MTN Group has launched a relief package to help fight the coronavirus pandemic across the markets in which it operates. The fund, which includes over UGX 50 billion shillings, is to assist in the contribution in all the countries facing challenges managing the pandemic.
The package comprises five intervention initiatives, focusing on employees, customers, vulnerable groups, contributions to government solidarity fund, and participating in industry interventions. The company board chairman in South Africa, Mcebisi Jonas believes that it is the responsibility of all organisations to assist where they can during the pandemic.
“MTN plays a vital role in the mobile and telecommunications industry across Africa and the Middle East and it is vital that we assist our employees, customers and stakeholders during this difficult time.”
The telco also plans to raise over UGX 8 billion for the MTN Global Staff Emergency Fund, which caters for employees in need. This fund will be raised through contributions from the company’s executives and board members.
Already, the board chairman, Group CEO, Group CFO, and a number of other directors have pledged 30% of their salaries and board fees to be contributed to the fund for the next three months. Numerous executives from MTN Group have also contributed to the fund, and other staff have also taken salary cuts to contribute to the fund.
In Uganda, MTN Uganda already set up a package in support for the fight against the outbreak.
As you relax at home, you can get to enjoy an all day-time data bundle that will enable you stay on-line and work from home. The telco has done so by introducing the new work from home bundle. To activate it, dial 150*19# to get 1 GB at just UGX 2000 using MoMo. The bundle is limited and valid to time between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Also, customers can send any amount of Mobile Money every day to other MTN MoMo customers free of charge. The offer is meant to reduce the risk of transmission by avoiding the physical exchange of currency notes.
MTN is also complementing government’s sensitization drive by availing UGX 500 million in cash and free media channel space (radio, TV, social media, SMS, call centre IVR platform) to promote the Ministry of Health’s sensitization messages.