Safaricom pledges Sh4 million to Barclays Kenya Open
Safaricom has committed Sh4 million towards the 2016 Barclays Kenya Open, as part of its commitment to be the tournaments sole connectivity provider. The event will be at Karen Golf Club next week and many people will be involved.
“The Kenya Open continues to form a key part of the global golfing calendar. We are pleased to be associated with the event once again as sole connectivity provider. The Kenya Open continues to enhance the image of Kenya on the global map and it also offers our professionals an opportunity to play with their peers from all over the world,” said Rita Okuthe, Director – Safaricom Business.
Under the terms of the partnership, Safaricom Business will provide an ultra-modern media centre at the venue. The centre will be fitted with computers and high speed internet access to allow journalists to file stories as well act as the communication center for the professionals and the tournament directors.
The event will also have a cyber café for the professional golfers to access the internet. To add on that, the media centre will be equipped with additional facilities such as fax machines, phone lines, photocopiers and much more with the aim to allow for efficient, real time communication.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Muchau Githaka, Director, Kenya Open Golf LTD, said that the success of the tournament was based on key and strategic partnerships like the one with Safaricom.
“We would not have a successful event without the generous sponsorship of partners like Safaricom. It is through sponsorships that we achieve our goal of a successful tournament, filled with fun activities for everyone. Our sponsors represent a bold step toward internationalizing the game of golf, attracting new and younger generations to the game,” said Mr. Muchau.
Golf has minimal popularity in the country and companies are coming up with ways of uplifting the sport like Barclays Kenya Open.