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Breaking: City of Harare attempts to demolish Moto Republik, a tech & arts hub in Harare, because it’s an ‘illegal structure’

Harare municipal police at Moto Republik this morning just before they started taking the hub’s structure down. Credit Privilege Musvanhiri‏. Update: Moto Republik has released a statement on the demolition attempt. You can read it here.     Harare City Council attempted this morning to demolish one of Zimbabwe’s most prominent tech hubs in Zimbabwe, Moto […]

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Mobile Money & eCommerce

The 4, maybe 5, types of money in Zimbabwe…

Over the last couple of months a lot has been happening on the money side. Techzim has covered it extensively here but still we’re yet to see someone take time out and spell it all out for us – this is me doing it for myself and hopefully one, maybe two people will benefit. The Reserve Bank […]

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Telecommunications

Download the latest Zimbabwe telecoms reports by POTRAZ

So every time we do articles about the POTRAZ reports, readers ask us for the download of the actual report. To peruse it themselves and deduct whatever is relevant for their businesses. So we include it in a latest report download article. But after a couple of weeks the article is buried and when others come […]

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Media

Zimpapers prepares to launch TV network, ZTN

The government owned Zimpapers, the largest print media house in Zimbabwe, is preparing to launch a new TV network, Zimpapers Television Network. A promo posted on YouTube last week introduced what the network will be about – giving people what they want in TV content. Talk of the launch of the station by the company has […]

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Mobile Money & eCommerce

Local Bitcoin exchange says it processed US $100,000 in 2016. Targets $1M by 2018

Local Bitcoin exchange BitCoinFundi says it processed about US $100,000 worth of transactions in 2016. The exchange founder and CEO, Tawanda Kembo, says they have been growing their total transaction value by about 16% month on month and are looking to reach $1 million annual transactions by 2018. Kembo was speaking at an event hosted by the Computer Society of […]

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Startups

There’s a Facebook Messenger Bot Party in Harare this month

Remember the Facebook launches Bots Developer Challenge wrote about last month? There’s some good news for those of you looking to take part. As part of activities to promote the challenge, a local tech hub called Impact Hub Harare is working with Facebook to host a Bot Party this month. Essentially you will learn how to make […]

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Media

Popular Zambian publication, Mwebantu, shuts down website, publishes on Facebook & Twitter exclusively

A popular general news publication in Zambia, Mwebantu, shut down its website in November 2016 to experiment with publishing exclusively on social media. The publication now posts its news on Facebook and Twitter only. Websites, Mwebantu told us, are like landlines in terms of the disruption by social media that they have suffered. With a following of about […]

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Telecommunications

POTRAZ commits to have the “Zimbabwe Internet eXchange Association” by May 2017…

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), who won a tender for US$200,000 in September 2015 to build a regional Internet Exchange Point has committed to establishing the Zimbabwe Internet eXchange Association (ZIXA) by the 15th of May 2017. This looks to be after their failure to meet the December 2016 deadline (POTRAZ in their defense […]

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Startups

Zim tech events; A call to change…

Last week, Bulawayo was graced to host a both lit and handy event which everyone by now is talking about: the Techfest. It was a multi-day event, stretching from Tuesday right through to Saturday with dynamic activities on each day, all held at the Rainbow hotel. Contrary to popular belief, an event can both be […]

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Mobile Money & eCommerce

Finally, a Fintech event: Banking & Finance problems in Zimbabwe. What are the tech solutions?

If you’re in Zimbabwe you know how crazy the past several months have been financially. Essentially, not enough cash to withdraw from the banks; A new currency called Bond Notes was introduced, which slowed down but didn’t solve the liquidity problem; Zimbabwe issued bank cards not working outside Zimbabwe anymore; not all local merchants accept […]

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Media

Top local Facebook comedy show Bustop TV launches independent site

The creators of the Zimbabwe’s popular social media comedy show, Bustop TV, have launched an independent site, bustop.tv. Essentially instead of going to Facebook to watch their shows, fans can go to the site directly. The site is also a way to show more information about the show and to attract possible sponsors for their videos and booking for […]

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Startups

Bulawayo: The Detroit of Africa gets a digital infusion

This article was written by Clinton Mutambo, the founder and CEO of Esaja.com where it was originally posted. The city of Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) was once a regional manufacturing powerhouse. An extensive railway network coupled with bustling factories and skilled labour churned out everything from clothing to locomotives. The unfortunate and ongoing political crisis that has defined […]

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Hardware & Software

eMAP dispute haunts Dokora as Minister faces US$3.5 million lawsuit for software piracy

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Dr Lazarus Dokora has been sued for US$3.5 million by two Zimbabwean software development firms over the alleged piracy of an online enrolment system. According to the Herald the two companies – Assist Limited and Purple Divine Technology – are owned by a Zimbabwean entrepreneur called Nyasha Matongo. Matongo […]

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Referrals

How To Buy Goods On Amazon From Zimbabwe…

This is an article that contains referral links and we may receive financial benefit if you decide to take action on anything listed below. We will ONLY refer stuff that we ourselves will use here at the office In the Techzim WhatsApp groups almost on a daily basis someone asks where they can buy the […]

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