Twiga Foods partners with GoBeba to deliver fresh farm produce

On-demand ordering & delivery firm, GoBEBA has entered a deal with Twiga Foods to deliver fresh farm produce from farmers to online consumers.

The deal will see consumers within and in the outskirts of Nairobi such as Thika, Kahawa, Rongai and Syokimau, access fresh Twiga Foods produce from GoBEBA, while increasing demand of farm fresh produce to online platforms. GoBEBA becomes the 5th on-demand delivery firm to partner with Twiga Foods, increasing the supply of quality and affordable fresh produce to online consumers and creating increased market demand for farmers.

The platform will now provide fresh fruits and vegetables including potatoes, bananas, kales among others to customers visiting their platform. A fresh food bundle containing 25Kgs of produce will cost ksh. 1800 only and will include potatoes, onions, carrots, capsicum, avocado, oranges, watermelon, and pineapple making it significantly cheaper than supermarket prices.

According to Mr. Peter Ndiang’ui, GoBEBA CEO & Co-Founder, the partnership will allow customers visiting the site in search of cooking gas, to also take advantage of cheaper produce from farms supplied by Twiga Foods.

“We have so far been selling and delivering cooking gas and household items. A month ago, we recorded a 200% increase in demand for these items. With the increasing demand, we have now added fresh farm produce. This makes GoBEBA a one-stopshop for household items, cooking gas and farm fresh produce. “Twiga Foods allows us to source the products directly from farms to consumer tables. This, at the end of the day, creates value for farmers leveraging on online platforms such as ours,” Mr. Ndiang’ui added.

Twiga Foods Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Njonjo noted that partnerships with other Business-to-Consumer online platforms, will not only increase avenues for access to supply for consumers especially during this period of Covid-19 that presents restrictions to movement, but it will also diversify access to demand for local farmers.

“Leveraging Business-to-Consumer online platforms during this period is inevitable. It is for this reason that we are forming strategic partnerships to ensure that end consumers get access to quality and affordable produce and that the farming ecosystem gets access to an addressable market.” Said Mr. Njonjo.

GoBeba’s COVID-19 category on their website has been instrumental in providing access to household necessities. The delivery platform seeks to add even more categories making it a one stop shop for consumers.

To the people that want to go cashless but can’t get started

It’s no secret that we are living in challenging, uncertain times where we have to consciously take precautions and fight the pandemic. Seated at home on my short chair, I overlooked the seemingly scenic window one morning and thought, “What role can I play in minimizing the chances of being infected by the virus?” It wasn’t difficult to figure out a simple precaution that many others were already embracing… going cashless.

Of course, there were fears over this. I kept on thinking “What if I get into an emergency? What if the systems are down? What if my card is declined? How secure is my cash?” All these questions were answered by the NCBA bank customer care representative who assured me that cards that have chips are safe and if any unusual activity relating to my card was detected the card could be canceled immediately. Besides, other people were already going cashless and like them, I believe in being your neighbor’s keeper.

There was always this fear of going digital and facing it at the supermarket is one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in my life. They say that one of the hardest things to change about ourselves is our everyday habits. This is true because I eat at the same places, brush my teeth the same way every morning and the first thing I do after waking up is catch up with the news. My shopping habit was no different. It always ended with a struggle of “I don’t have change. You have 3 bobs there?”

My first cashless supermarket run involved a lot of fear that can only be compared to the first time I got on an aircraft. The one where deep inside you are unsure of what to do but outside you have the confidence of a world champion athlete on the podium after winning a race.

With every item picked and thrown into the shopping basket, there was sweat trickling down my back. “Do I want to do this?” I asked myself. As soon as every item on my shopping list was picked, the hard part now came… the supermarket cashier line. It’s no secret that, when people are unsure of their next course of action, they look out to their neighbor in an attempt to figure out what to do.

To my pleasant surprise, almost everyone on the line had embraced this cashless payment via their bank cards. My confidence levels immediately went up, in fact, I started a random conversation with the person behind me

“Paying with your bank card is convenient. Do you also do the same?” The fact that others had embraced it let me feel comfortable and the fears I had were all dispelled. With a simple swipe and input of my secret pin, the transaction was done. No withdrawal charges, no looking for a change, and a faster queue!

Pay Bila Charges with NCBA Bank
Pay Bila Charges with NCBA Bank

And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. I intend to explore other online payments. During this quarantine period, I intend to shop from the comfort of my couch. There is entertainment from international platforms; there are my favorite book and magazine subscriptions and even exercise apps. Going cashless is going to make my life much simpler.

If you’d like to #GoCashless with NCBA Debit and Prepaid cards, start here – https://ke.ncbagroup.com/cards

Disruption: Why Kenyans don’t need to visit the bank anymore

For a long time, a trip to the bank was usually a hassle. Long waiting times and lines, inconvenient opening times and finding a close enough branch made it one of our least favorite chores.

However across every income bracket, an equal percentage of consumers have access to digital and mobile banking tools. In fact it is one of the most important factors influencing their choice of banks according to a cornerstone study.

The purpose of the bank branch is to facilitate interactions between customers and bank employees. However with today’s technology the interaction can happen without the two parties physically being in the same location.

People using digital banking is steadily increasing and banks are listening. Including Standard Chartered Bank.

With the Standard Chartered mobile banking app, they have made it so you may never have to visit a bank branch again. This is especially helpful right now as thousands of Kenyans are working from home and are encouraged to stay safe.

Through the app you can manage your bank account as well as easily transfer money through MPesa.

Additionally you can transfer money through RTGS to other accounts as well as transfer money through PesaLink.

The app also has a QR pay option which allows you to pay for goods and services, scanning the QR code at selected merchant stores and website.

You can also purchase various types of insurance including; home, motor, travel and farewell. You don’t even need to carry your debit card as you can withdraw from any Standard Chartered ATM.

It’s easy to open account and once you do, you may never have to set foot in a bank again!

Open your account now – https://www.sc.com/ke/open-account/

Pay your utility bills with SC Mobile Banking app
Pay your utility bills with SC Mobile Banking app

Be unstoppable! How Otieno helped neighbor Maina pay rent at midnight

Knock! Knock! “Otieno… Otieno… I know you are awake!”

Knock! Knock! I was shocked that someone was knocking on my Mercedes’ door. “Maybe it’s a phone thief…. I thought to myself” …but it persisted “Oti bana, wake up… its an emergency”

That’s when I slipped in to semi-consciousness.

Upon realizing it was a dream, I tried to get back to sleep. “Mercedes… please come back to me!” I said in desperation, but sleep had betrayed me. Maina, my neighbor, persistently knocked on the door to which I responded “I’m coming… relax”. At the back of my mind, I was reluctant to answer the door but on many an occasion, Maina had saved my life, so it was only fair that I went to find out what the problem was.

“Sema Maich… what’s going on? How can I be of assistance?” I said in a polite voice without a hint of anger from someone who had just been interrupted from driving his dream car. “Remember that job I had been telling you about? I applied and they called me for the interview. Tomorrow is the big day” he said in an excitement that had a tone of concern.

Assuming that he wanted tips, I interrupted and said “You know what, just be confident. Read their financial reports…. Take two showers and don’t shower with your usual bar soap……..”

“It’s not that…..” he interrupted. In the midst of the excitement of preparing for his big interview Maina had forgotten to pay his rent which was past due. He even said the infamous quote that has made many a bar owner skeptical “I don’t have money on my phone right now. Can you pay for me?”. Imagine losing your dream car and now almost giving the same person who ruined it your money.

“The landlord has sent me a nasty text threatening to lock the house in the afternoon. Would you have some money on your phone that I can use to pay the rent? I will give you the cash tomorrow after I get to the bank”.

Without hesitating, I got my phone and launched my Standard Chartered mobile banking app. Always handy! In a matter of seconds we were paying the rent through the landlords Paybill number as we spoke about the interview and how I’ll probably have a Mercedes dream again. We spoke about how it is now easier than ever to access our cash from the bank account especially when we have unexpected emergencies and social distancing. I even convinced him to try out mobile banking. This is something that was unheard of years ago.

“Thanks for helping me sort that out. I am downloading and registering the app tomorrow morning after my interview” Maina said as he went back home an optimistic man who knew that he won’t have to bother his neighbor again if he wants some money ASAP.

Open your account now – https://www.sc.com/ke/open-account/

This is why losing your credit or debit card is no longer a nightmare!

We’ve all been there, reached down for our wallet only to find it isn’t there. It could have been left somewhere, or stolen while you weren’t looking, or maybe it just disappeared! They are known to do that you know!

Either way, it is usually a nightmare to replace. At first we had to physically go to the bank and report it stolen – during which time someone could be using it. Then we could call our banks, but again how often are we left on hold for hours before we finally get to speak to someone.

Thankfully technologies advancement is to our benefit.

We now have access to digital banking apps like the Standard Chartered mobile banking app that is designed to make managing our accounts easier than ever. Now you can do pretty much everything from the comfort of your home as you stay safe. These include transferring money through MPesa. RTGS and PesaLink, buy insurance and protect your Standard Chartered debit card.

If you find that you have lost your debit card, you can block the card and request for a replacement right on the app! And while you wait, you can use your Standard Chartered mobile banking app to withdraw money from any Standard Chartered ATM.

Technology is only going to continue to improve, and with that improve the efficiency of our daily lives. From the way we travel, communicate and even bank, we should expect to see great things in the future.

Until then banks like Standard Chartered are ensuring that your banking needs are met.

Open your account now – https://www.sc.com/ke/open-account/

PS: Lost your SC Visa credit/debit card?

You can block it easily on you SC Mobile app as you #StaySafe at home with the following steps

– Login to SC Mobile
– Select ‘Service Requests’
– Select ‘Card Management’
– Select ‘Block & Replace Debit Card’ or ‘Report lost/stolen credit card’
– Enter ‘Reason to Block’ & select which card to be blocked.

Stay safe! Here are transactions you can do on your Standard Chartered Mobile app

Time for some action …and no, not the kind on Netflix. Manage your money from the comfort of your home as you stay safe. You want to do stuff with your cash in a good bank and you no longer have to visit the branch. Here’s why Standard Chartered has your back.

Let’s start with how they’ve simplified your life! Standard Chartered Bank understands that we all need convenience so they have designed and developed an even faster account opening solution where you can open an account in lightning speed. You can open your bank account instantly on the Standard Chartered Bank Mobile App or Desktop

The Standard Chartered Mobile app is a fast, easy, convenient and secure way of accessing your bank wherever you are. You can use the SC Mobile App 24/7 for any of their 70 different functions including;
– sending money and transferring funds to a nominated Standard Chartered Bank account, local account or International transfers
– Pay your bills, that is, MPesa, Airtel Money, KPLC, Nairobi Water and many more
– Make Payments
– Manage your account (Check your balance, view eStatements)

How to open the account
STEP 1: Download SC Mobile App, tap on “Open a Bank Account” and choose the Account that you would like to open.

STEP 2: Provide your contact details and verify your mobile number through OTP.

STEP 3: Key in your nationality, upload a picture of your ID and a photo of yourself.

STEP 4: Provide your residential address and share some more details about yourself.

STEP 5: Review and confirm the details provided and accept the Terms and Conditions.

STEP 6: Well done, you have successfully submitted your application to open an account. One of their agents will call you to activate your account.

A little more detail…

You can

1. Transfer Funds
Enjoy the convenience of transferring money to other accounts locally and internationally through SC Mobile anywhere, anytime.

2. Access Account Information
Access up to date information on the following types of accounts using this service: Savings Accounts, Current Accounts, Term Deposits, Loan Accounts and Credit Cards

3. Pay Bills
View your outstanding bill amount and make instant bill payments using either your bank account or credit card to the following billers: Utilities, Mobile Money and Airtime

4.Buy Insurance
Through the SC Mobile App, you can purchase a host of different insurance products with a click of a button. These include:
Home Insurance
Motor Insurance
Travel Insurance
Farwell Plan

Open your account now – https://www.sc.com/ke/open-account/

Opinion: All Kenyan businesses should to now process KRA payments online

We used to love queuing and doing things last minute. Not any more. New habits are with us!

Haven’t we learned a lot? At least I can speak for my circle of friends and I suspect the same for most Kenyans. Indeed, comfort is a killer.

Staying indoors has taught us to take advantage of what we’ve got in our hands. Got Internet? Then your business should process KRA payments online and waste no time. Read that again!

Why? Simply because you can. I highly suspect we won’t be visiting the tax centres anytime soon.

Actually, Standard Chartered Bank has made it easier for businesses so that we won’t have to ‘pet the peeves’. Standard Chartered Bank is directly integrated with KRA and this makes KRA submission real time. This, through the Straight2Bank online platform. It’s an online banking platform designed for all your business transactional needs.

All you have to do is set up KRA once and you wont have to memorize the account again.

You can pay your Excise, Service and Direct taxes online. Your account is automatically debited and you receive an acknowledgement immediately.

Besides that, you can stay safe and work from home with more features such as simple payroll processing, simple FOREX transactions, simple bulk payments, reports and alerts and it’s all secure.

Why don’t you try it for your business? You want to meet your legal obligations, don’t you?

To learn more, visit https://www.sc.com/ke/business-channels/straight2bank/

Process KRA Payments online
Process KRA Payments online

When your petty cash department has to work from home: Tips and tricks to stay safe

When most of us think of the petty-cash department, we tend to think of straight-faced persons seated behind a desk in an office, dealing with piles of paperwork and always counting money. A petty cash accountant working from home without face-to-face meetings or paper exchanges hasn’t seemed possible …until now. Times have quickly changed.

Because of this hiatus occasioned by the uncertain times that we’re going through, doing petty cash accounting by working remotely has been made possible by technology. A lot of businesses are still nervous about it and that’s natural because they might not know how to go about it. However, all that’s needed to be known is what tools can make this work paperless and away from the office.

Here are some hacks.

Face to face meetings
Most interactions with these accountants tend to be impromptu rather than scheduled. There’s no difference in a remote setting other than using phone calls or video conferencing tools. No need for a conference room! It’s just as easy to have impromptu meetings using Zapier as it would be in any office. You could also set up a Zoom meeting and share the link in your Slack channel and you can have that same sort of spur of the moment meetings, as long as all the participants are online at the same time.

Work
The accounting aspects of working remotely for petty cash accountants are not much different from working in an office. There are still weekly meetings, collaborations, month-end reports and payment approvals.

There are a lot of cloud-based apps but we’ve found an innovative way to manage petty cash payments provided by Standard Chartered Bank through their award-winning platform called Straight2Bank

Straight2Bank and Petty cash

The platform is an online banking platform designed for all your business transactional needs. At the moment, we are advised to stay away from physical cash (coins and notes) and naturally, we’re embracing alternative means to do banking.

To make the petty cash disbursements, all you have to do is list all the mobile numbers and amounts to be paid on an excel sheet template. Load this on Straight2ankB and click pay. For added security the payment goes through your organisation’s internal approvers.

Working remotely may seem like a foreign concept in the petty cash accounting world, but when you’re set up with the right applications, it’s totally achievable!

To learn more, visit https://www.sc.com/ke/business-channels/straight2bank/

Bulk Payments Standard Chartered Bank
Bulk Payments Standard Chartered Bank

 

Payroll as you work from home: How Kenyan businesses should take advantage of this award winning platform

Payroll jobs involve executing procedures to ensure all employees of a business receive correct compensation on the correct designated calendar days. Depending on the size of the business, an owner may have in-house payroll personnel or outsource this task.

The people in charge of payroll are responsible for gathering and organizing certain employee information. This information includes salary amounts, hourly wages, the number of hours worked for each pay period, and any recorded time off for each employee.

These tasks have now been simplified, especially because we’ve now been encouraged to work from home and stay safe.

One of the banks that has successfully filled this gap and enabled thousands of businesses to ensure continuity through innovative solutions is Standard Chartered Bank through the award-winning platform, Straight2Bank

This online banking service enables organisations to process payroll conveniently in the comfort of your own office or home. Basically, wherever you can access the platform.

It adds convenience because the online payroll processing is not limited to employees with Standard Chartered Bank accounts. You may also process payroll for employees whose accounts are with other banks.

Besides providing simpler salary administration, Straight2Bank allows an organisation to exercise better management of accounts by enabling convenient, fast and easy access to all their accounts, anytime, anywhere.

You can also customise the way you wish to view your statements with the option of downloading your transaction history in PDF or CSV format for easy retrieval. Within the platform, you can download cash management reports at your convenience.

Your salary processing easily & efficiently from wherever you are through Straight2Bank online banking service.
Your salary processing easily & efficiently from wherever you are through Straight2Bank online banking service.

Join the thousands of businesses that have discovered how to take advantage of Straight2Bank, the award winning platform. Visit https://www.sc.com/ke/business-channels/straight2bank/ to learn more!

Discover Straight2Bank: What it means for your business as you work from home

Alternative banking is the in-thing for businesses right now as we experience uncertain times. All organisations are keen to manage this unforeseen disruption and to stay afloat, each is undertaking a set of unique measures. These include having employees work from home, migrating tasks online such as meetings, interviews, finance and accounts, operations et cetera.

However, when it comes to business banking, there are very few options in the market that provide fully integrated solutions for organizations to take advantage of online platforms.

The most comprehensive solution that exists in the market is Straight2Bank from Standard Chartered Bank. Unmistakably, this platform has now become a yardstick for other banks and the fact that it has become the most popular platform for businesses both large and small is evidence of its superiority.

What exactly is Straight2Bank?

The platform is a fully integrated online banking service for business transactions, hedging and information needs with a customisable suite of tools. It is carefully designed for all business transactional needs.

Straight2Bank facilitates comprehensive management, giving businesses easy access to key functions such as trade, payroll and foreign exchange transactions. Organisations can also set up custom access and control within the platform which includes employee access levels, customised payroll templates, personalized account alerts and more.

The platform also allows businesses to process their KRA payments online and in a simple way. Standard Chartered Bank is directly intergrated with KRA and this means all payments are processed realtime.

Bulk and mobile payments are facilitated in a simple manner. This involves using an excel sheet template to list all mobile numbers and amounts to be paid, uploading it to Straight2Bank and click “pay”. This function is secure in that the validation of these payments goes through the organisation’s internal approvals

For users needing help on the platform, there is a dedicated support team. They provide online support services to businesses you solve and problems they may face when using Straight2Bank.

Given the current government directives designed to facilitate businesses, all charges on Straight2Bank are now minimalised. This includes free RTGS transfers done online as well as payroll.

To learn more and get started, visit https://www.sc.com/ke/business-channels/straight2bank/

Here’s how to manage your investments while social distancing

We’re living through history and staying safe is a major priority right now. The ongoing efforts to control the pandemic has made it necessary for most of us to work from home. This also means that our lifestyles have been disrupted and we only make moves when necessary. All in an effort to try and curtail the spread of the virus.

During such a pandemic and also with public health emergencies, impacts can be seen in both the local and national economies. We are all concerned about our investments but there are proactive steps you can take to protect yourself.

Banks and financial institutions are introducing ways that you can manage your money to not only help you weather these trying times, but strengthen your portfolio.

One of these introduced is the Standard Chartered digital mobile banking app which helps you make decisions on investments as well as control your finances. You can even open accounts on the app.

Through the app, you can buy and sell bonds and T-bills, view market trends and buy mutual funds. We are currently in a Bear market meaning that the stock market has fallen for a prolonged period of time. This leads to an increased sell-off of stocks reinforcing the downward direction of the market.

However, falling stock prices and depressed markets are good for the long-term value investor. With lowered stock prices, you can make periodic, fixed amount investments over time.

Choosing who or what to invest in comes with its own challenges, but Standard Chartered can help you with that. You can receive monthly portfolio statements which show the status of your investments which are professionally managed.

While we may be stuck at home, it does not mean that our bank accounts have to be too. Through the Standard Chartered mobile banking app, you can invest directly from your current account and enjoy the benefits of regular income.

 Get started

The SC Mobile app gives you the freedom and time to apply for new bank accounts from the comfort of your home, office or on the go. They’re helping you Bank anytime, anywhere with iPhone and Android mobile banking apps.

SCB Mobile Banking
SCB Mobile Banking

For the Mobile Banking Account Opening application, all that’s needed is you and your mobile. You’ll be asked for uploads of your Identity Documents that you can prepare before you start. Then with your mobile, simply capture, attach and even upload from your preferred cloud storage.

Open your account now – https://www.sc.com/ke/open-account/

These are the sports to watch in 2020 on DStv

This is a year full of expectations and differences. There have been changes and improvements in what DStv will show and you don’t want to miss out. Have a look at the selections below. 

WWE

2020 will be a great year for wrestling fans. WWE Raw, SmackDown and NXT live will be available every week. Supersport will feature premium WWE programming including 205 Live, Ride Along, WWE Chronicle and Table for 3. 

The 24/7 channel launches on DStv channel 128 beginning Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, and this builds on the success of the WWE pop-up channel that launched in 2019. SuperSport channels will continue to air Raw, SmackDown and NXT live each week

 

Vodacom Super rugby

The action resumes at the end of January 2020 with mouthwatering fixtures including Sharks VS Bulls on the night of Friday 31 January and Crusaders vs Waratahs on Saturday 1st February.

 

 

English Premier League

There is set to be a change at the helm. With another healthy points advantage, Liverpool are on course to finally end what is now a 30-year wait for the title. In terms of league form the Anfield club are streets ahead of their rivals and even with another miraculous comeback the gap – 10 points at Christmas, with a game in hand – should be too big for Man City and Leicester to close.

Liverpool have been unbeatable
Liverpool have been unbeatable

Australian Open

The 2020 Australian Open will take place at Melbourne Park, from 20 January to 2 February 2020. It will be the 108th edition of the Australian Open, the 52nd in the Open Era, and the first Grand Slam of the year

 

FINA Swimming World Cup

This makes a return in 2020 and will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)or “Short Course Worlds” as they are sometimes known is an international swimming competition. It is swum in a short course (25m) pool and has been held in the years when FINA has not held its main World Championships (currently this means in even years).[5][6]

 

IAAF Diamond League

Interesting to watch as eight disciplines have been axed from the core programme of the 2020 Diamond League season, reducing the number to 24 – 12 each for men and women – to cater to a 90-minute broadcast window, according to the IAAF.

The 2020 calendar consists of 14 meetings and one final in Zurich.

 

Formula 1

The new year is upon us and the countdown to the 2020 F1 season is underway. Out of the 20 drivers in the field, 18 will start the new season in the same seats they ended last year. The exception are at Renault and Williams. Ferrari is set to give a strong fight while it also feels like McLaren are finally back(ish).

The 2020 F1 calendar is the longest in the history of the sport, with a record-breaking 22 races. This is despite Germany’s round of the championship dropping off the calendar. The only brand-new addition to the championship this year is Vietnam’s new street circuit in Hanoi, which should be ready in time to hold its first race in just four months’ time.

 

Moto GP

The world stood still for a moment as Marc Marquez sealed his sixth MotoGP world title in Thailand in a heart-pounding final corner duel with Fabio Quartararo. He now predicts an even closer title battle this year as the champion sees Quartararo becoming a major threat.

Meanwhile, the Repsol Honda MotoGP team will be a family affair next season after the Japanese manufacturer announced on Monday that Alex Marquez was joining as teammate to older brother Marc.

The 2020 MotoGP season starts in Qatar on 8 March.

African Nations Championship 2020

The 2020 African Nations Championship, known as the Total African Nations Championship (also referred to as CHAN 2020) will be the 6th edition of the African Nations Championship. Organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) exclusively featuring players from the respective national championships. It will be hosted from 4 to 25 April 2020 in Cameroon.

Ethiopia were formerly awarded as host, but the EFF admitted it was not ready to host this competition. Unlike the African Cup of Nations, the competing national teams must be composed of players playing in their domestic league.

About SuperSport

SuperSport is the major funder and broadcast aggregator of sporting content across the African continent on the DStv platform. SuperSport’s holding company is MultiChoice and its ultimate parent company is Naspers, a broad-based multi- national media group.

To get connected, call: 0711 066000

The Art Of Music Foundation Celebrates 10 Years Since Inception

The Art of Music Foundation celebrated 10 years since inception with stellar performances headlined by Polish music composer, conductor and producer JIMEK (Radzimir Debski) and top Kenyan Orchestras.

The Foundation which was represented by the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya, Ghetto Classics and the Safaricom Youth Orchestra was also joined on stage by renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Viladoms. The celebration started with a Gala dinner on the evening of 30th November at the Trademark Hotel, followed by an open concert on the afternoon of 1st December at Amani Gardens in Karura Forest.

“10 years ago I would never have thought that we would come this far. We have had lots of challenges along the way, however, we have been able to overcome them due to the optimism of the 1,500 children under our guidance and care. We started with nothing more than faith and hope for a brighter future and the support we have received from donors, local and international musicians and the Safaricom International Jazz Festival has been priceless,” said Elizabeth Njoroge, Director, Art of Music Foundation.

JIMEK and Viladoms who have come to Kenya at different times for Safaricom International Jazz Festival have been collaborating with Art of Music Foundation by doing voluntary music classes with the children over the years.

“The Ghetto Classics music programme has been a beneficiary of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival since 2014 and has received KES 60 million, funds that have benefitted over 1,500 children from Nairobi and Mombasa.” Said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer officer, Safaricom.

“Playing Hip Hop on classical instruments is something you have to practice for a long time before you get it right, which the orchestra does and it shows the kind of talent these young musicians have. I would like to congratulate Elizabeth and her team for work well done,” said JIMEK.

JIMEK was one of the headliners for the 2018 edition of Safaricom International Jazz Festival. He has worked on several projects with Ghetto Classics, among them, producing a song for Ghetto Classics member Cyndicate Kabei, titled Asante.

Poland Artist and Composer Jimek with Cyndicate Kabei one of the SYO students at the Safaricom Art of Music concert celebrating 10 years at Imani gardens Karura forest over the weekend.
Poland Artist and Composer Jimek with Cyndicate Kabei one of the SYO students at the Safaricom Art of Music concert celebrating 10 years at Imani gardens Karura forest over the weekend.

In addition, the Pole has donated KES 800,000 to cater for the needs of the children which was part of a cash prize he won at the Polish Film Academy Awards for best score to Sztuka Kochania/ Art of Loving in 2018.

Viladoms has been working closely with Ghetto Classics for four years and has committed to take 14 members of the music program to play alongside his students at the Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland in January 2020.

Art of Music 10 year anniversary concert on 30th November

Founded in 2009, The Art of Music has been in existence to promote the performance and appreciation of art music in Kenya and use it’s transformative power to change lives, particularly of those living in underprivileged areas of the country.

The focuses is on two programmes. Firstly, Ghetto Classics, a community programme that involves over 500 children in Korogocho and thousands more in satellite areas around Nairobi, Kiambu and Mombasa through the Link UP project. The second is a musical and leadership training programme, The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (KNYO). This is a music ensemble that brings together talented young musicians from all walks of life in the country.

These programmes have been generously supported through donations from individuals and organisations that believe that “Making Music can Make A Difference.”

The discipline, teamwork, focus and commitment that the children learn from being musicians and playing in an orchestra has translated to their school and home lives, making Ghetto Classics and KNYO students stand out above the rest. There has been an improvement in grades and this is particularly so in the Korogocho programme as all the children are self-motivated to stay in school and are assisted with their fees when necessary.

These students have had their horizons widened because of the exposure that they have gained. They have played with children from totally different backgrounds and they have had outstanding experiences in concerts that they have been a part of, or watched. They have also traveled to different places in the world with some going out to as far as the United States and Europe to perform with other musicians. All these wonderful opportunities have come, thanks to music.

On the 30th November 2019, The Art of Music will be holding their 10-year anniversary fundraising concert featuring Ghetto Classics, The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (KNYO) and the Safaricom Youth Orchestra alongside, Polish composer JIMEK and the Swiss Mexican pianist Jorge Viladoms, who have both generously donated their time and expertise to be part of this concert.

The tickets cost 10.000Ksh per person and includes dinner. It will be held at the Trademark Hotel.

Jimek In Kenya rehearsing with the orchestra
Jimek In Kenya rehearsing with the orchestra

Rush! The all-new 2019 Toyota

Toyota Kenya has a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of cars and they seem to have a vehicle catering to everyone’s needs. Or do they? Kenya has seen a rise in demand for practical cars and this is why the company introduced a multi-talented vehicle to the market.

The Toyota Rush is a successful car and it’s good looking. It is a car that embodies fused dynamics and sharp styling. Designed to traverse a variety of terrains, the Rush has a high approach with wide departure angles that enable it to navigate easily wherever you want. This car looks great everywhere — at the beach, upcountry and in the city. The only question is, where do you want to go?

THE TOYOTA RUSH
THE TOYOTA RUSH

Falling in love with the rush

Powered by an economical 1.5L four-cylinder engine making 103 horsepower, 13.8 Kg-M of torque and comfortable seating for seven, the Toyota Rush is the perfect family vehicle. The car is rear-wheel driven and the frugality is observable, with a claimed 6.7 L/100 km.

Keyless entry allows easy access to the car. Push to Start adds a sporty feel to the Rush. Bluetooth® is standard, along with steering wheel controls. The Rush also comes with a 6-speaker, touchscreen audio system. Dual-zone climate control and a 12V socket is also present on the lower section of the dashboard.

Push Start Toyota Rush
Push Start Toyota Rush

Apart from the features already mentioned, the Rush is also equipped with electric and retractable side mirrors, auto-off LED headlights, an integrated reverse camera with park distance control. In terms of safety, a total of 6 airbags are fitted as well as ABS, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Control Assist (HCA).

The Rush has a good drive and even though it isn’t a 4X4, the excellent ground clearance provides an air of solidity about its ride. The luggage bay of the Rush is one of the biggest on a vehicle of its type – it even surpasses that of its RAV4 family car sibling. Should you need even more space, fold the seats down, which converts the Rush into a makeshift panel van.

Toyota Rush Interior Space
Toyota Rush Interior Space

Definitely a good buy

The high value-added features on the Toyota Rush makes it great value for money. For just sh.64,300/= with up to 95% financing, you can get behind the wheel of a well-specced, solid and capable family car. This deal is coupled with 1 Month Free Insurance, Full Fuel Tank and KSH 100,000 Cash Discount!

This deal is available between November to December 2019 for the first 20 vehicles. All you need to do is register to buy and be among the first 20.

If you’d like to experience it for yourself, you can book to see the car on this link.

You can also see the all new Toyota Rush at the enthralling auto shows happening over the coming weekends below

– Capital Centre, Nairobi (Saturday 23rd November, 2019)

– Village Market, Nairobi (Saturday 30th November, 2019)

– The Hub, Karen, Nairobi (Saturday 14th December, 2019)

Download the brochure here to see more details on this car.

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Cancer insurance: Why the policy by ICEA Lion makes sense for Kenyans

Cancer is quickly becoming a scourge in our society. It kills 33,000 Kenyans annually and there are 48,000 new cancer cases reported every year. 60% of those diagnosed are younger than 70 years old and 80% of cancer cases are diagnosed at later stages. The truth is that treatment of cancer is expensive and prohibitive. There’s the need for cancer patients to meet financial obligations besides many families being left destitute because of cancer. More often than not, families’ assets are sold off to support loved ones ailing from cancer. Thankfully, ICEA Lion has come up with a brilliant solution for Kenyans that makes sense, more so financially.

The Cancer Insurance Policy from ICEA LION Life Assurance Company is designed to provide financial relief in the event of being diagnosed with cancer so that you can focus on the one thing that really matters, that is, your recovery.

Why you need a cancer policy and how it works

If you have a family history of cancer or if you have any reason to believe that you are at high risk of developing cancer, then this policy is for you. Consider the domino effect that Cancer can have on families both financial and emotional. Moreover, even the best health insurance covers may not cover all cancer related expenses.

You will have a peace of mind knowing that you have a financial safety-net in the unfortunate event that you are diagnosed with invasive cancer or a benign braintumour. The burden of raising funds for your cancer treatment is removed from the shoulders of your family and your next of kin.

The ICEA LION Cancer Insurance Policy is designed to provide pay-outs in the event that one is diagnosed with invasive cancer or benign brain tumour (a Benign Brain Tumour is a life-threatening, non-cancerous tumour of the brain as confirmed by a neurologist or neurosurgeon, giving rise to characteristic signs of increased intracranial pressure such as papilloedema, mental symptoms, seizures and motor or sensory impairment.)

The pay-out is classified according to the type of treatment being received. This pay-out is a percentage of the Sum Insured (or the Benefit Amount) that is paid to you in the event you are diagnosed with cancer.

Features of the policy

The pay-outs are made directly to you or your next of kin and the Sum Insured will be paid regardless of any other insurance you may have with other insurance companies. You can apply for this cover provided you are above 18 years of age and are not yet 60 years. Premium payment will be waived upon being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

The insurance is renewable annually with the minimum term being 5 years and the maximum term being the number of years to your 65th birthday. The maximum age at entry is 60 years while the maximum age for cover is 65 years. This insurance automatically ceases upon celebrating your 65th birthday.

The cover features a waiting period of 3 months from the date of purchase. No medical tests are usually required for this cover for sums insured up to sh5 million unless it is deemed absolutely necessary from the details provided in the application form. The good news is that if medical tests are required, the entire cost of medical tests will be borne by the Company.

More on the policy

Premiums are payable either monthly, quarterly or half-yearly or annually. If any premium is not received on the due date, there is a 30-day grace period in which to pay and the cover is maintained during the grace period. If the premium is received during the grace period, the policy continues as if the premium had been paid on the due date. However, should the premium not be received by the end of the grace period, the cover will lapse with effect from the date on which the unpaid premium was due.

Once the cover has lapsed, it may be revived within 6 months from the date of lapsation on written request to the Company and terms and conditions as may be advised by the Company.

How long does it take for a cancer to be paid? Payment will be made within 14 days of receipt of all claim documents and acceptance of the claim.

Get more information and a quote for your cancer insurance from ICEA Lion on Cancer.ICEALION.com. You can also call +254 20 2750 000 / +254 719 071 000 | +254 730 151 000. Email : [email protected]

BetLion is offering up to sh350 million in Africa’s biggest jackpot

The new kid on the block, BetLion! The freshest in the Kenyan betting and gaming industry. The company is offering customers mouthwatering rewards and bonuses. Betlion’s ‘Goliath’ jackpot is the largest ever jackpot in Africa and Kenyans are playing on the platform.

Just last month, the company revamped its mobile website, having the end user’s experience in mind and including many new features designed to help users quickly and easily navigate the site.

Here’s a simplified tutorial that will be helpful to anyone who would like to place a bet or to win the ‘Goliath’ jackpot.

Registration

  1. Visit www.betlion.ke
  2. Click the “Register” button on the home page and fill in your details.
  3. On successful registration, you will receive PIN via SMS.

Register via SMS and USSD

  1. SMS JOIN to 40418 or Dial *418#
  2. On successful registration, you will receive PIN via SMS.

The welcome offer

This offer is available to everyone who registers with BetLion. Simply register and enjoy a Risk Free first bet with BetLion of up to Sh500.

BetLion runs different promotions that may offer “free bets”. To use your Free Bet on web, make your match selections, go to your betslip on the bottom right corner and select Free bets at the bottom of the betslip.

To use your Free Bet via SMS, send the following to 40418; GAMEID#Prediction#FBAmount. For example, 5678#1#FB1000

Deposit on BetLion

  1. Login to your BetLion account and click on DEPOSIT on the top left corner of the site.
  2. Enter the amount you would like to deposit and click “DEPOSIT” to confirm.
  3. You will receive an approval request (PIN Prompt) on your mobile phone to enter your Mobile Money PIN.
  4. Your account will be credited instantly after you enter your PIN.

NOTE: If your deposit does not reflect within 30 minutes, call +254 20 3892425, Email: [email protected]

The minimum deposit amount on mobile is Sh50 while the maximum daily deposit limit for is Sh140,000 with Sh70,000 being the maximum deposit limit per transaction.

Betting online

Enjoy betting on your PC or mobile device

  1. On the homepage, you will find a list of games available to bet
  2. Click on the odds beside the selection of your choice and it will be automatically added to the bet slip (The betslip can be found on the bottom right corner for mobile and top right corner for desktop)
  3. If you would like to bet on other bet types such as under/ over, click on the button to the right of the odds. This is shown as +52. The number represents the number of additional types of bets available.
  4. Once you have chosen all of your bets, input the amount on the betslip and click “BET NOW”

Placing bets on SMS

You can bet on all events that have Game IDs, via SMS. Home Win = (1), Draw = (X), Away Win = (2). To bet on a single bet, SMS to 40418 the Game ID, your prediction of the game outcome in 90 minutes and the amount you wish to bet. That is, GameID#Prediction#Stake

For example, “61762#2#1000” is the bet for Barcelona to win Away for a stake of Sh1000. “61762” = Game ID, “2” = represents an Away outcome and, “1000” is the bet amount. You will receive a confirmation SMS reading “Bet Placed Ref – BET-66745 / KSh. 1000.00 on Barcelona @ 1.80 to win KSh. 1800. Bal KSh. 1000. www.betlion.ke

A bet is deemed to have been placed once the Bet ID has been issued. The winnings are calculated by multiplying the odds by the stake. (for example, 1.80*1000 = 1800)

Jackpots

You can play the jackpot online or via SMS and there are two Jackpot offers, namely

  1. The Goliath jackpot which has 20 jackpot games and 3 reserve games. The reserve games are used in case one or more of the main jackpot games is cancelled, abandoned or postponed. They will be used in the respective order to replace the cancelled, postponed or cancelled game(s). Each Jackpot ticket is KSh. 100.
  2. The Midweek Jackpot which has 15 jackpot games and 3 reserve games. The reserve games are used in case one or more of the main jackpot games is cancelled, abandoned or postponed. They will be used in the respective order to replace the cancelled, postponed or cancelled game(s). Each Jackpot ticket is KSh. 50.

To play via SMS

  1. Send the code: “JP” and the 18/23 predictions of the pre-determined games to 40418. For example: “JP#21111XX212212X2X2X” Where “JP” is the Jackpot ID and “1111XX212212X2XX” represents the predicted outcomes from the first game to the 18th/23rd game, in that order.
  2. You will receive a confirmation message via SMS: “BET: 2516 You placed JackPot JP#1X22222XXXX111212X21 Amount: KSh100 Pos.WIN: KSh350,000,000 Bal: KSh1780” or “BET: 2517 You placed JackPot JP#1X22222XXXX11X1 Amount: KSh 50 Pos WIN: KSh50,000,000 Bal: KSh1780

To play online

  1. Log into your account, navigate to the jackpot tab (on the side menu if using mobile and top left corner if you are on a computer).
  2. Make your selections then click on PLACE JACKPOT BET. You can also make random selections by clicking on LUCKY DIP or select all the favorites (teams with the lowest odds) by clicking on SELECT FAVORITES.
  3. You are a winner when all your 15/20 predictions match with the games’ outcomes. The main Jackpot prize and Bonuses are shared equally among all winners.

NOTE: If any game among the 15/20 jackpot matches used to determine the prizes are cancelled/postponed, they will be replaced by those listed as “reserves” in the order of appearance on the reserve list.

For Midweek Jackpot

One of the 15 Matches – 16
Two of the 15 Matches – 16 & 17
Three of the 15 Matches – 16, 17 & 18

For Goliath Jackpot

One of the 20 Matches – 21
Two of the 20 Matches – 21 & 22
Three of the 20 Matches – 21, 22 & 23

In the event of four or more matches being cancelled or postponed, the complete Jackpot will be deemed void and all stakes refunded to player accounts.

To contact BetLion, call helpline on +254 20 3892425. You can chat with their agents any time by simply clicking the chat icon on the bottom right of the website. You can also send an email to [email protected]

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Kenyans seem to know better about betting

It has been a subject of heightened discussion over the past three or so weeks. So far, the government decided to “crack down” on betting companies and it feels suspect. However, Kenyans know better.

It is a no brainer that attacking betting companies is counterproductive. These companies generate a lot of revenue which is needed by the government.

Kenyans aren’t easy to fool though. A good number are still making money and having good fun at it. There are companies that are licensed and are committed to providing service. OdiBets is one of them and they’ve got the hook up

Meet Rodgers Ochieng, a lucky man from Narok who won Sh1,014,467 on OdiBets. He won it in two separate bets on OdiBets and he recently joined OdiBets after the closure of some betting firms in the country.

Being an unstoppable Kenyan with prowess in betting, he scooped a cool Sh.560,667 and then three days later, he scooped Sh453,800 on multibets. That was on 30 teams and 22 teams respectively. Rodgers placed the first bet with Sh250 and then won the second bet using a stake of Sh.20,000

RogersOchieng

“I intend to use this money to buy land and construct a house for my mother in Rongo and also to pay for my Engineering course,” a happy Ochieng said.

It follows that Kenyans are likely to place their wagers with betting companies whose licence were renewed after the government declined to renew licences of 27 other betting companies insisting they comply with various regulations.

Besides being committed to giving customers an enjoyable “gaming experience”, OdiBets has stated that they are committed to giving back to the society by helping develop sports in the country.