Local startup introduces e-payment app Zapper to Zimbabwe, explores QR codes transactions opportunity
The cash crisis in Zimbabwe has been a sore point for just about everyone who’s trying to handle transactions. If it’s not the frustration of failing to access your money there’s the fact that for all the cashless society talk, sometimes there just aren’t nearly as enough Point of Sale (POS) machines from every retailer. […]
PHD Ministries, one of Zimbabwe’s most prominent churches most popularly know through the works of its founder Prophet Walter Magaya recently announced that it would be live streaming its services on Facebook Live. Facebook Live is the mobile broadcast video feature from the popular social media platform which allows users to livestream themselves to their friends and followers. […]
Analysts forecast 9% revenue decline in Econet’s results as economy & regulatory involvement take toll
According to a forecast from local equities research and trading outfit IH Securities Research, Econet Wireless - which is the country's largest mobile network operator with the largest market share - will likely face an 8.9% decline in annual revenue for the 2016-2017 financial year with revenues expected to reach US$584million.
MultiChoice South Africa recently announced that the cost of DStv South Africa bouquets will be going up with effect from the 1st of April 2017. The adjustment, which looks like one of the almost regular DStv annual price increases has also raised questions about whether or not the same adjustment will be made by DStv Zimbabwe. […]
The issue, though, isn't really the Steward Bank show or how big a marketing opportunity for its Square product the bank is eyeing here. What's striking here is the way Facebook Live has become a thing.
An announcement has been made by MultiChoice South Africa that the cost of DSTV bouquets go up with effect from 1 April 2017. This increases the cost of their packages by between 4-7%, but interestingly, even at the new prices that will come into effect, Zimbabwe’s will still be paying more. No communication has come […]
It's high time the government wakes up and be driven by economic rather than political interests in its policies.
Things are not looking good at all in Blackberry’s back yard with their shrinking market share falling to a rock bottom 0.0%. According to Gartner analytics Blackberry managed to ship out 207 000 smartphones in Q4 2016 which is a 22.8% decline from its Q4 shipments in 2015 of 906 000 units. Recently Blackberry partnered […]
The government of Zimbabwe has taken over the acquisition of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, replacing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which had stepped in because of Zimbabwe's strained resources.
DStv subscriptions and card payments totalling US$206 million were the second highest driver of foreign currency payments between July and December 2016. According to the RBZ Governor about US$45 million of that was for DStv payments.
In 2016 mobile money payments in Zimbabwe accounted for 81.2% of all electronic payment transactions maintaining the dominance mobile money services have had in transaction volumes.
DStv subs & card payments are 2nd highest driver of forex use for Zimbabwe, trend is a cause of concern for RBZ
During this period Zimbabwean foreign currency payments for DStv and card transactions exceeded other transactions such as the importation of raw materials for the manufacture of products like cooking oil, maize imports and the allocation for machinery and telecoms equipment.
It is going to be quite a big year folks. The titans of the smartphone arena are out for blood and we cannot wait to see the offerings that will take centre stage at the annual Mobile World Congress later this month. Here is a line up of what we can expect. Huawei Huawei will […]
Zimbabwe’s Monetary Policy Statement for 2017 has been presented by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Dr John Mangudya. It highlights the steps that the RBZ is taking to regulate monetary policy and activity in the country including measures to deal with the cash crisis in Zimbabwe as well as the foreign currency […]
Zimbabwe processed Point of Sale (POS) transactions worth US$2.9 billion in 2016 with POS volumes increasing by 260% during the same period. POS transactions are all payments made at swipe machines using plastic money in the form of debit and credit cards. According to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe 2017 Monetary Policy Statement, the value of […]
This extends ShowMax's reach to a totally new region (it launched in 36 new countries, including Zimbabwe, in 2016) and also positions it as a multi-continental VOD service which is betting heavily on the prospect of increased coverage through geographic expansion.
Facebook launches Bots Developer Challenge for Middle East & Africa with cash prizes & mentorship. Here’s how to take part
If you are a developer in Africa or the Middle-East, Facebook has extended a challenge to you. The company is holding a competition to encourage the development of innovative bots for its Messenger platform. Called the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge it’s been announced as a contest which will recognise and reward developers who are able to […]
Now, Nokia wants to bring back the 3310. According to information that's been leaked by VentureBeat, a modern version of the 3310 is set to be unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017). It's an homage to the 3310 of yesteryear.
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According to Steward Bank, most services are now functional and the systems upgrade was completed on most platforms. It will be fully wrapped up by the end of February 2017. In the meantime, there might some incidents of service disruption.
Ransomware a rampant force in local companies according to ProComm and Check Point Software Technologies
Cyber security is a very hot topic the world over and has been a cause of concern the world over with companies big and small falling victim to a malicious attack known as RansomWare. A local Cybersecurity firm, ProComm Group, says Zimbabwean companies have been the victim of RansomWare on numerous occasions. Some companies have […]
There are at least 1,500 students across Zimbabwe that are currently getting a free education as part of the national STEM Initiative launched in 2016. According to Open Parly this information was recently shared with a parliamentary committee by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Professor Jonathan Moyo. Zimbabwe’s STEM Initiative which was introduced at the start […]
Looking for the best options after O and A Level in Zimbabwe? This place provides a 21st Century education
What does a 21st-century education look like? This is not any easy question to either ask or answer. I am more aware of what it should not be but not what it is. Education in this century should NOT be rigid and it should not be boring! Thankfully, there are options like ASHE International College that provide an education that is neither of those two.
Towards the end of 2016, WhatsApp, the hugely popular instant Messaging service introduced two-step verification to some of its beta users as part of an added security measure. Since then some users on Android and Windows have already activated it but a few days ago WhatsApp rolled out the feature to all its 1.2 billion […]
Econet calls Mandiwanzira’s dispute of its licence payment ludicrous & a lack of appreciation of basic finance & economics
The Minister also said that since the debt was assumed by the State, the people of Zimbabwe were the ones who had paid for the licence. He also referred to the arrangement as an example of a fair playing field where privately owned enterprises like Econet can negotiate debt payment deals.