covid-19 infection alerts

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Ukheshe, a SMME focused digital banking platform, has launched a Track and Trace service using its existing payment ecosystem to assist consumers to manage any possible risk factors in level three lockdown.

Ukeshe’s CEO and co-founder, Clayton Hayward says that Covid-19 is a concern for all citizens and in addition to making the platform free for grant disbursements, Ukheshe wanted to assist in other ways: “We created a track and trace solution to assist consumers to keep updated on infection rates and if they have been compromised.”

As a registered user, by simply checking-in, using the Ukheshe app or via Whatsapp at any business displaying the company’s Masterpass QR code, you will be updated on any Covid-19 infections. For new users without a smartphone, Ukheshe can be accessed by using a USSD code.

“If any infections are reported, the track and trace solution will enable the relevant venue to immediately contact anyone that has visited the location: “Our payment platform is a perfect solution to keep consumers updated and to help fight to flatten the curve,” says Hayward.

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The Ukheshe App is free, user friendly and easy to download for anyone needing to transact without a bank account.

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=guru.jini.ukheshe&hl=en_ZA

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ukheshe/id1350353337

For more formation visit www.ukheshe.co.za


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