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Del Monte to Create 200 Jobs in its new Sh 580m Plant

A Section of Del Monte Pineapple Plantation in Murang’a | The firm will open a new Sh 580M plan next month

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Thika based fruit juice maker, Del Monte, is currently finalizing a Ksh 580 million state-of-the-art, fresh fruit packing facility with a processing capacity of 60 tonnes of fresh fruit per year.

The new facility, which is being constructed within Del Monte Kenya’s plantation in Kenol – Murang’a is scheduled to be completed next month providing 200 direct jobs.

Del Monte Kenya currently employs over 6,500 employees and creates additional 28,000 jobs indirectly through its activities. The company houses half of its workforce within the company’s premises.

While making the announcement, the firm’s Managing Director Stergios Gkaliamoutsas said “Del Monte Kenya plans to source fruit from local and regional growers in Murang’a and Kiambu counties, we will prepare and package the products from the new Del Monte facility for both local and international markets,”

According to him, the expansion drive is the company’s way of celebrating 70 years of operations in the country while supporting the governments Big 4 agenda.

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Uber Faces Tax Crisis London

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Recent report by the Uber Technologies In-cooperation in London has brought to light an interesting report as the United Kingdom seeks to give the Uber company a new classification as a transport provider, putting the company at a risk of incurring new tax charges that could weigh heavily on the business, this according to UK recent days accounts filings.

The new tax charges possibility comes as a great discomfort for the company and causes it further headache as it is coupling up with the regulatory problems which the ride-hailing company is facing in London, one of its largest markets.

Uber says that the tax charges are to be 20% on the gross booking fees or rather, the amount passengers are expected to pay or on the service fees normally accorded to drivers, typically about 20-30% of the entire fare. This situation will leave Uber no choice but to increase its passenger fee charges which will leave it vulnerable to the competition who have over the years been complaining about Ubers’ non-payment of VAT.

Uber said that it risked a back tax claim which could run to hundreds of millions of pounds as the charges could apply in both a retroactively and prospectively way. The company is defending itself vigorously by explaining its beliefs on Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. Currently, the structure of Uber is in such a way that for tax purposes, it exports digital services driver based in the United Kingdom from a Dutch subsidiary, Uber BV.  In future, Uber could be exposed to VAT because HMRC could deem its operation in UK to be a transport provider.

Uber failed to secure a 5 year term operating license by only being able to receive a 2 month London operating license in a battle with the regulator which has a history with the company of having stripped off its right to take rides.

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How this Company is Making it easy for Kenyans to own Smart Homes

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From outright fraud to poor financial management claims by rogue developers, prospective homeowners in Kenya have become very skeptical on where to invest their money and achieve their dream of owning a dream home.

This notwithstanding, real estate is a lucrative industry and everyone should get a piece. But how can one identify a genuine dealer? Through professional management, industry experience, timely delivery and setting a track record right from the beginning, a concept that the newest affordable homes developer, Nyumbani Concepts, understands very well.

Founded in June 2019 and guided by the core values of integrity, transparency, professionalism, timeliness, prudence and honesty, the company started out on a mission to redefine affordable housing delivery in Kenya and to positively empower families across the country through home ownership.

The directors of the company Joseph Nderitu (Managing Director), Martin Njoroge (Chief Executive Officer) And Loontubu Caroline (Director Sales & Marketing) have a combined 15 years’ experience in real-estate, financial services and marketing ensuring that your investment is with the right professional team.

Nyumbani team is hands-on when it comes to ensuring site approvals are done within the set timeframes and that all properties are in good condition, location and perfect view before handing over to their clients. And with every transaction, the firm stresses on creative problem solving coupled with judicious application of sound real estate principles.

The company has created housing opportunities for all kinds of pockets at very fair and almost unbelievable deals with its flagship project already at the roofing stage – three months after laying its foundation. Installation of windows and doors have also been done and the contractor has already commenced on house plastering this week.

One of the houses at the Boma Estate by Nyumbani ConceptsWith at least Ksh 1.6M deposit, one is able to own a home with Nyumbani Concepts. The company allows you to pay remaining balance within a flexible period of 12 months as your home gets constructed. As an investor, the flexible investment terms give you an opportunity to strike amazing deals for a very fancy, fascinating and well-constructed home which matches your dream that will be a delight to own and reside.

With three projects in progress so far, Nyumbani is not just the first Kenyan company to grow with trackable speed but also the first to develop internet-ready homes. In every project, the company is installing CCTV security cameras and intercom connectivity for gate security.

Taking a look at the inaugural project, Boma Estate, a gated estate containing 3-bedrooms master en-suite bungalows which sold out within two weeks; the estate provides the owners with a shelter which not only soothes it but also inspires and energizes it like never before, beyond your wildest dreams.

Guided by the right principles, led by the right team and staring out setting the right track record, Nyumbani Concepts is the firm to trust in delivering your dream to own a home. But do not take our word for it, visit the company’s offices at Western Heights 1st floor right wing, Karuna Road, Westlands, Nairobi and ask for a free site visit. You can also call or send them a message on 0723 310000.

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KCB M-Pesa to Be Unavailable for 5 Hours on Saturday Morning to Allow System Upgrade

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KCB M-pesa service will be unavailable this Saturday on a scheduled maintenance. The maintenance is set to take 5 hours starting 2am Saturday October 4 2019 to 7am same day.

“Due to a planned system maintenance KCB M-PESA services will be unavailable on Saturday 5th Oct from 02:00am – 07:00am. We apologize for the inconvenience.” read a text sent to the service subscribers on Friday night.

Throughout the period subscribers will not access any KCB Mpesa services.

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